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NEWS (Updated July16th 2017) :-

It's all over for 2017 but we're already hard at work planning an even better Festival for next year!
As usual the Festival will be built around the Grand Market on May 12th 2018.

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Help us put on the 2018 Festival. We need helpers for all sorts of tasks, big and small.
It's rewarding and fun, a good way to meet people. Here's how

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Bangers and a Pint at The Southgate Inn

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

Ian and Sarah at the Southgate Inn are hosting another 'Bangers and a Pint' event for the Devizes Food Festival in 2016. This evening proved more popular than ever in 2015 with people being turned away at the door.

Supported by the Southgate Inn
This year there is the added attraction of a performance of
Morris Dancing
by our local club.

The ticket price includes a plate of Bangers and Mash with gravy plus a drink of your choice at the bar.

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.



Tuesday 17th May, 7.30pm

Tickets: £8 from normal Food Festival Outlets
and the Southgate Inn
 Book on-line   (read about costs)

  This event has been generously supported by 
The Southgate Inn and CW Butchers
Supported by CW Butchers

The Southgate Inn
Potterne Road
(top of Long Street, rurn right)
 See map showing town centre venues

Tel: 01380 722872 


There is limited parking at the Southgate Inn. 
You can also park in Queen's Road, Long St and Hillworth Rd

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.
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Interested? 
 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!

Saturday, 24 October 2015

Welcome to the new Devizes Food Festival website

The Devizes Food Festival website has a new look this year.
We have adopted a blog-style format which will enable us to continuously update the information, particularly in the weeks leading up to the Festival and during the event itself.


facebook-logoYou can contact us through the profile page .
You are also welcome to add comments to the posts here,
but the main forum for chatter about the Festival will remain
 our facebook page which is unaffected by the change.




We hope you enjoy the 2016 Devizes Food and Drink Festival!


Thursday, 22 October 2015

Festival Baking Competition

Successful Baking!
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The popular baking competition is returning to the 2016 Devizes Food Festival in a completely new format. The famous Victoria Sponge competition will be taking a rest and there will be 4 new classes to compete in. Children get their own cake decorating competition.

You may think the 'Great British Bake-off' is tough, but judges from the WI who will be judging the efforts of our entrants are renowned for their strictness!

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Our Sponsor - Martin Walker

A big thank you to our sponsor!

The Devizes Food and Drink Festival is sponsored by 
Martin Walker Estate Agents and chartered surveyors.

Devizes Food and Drink Festival is a community event and it is fitting that our greatest supporter in recent years is a prominent, locally-based business, Martin Walker Estate Agents and Surveyors

Founder of the business, Martin Walker, is a Chartered Surveyor and Independent Estate Agent with over 25 years’ experience in the Devizes area and a team of dedicated property specialists.

Over the last 2 years, in a period of major change for the Festival organisation, Martin's sponsorship has been instrumental in ensuring that the Festival is able to continue and thrive and he has kindly agreed to continue this support for the 2016 Festival. 

Martin said 'I am pleased to support any venture that encourages visitors to our historic market town'


Read about other organisations that supported the festival in 2015 
 by helping with costs, by putting on events or by donating raffle prizes

and let's not forget the numerous volunteers who 
helped to plan the Festival and put on events!


Sunday, 18 October 2015

Supporters of the Food Festival Raffle (2015)

 

A number of Devizes individuals & businesses show their support for the Devizes Food Festival by donating prizes for the Raffle

In 2015 the businesses included 

Wadworth Brewery, Northgate St 
Brogan's Cafe, The Brittox
Sainsburys, Sidmouth St
The Southgate Inn, Potterne Rd
Tea Inc, Market Place
Little House of Coffee, Market Place
Ma Maison, Market Place
Devizes Books, Sidmouth St

Thanks to all of these and the generous individuals who also contributed some stunning prizes.

Friday, 16 October 2015

Supporters of the Festival Events Programme (2015)

I talked about principal supporters of the 2015 Devizes Food and Drink Festival in my last post but the Devizes Food Festival Could not possibly take place without the many local businesses who put on special events that make our week long celebration so special.

