Meet this year’s ‘Theatre of Fire and Smoke’ chefs

The Theatre of Fire and Smoke is back for 2018 and we have a great line-up of BBQ legends ready to impress with smokin’ hot demonstrations!

Ben Forte 

BBQ legend Ben Forte is the co-host of the smash hit podcast ‘UnitedQ’ and will be our compere for the weekend but will also be sharing a couple of lovely recipe ideas gleaned from his years of rubbing shoulders with the giants of the scene.

John Gower 

The man behind Quiet Waters in Devon, John is coordinating this years Theatre of Fire & Smoke expansion and as well as welcoming people to the tipi each morning, will be bringing his fire cooking experience to a dramatic seafood bake at the festival this year, cooking in barrels with hot stones and seaweed.

Simon Dyer 

Powderham regular & ITV’s BBQ champ Simon, will be demonstrating some amazingly simple but imaginative skewer ideas from simple quick yakatori style treats to some of his wonderful twists on this ancient concept.

Susan Stoneman 

Award-winning South West cook Sue will be showing off her baking skills and explaining how easy it is to tun out wonderful cakes and flans on your BBQ at home.

Nic Townsend 

Hugely experienced British chef Nic, who has worked with most of the greats from Mossiman to Marco Pierre White, will be demonstrating a fantastic fish dish. All easily prepared on the BBQ.

Callum Barwick 

Chef owner of the Pickled Pig, Callum will be taking a break from his role demonstrating and cooking his great low & slow BBQ for the masses outside to show how to prepare an exciting meal for two that will really impress, despite being easy to learn.

Steve Williams 

Powderham favourite, Topsham Good Game’s Steve will be demonstrating along with master butcher Alistair David, how to get the best out of local game and some great ideas on how to prepare it for the best results when cooking at home.

Martin Anderson and David Deadman 

We are so pleased to be able to bring two of the real greats of Argentine Asado to the festival this year. Martin, Argentinian Chef of Temper in Soho and David who runs the popular Sizzle Grill courses in Cornwall are providing a tag team demonstration of everything that is great about cooking over fire the South American way.

Alistair David 

Alistair, one of the master butchers from Darts Farm, will be providing expert explanations and demonstrations of many of the cuts being used by our all-star demonstration team, which will not only allow everyone to see why certain cuts work best for each dish but will also help you know what to order from your great local butchers when trying things out at home.

Matt McGubbin 

Veteran of Grillstock & Voodoo Q smokehouses BBQ Chef Matt, has all the tricks and skills to guide you along the road to the perfect, classic BBQ meats at home. He will share shortcuts and tricks of the trade to get you cooking like a pro.

UK Chilli Cook-Off Championship Final adds spice to the Powderham Food Festival 2018

This year’s Powderham Food Festival (6-7th October) has revealed it will host the final of the UK Chilli Cook-Off Championship at the popular autumn foodie festival.  With a quest to find the best bowl of chilli in the UK, the competition final is the culmination of months of regional heats. Visitors to the Powderham Food Festival on Saturday 6th Oct will be able to take part in the judging of this red-hot contest and  crown the 2018 UK Chilli Cook-Off Champ. The winning chef will qualify for the World Chilli Championships in Alabama, USA.

The fiery fun continues at the food festival with the Theatre of Fire and Smoke – a real feast of fire for barbeque enthusiasts – with rolling interactive demonstrations from some of the region’s top BBQ cooks.  The Theatre of Fire and Smoke is a hotbed for grilling, barbequing and smoking in just about anything that might resemble an outdoor oven. Returning this year is Festival favourite, Simon ‘womble’ Dyer, a South West farmer who likes to be inventive with barbeques; building them from recycled materials including an old washing machine!

The heat will be on in the Chefs’ Theatre kitchen too, as some of the region’s hottest chefs take to the stage and make their debut at the Powderham Food Festival.   Star of The Hungry Sailors, James Strawbridge will be cooking up a treat alongside broadcaster Judi Spiers, who will be hosting the Chefs’ Theatre across the weekend.

