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NEWS (Updated May 26th 2017) :-

Well, that's it. It's all over for 2017.
Thank you Devizes for supporting the Food & Drink Festival.
We all had a great time and we hope you did too!!


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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
http://www.whitebeardevizes.co.uk/gallery/20120529-183116-5.jpg
Read about The White Bear Inn

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

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Best of Jeffersons

We welcome a new venue to the Festival,
Jeffersons presents a 3 course dinner with glass of wine included.
The tasty menu incudes some favourite British desserts

'Good quality food at affordable prices in a cosy atmosphere.' 
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Jefferson's Menu

Starters

Carrot and coriander soup served with a crusty roll

Trio of mini quiches (cheddar & onion/Stilton and broccoli/cheddar & ham)
 served with side salad and selection of chutneys

Chilli prawns served in a bed of lettuce
with dipping sauce and a crusty baguette

Mains

Belly pork slices
Barbeque chicken
Vegetable lasagne

All served with home cut chips or rice

Desserts

Jam roly poly
Apple pie

Served with either fresh home made custard or freshly made ice cream

A  free glass of wine with all meals

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Date:- Sunday 15th May between 7 and 8pm
(please arrive at the time shown on your ticket)
 Tickets:- £22 each in advance from Food Festival Outlets
Book on-line   (read about costs)

This venue has asked for courses to be ordered in advance
Please call them on 01380 698060 by 14th May

 Venue:- Jeffersons, 9, Monday Market Street, Devizes


Wine and Food Challenge

No on-line booking fee for this event!




 The curtainraiser for the 2016 Festival is a new event in collaboration with Majestic Wine designed to show the effect of pairing of wines and food together. We have chosen the food flavours for the evening and the 'wine guru' at Majestic will have to come up with some great wines to drink with them with choices limited to Europe.

Will they rise to the challenge and succeed?

Your ticket price gives you drinks of 7 different wines with ample food to accompany each one
You will also get discount vouchers to use at the Majestic store.




Venue:- The Cheese Hall, Devizes Town Hall
Date:- Friday 13th May at 7.30pm
Tickets:- £10 each in advance from Food Festival Outlets
Book on-line no booking fee (read about costs)

See map showing town centre venues 

Food provided by Our Farmhouse Kitchen

This event is generously supported by


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Thursday, 10 March 2016

Food Glorious Food!

 
This year's Bookshop Dinner will have a British Spring Food theme.
(Better than than gruel!)
There will be a light-hearted table top quiz between courses. 
 
MENU

Starter

Gorgonzola & pear salad with caramelised walnuts and radicchio
or
Pea & mint soup

Served with home made bread


Mains

Slow cooked lamb with artichokes and cannellini beans
or
Wild mushroom tart

Served with minted new potatoes


Dessert

Trio of desserts
Chocolate brownie, rhubarb & ginger syllabub, fruit jelly
Served with cream



The ticket price includes a three course meal and welcome drink.
Bring your own wine or preferred beverage to accompany the meal.

It's usually one of the first events to sell out so don't delay!

Date:- Wednesday 18th May, 7pm for 7.30
Tickets:- £25 from Festival Outlets
Venue:- Devizes Books, Sidmouth Street, Devizes
 Book on-line   (read about costs)

The Prohibition Party - Devizes’ best kept secret…

Ssssh! Don't tell everyone! 
 You are invited to enjoy some brilliant music, lively company and vintage cocktails at the Devizes Food and Drink Festival 'Speakeasy'.You can indulge in the glamour of a bygone era, for one night only on Friday 20th May.
(photo above courtesy of freeimages, Clinton Cardozo).
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Champagne with  Citron by Thomas Weiss (freeimages)
Harking back to the days of the roaring twenties, at the Devizes 'Speakeasy' you can experience the thrills of partying during the prohibition.
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There will be canapés and a selection of eight, deliciously wicked cocktails from the era of guys and molls the likes of which you've never tasted before! Or maybe one or two of you have - the grapevine tells me that some folks in Devizes are pretty partial to the old 'Alabama Cocaine', innocently consuming it under another name in years gone by - but the wraps are off now.

And if you're in a mood for living dangerously try the 'Cuba Libre' or the 'Tikky-Peeky', but book a cab home guys!

For more sensible folks there'll be Shirley Temples and other fruity delights.
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♪♫♫♪ All this plus fantastic live music 
from singer-songwriter-pianist Archie 'fingers' Coombe. ♪♫♫♪♫

The Prohibition Party will give you the chance to step back in time and enjoy at first hand a decade that is more fabulous than you can imagine.

Just to keep things respectable, we'll be drawing a raffle for the Mayor's Fund
and rumour has it that some pretty important people will be there. 
(Just don't ask them where they've been for the last 12 months!)