 Vaughan's Kitchen - Bistro logo

Peter Vaughan is a stalwart supporter of the Festival and  this year his Vaughan's Kitchen businesses in the town put on two events, "A Night in San Sebastian" at The Bistro and a Mezze Cookery Class at the Cookery School which sold out very quickly.


Giovanni Campanella

Another long time supporter of the Festival is Giovanni (above) who continues to support the Festival from his Dolcipani Bakery Business since his popular Isola Bella Restaurant closed. Giovanni achieved national celebrity in 2014/5 (see his site) and his spectacular Sicilian Festival night is a mini-Food Festival in it's own right and deservedly our best attended event.

 Bengal Bite Indian Restaurant and takeaway
Bengal Bite
The third of our long term supporters is Hussein of the Bengal Bite Restaurant whose Bangla Banquet this year boasted a most unusual menu and was better attended than ever.

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Jo Batchelor (left) of Devizes Books

Devizes Bookshop sells tickets for the Devizes Food Festival of course but in 2015 Jo (above) rejoined the Events Listing as well by putting on the 'Darling Spuds of May' Literary Supper. This event had the distinction of being the first to sell out!


Cosy Surroundings at The Black Swan

The Black Swan in Market Square joined us for the first time this year and provided a successful and memorable "Argentinian Fire Pit Hogget" lunch. There was an unexpected surprise when the famous chef Marco Pierre White turned up to help cook the Hogget.


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 The Bear Hotel, Devizes

The Bear Hotel always takes part in the Devizes Food Festival and has provided a varied range of events over the years. In 2015 they provided an Organic Dinner and the Festival arranged for Helen Browning of the Soil Association to speak. The Bear took the trouble to source delicious organic ingredients not available from their usual suppliers for this event.

Helen Browning
Helen Browning of the Soil Association

Thank you to all of these friends of the Festival
and our sponsors and raffle supporters

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Thank you to our Sponsor and Supporters

While Martin Walker is our principal sponsor ,
the Devizes Food Festival also recieves help from other businesses in the town



In 2015 the Festival also received support from The Vaults Ale House , a more recent arrival in the town. Their inventive "Drinking in the Dark" event was a notable addition to the Festival diary and was very well attended. Malcolm said - "The Food Festival week was our best ever since the Vaults opened".


 

Thanks are also due to Devizes Town Council who allow us the use of the Market Square for our Festival Market and also provide the glittering Assembly Rooms for the Cocktail Evening. (2015 event)  

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Thanks to Wiltshire Council and Tom Ince in particular
who helped us put on the market in 2015.


The Southgate Inn on the edge of town sponsored their own event in 2015, the "Bangers and Beer" night which also launched their own five day beer and cider festival, run in conjunction with the Food and Drink Festival.

The Festival organisers thank all these organisations and businesses for their generous support.

Of course, the Festival could not take place without our other partners in the town who put on the wide range of events that make the Devizes Food Festival a uniquely quirky celebration of the town and it's food businesses. Read about our event partners and raffle supporters

Monday, 5 October 2015

Devizes Food Festival Nourishes The Devizes Community

This Is Wiltshire: Devizes Food and Drink Festival treasurer Dave Mitchell and chairman Philippa Morgan present a cheque to Devizes Mayor Roger Giraud-Saunders who is accompanied by his wife Giovanna 
Philippa and Dave presenting a cheque to the Mayor and Mayoress
at this autumn's Heritage Day

Devizes Food and Drink Festival aims to provide an enjoyable week of food-themed events for the people of Devizes and the surrounding area, but the money raised also helps to support other groups working to benefit our community. This year's Festival was our most successful for some years with increased ticket sales and a healthy financial surplus. As a result we were able to contribute £300 to the Mayor's Fund (above) and £200 to Devizes Food Bank this year.


We were also able to help several other local charities (including Sustainable Devizes, Marie Curie, Lions and The Secret Garden Project) by providing them with stalls at the Grand Festival Market. 

We also supported the Prisoner Rehabilitation Programme at Earlestoke prison and the Nursteed Centre for disabled people by including events organised by them in our programme. 

Last but not least we were partnered by the Devizes Scouts who delivered our programmes to local homes in return for a contribution to their Jamboree Fundraising.

