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The 2016 Devizes Food and Drink Festival will open with a new event, The Wine and Food Challenge on Friday 13th May 2016
followed by the Grand Festival Market on Saturday 14th.
The Festival continues through the following week with great food events happening every day.
All tickets are now on sale, have a look at the 2016 programme with menu details, tell your friends all about it!
download your own copy of the Festival Programme

Market Booking Open

NEWS (Updated May 5th) :-

Market Day attractions - More details of the music and entertainment included this year.

The Southgate Inn
have announced that Morris Dancers will be performing at the "Bangers and a Pint" event

Ticket Availability
~Tickets are still available for the Cookery School classes (on-line booking glitch fixed, 26th April)
~Sorry, but the Erlestoke Prison event is SOLD OUT
~Only a few tickets left for the Vineyard Tour

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

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Let's make our Festival a success!

Devizes Assembly Room
 The next Festival is almost upon us
The events have all been set up
The programmes are printed
The adverts are running.
The tables and chairs are all set out.

But you can still help us to make it a success!
Menu

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Tell your Friends about it
Buy a Ticket - or two!
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Give us a couple of hours of your time 
to help us run an event.

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See You There!
About Us 
 2016

Monday, 11 April 2016

Odd One Out

We asked the question which is the odd one out in this group of foods?


The answer is.....................




 they are all Italian food ingredients except for the Sherry

Monday, 4 April 2016

Come Dine....lots of pleasure!

above - All smiles at this year's dinner parties!
The "Come Dine With Us" event in March was a great success once again.
Thank you for coming and well done to all our hosts!
Here are some of the comments we received:-

"We very much enjoyed our night out last Saturday.’" 
‘’A friendly couple and extremely hospitable so we had a good time with plenty of entertaining conversation over dinner’

‘It was lovely to meet new people – and I thought I knew everybody in Devizes!’

'I thoroughly enjoyed myself and am glad to have supported the cause.'

I am sure your guests enjoyed the welcoming and friendly atmosphere not to mention the delicious food. I must confess I fell for your special puddings.’

‘Wonderful food (and drink !), great company and interesting conversation'’

‘The food was superb, the company eclectic and the hosts very welcoming’
‘Had a fabulous time last night!’
‘Great company and an exceptional menu.’

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If you would like to be a host next year here's what's involved

Monday, 28 March 2016

"A Taste of France"

For this year's Festival,
In celebration of the town's links with Mayenne in Normandy,
The White Bear are offering

 "A Taste of France"

with an exciting, lip-smacking, four course Menu
featuring traditional dishes such as
Mussels, Cassoulet and Tarte Normande 
with a wide range of other choices
Cheese is included and there's a vegetarian option too.


Menu

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 Traditional Onion Soup
(with cheese encrusted crouton)

Baked Camembert  with herbs
(with crusty bread)

Mussels cooked in cider, shallots and cream

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Tenderloin of pork with apple and sage in a cider & cream sauce
served with roast potatoes and green beans

Beef Bourguignon in red wine sauce
served with mashed potatoes

Cassoulet of Chicken, Bacon and Toulouse Sausage
served with green salad

Vegetarian Tartiflette
cheesy layer bake served with green salad

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A selection of French Cheeses

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Pear Tart

Millefeuille of Blueberries and Lemon cream

Cinnamon Rice with Apple Compote

Apple Ice Cream with Calvados

(wine and coffee not included) 

For fuller descriptions of all these courses
Venue:- The White Bear
Date:- Monday 16th May

Tickets:- £30 from  normal Food Festival Outlets
 Book on-line   (read about costs)

Please Note:- For this event, please buy your ticket at a Festival Outlet
and then book a table time (between 6.30 and 9pm)
by calling the venue on 01380 727588

If you want to book a ticket on-line for this event
it's the last one on the list! 

The White Bear
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Read about The White Bear Inn

Monday Market St,
Devizes, SN10 1DN
01380 727588
 See map showing town centre venues