The place for scatterlings from Africa to stock up with a taste of home. Biltong, Droewors, Stokkies and much more.
Devizes Market Place
Saturday 23rd September, 10 – 4
More stalls than ever before, music and a Wadworth pop up pub with traditional food and games. Shop, graze on delicious street food, play skittles, and enjoy the music of The Decades.
Wadworth are Co-Headline sponsors of the Festival
Sunday 24th September 3.00 £3 (10 yrs & under)
If you go down to the park today, you’re sure to have fun and games. And colouring. And stories. And songs. And a yummy teddy-themed picnic! Bring your special teddy and an adult to make sure teddy behaves.
Monday 25th September 10.30 £20
A guest announces that they are vegan – what to cook? Come and explore a couple of amazing dishes that would fit the bill. Part demo, part hands-on and stay for a delicious lunch. Soft drink included.
Monday 25th September 12.30 £14
A retro two course lunch in Le Marché, Woodborough, surrounded by antiques, curiosities and crafts. Eat, drink, and maybe a little light shopping? The emporium includes stalls from local craftspeople, so there is plenty to see.
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The Literary & Scientific Institute,
Monday 25th September 7.00 for 7.30 £12 team of 4
With cryptic questions loosely connected to Food and Drink, this is a firm fixture at the Festival. If you instantly realise ‘Punch Moll has Gun’ is not a different outcome for seaside puppets but an anagram of Ploughman’s Lunch, this is the quiz for you. Nibbles will be provided to feed the brain cells.
Access is up two flights of stairs, no lift.
Tuesday 26th September 10.30 £10
Described by Yotam Ottolenghi as ‘the ultimate food scholar’ Bee Wilson will be in conversation with Xanthe Clay (Telegraph food columnist) about her first cookery book ‘The Secret of Cooking – Recipes for an easier life in the Kitchen’. Coffee,home made cake, and some tasters of Bee’s recipes will be served.
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Wiltshire Museum, Long Street
Tuesday 26th September 5.30 – 7.00 £10
‘Saxon Forager’ Craig Brooks will introduce you to Viking and Anglo Saxon age cuisine, with demonstrations of recipes from his book. As seen on Channel 5’s The Vikings this summer. There will be a chance to sample some of the dishes.
Conservative Club, Long Street
Tuesday 26th September 7.00 £23
Who doesn’t love the iconic British pud? Start with a small savoury, but the main event is a selection of six traditional of puddings [served with lashings of custard of course]. Try each of the puds and vote for your favourite!
Wednesday 27th September 12.30 £14
A two-course lunch in a light-filled, purpose built dance and exercise studio. Hear about ballet dancer Lotte Berk’s “ultimate design in body exercise”. Leotards and leggings optional!
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Tea Inc, The Ginnel
Wednesday 27th September 5.00 £15
Learn about tea, quiz about tea, and blend your own tea – prizes for the best quizzers and blenders. The winning blend will be served in Tea Inc for a month! Tea, coffee and cake will be provided.
St John’s Parish Rooms
Wednesday 27th September 7.30 £22
After a cocktail, be conducted on a tour of Spain, with readings from Cervantes, Laurie Lee and more. A fine meal that says Viva España will include a wonderful selection of tapas, an authentic main course, and dessert involving naranjas.
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St John’s Church Bell Tower
Thursday 28th September 12.30 pm £14
Imagine yourself a campanologist in the Bell Ringers’ room in St John’s Bell Tower. A two course lunch in a very special place, with a short talk on the fascinating wall carvings Difficult steep stairs, so unsuitable for those with mobility problem
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Thursday 28th September 7.00 £25
A murder from the 1990s is still unsolved. Can you work out who dunnit, over a delicious three course meal? The All Cannings Players present Treachery Unearthed in a night of spying, drama and death. There’s a prize for the amateur sleuth whose little grey cells are in top working order.
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Based in Upton, Hampshire, chef Dave Watts, who trained at Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons, and charcuterie partner, David Roebuck, handcraft some of the best charcuterie nature has to offer.
