As much as I love the summer with its gloriously long days, there’s a trump card that the colder months of year keep up their sleeve…one that appeals greatly to the hedonist in me.
Don’t get me wrong…BBQ’s in the garden with the sun blazing and the caipirinhas flowing, have a definite appeal - and who can resist sharing (with shameless reluctance) a platter of tapas on a sun-drenched street while watching the world go by?
But truth be told, my tiny taste buds prefer the heartier offerings of the colder seasons – pass me a big bowl of lip-smacking goulash or an unctuous slice of crisped pork belly with mash, and I am one very happy person.
And clearly, I’m not alone. Because September and October proffer a host of foodie affairs and events in the South West that are guaranteed to satisfy the most enthusiastic of bon vivants.
So, in anticipation of a taste tour for my very grateful tum, I’ve sussed out some of the best culinary events taking place over the next few weeks. From coastal feasts to countryside markets, if you love your food, be sure to pop along to one of these yummy events…go on, treat yourself.
Food Rocks Festival, Lyme Regis
8 - 9 September
Food Rocks celebrates the fantastic produce that the South West has to offer, while raising funds for the Fishermen’s Mission and RNLI. The two-day food extravaganza brings together the best of Dorset food and drink, celebrated chefs and local producers from the surrounding regions. Both days will see a jam-packed programme of chef demonstrations, food and drink to take home, supper clubs and a raffle of amazing prices from all the producers and chefs. The event is free to attend and suitable for all the family.
A festival of urban music and seafood takes place at the new Fish Quay on Brixham’s iconic fishing harbour.
A great event for the whole family, including delicious seafood, cooking demonstrations with well-known chefs from the region, live music and entertainment.
The event is held in aid of the Fishermen’s Mission which overlooks the Fish Market.
Plymouth Seafood Fest, The Barbican and Sutton Harbour
15 - 16 September
Now in its seventh year, the Plymouth Seafood Festival will be held at The Barbican and Sutton Harbour, where a celebration of locally sourced and sustainably caught, high quality seafood will be on offer. The event supports the fishing industry and is for all the family to enjoy.
Abbfest, Newton Abbot
16 - 18 September
Abbfest hosts a wonderful weekend of live music, locally produced beer & cider, chef demonstrations and a food & craft market which showcases local artisan producers. There’s a delicious array of street food available, from authentic Thai and Mexican to hog roasts and fresh pizzas.
The festival has been running for 14 years and aims to raise money for local charities and organisations.
21 - 22 September
Budelicious, is an exciting new food and drink festival. The event will showcase the best of Bude’s restaurants and will include amazing street-food vendors, local area producers, and a Marquee where chefs from the region will demonstrate their skills.
Eat Weston Food Festival, Weston-Super-Mare
Expect to find farmers' market favourites such as cheeses, breads and pastries, pasture fed beef & lamb and craft beer. There will also be a great range of street foods including vegan, dairy free and gluten free dishes. .
The event is open air and has free entry.
The Great Food and Drink Show, Westpoint Exeter
22 – 23 September
A weekend packed full of all things food and drink from local food and drink producers.
From wine tasting to cooking demonstrations, cake decorating workshops as well as its very own Celebrity Ready, Steady Cook, this is an event not to be missed.
Taking to the stage will be some of the Nation’s favourite celebrity chefs – Tom Kerridge and Jean Christophe Novelli, as well as Champion of TV’s Come Dine With Me and successful food blogger, Polly Guy.
Taste of the Teign Food and Drink Festival, Teign Estuary and surrounds
22 – 30 September
Taste of the Teign is a Food and Drink Festival which is now in its fifth year. The event takes place in Teignmouth, Shaldon and the surrounding countryside, and celebrates the provenance and local flavours of the magnificent Teign River Estuary – mussels, crabs, jams, cakes, ales, gin, wine and much more.
England’s Seafood Feast, Brixham
22 September – 7 October
For 2 weeks England’s Coast will play host to a feast for all the senses. Visitors will be able to immerse themselves in a seafood extravaganza, sampling some of the best in the world and experiencing the very best the English Riviera has to offer.
The best of Brixham and its nearby coastal seafood restaurants are offering an array of set menus and events to tantalise taste buds, all featuring locally caught seafood. There will be cookery workshops, tastings and coastal foraging.
Powderham Food Festival, Exeter
6 – 7 October
Powderham Castle provides a magical backdrop for the Powderham Food Festival. With a vision of promoting the very best of Devon and South West food in its glorious surroundings, this food festival has become a very special event on the foodie calendar.
The festival attracts some of the finest food and drink producers in the South West as well as a select group of talented chefs and a display of high quality gifts and crafts.
Dartmouth Food Festival, Dartmouth
19 – 21 October
The streets of Dartmouth will be buzzing with invited guest food and drinks producers, all of whom represent the best in the South West. Food and drinks stalls will line the embankment and the Old Market Square, and will include artisan chocolatiers, local gin distillers, charcuteries, a calamari and prosecco bar, cheeses and a range of organic produce.