Devizes Food & Drink Festival is sponsored by Wadworth Brewery

(Updated Dec 1st 2018) :-

Discussions about the 2019 Festival are under way, please watch this space for announcements

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Wednesday, 9 May 2018

STOP PRESS! - More Market Entertainment!

It's been announced that
The Invitation Theatre Company 
will be putting on a performance from their forthcoming 

'TITCO does Queen' show 

at the 2018 Devizes Food Festival Market on Saturday 12th May. 

Monday, 30 April 2018

Extra Event! - The History of Beer (2018)

Sorry, but this event has been cancelled  


Ever wondered how beer was discovered? Or how is it made? 
Ever wanted to try every brew at a beer festival?!

Then come and join us at your local Devitera microbrewery for a journey through the history of beer.

We will learn about this wonderful drink and sample 15 beers from around the world, experiencing the diversity of flavours and styles. 

From low to scarily alcoholic, affordable to eye-wateringly expensive, we'll try it all!

When: Tues May 15th 19:00

Where: Devitera Microbrewery, 
The New Bakery, High Street, Rowde, Devizes, SN10 2PL

Tickets are limited to 22 people
so for a fun and informative evening book yours now!
Tickets available only from our on-line Ticket Shop
 (on-line booking fee =£1.32, read about booking and fees)

For more information about Devitera visit: Devitera on facebook 

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Raffle in aid of Mayor's Fund (2018)

Try your luck with some tickets for the 
2018 Devizes Food & Drink Festival Raffle!
(all in aid of the Mayor's Fund which supports local good causes) 

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Prizes this year include:


Morrisons “The Best” hamper of delightful nibbles.

Gift Box of Beer from Kennet and Avon Brewery

Sainsburys Picnic rug, cooler bag and carrying bag
A Wadworth beer hamper 
Naturally Balanced Cookery Book by Peter Vaughan of The Bistro
2 Wadworth brewery tour and beer tasting tickets 
A bottle of Bombay Sapphire Gin
Mixed selection of 6 bottles of Wadworth beer  in bag

£30 Voucher to spend at the Bear


A big Thank You to all the individuals and businesses
 who kindly donated these prizes

Look out for tickets being sold at Festival Events 
and at the Festival stall on Market Day.
All proceeds go to the Mayor's Charity

The draw will be made by the new Mayor
at the Cocktail Party on Friday 18th May

Winners will be notified if not able to be present

Monday, 16 April 2018

Grand Festival Market Line Up (2018)

We have an amazing range of food and drink products on offer at the  
2018 Devizes Food & Drink Festival Market
(May 12th 2018) 
 Make your choice from these treats

Traditional Fare
Photo: Plenty Pies
###Hog Roast###
Gourmet Pies, Quiches, Scotch Eggs
Sausage Rolls, Gourmet Toasties!

Exotic and International
Photo: StrEAT17
Moroccan Lamb Burgers, Halloumi Chips,
Mexican Street Food,
Italian Pizza, Ravioli
***South African Food***

Veggie curries, Vegan Ales
Organic veg box service
Oils and salad dressings

Specialist Foods
cheese display by pixabay
Garlic Foods, Chilli foods,
Delicatessen products, Artisan Cheese
Sausages – Polish, German, English
Chutneys & Jams
Specialist Teas

To Drink
 Coffee & Tea of course! plus...
Photo by pixabay
Traditional Ales, Craft beers, Vegan Ales
Somerset Cider, Mead
photo by pixabay

Fine Wines, Prosecco
look out for Wine Tasting Experiences
Cocktails, Liqueurs, Gin Liqueurs, Chocolate Wine

Sweet-Tooth, Family and Kids of all Ages

Cupcake photo by pixabay
Cakes, Cupcakes, Luxury cakes, Brownies and Blondies
Fruit and chocolate waffles, Fruit kebabs

sweets photo by pixabay
Ice Cream, Snow Cones, Candyfloss
 Sweets, Vintage&Retro Sweets, Fudge, Nougat, Florentines

******* General Interest Stalls *******

Photo by pixabay
Saving our Heritage
Buildings and landscape (National Trust),
Protecting Birds and their habitat (RSPB)
Preserving local wildlife (Wilts Wildlife Trust)
Preserving our Woodlands (Woodland Trust)

Can't find what you want?
About Us
Visit the Food Festival Information Point!

More about the Market Day Entertainments

If you want to see your business featured here foc, send us a nice picture!

