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The 2017 Devizes Food and Drink Festival is beginning to take shape.
Bookings for the market are now open with pitches from £50 if you book early.
Application form on our market traders page.
It's definitely the place to be on May 13th 2017!

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Why don't you help us put on the 2017 Festival? It's rewarding and fun, a good way to meet people. Here's how

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Thank you to Martin Walker

A big thank you to our sponsor!

The three year sponsorship of the Devizes Food Festival by Martin Walker, the town's independent  estate agent has now come to an end. We thank Martin for his interest and support which has been greatly valued, a reassurance and encouragement to the Festival team during a difficult transitional period. Thank you Martin!


Details of our new sponsor (sponsors?) will be announced here shortly!

Click on the label below for details of all our numerous other sponsors and supporters without whose help we could not put the festival on.

Balloon image courtesy of ESLimmersion at wikispaces.com

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Catering for the Festival

At the Devizes Food Festival we always try to promote local food and drink related businesses and this year we branched out into a new field by asking outside catering businesses to provide food for two of the events which we organise ourselves. 


For the new Majestic Wine and Food Challenge, all the food was provided by
who are based in Royal Wootton Bassett. Lorraine was very helpful to us in meeting our fairly specific ingredient requirements and coping with last minute changes to numbers. They served the food themselves through the evening at intervals perfectly synchronised with the progression of wines being discussed. Those present certainly enjoyed the result!

 

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The Prohibition Party

 
For the rejuvenated Cocktail evening we had the challenge of equalling the standard of previous years when the food has been provided by a host of local volunteers.
 
It was Taste Catering of Devizes who stepped up to this particular plate with a selection of inventive canapes that went down a treat on the night.
 
 
 
 
 

 

Taste Catering





 

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Although it isn't possible to cater individually for dietary requirements at such big events, both these providers had a responsible approach to food allergies and provided a variety of ingredients in their offerings.

We will probably repeat the experiment next year.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Festival Feedback

On the Bangers and Mash evening
"I was impressed with the quality of the sausages. They were, of course, expertly cooked. The mash was as smooth as could be. I thought the entertainment by the Morris dancers added to the occasion." - RE

On the Market

pictured by Vicky Scipio
 Above: The Persian Food stall which had a queue of people all day long!

"Congratulations on such a well run and incredibly popular food festival.  All the stall holders near me were very pleased. The Chilli Chuckin Challenge and the Crumpet-Frisbee were both very popular and we got a constant stream of people throughout the day with many people having 2-3 attempts at each contest.  There seemed to be lots of families and it was particularly popular with them, especially as it was free entertainment for the children." - Wacky Nation


"Best one of the 3 we've done to date, best atmosphere too and something to build on next year! I think it starts and finishes too early though, haven't spoken to anyone that disagrees with that!" - The Vaults

Friday, 13 May 2016

Road Works in Long Street - Allow extra time!

Roadworks currently in progress in Long Street mean that Long Street is closed on weekday evenings from 1900 to midnight until Thursday 19th May 2016. There is no through road and no parking on Long Street on these evenings. Pedestrian Access is not restricted.

If you are attending a Festival event on Monday to Thursday you will not be able to drive along Long Street or park there after 7pm. The road will be open at the weekend as normal.

The closed stretch runs from Potterne Road roundabout down to the bottom of Long Street where it meets St John Street and High Street. During the closure it is still possible to drive along High St (past Swan Yard and Wilkinson's) and  turn back up St John Street, past the Town Hall to the Market Place.

The only alternative cross-town route open between Market Place and Potterne Road roundabout is via New Park Street and Gains Lane (back of Sainsburys). 

If your planned route would have taken you along Long Street, you are advised to allow extra time to reach your venue and also to find parking, since people who normally park in Long Street at night will be displaced elsewhere.

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Food & Drink Festival Fever Grips Devizes!

Eager Food Fanciers rush to buy tickets as the banners go up in The Brittox.

Well perhaps not but there's definitely something of a festive air developing as the Festival's banners sporting the new fresh-look logo go up in the town alerting everybody that tickets for the weeks events are on sale (and selling well). 

The Official Programme is available now 

it's packed with exciting new events and old favourites. 

It appears as the centrefold of May's edition of  'Life In Devizes'
It is also available from the Bookshop and other outlets round the town.
You can also download your own copy from this web-site.
Copies will also be available from the Festival Stand at the Grand Market

Don't miss the Grand Market on 14th May


It's got more stalls than ever this year 
plus Music Entertainment and Bar
plus Wacky Games (for children of all ages!)

Saturday, 30 April 2016

Did You Know? - The White Bear

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We are delighted to welcome a fascinating new venue
The White Bear
 to the Devizes Food and Drink Festival.

"The White Bear has been an Inn offering hospitality to weary travellers and part of life in Devizes for 450 years. It  is reputed to be the oldest Public House in Devizes and there is a record of a landlord being here since 1567, in Elizabethan era. Originally called The Talbot, legend has it that it became known as The White Bear when a travelling group of entertainers came to town and lodged there with a performing bear. The original market cross was outside the pub in Monday Market Street."

celebrating Devizes links with Mayenne in Normandy

Monday Market St,
Devizes, SN10 1DN
01380 727588 

(Just opposite M&S Food)

Saturday, 23 April 2016

The Food and Drink Festival Raffle

Try your luck with some tickets for the 
2016 Devizes Food & Drink Festival Raffle!
(in aid of the Mayor's Charity) 

Some of last years prizes (2015)
Prizes this year include:

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A bottle of Champagne and 6 glasses
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 'The Great British Farmhouse Cookbook'
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 'Gloriously Gluten Free' Cookbook by Susanna Booth
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Wadworth voucher for 2 for the Brewery Tour
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Meal for 2 plus a bottle of wine at 'Times Square'
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Cream Tea for 2 at 'Tea Inc'
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Deli Hamper from 'Edward Giddings'
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A Voucher for the 'Infusion Juice Bar'
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A home-made cake 

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

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

The draw will be made at the Prohibition Party on Friday 20th May
Winners will be notified if not present