In total we returned about 30% of this year's Festival proceeds to local groups. 

Friday, 11 September 2015

Devizes Food and Drink Festival Market, 2016

A scene from the 2015 Festival Market

The 2016 Devizes Food and Drink Festival 
announce our  

Grand Market in Devizes Market Place
 on Saturday 14th May (10am - 4pm)

There will be around 50 stalls offering an amazing range of food items 
from Cider, wine and Beer to Olives, Pies and Relish.

Demos of Kitchen and Barbecue Equipment 

Not just a Market!

Bengal Bite Indian Tandoori Restaurant

Sample the wide range of street food on offer 
representing the cuisine from all corners of the globe.

Not to mention ice cream, do-nuts, sweets, cakes... 

As always a special emphasis on the best of Wiltshire, 
the wonderful food produced by our local businesses.
 Not just a Market!

Entertainments will be adding to the atmosphere, all day
(detailed schedule will be set out when available) 

Bar and Music Area

(kindly organised for us by Kennet and Avon Brewery)

 where you will be able to sip a beer or cocktail
and listen to:-


(4) Photo Shoot, Wiltshire May 2013

Jamie R Hawkins 

award-winning singer-songwriter (acoustic guitar)
 http://jamierhawkins.com/

 Ian O'Regan 

blues singer
https://www.reverbnation.com/ianoregan  

 Folklaw 

new age folk music band 
guitar, fiddle and other instruments
get your feet tapping and mind thinking
http://www.folklaw.co.uk/

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Wacky Nation Presents

Games for childen of all ages!

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Chilli Chuckin' Challenge
Take the hot & spicy challenge and score 50 points with just five chillies.  Will you try the nearby big pan and score 10 points at a time or the smaller further away pan and score 20 points or the enticingly difficult 50 point pan? 
Crumpet Frisbee
Use your frisbee throwing skills to fling a crumpet along the course towards a giant archery style target on the ground to score as many points as possible.
Vegetable Bowling Contest
In this incredibly tricky tournament bowl underarm with a healthy swede or turnip and attempt to knock over as many unhealthy fizzy drinks bottles as possible. 
 wacky nation festival entertainment

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While you're looking around be sure to visit 
the 'Devizes Food and Drink Festival' Stall

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 Prohibition Party)

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

See map showing town centre venues

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 market images used by permission of DM
chilli image used with permission of www.pachd.com

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Do You Want To Help Us?

 
Some of the volunteers who helped with the 
2015 Devizes Food And Drink Festival on Market Day.

Do you want help us put on the next Festival?

The Food Festival is a genuine community event
and we need people willing to help to put it on
 for the people of Devizes.

There are a variety of things you can do,
 many are quite straightforward and short (but invaluable)
There is scope for getting more involved if you want to.
You don't have to attend meetings if that's not your thing. 

New to Devizes?
This is a great way to meet people 
and get involved in the Community!
 About Us
We would love to have your help with these tasks
or any elements of them
(the experienced hands will help you)
Back Office/Creative/Technical jobs
  • Ticketing: Design and produce tickets, manage different outlets
  • Website: Update with programme and items of interest
  • Design and create a window display
Cooking and hosting
  • Be a host for 'Come Dine With Us'
  • Make or serve food for an event (e.g. canapes, bangers and mash) 
  • Serve Cocktails to guests at our principal event
Practical Jobs
  • Man the Festival Stall on Market Day (selling tickets, giving out leaflets)
  • Act as a steward at the market and other popular events
  • Help to set an event up - tables & chairs, decorations etc
  • Transport equipment to an event and set it up (and take it back after)
  • Put up publicity signs on approach roads (and take them down afterwards!)
  • Distribute leaflets/posters in the run-up to the Festival
  • Help get hold of prizes for the Raffle
  • Sell raffle tickets at our events
Organising
  • Events - Get local restaurants to participate and define event details (menus, price, numbers.
  • Organise one of our independent events, set up venues, catering etc, run the night
  • Raffle: Organise lottery licence, ticket printing, get hold of prizes, organise the draw 
Committee Roles
If you fancy something more challenging there's scope to
  • Be our Secretary (more details here)  
  • Develop new events
  • Raise funds 
  • Improve our Marketing and advertising

Interested? Want more information? 
 or call Philppa on 07801971591.  


