The programme of events for the 2017 Devizes Food and Drink Festival is now available (see Programme Page).

Tickets for 'Come Dine With Us' (6th May) are now on sale (details).

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Friday, 24 March 2017

Food and Drink Festival Raffle

Try your luck with some tickets for the 
2017 Devizes Food & Drink Festival Raffle!
(in aid of the Mayor's Charity) 

previous years prizes (2015)
Prizes this year include:


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A big Thank You to all the individuals and businesses
 who kindly donate 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 at the Cocktail Party on Friday 19th May
Winners will be notified if not present

A Night of Cocktails and Flavours from around the Globe

"A Taste of Adventure"

Champagne with  Citron by Thomas Weiss (freeimages)

From Mojitos to Punches, our 'Taste of Adventure' cocktail night encourages you to try cocktails from around the world. Choose from eight, delicious concoctions...with alcohol-free options on offer too. There will also be non-stop delicious canap├ęs and nibbles, brilliant music and lively company. 

♪♫♫♪ Fantastic live music will be provided by
singer-songwriter-pianist Archie 'fingers' Coombe. ♪♫♫♪♫
(whose performance last year as 'Fingers' Combe excited us all)

If your sense of adventure runs to the occasional gamble
we'll be drawing the raffle tickets for the Mayor's Fund Appeal around 9pm

 Don't miss out on this great night - Friday 19th May.
Pick up your passport on the entrance and enjoy 'A Taste of Adventure'

Three cocktails are included in the ticket price.
Additional cocktail tokens will be available for you to purchase on the night
 and adventure into further unexplored territory!

Buy your tickets now before they run out!

It's here at Devizes Town Hall
Venue: The Assembly Room, Devizes Town Hall 
Date: Friday 19th May, doors open at 7.30pm
Tickets:- £20 each, in advance only, from Food Festival Outlets
or  Book on-line   (read about costs)
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photo by tijmen van dobbenburgh (freeimages)

Cocktail photo courtesy of Splitshire

Food Quiz

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This year our itinerant Famous Food Quiz moves to 
the Kennet & Avon Cafe at the Wharf
and the competition promises to be fiercer than ever! 

Put your knowledge of food and drink to the ultimate test, 
which by tradition is set by last year's winners. 

 Prizes will be awarded to the best teams
the bonus prize for the winners is to set the quiz in 2018!

There will be a bar and light refreshment
 to lubricate and sustain your brain cells!

starts at 7.30pm 
on Monday 15th May 2017

Entry Fee:- £12 per team of 4
Single tickets (£3) are also available if you can't make up a team, 
and we will pair you up on the night.

Buy tickets in advance from Festival ticket outlets or pay at the door 
Book on-line   (read about on-line fees etc)

The Grand Festival Market

Devizes Food and Drink Festival present a

Grand Market in Devizes Market Place 
on Saturday 13th May (10am - 4pm)

A scene from the 2015 Festival Market

There will be over 40 stalls offering an amazing range of food items 
from Cider, wine and Beer to Olives, Pies and Relish.
As always with a special emphasis on the best of Wiltshire, 
the wonderful food produced by our local businesses.

But it's not just a Market!

There's an international adventure theme to the festival this year and our wide range of street food vendors will include plenty of International flavour including Persian, Indian, South African and Mexican. 
Chris Mincher's Persian Food had queues all day last year!
There will also be vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free food
 and even good old pie and mash. 
Not to mention ice cream, do-nuts, sweets, cakes... 

 But it's not just a Market!

Entertainments will be adding to the atmosphere, all day

This year Punch and Judy for the kids 
plus the Lion's 'Human Fruit Machine'
and a
Bar and Music Area
(kindly organised for us one again by Kennet and Avon Brewery)

Relax in the sun, sip a beer or cocktail and listen to our featured artists:-

Kirsty Clinch

Kirsty Clinch writes her songs based on her own
life experiences so every word is sung from the heart.
web site

Other artists to be announced in due course


While you're looking around be sure to visit
the 'Devizes Food and Drink Festival' Stall
About Us
where you will be able to pick up a copy of our 
Programme of Events for Festival Week
 and buy last-minute tickets on the spot.

While you are there why not try your luck in our 
Raffle in aid of the Mayor's Fund?
with a host of fabulous prizes
(draw to be made at the 'Taste of Adventure' Cocktail Party)

Entry to the Festival Market is Free
Don't miss it!

See map showing town centre venues


 market images used by permission of DM

Regency Supper at The Bistro

Join us here in Devizes for a night set 2 hundred years ago, in the era of one of England’s greatest novelists; Jane Austen. 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.

Jane Austen (Source:Wikimedia Commons)
Menu awaited
 Date:- Wednesday 17th May
Price:- £25
Tickets available from the Bistro only.
Book your time and tell them about your dietary requirements. 
Wine not included

Venue:- The Bistro, 7, Little Brittox, Devizes
Tel:- 01380 720043.
Near the Market Place - See map showing town centre venues 


 In conjunction with this event, 
Vaughan's Cookery School at Hopton Park
 is also running a Regency-themed cooking class
 on Thursday 18th (see Programme).

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.


To whet your appetite while we await this years menu, last year's included  fillet of poached Dover sole or Fig & Blue Cheese Tart, Herb Crusted rack of lamb  or Beetroot Risotto, Chocolate Torteor Coffee & Walnut Gateau   
NO alcohol is allowed within the prison, soft drinks will be served

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.

 Prompt arrival is required for a 6pm start (finishes by 9pm)
This is always a popular event so book soon to avoid disappointment
 (Ticket availability date to be advised)
Date:- Tuesday 9th May 2017
Tickets:- £25

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

Monday, 20 March 2017

Come Dine With Us!

Tickets are now on sale* for "Come Dine With Us", 
the Devizes Food Festival's Mystery Dining Experience
Saturday May 6th 2017, Price £20

Forget about the television programme. There will be no nosing around the bedrooms and knicker drawers between courses! It's a great night out in a local home, where your host will produce a menu of their own choice for six to ten guests. Expect a welcome cocktail and a splendid three or four course meal served up with conversation and good-humour in a welcoming atmosphere. 
Bring your own bottle of wine or other drink of choice, then relax and enjoy the evening.
Everyone is welcome, young or old, singles, couples and friends.
 If you are new to Devizes it's a great way to meet people!
 In 2017 Come Dine With Us is spreading its wings, with two venues in outlying villages. People without their own transport will only be allocated places at these rural tables if we can arrange car shares.       
When you book you will be contacted by e-mail by Roz the event organiser to find out about your dietary restrictions and whether you can travel to a venue outside Devizes. You will be notified where you are dining a few days before the event, and we will supply some information on the menu to help you choose your wine to bring.  
It is far more entertaining than a restaurant and a wonderful way to start the festival. 
Tickets are £20 each available from *from 22nd March onwards 
from Devizes Books or our On-line Ticket Shop 
 (read about booking on-line)
If you fancy being a host, details can be found here.
If you buy a  ticket but can't come: - About Returns