Friday 29th September 12.15 for 12.30 £14
The last word in food quizzes. Three course lunch, where you will be asked to identify ingredients, as well as other food related quiz rounds including pictures. Soft drinks will be served. Tables of 4
Because all guests need to be eating the same dishes for quizzing purposes, we regret we cannot cater for special diets at this event.
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Friday 29th September 4.00 £15 (Age 18 +)
Learn the story behind the newest Wiltshire Gin and Rum distillery and hear about the new Wiltshire Whisky. This spirit, lovingly crafted by owner Andrew Wilson, is still in the barrel and will be available in 2026. Taste the variety of gins and rum currently produced by Ten Hides, and see where it is produced. Accompanying nibbles included
Sweet fresh milk from the Lacock Dairy herd makes authentic gelato ice cream – supersmooth in texture with lower levels of air, fat and sugar than traditional ice cream.
Saturday 30th September 10.00 £25
Join the wonderful chef/forager/fermenter Alex McAllister-Lunt and full-time forager, part time fermenting experimentalist Rob Gould, to cut through the mysteries of lactofermentation and master the nuances of making your own artisan-style vinegars, including some vinegar and a lactoferment to take home.
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Artisan chocolate brownies in an amazing range of flavours, served with warm chocolate sauce and cream.
Downland Produce is a butchery business offering the highest quality, locally reared, free-range meats.
Spanish Paella with a British twist serving seafood, chicken & chorizo & vegan paellas.
All the flavours of Barbados! Premium artisan speciality goods including Rum Cakes, Pepper Sauces, Marinades, Seasonings, Syrups & Cordials, Earthenware pottery pieces. All products are from small family businesses; hand made and filled; and only retailed at artisan markets and food festivals, and through our website visit the website
Saturday 30th September 2.00 £30
Alex and Rob will introduce you to Koji, the organism behind miso, soy sauce, mirin and sake. There are all sorts of variations round the world, and you will taste samples, and make some of your own to take away.
Pablo and Teo’s food van is fast acquiring devoted followers in and around Devizes, serving freshly cooked breakfast, burgers and specials.
A range of honey and beeswax products from nearby Potterne – support local industrious bees!
The place for excellent sausage rolls. Little Jack Horner’s ship them freshly baked, by courier nationwide. Trade enquiries welcome.
A dazzling array of sweet and savoury treats, freshly baked here in Devizes.
The Raffle Prize winners were: Golf for 4 at Bowood – Gareth Beynam A hamper from Wadworth – Ben Morris Subscriptions to Bake & Decorate magazine – Elaine Gale and Rosemary Ryan £20 to spent at Olivia Nails – Maria £20 to spend at Condado Lounge – Richard Sunday Roast for 2 at The Hour Glass – Paul Raggett £25 to spend at the Lamb, Urchfont – Sue Jole £20 voucher for I Spice – Richard Tomason Afternoon Tea at The Bear – Catherine Woodruff Hot Rock dining for 2 at the Castle – Teresa Howard Pinch of Nom family … →
The Devizes Food and Drink Festival is saddened to learn of the death of Queen Elizabeth II. We are thankful and grateful for her 70 years of dedicated service and join with the country in sending our deepest sympathy to Her Majesty’s family
Delicious home made pizzas, cooked in a wood fired oven before your very eyes. All the popular favourites, plus a chocolate version for the sweet toothed.
2021 seems a long time ago. After last year’s festival we did the washing up, donated the proceeds from our charity raffle and kitchenalia stall to three local charities, and had a breather. And of course we published the winning pies from the New Pie for Devizes competition, see below Then the Ukraine War started, and we just had to do something for the refugees. What we do best is feed people, and in record time we put together a community supper. People and local companies were wonderfully generous, with donations of ingredients, table decor, even sunflower seeds that are … →
In 2021, we asked people to compete to create a new Pie for Devizes. The entries were delicious, and the judges had a hard time deciding on the winners, but in the end these two had the edge. DEVIZES PICNIC PIE Created by Sue Lippiat Ingredients Hot water crust pastry 1 lb plain flour 6 oz lard 1 tsp fine salt 1 egg yolk ¾ pint water Filling 7 eggs and I yolk 115g packet stuffing 600g pork sausage meat 250 g bacon, lean & fat, minced Boiled new potatoes, halved Cornichons Jar of roasted red … →
Authentic award winning Pastel de Nata created by Jose the Baker using organic milk, free range eggs and artisan flour. The true taste of Portugal.
