Devizes Food & Drink Festival is sponsored by Wadworth Brewery

(Updated May 13th 2018) :-

Most of week 2 of the Festival is now sold out but you can still get a ticket for the fabulous Cocktail Party on Friday next.
Three cocktails & non-stop canapes are included in the entrance price. Come and let your hair down!
Tickets are on sale at Devizes Books and On-line.

The History of Beer Event has been cancelled, unfortunately. If you have tickets, we will contact you to arrange a full refund.

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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

Monday, 18 December 2017

Food Festival Donations Ceremony (2017)

photo:DM - click on picture to enlarge
The Food Festival donations to good causes for 2017 
were handed over at an informal ceremony
 in the Council Chamber at Devizes Town Hall, today (18th December).

This years beneficiaries were 
The Mayor's Fund, Devizes Food Bank and Wiltshire Museum

Seen above Left to Right:- 
Liz Starling (Devizes Food Bank), Nigel Carter (Mayor of Devizes),
Bob Elwood (Festival Chairman), Doug Roseaman and Mary Rennie (Wilts Museum).

We thank our sponsors for 2017, Wadworth and Country Green Storage,
 who helped make these donations possible.

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Wadworth to continue sponsorship of the Festival

A big thank you to our sponsors for 2017, 2018 

Wadworth have generously renewed their sponsorship of the Devizes Food and Drink Festival for a further year and will be contributing new events to help to freshen up the menu of food and drink delights.
It all promises to make the 2018 Festival better than ever!

Put the dates in your diary, 5th to 18th May 2018
Grand Market 12th May 2018

Friday, 1 December 2017

Our Donations To Good Causes

This year the Devizes Food and Drink Festival Committee 
has decided to donate £600 to local good causes
it will be spread between 

The Mayor's Fund
Devizes Food Bank
The Wiltshire Museum

An informal award ceremony will be held later this month

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Come and help us!

Would you like to help put on the Food Festival 

and help to shape next year's event?

Plans for the 2018 Food Festival and nearly complete and we need new people to join us and help bring it to fruition in May. We will soon be starting to plan for 2019 and considering how to refresh the event and make it even more popular with the people of Devizes. 
It doesn't matter how old or young you are or how long you have been in Devizes, your contribution will be welcome and this is a great moment to get involved and see how it all works and discover what you can do to help.

Your reward will be the satisfaction of 
being part of putting on a major event,
Of helping to enrich the local community 
and benefiting local good causes,
and you'll meet interesting new people too!
Would you like to help us?
Let's join together and make an event!

If you are interested please contact Dave on 01249 248388
or e-mail
(there's an e-mail link on the profile page)

There's more information about what we do here

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Do you want help us put on the next Festival?

Food fans braved grey clouds and gusting winds,
but still enjoyed the 2017 Grand Festival Market .

Do you want help us put on the next Festival?

The Food Festival is a genuine community event
and we really do need more people willing to help to put it on.

There are a variety of things you can do in combination with others or on your own.
Many are quite straightforward and only require a short amount of time,

but there is plenty of scope for getting more involved if you want to.
There's a selection below.

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 part of them
(the experienced hands will be on hand 
with mentoring and advice if needed)
  • Help draw up the Programme of Events
  • Devise new events
  • Get local restaurants and business to participate and define event details 
  • Organise one of our independent events and run the night
  • Organise the Raffle
  • Be a host for 'Come Dine With Us'
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 - set out 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
  •  Design and create a window display (Bookshop)
  • Get hold of prizes for the Raffle
  • Sell raffle tickets at our events
  • Make or serve food for an event (e.g. canapes, bangers and mash) 
  • Prepare Cocktails for guests at our principal event 
Back Office/Technical jobs

  • Ticketing: Organise ticketing and Box Office
  • Website: Update with programme and items of interest
Interested? Want more information? 
 or call Dave on 01249 248388 

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Photo courtesy of DM

Thursday, 11 May 2017

It's looking good for the market!

