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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.