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 150 producers, there are also demonstrations from a line-up of the region’s best culinary talents and new this year are a range of masterclasses at both the Exeter Cookery School Theatre and the Theatre of Fire and Smoke.

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 in the Exeter Cookery School Theatre 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.