Entrance is by exclusive ticket and provides you with canapés* and three free cocktails. Further cocktail tokens will be available for you to purchase on the night. 

Dress code? Think 1920s glamour, 
look to Bugsy Malone, Boardwalk Empire and The Great Gatsby for inspiration! 
Buy your tickets now before they run out!

Ssssh! It's at Devizes Town Hall
  
Venue: The Assembly Room, Devizes Town Hall 
Date: Friday 20th May, doors open at 7.30pm (ask for Bugsy)
Tickets:- £20 each, in advance only, from Food Festival Outlets - Jo knows where
 Book on-line   (read about costs)
  
(See map showing town centre venues)

*Selection of canapés supplied by Taste Catering
 
sponsored by

photo by tijmen van dobbenburgh (freeimages)

Cocktail photo courtesy of Splitshire

Thursday, 3 March 2016

Sicilian Festival Evening

One of Devizes Favourite Nights!
Giovanni's Sicilian Festival
returns for another year

The atmosphere of an open-air Sicilian Festival
fills the alleyways of Swan Yard with happy diners.
There's live music and a traditional Italian buffet 
(no pasta, no pizza!) served outside the Restaurant.


Your ticket price includes
 all you can eat:-

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Antipasti
(more types than you've ever seen!)
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Porchetta - Italian Hog Roast
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Italian dessert
(if you still have room!)
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Wine is not included

Live Music Entertainment

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Tickets:- £25 each from Food Festival Outlets

Book on-line
on-line booking fee approx £1.25 per ticket, (read about booking costs)


Venue:- Dolcipani Restaurant, Swan Yard
Tuesday 17th May, 7.30pm
Off High Street - See map showing town centre venues 

Argentinian Hogget at the Black Swan

Last year's Argentinian Fire Pit  Hogget 
was such a success (sold out!) 
that we're doing it again for 2016.

One cooked hogget in 2015
 The fire pit is a sort of barbecue, while a hogget is a lamb 
that is over one year old and thus has more flavour.
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This article describes how the taste of Patagonian Lamb develops with this traditional cooking method - although we can't recommend the equally traditional method he describes for obtaining the lamb!

Menu

Lamb Hogget 
served with a South American salad 
(a vegetarian dish will also be available)
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Bar service and the Swan's normal menu (for desserts etc.)
 will operate as usual.
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Black Swan - the back room

Date:- Saturday 21st May, 1pm onwards
Ticket price:- £12
Tickets available from Food Festival outlets and the venue
 Book on-line - (read about costs)

Located in the Market Place - See map showing town centre venues 
25-26 Market Place
Devizes

Tour of an English Vineyard

Sorry, this Event is SOLD OUT

Come and enjoy a tour round "a’Beckett’s", 

Wiltshire’s largest vineyard.


Learn about the vineyard year, 
the growth of English wine
 and how the French are setting up in England.

Then try a selection of our award winning English Wines.



Date:- 19th May 2016 at 6.30pm
Tickets:- Free, but must be booked in advance from the venue. 
Maximum of 20 people, who must be 18 or over due to licensing regulations

Please contact Paul or Lynn Langham on 01380 816669 
or email info@abecketts.co.uk to reserve your place.


If you have a ticket but are unable to attend, 
please tell the venue as soon as possible 
so the space can be given to someone else

High Street
Littleton Panell
Devizes
Wiltshire
SN10 4EN

twitter: @abecketts

Did You Know?

RMS Titanic by FGO Stuart
Devizes is well-known for it's modern day links to the Titanic, which our local Auction house makes it's speciality. Now the Devizes Food and Drink Festival is creating links of it's own. Like all the top cruise liners, top quality food for first class passengers was a priority. The Titanic was the first cruise ship to be equipped with the special oven needed to cook 'Viennoise' bread.

Now you can sample this upper crust food yourself at the Festival Bistro event, 
on May 18th 2016


Attribution:-  Image of Titanic by F.G.O. Stuart (1843-1923)

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Come Dine With Us - Returns

If you have a ticket for 'Come Dine With Us'

You will be notified of your host and venue a few days before the dinner.
If you don't hear by the day before please contact Roz the organiser 
(see below for contact info)

If you have a ticket for 'Come Dine With Us'
but are unable to attend, please tell us!

If there is time we will try to re-sell your ticket for you,
so contact us as soon as possible (and return your ticket if asked) 

Empty seats! Please tell us!


 You can also transfer the ticket to someone else yourself
 (but you should still contact us with their name and dietary preferences).

If it is too late to make other arrangements, please tell us anyway,
 so your host will know you are not coming. 

You can contact the organiser, Roz on  07798 633096