About Us
BBC Weather is promising a dry day and

 sunshine for Devizes

in the afternoon on Saturday
should be a great place to be!
We're hoping to get some additional
street entertainers 
who will be filling in the gaps on the programme
that's if you get tired of eating  the
fabulous street food  and sampling  all manner of 
edible treats
See You Saturday in the Market Place!

Monday, 8 May 2017

Cancelled Events

Unfortunately several of this years Food Festival events have had to be cancelled

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"A Taste of Lebanon" on Friday 12th May

Regency Cookery Class on Thursday 18th May

"Argentinian Meat Feast" on Saturday 20th May 

"Italian Supper" on Saturday 20th May

Ticket holders will receive a full refund 
(including booking fees if you booked on-line).
the current position is detailed below

Update - Friday May 26th 
All ticketholders who booked via the Festival website 
or at Devizes Books have now been contacted to arrange refunds

If you had a ticket but haven't heard from us, please get in touch
via the phone number in the left hand column 
or the e-mail address on our profile page

Argentinian Meat Feast 
If you bought a ticket over the counter at the Black Swan
please contact them direct to arrange a refund 01380 698070

Italian Supper 
If you bought a ticket over the counter at the Rowdey Cow
please contact them direct to arrange a refund 01380 829666

You can contact us via the e-mail link on our profile page

Friday, 5 May 2017

Festival Raffle in aid of the Mayors Fund

Thank you to all the businesses who have donated prizes
 to the Food Festival Raffle in aid of the Mayors Fund (details here)

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Rowdeford Garden Fair

If you're in Devizes for the Food Festival, 
there's another local event on Sunday 14th May 
that will fill a gap in the Festival calendar.

Rowdeford Garden Fair is an established family friendly fair 
for the gardening enthusiast 
with plants, garden accessories and crafts on sale.
Teas and food available
and entertainments for children

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Family Events at this years Festival

This years Devizes Food and Drink Festival 

includes 3 events especially designed for families.

click on titles for more details
Always a great day out and the provision of seating and tables makes it easier to enjoy the food that's on offer from our stall-holders. This year the entertainments include 
'Punch and Judy'
Admission is free
Visit Netherstreet Farm Cookery School 
and learn how to make your own burger
A safe environment and half price tickets for children under 12
(and no booking fee for children if you book on-line)
An Argentine extravaganza at the Black Swan in Devizes Market Place
Open air seating area  
 half price tickets for children under 12
(and no booking fee for children if you book on-line)


In addition, don't miss 
Rowdeford Garden Fair on Sun 14th May

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Did You Know? - Regency Dancing 

Two of our events in 2017 have a Regency theme (see foot of this post), but did you know there is a Regency Dance Group in Devizes? They meet twice a month to practice in St John's Parish Hall in Long Street. Learn how to dance in the Regency fashion.
 Their website is Devizes Regency Dancers

photo from Devizes Regency Dance Group site

In addition, the Jane Austen Dancers from Bath came to Devizes earlier in the year for Devizes Ball, celebrating the bicentenary of Jane Austens death. 
See them rehearsing in theTown Hall for Devizes Ball 2017

To enjoy the taste of  Regency Food try the 'Regency Supper' at the Bistro (17th May) or you can try your hand at preparing Regency food, there's a 'Regency Cookery Class' at Vaughan's Kitchen  Cookery School on the 18th May.

Friday, 31 March 2017

Tickets are going fast for "Come Dine With Us", 
Devizes Food Festival's Mystery Dining Experience
on 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, buy now
from Devizes Books or our On-line Ticket Shop 
booking fees approx £1.35 (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

The Rowdey Cow Italian Supper

 Sorry, this event has been cancelled

 due to clashes with other local events
The Rowdey Cow are usually represented at our Festival Grand Market 
and this year they're putting on their own Festival event.
It's a 3 course Italian Supper

 "A selection of Italian dishes will be placed on every table to share for each of the 3 courses.  The delicious Italian dishes will be made using local produce from our neighbouring farms and of course our Gelato Ice Cream will feature in the desserts!" 

