The Powderham Food Festival at Powderham Castle has grown in size, structure and importance since its inception in 2012 and is now a very much established date in the Devon, if not the South West, diary. Situated in the grounds of Devon’s most beautiful castle, it is a truly feasting festival; with a record number of exhibitors registering, great demonstrations, children’s entertainment and music, we’re now delighted to announce that Judi Spiers has joined the team as our first Festival Ambassador. Judi is very well known, much loved and respected throughout the South West.
Judi says “I’m so thrilled to have been asked to be the first Ambassador for the Powderham Food Festival. It is a stunning venue and a festival which has really made its mark over the last few years. We’re so lucky to live in a part of the world with great produce and it’s no longer a secret. The Devon brand on food is now a mark of excellence all over the country.
It has been my pleasure to have worked with many of the country’s top chefs on television over the years and the one who had a lasting effect on me was Antonio Carluccio. His motto ‘mof-mof’ minimum fuss – maximum of flavour really resounded with me. Having given up on red meat many years ago for health reasons, I love nothing better than simple fish or chicken marinated in oil, herbs, lemon and garlic and accompanied by plenty of fresh green vegetables. Follow that up with great bread and I’m in heaven – better still in Devon! Having said that I do appreciate the talents of great chefs and fine dining… especially if it’s a special occasion and someone else is treating me! So to a beautiful venue and great food… now all we need is the sunshine!”
After training as an actress, Judi joined Westward TV where she forged a lasting relationship with one Augustus J Honeybun. She moved to national television joining the BBC at Pebble Mill where for several years she interviewed some of the biggest names in the world of television, film and music, appeared on many of the top light entertainment programmes of the day and had her own Radio 2 show. After travelling the world filming for the Travel Channel for a couple of years she came back home to Devon where she joined the BBC Radio Devon hosting a hugely successful daily show. Now as a freelancer Judi is able to work in a variety of areas and currently presents award ceremonies all over the country, as well as writing a regular column for the Western Morning News, the Plymouth Herald and contributing to Devon Life.
We’re all very much looking forward to working with Judi in the run up to the Festival as well as sharing the whole Festival weekend with her where she’ll be introducing some of the demonstrators; interviewing varying people and being around to welcome visitors and exhibitors alike.