Powderham Food Festival is a full-on celebration of local produce, celebrating food for every season from around the South West of England. Although taking place on 1 and 2 October, arguably the best possible time of the year for abundant fresh fruit and vegetables, we don’t merely focus on the autumnal food offering, but share the love across all four seasons.
Take spring, for example, the time for wooing loved ones, telling Mum how much you appreciate her and for celebrating new life at Easter (or at least the many wonderful qualities of chocolate). Located in St Giles, Torrington, and available at local markets, online and in select delis, Chocolat de Caprine make delicious chocolates using goat’s milk – they are also cows’ milk free, gluten free, wheat free, nut free and egg free, which we are sure will be music to the ears of those suffering from food allergies.
Our Theatre of Fire and Smoke will be putting the spotlight on one of the nation’s favourite pastimes. Barbecues and smoking food is BIG in the region, and more and more this is becoming a year-round phenomenon rather than relegated for those rare warm and sultry summer days. We are also excited to introduce a new BBQ exhibitor to Powderham Food Festival this year. Bristol-based Spitfire Barbecue, which will be bringing you prime cut meats and monster ribs, smoked and grilled over hot coals. PitBoss (Spitfire’s BBQ), is on a mission to save his troops from collecting dust in the winter and changing the British perception that BBQs are only meant for the summer. Expect your taste buds to be blasted with flavours and damn good BBQ – you’ll have to look elsewhere for pretty plates of food.
If you want a perfect celebration of the autumn harvest, look no further than Riverford, who will be returning to Powderham Food Festival again this year with their award-winning veg boxes. Winner of Ethical Product of the Decade, no less, Riverford are mad about veg – it’s at the core of everything they do. Buckfastleigh-based Riverford has been growing organic fruit and veg since 1987, as well as grass-fed organic meat and more.
Is it too early to think about Christmas? ‘YES, we’re busy having picnics and barbecues’, we hear you shout. But bear with us. One of our regular exhibitors, Figgy’s traditional Christmas Puddings, really are worth a shout any time of the year. Richie and Jo Evans, a husband and wife team (plus two small helpers) based in Devon, create Figgy’s award-winning handmade Christmas puddings in Devon to a family recipe.
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