Lucia Pupilli

In addition there will be live singing by Lucia Pupilli
who performs 40's and 50's music and Jazz and recently recorded a CD
of her favourite old romantics, show stoppers and Italian influenced songs.
Your ticket price includes a free drink on arrival

Date: Saturday 20th May 2017, 7pm (for 7.30)
Tickets: £25 from the Rowdey Cow, Devizes Bookshop and On-line

 6 Dunkirk Hill, Rowde, SN10 2BQ

Beef and Beer (2017)

The Festival has spread it's wings this year!
Gretchen at The Farm Cookery School in Netherstreet
 is putting on a real family event and
inviting you try your hand at making your own burger.
image credit: pixabay
With the assistance of the Cookery School Staff,
you will make your own burger using Galloway minced beef produced by the farm

The event is to be based around the Farm to Fork ethos.  
There will be information regarding the Galloways in the Conference Room 
plus an area to sit should the weather be inclement

For the ticket price you get a burger with all the accompaniments
plus beer or soft drink.
(Wine will be available to buy separately)

There will be Cow biscuits to decorate in the Rec room 
with supervision and help from one of the  staff 
(tickets for this may be bought from reception)

Tea, Coffee, Cake and Soft Drinks will also be available from the Demo Bar area.

Date: 20th May 2017 (Sat) 11am - 3pm

Tickets: £12 for Adults, £6 for children under 12
from The Bookshop, On-line or the Venue itself
(for this event if you book on-line no booking fee is charged on Children's tickets)

Venue: The Farm Cookery School, 
Wiltshire, SN15 2DS

Mussel Madness

Friday promises to be a hectic night at 'Times Square' in the Market Place.
They're another bright, new arrival in the town and keen to make their mark with

With that in mind they're promising unlimited mussels for ticketholders 
with a choice of different sauces plus freshly baked rolls and skin-on potato fries

Date: Friday 19th May, from 7pm onwards (the kitchen closes at 11pm)

Tickets: £16.50 from the Venue, Devizes Books or On-line
(Please note: if you buy your ticket from a Festival Outlet, 
it is advisable to book your time by ringing the venue on the number below)
Venue: Times Square, 17, Market Place, Devizes
(01380) 736373

A Taste of Lebanon

Sorry, this event has been cancelled

Brighten up a Friday night, enjoy a Lebanese Buffet
 and take the chance to learn how to belly dance
 with Wafaa Belly Dancing flavours.

On arrival you will be offered Turkish Coffee and Mint Tea.
(wine will also available to buy)
 Sit back and enjoy some dancing until your food is served.

Lebanese food is known worldwide for it's healthy, tasty, fresh ingredients,
it's food that satisfies all the senses. 

Your buffet will include:-
Fattouch - an amazing, colourful, tangy salad
Potatoes with fried garlic and coriander
Baba Ghanouj - a smoky aubergine dip
Dfeen - Bulgur wheat with chickpeas, topped with almonds and chicken pieces 
served with yogurt (chicken-free option for vegetarians)
Lebanese Beef Sausages with herbs and spices


For Dessert
Katayef - pancakes topped with cream, pistachios and Lebanese Syrup
Fruit platters
(and Waffa is hoping to obtain the best Baclava from London as well!)



Please let us know about any food allergies and we will do our best to provide alternatives.
There will be more dance performances as the evening progresses and at the end you will be invited to join in if you wish to. Wafaa says this is always fun and gets people really enjoying themselves

 Wafaa Powell is passionate about Lebanese cuisine and dancing and she promises us a night to remember. You'll be able to enjoy authentic Lebanese recipes, listen to Middle Eastern music and watch a belly dance show (take part of you wish!)

Belly Dancing is an ancient dance form in the Middle East. A way for women to express themselves while following a physically and emotionally healthy pursuit. Whilst primarily associated with women, it is normal for men also to take part on social occasions.