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Photo courtesy of the Gazette and Herald

Monday, 24 August 2015

Come Dine With Us, 2016

One of the highlights of the Devizes Food Festival is the dining with strangers event which used to be known as 'Guest Who's Coming To Dinner' but was renamed as 'Come Dine With Us' for 2015.


Six complete strangers meet up for a meal in the home of a host they have also never met before. Your ticket price covers the cost of the meal but you bring your own preferred tipple.

The food may be homely or grand, that is up to the host. Unlike the TV programme of similar name, we don't ask them to provide you with entertainment or show off their belly dancing skills and there's no marking or prizes involved. The main aim is to make new friends and have a good time.
If you are new to Devizes this is a great way to meet people.

 It looks like there will be plenty of new hosts next time which means more places available and some interesting new venues for their lucky guests!

The date for the 2016 'Come Dine With Us' will be:
Saturday, 12th March 2016. 

so make a note in your diary!


Tickets will be available in February 2016

Come Dine With Us
at
Devizes Food Festival 2016

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Hosting 'Come Dine With Us'


The Devizes Food and Drink Festival organisers are always looking for people to host our "Come Dine With Us" dinners, one of the most enjoyable events of the Festival calendar.

If you agree to be a host, 6* complete strangers will come to your home for an Evening Meal you have produced for them. Your food can be as grand or as simple as you wish but you are expected to work within a (generous) budget. Guests bring their own drinks.

It's up to you whether you join the guests for each course but they will want you to spend plenty of time with them.

Unlike the TV programme you don't need to provide belly dancers or other entertainment and you won't be scored. What matters is that everyone has a good time.

In return you get to meet new friends and show them your hosting skills and home. You'll also have the warm glow of participating in Devizes premier Food Event and contributing to our very special community.
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Hosts receive a voucher for a half-price ticket at the celebrated Food Festival Cocktail Evening held at the Town Hall, Devizes during the Food Festival.

Other Information

The Event Organiser will advise you of the budget for each guest.

You will need to supply a copy of your menu to the organiser shortly before the event to help in allocating guests to hosts. 

*Please tell the Event Organiser if you are able to host guests with special dietary requirements or can accommodate more than six. 

You will be told which guests have been allocated to you a couple of days before the event.

You will be able to claim the costs of the meal (not exceeding the allowed budget) from the Festival Treasurer. Your claim will need to be supported by receipts so hang on to them! (You can provide a written list for smaller items purchased from market traders or taken from your own larder). Please include a copy of the menu you provided. Don't forget to include you name and contact details in case of queries. Claims are usually paid within a week by cheque or by bank transfer if you prefer (please supply account details).

For details of how to take part 
contact us via our profile page

Friday, 24 April 2015

Devizes Books - not just a bookshop

 Handel House - The Home of Devizes Books

Devizes Books, opposite Sainsbury's, is something of an institution in Devizes, a centre for all things literary and arty. 

It's also a focal point for information and tickets for all sorts of events going on in the town including the Food and Drink Festival. 
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You will be able to pick up copies of the next Festival programme and tickets for most events here in April. 
Look out for announcements in the press, on this blog or on our Facebook page

Devizes Books will accept payment in cash or by cheque.
If you want to pay by card, use our on-line ticket shop 
(a booking fee is payable for on-line bookings)
 
Devizes Books,
Handel House,
Sidmouth Street,

Devizes
Tel 01380 725944
 http://www.devizesbooks.co.uk/index.html


 See map showing town centre venues




Thursday, 16 April 2015

The Food Festival Raffle

The Devizes Food & Drink Festival Raffle

One of the ways the Festival supports our community.
All proceeds go to the curent Lord Mayor's Charity.


In 2015 prizes (above) included a bottle of Champagne, a top quality potato ricer,
cookery books, tickets for the Wadworth Brewery Tour
 and vouchers from Brogan's and Sainsbury's
You cab buy tickets at Festival Events 
and the Festival stall on Market Day.

The draw is made at the Gala Cocktail evening
Winners who cannot attend will be notified directly.