Set against the backdrop of the beautiful Powderham Castle, chef and author, James Strawbridge, will be joined at the two day celebration of South West food and drink by acclaimed patisserie chef Colin Bennett, Ashley Wright, Head Chef at the award winning Horn of Plenty, respected Chef Director at the Ashburton Cookery School, Darrin Hosegrove, award-winning cake bakers and regulars on Channel 4’s Extreme Cake Makers, Phil and Christine Jensen and gut-health expert, Katie Venner from Tracebridge Sourdough and Fermenteria.

Alongside the exciting chef line up, this year’s Festival is set to be bigger and better than ever before with over 170 exhibitors providing all things edible, drinkable and delectable.

Powderham Food Festival, now back for its seventh year, in the grounds of the Earl and Countess of Devon’s home, has established itself as the Autumnal foodie event with a packed programme of food related activities for all the family: take part in the Great Devon Chilli Challenge or watch smokin’ hot demonstrations in the Theatre of Fire and Smoke, hosted by barbeque legends Simon Dyer and John Gower.

Young ones are also well catered for with a chance to get hands on with cooking demonstrations led by the Fun Kitchen, or sit back and enjoy comedian, Dan the Hat.

Devon foodies won’t want to miss out on this opportunity to try exciting street food, discover new artisan products, enjoy live music, shop and learn from the top chefs in the area. With lots under cover, whatever the weather the Festival makes a great day out for all the family.

Tickets are now on sale in advance at an early bird price. Please click here to buy your tickets. 

Adult ticket £9 (£7.50 online)
Under 16 ticket £3 (£2.50 online)
Family ticket (2 adults, up to 3 children) £20 (£17 online) Children under 5 free.

Top chefs announced for Powderham Food Festival 2018 as tickets released

Powderham Food Festival has revealed the line-up of high profile chefs who will be featuring at this year’s Festival on 6th and 7th October 2018. Star of The Hungry Sailors, James Strawbridge will be making his debut appearance at the exciting autumnal foodie event alongside broadcaster Judi Spiers, who will be hosting the chefs’ theatre across the weekend.

Set against the backdrop of the beautiful Powderham Castle, chef and author, James Strawbridge, will be joined at the two day celebration of South West food and drink by acclaimed patisserie chef Colin Bennett, Ashley Wright, Head Chef at the award winning Horn of Plenty, respected Chef Director at the Ashburton Cookery School, Darrin Hosegrove, award-winning cake bakers and regulars on Channel 4’s ‘Extreme Cake Makers’, Phil and Christine Jensen and gut-health expert, Katie Venner from Tracebridge Sourdough and Fermenteria.

Tickets for the Powderham Food Festival have now been released for sale and alongside the exciting chef line up, this year’s Festival is set to be bigger and better than ever before with over 170 exhibitors providing all things edible, drinkable and delectable.

Powderham Food Festival, now back for its seventh year, in the grounds of the Earl and Countess of Devon’s home, has established itself as the Autumnal foodie event with a packed programme of food related activities for all the family: take part in the Great Devon Chilli Challenge or watch smokin’ hot demonstrations in the Theatre of Fire and Smoke, hosted by barbeque legends Simon Dyer and John Gower.

Young ones are also well catered for with a chance to get hands on with cooking demonstrations led by the Fun Kitchen, or sit back and enjoy comedian, Dan the Hat.

Set in the scenic grounds of Devon’s finest castle, Devon foodies won’t want to miss out on this opportunity to try exciting street food, discover new artisan products, enjoy live music, shop and learn from the top chefs in the area.

Festival director, Bob Small has been working hard with the team to make sure this year’s event is even bigger and better than before. Bob commented: “We are delighted to announce the chef line up – it’s really exciting to be joined by so many of the region’s finest chefs. This year’s Festival is set to be even better than before with well over 170 exhibitors, plenty of live music and demonstrations to enjoy. We’ve just released the tickets for sale, these advance online tickets are discounted and offer great value – so I’d recommend buying your tickets now. Don’t forget whatever the weather there’s lots under cover at the Festival and its a great day out for the whole family.”

Judi Spiers added: “I am thrilled to be involved with the Powderham Food Festival this October. It is a wonderful weekend event set against the backdrop of the glorious Powderham Castle and has really made its mark on the foodie calendar over the last few years. We’re so lucky to live in a region which boasts such great produce and this weekend which celebrates the very best of our South West larder is one not to be missed.”

Tickets are now on sale in advance at an early bird price. Click here to buy your tickets now. 