Shooting Range, Station Road
Saturday 30th September 7 – 11 £25
Prohibition is in place, but sneak down to the shooting range for cocktails in a hidden bunker. Cheese and charcuterie platters, and three drinks included. If you need more, smuggle in your own disguised as soda pop. 1920s dress if you wish. Dancing to some 1920’s jazz.
Ten Hides will be offering tastings of their gin and rum. Some bottles available for purchase.
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Ten Hides Distillery is new distillery based in Melksham at Avonside Enterprise Park. They will be creating whisky from chalk filtered water from Salisbury Plain and locally grown premium barley.
Home made gluten and wheat free bakes, both sweet and savoury. Plus confectionery and preserves.
Sunday 1st October 2.30 £12
Treat your dog(s) to an hour long guided walk on the downs above Horton, ending with a sumptuous picnic tea (in barn if wet). Dogs get a party bag to take home. Leads required, particularly when walking through fields with livestock.
Small scale producers of a range of delicious, award-winning artisan cheese.
Beautiful hand made wooden chopping and serving boards, knife blocks, door stops, cheese knife holder sets and charming wooden mice.
Delicious burgers and loaded fries from a locally based company that uses locally sourced ingredients wherever possible.
Fordingbridge Fudge makes traditional, luxury, old fashioned homemade fudge to a unique recipe that uses local Jersey milk and cream for glorious creaminess.
Traditional Bavarian Bratwurst, Kasewurst, Bacon Krakauer and don’t forget the Currywurst! With all the trimmings…’
Delicious spiced pastes, chutneys, marinades and condiments with flavours from around the world, made just down the road in Calne. Try before you buy.
A range of delicious Tonic Waters, made from Welsh Spring Water, with honey to sweeten. Perk up your gin with 10 different flavours including rhubarb, passion fruit, botanicals and new mango – delicious!
Wadworth are proud to be co-headline sponsors of the Devizes Food and Drink Festival. Take a moment during the day to enjoy a pint at Wadworth’s pop-up Pub.
Fanny Annie’s is an independent street food kitchen from Dorset, producing a range of fresh grilled cheese sandwiches from locally sourced ingredients.
Cherish every note of the divinely distilled, award-winning spirits from Niche Alcohol Supplies. Visit them and taste these amazing spirits.
Freshly prepared dog food, cooked like you would at home, delivered in perfect portions.
Cathy specialises in making Japanese food with Filipino fusion. Everything is freshly cooked, and locally sourced where possible.
Award winning homemade cakes, cookies and tarts served with locally roasted, ethically sourced coffee.
Oil from rapeseed grown, pressed and bottled on the farm, minimising food miles and maximising quality and taste.
Jacqui’s Homemade Sweets makes different flavours of fudge, cake, pies and crumbles, and now vegetarian savoury quiches, too.
A small craft cider & perry producer which uses apples that would mostly otherwise be wasted. Only local apples are used for Rutts Gold Cider, while other ciders are made from West Country cider apples from selected specialist orchards in Dorset and Hereford. If you have a productive apple tree, read on.
Fearless flavour from Wiltshire!
A fabulous range of ‘Glastonbury’ artisan west country cheeses, from cow’s, ewe’s and goat’s milk, now available by mail order.
Bring back those holiday memories with a gyros pita wrap from The Cosy Kitchen.
Riverford are mad about organic veg. They’ve been growing it for 30 years, choosing varieties for flavour and looking after their soil, wildlife and water sources.