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, 11 February 2017

Provisional Programme 2017


Fri May 5th
Gin tasting @ the Vaults

Sat May 6th
Come Dine With Us
at a secret location!
Sun May 7th

Mon May 8th
Beer tasting and pie

Tues May 9th
Pop up Resturant at Erlestoke Prison. Prompt arrival for a 6pm start, finish by 9pm. No alcohol. 3 courses

Weds May 10th evening
Literary dinner
Devizes Books

Thurs May 11th

Fri May 12th
A taste of Lebanon -Lebanese cuisine plus belly dancing. Town Hall.

Sat, May 13th
Grand Festival Market
Market Place, Devizes

Sun, May 14th

Mon, May 15th
Food Quiz - NEW VENUE – Kennet & Avon Cafe @ the Wharf. Bar and light refreshments. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Beer tasting and pie
£12 per team of four

Tues, May 16th
Gianni's Sicilian Buffet
Old Swan Yard

Weds, May 17th
Bistro Join us for a night set 2 hundred years ago, here in Devizes in the era of one of England’s greatest novelists; Jane Austen and celebrate her life and times with authentic dishes and drinks from the Regency period. If you have any dietary requirements, please let us know in advance – 38 tickets
Thurs May 18th
Vaughan's Cookery School – Regency cooking

Fri May 19th
Cocktail Event
Live music from Archie Combe.
Sat May 20th

Black Swan – to be agreed

Beef & Beer at the Farm Cookery School, Netherstreet. 11:00 until 15:00, . Make your own burger and choose from beer, tea, coffee or soft drink.

Rowdey Cow – Italian supper with live music

£12 for adults, £6 for kids

To be added when date agreed – Bengal Bite, Mayenne,
Times Square, Cooking with Beer, Sprouts

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Come dine Saturday 6th May 2017

Forget about the television programme with a similar name; come dine with us is not like that. There will be no nosing around the bedrooms and knicker drawers between courses! Rather, it is a great night out hosted by aspiring chefs. They might not do fine dining, although some might have a go, but they will produce a well-considered menu, which they are confident will work.
The guests, usually six or eight, are typically interesting and, hopefully, reasonably lively. Expect a welcome cocktail, a splendid three or four course meal and some good-humour, mingled with intelligent conversation. You will also get to know new people.
Bring a bottle of wine or other drink of choice, relax and enjoy the evening. It is far more entertaining than a restaurant and, at £20 per person, a far lower cost. This is a wonderful way to start the festival. The photographs are from recent events. 

Details on being a host can be found here.

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

We are working on our programme of events for 2017. This year, we will cover over 2 weeks starting with a new event on Friday 5th May involving gin appreciation, followed swiftly by 'Come dine with us' on 6th May. The Market (which is going to be great again this year) will be on the 13th May and we have two brand new events on 20th May. Return fixtures from Erlestoke Prison, the Bistro, Vaughan's Cookery School and many others. Full details soon.

Friday, 16 December 2016

Food Festival Supports Local Good Causes

An informal presentation ceremony was held at the Town Hall last evening when members of the Devizes Food and Drink Festival organising committee handed over donations for this years good causes.

This year the Festival made donations to

Getting ready - Julias House stall at the 2016 Food Festival Market

In addition to this in 2016, we provided a stall for Julias House Children's Hospice at the Grand Market in May and made a donation to Devizes Budo Club for their help in distributing Festival Programmes to houses in the town.

Approximately 50% of the Festival surplus this year was passed on to local good causes, the rest has been retained to make next year's Food Festival even better and as a reserve for when we have to replace costly items like street banners and our sound system.

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

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!




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



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