Tickets for this unique evening are on sale now

Date:  12th May 2017 (Fri), 7pm
Tickets: £29.50 from Devizes Books and On-Line 
(ticket price does not include wine)
Venue: The Assembly Rooms, Devizes Town Hall 

Brewery Tour, Beer Tasting and Pie

Sponsored By
Wadworth has been brewing beer in Devizes, in Wiltshire, since 1875. The business is now in the fourth generation of ownership by the Bartholomew family.The Victorian tower brewery is a landmark in the centre of Devizes and attracts visitors from across the world.They maintain the tradition of craft beer with modern production techniques. Pub signs are still hand painted and Shire horses deliver daily around the town. 

Wadworth & Co are offering a tour of their Devizes Brewery
 and afterwards a chance to sample some of their beers, accompanied by a pie.

Date: 12th May 2017 (Fri) at 7pm (prompt)
Tickets: £17.50 (from Devizes Books or On-line)
Venue: Wadworth Brewery, Northgate St

Wine Tasting With Nibbles

Arouse your taste buds and awaken your inner wine connoisseur!
Let the team at Edwin Giddings introduce you to a range of wines.

Date: Thursday 11th May, 6.30pm
Tickets: £11.50 (from the Bookshop or On-line ticket shop)
Venue: Edwin Giddings , 15 St John's St, Devizes
Near the Town Hall - See map showing town centre venues 

Coffee Appreciation and tasting (2017)

A new event and a new venue for 2017, we welcome The Sprout Cafe in St John's Street, a small, recently-opened, family run cafe which proudly uses local produce.

This event will be offering a tasting of 'Dusty Ape' coffees
(a brand you may recognise from last year's Festival Market)

Dusty Ape staff will be giving a talk on coffee flavours and you can try them for yourself.
Discover the delights of hand-made coffee if you are not already a convert
 Explore your taste boundaries through the products of this local company
 who roast their coffee beans in Trowbridge, Wiltshire

Date:- May 10th 2017, 4.30pm - 6pm
Tickets:- £5 from the Bookshop and On-line
 (for this event if you book on-line no booking fee is charged)
Venue:- The Sprout Cafe in St John's Street
(near The Vaults) 

"Cooking The Books" 2017

Devizes Books Presents

A three course dinner with a literary theme

This evening is structured around book titles with links to food.
There will be a table quiz between courses


'Julius Caesar' (Caesar salad)

'A Passage to India' (Bombay Chicken)

'Oranges are not the only fruit'

'Charlie & the Chocolate Factory'

'The Grapes of Wrath'

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 10th May, 7pm for 7.30
Tickets:- £25 from Devizes Books or On Line
Venue:- Devizes Books, Sidmouth Street, Devizes
 Book on-line   (read about costs)

Gin Tasting at The Vaults

A Gin Collection!

An exciting new addition to the Festival Programme, this event will enable you to try gins you may not have come across before. The tasting menu will showcase 5 gins from across the spectrum and will be served with Fentiman's tonic and a specially chosen, paired garnish. You will be able to take home your balloon glass at the end of the night
Date:- Thursday 11th May 7pm-9pm
Tickets:- £25 from the Bookshop and On-line 
Venue:- The Vaults, 28a St John Street
Near the Town Hall - See map showing town centre venues 


We would like to thank Fentimans Ltd for their support of our Gin Tasting night. 
Attendees on the night will be able to pair their gin with Fentimans Tonic Water.
To find out more about the range that Fentimans offer 

Regency Cooking School

Sorry, this event has been cancelled

Jane Austen (Source:Wikimedia Commons)

Devizes is a town that is full of architectural reminders of the Regency period.  As 2017 is the 200th anniversary of the death of Jane Austen, we thought it appropriate to mark this with a reminder of the sort of food that would have been popular at that time.  So this evening will be based on a three course meal dedicated to dishes from the period. It will include a Regency-style cheesecake, mentioned by Jane Austen in a letter to her sister in 1799 from Devizes.

