I might be slightly biased, but I think we have some of the best produce in the country. Each year in April, some of the best of the west gather together for one of the biggest events in the foodie calendar - The Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink.
In its 13th year, the festival is growing from strength to strength. Running over a long weekend, you’ll be treated to three after dark party nights, plenty of live music, cookery demonstrations and much more.
We (my husband & I) headed into Exeter on the festival's opening day. The doors opened at 10am and tickets were £8.00 each. You are given a wrist band so you can wander in and out of the festival - which is a great idea if you've also got things to see in town. As it was nearly 11am, we headed straight towards the Camper Coffer Co. and relaxed in the sun with a full bodied Americano. Then it was on to the food tents…
There were three large tents full to the brim with the most delicious food. I know what you’re thinking... free samples? Yes, and lots of them! I don't think I’ve ever had so many different types of food in such a short space of time. We went from venison burgers to oak smoked cheese, raspberry & balsamic ice cream to Tarquin's Gin... it was a treat for the senses.
After wandering through the tents, it was time to decide what to have for lunch. I wanted a bit of everything, but in the end I decided on a Salt Marsh lamb burger with tzatziki and salad, and my husband had a Ruby Beefburger with garlic mayo and salad. It was so delicious.
One of my favourite stands was a company selling every kind of hummus imaginable. They say eating isn't just about taste, it's also about what things look like, and wow, this was a feast for the eyes - bright greens and pinks with mouth-watering flavour combinations. My favourite was the beetroot and horseradish hummus.
We also tasted some of the best sausages from a company called Tamblyn's Finest Meats. We bought two packs of their traditional pork sausages – I can’t wait to eat them! The festival's a great day out for the whole family and a great celebration of our amazing local produce – we’ll definitely be back next year.
The Exeter Festival of Southwest Food and Drink returns from 28th April - 1st May 2017.