Thursday, 29 March 2018

A Meal at Erlestoke Prison (2018)

Once again we are presenting a

Pop-Up Restaurant at Erlestoke Prison

 (Image from a similar scheme at Brixton, London)
This intriguing event is a unique opportunity to visit Erlestoke Prison
and sample a 3 course meal prepared using ingredients grown at the Prison
 and served by Staff and Offenders who are studying there for NVQ's.

Previous year's guests have been amazed at the culinary expertise of the offenders who prepared and served the meal and they gave them a standing ovation at the end. They were able to talk to them and the prison staff were able to tell them about the training and employment opportunities that would be offered on release from prison, helping to reduce re-offending.


Warm Fig, Walnut & blue cheese Tart
Accompanied with dressed seasonal salad
Crab cakes with Sweet Chilli & ginger dipping sauce

Oven Roasted Poussin brushed with Lime Marmalade & served with Lime & Crème Fraiche Sauce accompanied with Sage & Onion Stuffing
Beef Wellington served with a wild mushroom jus lie
Italian Stuffed Courgettes with Quorn mince, chopped tomatoes, Basil & Topped with capers & cheese

Seasonal vegetables with Roasted Garlic & Rosemary potatoes 
Medley of Guilty Pleasures
Carrot Cake, Lemon Drizzle & Victoria Sponge
Selection of Cheese & Biscuits accompanied with Fruit chutney

NO alcohol is allowed within the prison, soft drinks will be served
 Early arrival at 5.30 is required for a 6pm start (finishes by 9pm)
Remember to bring photo ID with you

This is always a popular event so book early to avoid disappointment

Date:- Tuesday 15th May 2018
Tickets:- £25
are available now by contacting :-
Erlestoke Manor House,
Erlestoke Village

Erlestoke prison is situated south of Devizes between West Lavington and Westbury 
It is not accessible by public transport.

How to get there by car

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Joe Fattorini Hosts A Food and Wine Tasting Evening (2018)

Wine expert and TV presenter Joe Fattorini
  will be coming to Devizes Food Festival this year to host
a food and wine tasting evening for us and share his knowledge of wine.
 (for more about Joe see

The evening will include: 


A glass of fizz on arrival.


A brief introduction to wine by Joe Fattorini.


A Food and Wine Tasting


Based on canape versions of The Bear’s food menu 
(with Starters, Mains, Pudding and Cheese)
plus 2 different wines to taste with each course. 


Date: Wednesday 9th May 2018, 6.30pm – 8pm

Ticket Price: £16.50

tickets available  from: Devizes Books or On-Line 
(on-line booking fee =£1.17, read about booking fees)

About our Venue:
The Bear Hotel, Devizes Market Place

The Bear Hotel, one of Devizes oldest hostelries,
 returns to the Devizes Food Festival in 2018
 as venue for this exciting wine and food tasting evening, 
sponsored by Wadworth

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

"From Plot to Pot" (A Talk) 2018

Aldetha Raymond (of Little Foxes Farm, Seend)

gives a talk entitled Plot to pot: Growing food at home.

Vegetable image courtesy of pixabay

Sorry this event has been cancelled

Aldetha teaches horticulture and small holding courses from her Little Foxes Farm. At Bristol University’s Botanical Gardens she teaches biological sciences and is a full time lecturer in horticulture at Lackham College. Aldetha’s passions
are plant propagation, garden design and plant establishment/maintenance. 
She has appeared on radio and TV.

Aldetha writes:-
"There is nothing more amazing than growing vegetables at home,
pulling carrots, growing the perfect cauliflower and chilli peppers. 
Experiencing the taste, the pride and the wonderment of nature; 
developing the patience and therapeutic skills of the gardener.

Not every aspiring gardener has an allotment or a vegetable plot
to match the likes of Monty Don,
but you will be amazed by what can be grown
in just a modest garden, window box or allotment plot.

Within this talk I hope to inspire you
to bring out your forks, spades and gardening gloves 
but I don’t want the fun to stop there............
After growing the next set of tools you will need are in the kitchen 
to get the best out of your home-grown ingredients."

"Plot to pot is just the start of a relationship
 with the soil and your taste buds."

Date: Mon 7th May 2018 at 7pm
Tickets: £5 (from Devizes Books or On-line)
Venue: The Sports Club, London Rd, Devizes
There will be a bar available.