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Help us shape and 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

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Literary Pop-Up Dinner (2018)

Devizes Books Presents

A three course dinner themed around 
John Preston's book on the Jeremy Thorpe murder trial
which is to be a BBC TV series

During the evening there will be readings
Copies of the book will be available to buy on the night
more about the book


"Something fishy is going on"

Fish pate served on a bed of dressed leaves with toast

 "Saucy Westminster"

Mustard and mushroom braised beef 
 served with crushed new potatoes and seasonal greens

"Three well-kept secrets"

A trio of lemon, chocolate and crunch


The ticket price of £25 
includes a three course meal and a 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 16th May, 7pm for 7.30

Tickets:- £25 from Devizes Books or the On Line Ticket Shop
 (read about on-line booking costs)

Venue:- Devizes Books, Sidmouth Street, Devizes

Famous Food and Drink Quiz (2018)

This year our itinerant

 "Famous Food Quiz"

 returns to the cosy surroundings of The Wharf Tea Rooms
for a second year
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 top teams
with a special bonus prize for the winners -
the right to set the quiz yourselves in 2019!

There will be a bar and snacks available
 to lubricate and sustain your brain cells!
(not included in the ticket price)

starts at 7.30pm 
on Sunday 13th May 2018

Entry Fee:- £12 per team of 4
Numbers are limited to 10 teams at this venue
 so you are advised to buy tickets in advance

You can buy tickets in advance from

Festival ticket outlets 
Book on-line (read about on-line fees etc)
You may pay on the door if there is space left.

How to get there
The Wharf Tea Rooms, Crouch Lane, Devizes 
(on the first floor of the Kennet and Avon Trust Building)
Tel: 01380 721279

Come Dine With Us (2018)

"Come Dine With Us", 
is the Devizes Food Festival's Mystery Dining Experience
Saturday May 5th 2018, Price £20

The exceptional dessert offered by one of our 2017 hosts!

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! 

(and to encourage new friendships, there's a maximum of 2 people per booking,
just to ensure each venue's guest mix is balanced) .

When you book you must fill in a reservation form with contact details (e-mail if possible)
and any dietary restrictions and hand it in at the Bookshop 
(or complete it on-line if it's an on-line booking). 

You will be notified where you are dining a few days before the event, and we will supply some information about the menu to help you choose your wine to bring. 

For 2018, two venues are 'out of town' so you will need transport or a taxi,
If you cannot travel to a dinner outside Devizes or if you can offer a car share
please indicate this at time of booking.

You should find this event far more entertaining than a restaurant 
and a wonderful way to start the festival!
*Tickets will be available at the end of March
Priced £20 each from 
from Devizes Books or our On-line Ticket Shop 
 (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

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Street Food Festival at The Crown (2018)

'The Crown' in New Street participates in the Devizes Food Festival
 for the first time in 2018 hosting an intriguingly titled
 'Street Food Festival' in their rear yard
"Experience the new 'al fresco' dining area with delicious street-themed food
 cooked and prepared in the outdoor kitchen and bar".  

Three taster dishes and a free drink are included in the ticket price of £11.50

You can choose from:

  • Miso noodle soup V
  • Katsu cod cheek curry
  • Oriental prawn rolls
  • Pork belly Hirata buns
  • Pickled vegetable Hirata buns V
  • BBQ duck wings
  • Lou min crispy chicken
  • Polenta chips V
  • Crispy stuffed gnocchi V
Extra servings of these dishes can be purchased for £4.00 each.

Venue: The Crown, 19, New Park St, Devizes
Date Thurs 10th May 2018, at 7pm
Tickets £11.50
(from Devizes Books or the Festival On-line Ticket Shop)

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Wadworth Brewery Tour, Beer and Pie Night (2018)

Enjoy an out-of-hours evening tour of Wadworth Brewery
plus a tutored beer sampling session in the Harness Room Bar
accompanied by a locally made pie
(made with Wadworth Beer) 

You must be over 18 to participate in this event.


Date: Tues 8th May 2018 at 7pm (prompt please!)
Tickets: £17.50 (from Devizes Books or On-line)
Venue: Wadworth Brewery Visitor Centre, Northgate St, Devizes

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 traditions of craft beer along with modern production techniques. Pub signs are still hand painted and Shire horses deliver daily around the town.

For the last two years Wadworth have been generous supporters
 of the Devizes Food and Drink Festival

Devizes 1940's Dinner at the Bistro (2018)

We'll take you back in time to a night in 1940's Devizes. 
Think the music of Glen Miller, Porgy & Bess, 
a time when people ate locally and in season, 

real ale bread, nettle butter, 
proper Wiltshire gammon cooked in foraged liquorice, 
rosehip cream etc 

If you have any dietary requirements, please let us know in advance.

Menu details

 Date:- Wednesday 17th May
Price:- £25
Tickets available from the Bistro only.
Book your time and tell them about your dietary requirements. 
Wine not included

Venue:- The Bistro, 7, Little Brittox, Devizes
Tel:- 01380 720043.
Near the Market Place - See map showing town centre venues