Adult ticket £9 (£7.50 online) 
Under 16 ticket £3 (£2.50 online)
 Family ticket (2 adults, up to 3 children) £20 (£17 online) Children under 5 free.

The Powderham Food Festival, Powderham Castle, nr Exeter, Devon 6-7 October 2018, open 10.00am-5.00pm daily.

WIN a VIP tour around Dartmoor Zoo with Benjamin Mee!

We Bought a Zoo

We have an exciting competition for you donated by our principal sponsor Devon Contract Waste.

Buy your tickets to the Powderham Food Festival by clicking here and you will automatically be entered into a draw to win a VIP ‘We Bought a Zoo’ Tour for 4 people at Dartmoor Zoo.

In 2007, Director Benjamin Mee committed the story of Dartmoor Zoo to writing in the best-selling book, We Bought a Zoo. It has since sold all over the world in over 20 languages. In 2009, it caught the attention of Hollywood producers and in 2010, the movie of the same name starring Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson was released in the USA and later in the UK in March 2012. Now, you can hear this fascinating story as well as the highs and lows of keeping Dartmoor Zoo alive over the past 10 years first hand from Benjamin himself in a guided VIP tour of the zoo.

The winner will be chosen at random from our online ticket sales and notified after the festival.

Terms and Conditions

  1. The prize is awarded by Powderham Food Festival, courtesy of Devon Contract Waste, and will be fulfilled by Dartmoor Zoological Park, Sparkwell, Plymouth PL7 5DG.
  2. The prize is: a VIP ‘We Bought a Zoo’ Tour for four people. Visitors will enjoy a detailed tour of Dartmoor Zoo with experienced zoo keepers, lunch in the Jaguar Restaurant and exclusive meet-and-greet with Dartmoor Zoo founder and author of ‘We Bought A Zoo’, Benjamin Mee. The entire experience will run 11am – 3.30pm and includes:
    1. Accompanied by a senior keeper to meet and learn about the meerkats, coati, bear, wolves, lynx and otters.
    2. Accompanied by Benjamin Mee for a VIP meet the lions and tigers (approx. 75 mins).
    3. All day admission to Dartmoor Zoo to explore on your own (winter opening 10am – 4pm, summer opening 10am- 6pm. Please check dartmoorzoo.org.uk for details).
  3. All participants must be aged 8 years or older and the group must include at least one adult aged 18 or over.
  4. The prize offered is as stated above and no cash or other alternatives will be offered. The prize is not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and Devon Contract Waste and Dartmoor Zoological Park reserves the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.
  5. The prize is valid only at Dartmoor Zoological Park on a date to be agreed between the winner and the Zoo before 30 September 2019. Prior booking is essential and can be arranged by calling 01752 837645 or emailing zoobase@dartmoorzoo.co.uk.
  6. The prize winner and their party must present themselves at Dartmoor Zoological Park on the date and at the time agreed. Dartmoor Zoological Park accepts no responsibility for travel, accommodation or other arrangements and no alternative arrangements will be made for members of the party who fail to attend in line with the booking.
  7. A health and safety induction will be provided immediately prior to the experience. Failure to comply with the instructions of Keepers or Dartmoor Zoo staff will result in the experience being terminated and no compensation will be offered.
  8. The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image and those of their guests by Powderham Food Festival, Devon Contract Waste, and Dartmoor Zoological Park in any publicity material now or in the future. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.
  9. Powderham Food Festival, Devon Contract Waste and Dartmoor Zoological Park reserve the right, at their sole discretion and at any time, to change or modify these terms and conditions, such change shall be effective immediately upon posting to this webpage.

Exhibitor bookings are now closed

We have now closed exhibitor bookings whilst we deal with all our (record) number of exhibitors.

We may be able to fit in some more exhibitors and will update this page soon if we can.

Please do still apply by clicking here in the knowledge that for the time being, you will be on the waiting list. Occasionally, we have exhibitors drop out for varying reasons and when this occurs, an exhibitor on the waiting list will be chosen to take the available spot. Thank you.

