The 2016 Devizes Food and Drink Festival will open with the Grand Festival Market on Saturday 14th May 2016.
It continues through the following week with great food events happening every day.
The 2016 programme is taking shape but you can still view the 2015 menu of events. Tickets will be available in April 2016

Market Booking Open

NEWS (Updated Jan 16th):-
~ Tickets for our mystery dining event, "Come Dine With Us" are now on sale.

~ T
he Grand Festival Market on 14th May 2016 gets the go ahead. Book your stall now! Details and application form on Market Traders page

Thursday, 14 January 2016

"Come Dine With Us" Tickets go on sale

You are invited to a dinner party for six 

on Saturday March 12th 2016. 


 Some 2015 guests looking forward to their meal


‘But where and who with?’ we hear you ask. 

 That is the surprise!

A few days before the event you will be given the venue
 for your evening out, which will be a private home in Devizes.
You will meet your fellow guests on the night.

 You will be served a welcome drink and a delicious home cooked dinner.
(Please bring your own drink to accompany the meal.)

Unlike the TV programme the hosts don't provide entertainment and there's no scoring. These dinners are simply a great opportunity to enjoy a splendid meal and meet new friends.

Tickets are £20 each, and are sold in ones or twos to ensure you mix with people you have not met before. You don't have to be a conventional couple, bring a friend or relation! Single people are most welcome too – in previous years many guests have come on their own and you will be sure to have other people to talk to. 

At time of booking, you will be able to tell us about any dietary preferences and restrictions which we will do our very best to accommodate. 


Some menus from last year’s Come Dine With Us:-

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

It's Cocktails at eight! (well 7.30)


The famous Food Festival Cocktail Evening 
will be held in the Assembly Room 
at Devizes Town Hall 
on Friday 20th May at 7.30pm

Full details to follow when available

See also photos on our Facebook page

Saturday, 2 January 2016

Festival Market to go ahead as planned

There were reports in local papers before Christmas suggesting that there was some doubt about whether the Festival Market would be able to go ahead this year after Wiltshire Council belatedly notified us that they wanted to impose a sizeable charge for use of the Devizes Market Square by the Food Festival.

Busy stalls last year in Devizes Beautiful Market Square

This issue has now been resolved and the Festival Committee can now confirm that 

The Grand Market on May 14th 2016 
will definitely go ahead as planned. 

So if you want to be a part of the biggest food event in Devizes,
 get your booking in as soon as possible.
Spaces are limited and going fast!
Visit our market traders page for more information.

(image courtesy of DM)

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

The Southgate Inn confirms for 2016

The Southgate Inn by Teresa Robertson
(Picture reproduced with the permission of the artist)

Ian and Sarah at the Southgate Inn have agreed to host another event for the Devizes Food Festival in 2016. It will probably follow the 'Banger's and a Pint' format of previous years which proved more popular than ever in 2015 with people being turned away at the door.

The Southgate has a wide selection of real ales and cider,
but other drinks can be substituted for the 'Pint' if you wish.
We can also cater for vegetarians and gluten-free diets 
but you need to tell us when you book.

 More details will be posted here as soon as they become available.

The Southgate Inn
Potterne Road
(top of Long Street, rurn right)

Tel: 01380 722872 

Thursday, 3 December 2015

We're looking for a Secretary

As planning for the next Food Festival gets going in earnest, the organisers are looking for someone who will act as Secretary and Minute Taker at our Planning Meetings. This is an important job ensuring that decisions taken at the meetings and things which need to be done are properly recorded and circulated for action. 

For this role it is not necessary to record everything that is said at the meeting, but simply extract key decisions and actions. The secretary can play a valuable role in spotting items which are unresoved, unclear or ambiguous and getting them clarified.

Meetings are usually held monthy from September to March
 and slightly more frequently in April/May

You will need to be able to use computer word processing and e-mail.
There is scope for getting involved in other activities too if you want to.
 or call Philppa on 07801971591.

Creative Meetings!  Illustration used with permission:  Designed by Freepik

Saturday, 14 November 2015

2016 Festival Market - Booking Opens For Traders

 Booking has now opened for traders wishing to take part in the
2016 Devizes Food and Drink Festival Grand Market 
on Saturday 14th May 2016.

Further details with stall prices and booking terms
can be found on our 'Information for Market Traders' page. 

The latest details of events arranged for the big day 
can be found in the Grand Market announcement 
which will be progressively updated as details are finalised.

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Planning for 2016 gets under way

Planning for the 2016 Devizes Food Festival is getting under way in earnest now. Ambitious plans to expand and improve the programme of events on Market Day are taking shape. The Committee have agreed to continue the emphasis on promoting local Devizes and Wiltshire traders.

If the weather holds again next year, May 14th 2016 should be a great day!