“……and some cheesecakes on which the children made so delightful a supper
 as to endear the town of Devizes to them for a long time.” 
(Letter from Jane Austen to Cassandra 1799)

On arrival there will be Negus to try (with a bit of history)

The menu will be:
  • Salmagundi – you have to be there to find out more!
  • Roast ham with carrot pudding - delicious
  • Bath Buns
  • Regency-style cheesecake 
This will be a busy hands-on session.  Everything will be provided and you will sit down for supper to eat some of what you have made and have plenty to take home as well.

(This evening is designed to complement the 'Regency Supper' Event at the Bistro on the preceding evening).

Special Requirements

Please tell us in advance of any special requirements, e.g. dietary or access.  
This menu can be adapted for vegetarians, gluten free and dairy free
but only if we know in advance!
You can tell us by ringing the Cookery School direct (tel no below)
or by filling in the information on the ticket stub 
or if you book on-line, by answering the question there.
Date:- Thursday 18th May 2017, 7pm - 9.30 pm
Tickets:-  £30 (from Devizes Books & On-line)
Venue:- Vaughan’s Cookery School
Unit 8, White Horse Business Centre
Hopton Rd
SN10 2HJ

Tel 01380 530203

Argentinian Meat Feast Barbecue

Sorry, This Event Has Been Cancelled

After the success of their Fire Pit Roast Hogget last year, (above)
The Black Swan is once again offering an Argentinian Food Experience for this years Food Festival.

Argentinians eat more meat per capita than any other nation. 
 Experience a range of Argentinian meat dishes with accompanying salads, 
cooked in our award-winning garden.
A vegetarian option will also be available.
 The outside bar will be open and there will be live music during the afternoon.

Date: Saturday 20th May, 12.00pm to 4.30pm

Tickets: £18.50 per head (£9.00 for children under 12)
from Devizes Books, On-Line or from the Venue itself
(for this event if you book on-line no booking fee is charged on Children's tickets)

 Venue: The Black Swan Inn, 25-26 Market Place, Devizes

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Sicilian Festival 2017

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.

Giovanni serving last year

Your ticket price includes
 all you can eat:-

Menu details to be confirmed
(more types than you've ever seen!)

Spit Roast
Italian dessert
(if you still have room!)
Wine is not included

Live Music Entertainment


Tickets:- £25 each from Devizes Books or On-Line
on-line booking fee £1.25 per ticket, plus 25p per payment if you buy by debit card
(read about booking costs)

Venue:- Dolcipani Restaurant, Swan Yard
Tuesday 16th May 2017, 7.30pm
Location just off High Street - See map showing town centre venues 

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:


Luxury Hamper (donated by Edwin Hiddings)

2 prizes of a Brewery tour plus meal and drink at The Crown
each for 2 people (donated by Wadworth)

A pack of 12 mixed bottle beers (donated by Wadworth) 

Two bottles of wine + 2 Dartington Crystal wine glasses 
+ £10 Voucher to spend at Majestic Wines (donated by Majestic)

Voucher for coffee and cakes for two (donated by Times Square)

Signed copy of Rick Stein's 'Long Weekends' (Donated by Devizes Books)

Voucher for breakfast for two (Donated by Dolcipiani)

Signed copy of Peter Vaughan's Cookery book (Donated by The Bistro)

Gift box of beer (Donated by The Vaults)


A big Thank You to all the individuals and businesses
 who kindly donated these 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 (2017)

"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 Coombe. ♪♫♫♪♫
(whose performance last year 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!
Canapes will include vegetarian options.

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)
sponsored by

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 Wharf Tearooms next to the Kennet & Avon Canal
and the competition promises to be fiercer than ever! 

Put your knowledge of food and drink to the ultimate test. 

 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 refreshments
 to lubricate and sustain your brain cells!
 Hot* and cold food with beer, wine and soft drinks will be available

(not included in the ticket price)
*probably a chilli con carne 

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.

Please note that this year we have limited capacity, only 10 tables.
For that reason we recommend that you 
buy tickets in advance from Festival ticket outlets 
You may pay on the door if there is space left.