Festival Chefs

James

James Strawbridge

James   James at Powderham    James on beach

Cornish Development Chef James Strawbridge has worked in food and drink around the South West for over a decade. James started his career as a TV presenter, Chef and Sustainable Living Expert. He has an extensive broadcast portfolio presenting lifestyle, travel and cookery shows for the BBC and ITV such as ‘The Hungry Sailors’ and ‘It’s Not Easy Being Green’.  As a successful author he has written several internationally published cookbooks on a wide range of artisan skills and sustainable living including titles such as; Breads, Practical Self Sufficiency, Cheese & Dairy, Vegetables and Preserves. He is currently writing his eighth book on Smoking & Curing. Well established in media and publishing provides James with a unique insight and marketing expertise that he applies to his work with commercial partners and marketing teams in business.

James is passionate about marketing, collaborations, and art directing. He has successfully created concepts, spear-headed campaigns and generated innovative content and NPD for customers around the UK, working directly with Levi Roots on new products for the COOP, developing Award-winning products in Waitrose, creating colourful sub-brands for both consumer events and retail with customers like Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, and Delta Airlines.

 

Ashley Wright

Currently Head Chef at The Horn of Plenty in Tavistock, Ashley Wright has worked his way up through the kitchen. He began as a kitchen porter at the age of 16. His talent and determination led him to progress into the restaurant where he spent 3 years working in very fine establishments all over the country. It was in these roles that he honed his service skills and increased his knowledge and passion for food.

Ashley was given his first opportunity at a little family run restaurant in Ilkley – Yorkshire and went on to work in prestigious hotels such as Hotel Endsleigh and Lewtrenchard Manor. It was here that Ashley was inspired by top chefs such as Shay Cooper and Jason Hornbuckle.  Ashley enjoys a Modern European style of cooking with a strong focus on using locally sourced and seasonal produce. By allowing his ideas and creativity to grow, he has earnt himself 2 rosettes. Ashley has also achieved a 4 in the Good Food Guide.

 

Phil and Christine Jensen

Extreme Cake Makers Hippo Cake   Cake by Extreme Cake Makers

Paul and Christine are master cake bakers, and together they run their luxury cake business, Peboryon. Their cake studio is situated in the historic and beautiful town of Penzance in Cornwall, only a short stroll from the ocean edge. It’s a place of light, beauty and inspiration. From there they create gourmet luxury wedding and celebration cakes and deliver them to beautiful venues across the UK. Paul and Christine have made regular appearances on Channel Four’s ‘Extreme Cake Bakers’, showcasing their most impressive masterpieces.

 

Colin Bennett

As Pastry Chef Manager at Ashburton Cookery School, Colin Bennett started baking from a very young age, following in the footsteps of his grandmother who he thanks for providing him with a strong grounding in the basics. From there, he landed his first job as a commis pastry chef at the Park Lane Hilton in London and went on to work in a number of leading hotels including: The Grovesnor and Dorchester. His talent led him to work alongside many of today’s celebrity chefs including Simon Hopkinson, Nuno Mendez, Tom Aitkin and Jamie Oliver. Colin worked in Michelin starred restaurants such as Pied a Terre, The Orrery and Viajante, however, maintains that the highlight of his career was his 4 and a half years at Hilton’s specialist patisserie, created as part of a £30m refit.

Colin strives to build his recipes on great classical foundations from which he can incorporate modern techniques. He hopes to pass on the fundamentals of baking through his teaching so that others don’t underestimate the value of an enthusiastic home cook. “A little education can make cooking a lot more fun”.

 

Darrin Hosegrove

As Chef Director at Ashburton Cookery School, Darrin began his career at Gidleigh Park Hotel working under the guidance of Michelin starred chef Shaun Hill. He has worked in many acclaimed fine dining restaurants in the UK and also held positions as a College Lecturer and Development Chef, before joining the Ashburton Cookery School in 2004. As well as regularly teaching at the school, Darrin oversees the development of new courses, recipes and menus. Darrin has helped to create a cookery school with a strong ethos supporting South West producers and artisan suppliers. He has also been instrumental in the development of the annual Ashburton Food & Drink Festival, which takes place in September.

The award-winning cookery school has been running for 20 years offering courses to amateur cooks of all abilities. Darrin was responsible for launching the Ashburton Chefs Academy which has now become a professional accredited training centre teaching culinary diploma’s in cuisine and patisserie to an advanced level.

