Devizes Food & Drink Festival is sponsored by Wadworth Brewery

(Updated Dec 1st 2018) :-

Discussions about the 2019 Festival are under way, please watch this space for announcements

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Thursday, 29 March 2018

A Meal at Erlestoke Prison (2018)

Once again we are presenting a

Pop-Up Restaurant at Erlestoke Prison

 (Image from a similar scheme at Brixton, London)
This intriguing event is a unique opportunity to visit Erlestoke Prison
and sample a 3 course meal prepared using ingredients grown at the Prison
 and served by Staff and Offenders who are studying there for NVQ's.

Previous year's guests have been amazed at the culinary expertise of the offenders who prepared and served the meal and they gave them a standing ovation at the end. They were able to talk to them and the prison staff were able to tell them about the training and employment opportunities that would be offered on release from prison, helping to reduce re-offending.


Warm Fig, Walnut & blue cheese Tart
Accompanied with dressed seasonal salad
Crab cakes with Sweet Chilli & ginger dipping sauce

Oven Roasted Poussin brushed with Lime Marmalade & served with Lime & Crème Fraiche Sauce accompanied with Sage & Onion Stuffing
Beef Wellington served with a wild mushroom jus lie
Italian Stuffed Courgettes with Quorn mince, chopped tomatoes, Basil & Topped with capers & cheese

Seasonal vegetables with Roasted Garlic & Rosemary potatoes 
Medley of Guilty Pleasures
Carrot Cake, Lemon Drizzle & Victoria Sponge
Selection of Cheese & Biscuits accompanied with Fruit chutney

NO alcohol is allowed within the prison, soft drinks will be served
 Early arrival at 5.30 is required for a 6pm start (finishes by 9pm)
Remember to bring photo ID with you

This is always a popular event so book early to avoid disappointment

Date:- Tuesday 15th May 2018
Tickets:- £25
are available now by contacting :-
Erlestoke Manor House,
Erlestoke Village

Erlestoke prison is situated south of Devizes between West Lavington and Westbury 
It is not accessible by public transport.

How to get there by car

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Joe Fattorini Hosts A Food and Wine Tasting Evening (2018)

Wine expert and TV presenter Joe Fattorini
  will be coming to Devizes Food Festival this year to host
a food and wine tasting evening for us and share his knowledge of wine.
 (for more about Joe see

The evening will include: 


A glass of fizz on arrival.


A brief introduction to wine by Joe Fattorini.


A Food and Wine Tasting


Based on canape versions of The Bear’s food menu 
(with Starters, Mains, Pudding and Cheese)
plus 2 different wines to taste with each course. 


Date: Wednesday 9th May 2018, 6.30pm – 8pm

Ticket Price: £16.50

tickets available  from: Devizes Books or On-Line 
(on-line booking fee =£1.17, read about booking fees)

About our Venue:
The Bear Hotel, Devizes Market Place

The Bear Hotel, one of Devizes oldest hostelries,
 returns to the Devizes Food Festival in 2018
 as venue for this exciting wine and food tasting evening, 
sponsored by Wadworth

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

"From Plot to Pot" (A Talk) 2018

Aldetha Raymond (of Little Foxes Farm, Seend)

gives a talk entitled Plot to pot: Growing food at home.

Vegetable image courtesy of pixabay

Sorry this event has been cancelled

Aldetha teaches horticulture and small holding courses from her Little Foxes Farm. At Bristol University’s Botanical Gardens she teaches biological sciences and is a full time lecturer in horticulture at Lackham College. Aldetha’s passions
are plant propagation, garden design and plant establishment/maintenance. 
She has appeared on radio and TV.

Aldetha writes:-
"There is nothing more amazing than growing vegetables at home,
pulling carrots, growing the perfect cauliflower and chilli peppers. 
Experiencing the taste, the pride and the wonderment of nature; 
developing the patience and therapeutic skills of the gardener.

Not every aspiring gardener has an allotment or a vegetable plot
to match the likes of Monty Don,
but you will be amazed by what can be grown
in just a modest garden, window box or allotment plot.

Within this talk I hope to inspire you
to bring out your forks, spades and gardening gloves 
but I don’t want the fun to stop there............
After growing the next set of tools you will need are in the kitchen 
to get the best out of your home-grown ingredients."

"Plot to pot is just the start of a relationship
 with the soil and your taste buds."

Date: Mon 7th May 2018 at 7pm
Tickets: £5 (from Devizes Books or On-line)
Venue: The Sports Club, London Rd, Devizes
There will be a bar available.

Grand Festival Market (2018)

2017 Entertainment

Full Details on 
The 2018 Grand Market Page 

(That's '2018 Grand Market' in the green tabs at the top of the page)

'Glitz and Glamour' Cocktail Eve (2018)

photo by tijmen van dobbenburgh (freeimages)

Join us for a night of glitz and glamour.

Come dressed to impress.
Fantastic cocktails to choose and canapes to enjoy.
 Live music and 3 drinks included in your ticket price.

 Choose from seven, delicious cocktail concoctions
...with alcohol-free options on offer too.
There will be non-stop delicious canapés and nibbles,
brilliant music and lively company. 

♪♫♫♪ Fantastic live music will be provided once again by
singer-songwriter-pianist Archie Coombe. ♪♫♫♪♫

If you enjoy the occasional charitable gamble grab some
 raffle tickets for the Mayor's Fund Appeal
The Mayor himself will be present for the draw around 9pm

 Don't miss out on this great night - Friday 18th May
in the historic and beautiful Assembly Room at Devizes Town Hall.

All canapes and three cocktails are included in the ticket price.
Additional cocktail tokens will be available for you to purchase on the night
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
(See map showing town centre venues)
Date: Friday 18th May, doors open at 7.30pm
Tickets:- £22 each, in advance only,
from Devizes Books or Book on-line 
On-line booking fee £1.40 per ticket (read about on-line costs)

Champagne with  Citron by Thomas Weiss (freeimages)

Cocktail photo courtesy of Splitshire

Monday, 26 March 2018

The 2018 Festival Is Coming!

Wine Pouring - image cortesy of Engin_Akyurt, pixabay

Preparations for the 14th Devizes Food Festival
 are nearly complete

Then all we need is you!

Tickets and Full Programme 
will be released very soon.

 Watch this space! 

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