 

Katie Venner

Katie co-owns Teignbridge Sourdough and Fermenteria and has even advised Tom in the Archers on his fermenting technique! You can find Katie teaching fermenting and patisserie classes or selling her ferments and talking about fermentation at Frome Independent Sunday market, as Wild and Fermented. As well as introducing us to the joys of Sauerkraut, she will be telling us about her attempt to get into the Guinness Book of Records for the largest fermented cabbage dish in the world!

Judi Spiers announced as the first ambassador to the Powderham Food Festival

Judi Spiers

Judi Spiers

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.

Latest Exhibitors for 2018

Planning to visit the festival this year? Check out our exhibitor page to get a flavour for who will be there! We’ve recently updated the page with exhibitors who have been confirmed so far. From chocolate pizza to delicious cheese, wonderful charities to beautiful handmade homeware, they’ll be something for everyone at this year’s festival.

Click here to see the full list of exhibitors. The list will constantly be kept updated so make sure you keep checking back to see who has been added to the line-up.

Festival News

Cupcakes at the food festival

Devon’s popular Powderham Food Festival will return this autumn as organisers announce this year’s dates.

Powderham Food Festival, the autumnal foodie event that celebrates the South West’s finest food and drink producers, will return on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th October 2018, 10am to 5pm. Now in its seventh year, the festival will be hosted in the grounds of the beautiful Powderham Castle and promises to provide a fantastic family, foodie and fun day out for all to enjoy.

Brimming with all things edible, drinkable and delectable from over 170 producers, there are also demonstrations from a line-up of the region’s best culinary talents.

There are scores of food-related activities across the two-day festival, which is a magnet for foodie fans of all ages. Set in, and against the backdrop, of Devon’s finest castle, you can savour exciting street food, discover new artisan products, shop and learn from the foodie experts, enjoy live music, be inspired by culinary heroes and get hands-on in the new masterclasses.

Powderham Food Festival will also see the return of the popular Theatre of Fire and Smoke hosted by barbecue legends Simon Dyer, Marcus Bawdon and John Gower from Quiet Waters Farm.

Organiser Bob Small is looking forward to this year’s festival and claims it will be bigger and better than ever before.

Bob commented: “We are really excited to announce the return of Powderham Food Festival. Promoting the very best of South West food and drink in such glorious surrounding makes the Powderham Food Festival a very special event. We have been delighting food lovers across the region for six years now and are really looking forward to the return of the favourite features and adding in some new exciting 2018 attractions too. With hundreds of food and drink stalls to browse and plenty of live demonstrations to enjoy, Powderham Food Festival promises to be a great day out for the whole family.”

Bob continued: “We’re busy confirming lots of details for this year’s event, so make sure you put the date in your diary now – 6th & 7th October – and watch this space as over the next few months we will be unveiling more of the 2018 line-up, announcing our chefs and revealing just what’s on the festival menu this year.”

Tickets will be released for sale from 1st June 2018

Festival Official Charity

Devon Air Ambulance Night Flying team

Devon Air Ambulance

Devon Air Ambulance is a charity that provides urgent medical assistance to people in Devon. With two helicopters, the team can reach emergency scenes – often inaccessible by road – within minutes, responding to approximately 1,200 incidents per year.

Devon Air Ambulance responds not just to patients who have sustained injuries, but also to patients who are suffering from a serious medical emergency such as a stroke or heart attack. No matter where you are in Devon, the Air Ambulances will be able to respond to you.

The helicopters can fly at 160 miles an hour which means that specialist paramedics can be delivered to the scene of an incident quickly and convey the patient to hospital in the shortest time possible. One of the great advantages of Devon Air Ambulance is that it can convey patients not only to the closest hospital but to specialist treatment centres (Exeter for cardiac treatment, Derriford for trauma incidents, Swansea for adults with serious or complex burns and Bristol Royal Infirmary for children).

Both helicopters have been specifically designed with the role of an Air Ambulance in mind and even have a special aviation incubator which can convey seriously ill new born babies to specialist treatment centres.

Though in 2017 operating costs increased to £6.4 million due to Night Flying, the Charity is extremely proud that they were able to extend their flying hours untill midnight for the Exeter aircraft.

Independent of any Government or Lottery funding, all operating costs of the service are met by public fundraising and donations. With the support of people and businesses like yourself, Devon Air Ambulance wouldn’t be able to save hundreds of lives per year.

https://www.daat.org/