Once again we offer a very wide range of flavoursome experiences, ranging from sophisticated dining to walking the fields with livestock. New for 2021 are Cookery Demonstrations from three distinguished cooks, a glimpse of Food in Art, some very different dining locations including underneath the old Devizes Branch Line, and a Teddy Bears’ Picnic. Box office opens 16th August.
So much to choose from at our fabulous street food and artisan food and drink market… spend the day browsing and sampling wonderful dishes and take home great buys from our local producers and traders. Music! Wadworth Bar!
Author of two successful cookery books [Caribbean Modern and The Ice Kitchen] and Saturday Kitchen regular, Shivi is currently cooking up a storm on Weekend Best, ITV Saturday mornings with Martin and Roman Kemp. Shivi will be demonstrating pulled pork shoulder tacos with a pineapple salsa and jerk mayo.
Food writer and columnist for the Daily and Sunday Telegraph, Great Taste Award judge and author of several cookery books, Xanthe will help save on the washing up with a demonstration of delicious one-pan dishes.
The teenager from Oxfordshire who’s setting the baking world alight at The Orange Bakery in Watlington, Oxfordshire, Kitty discovered an absolute love of baking bread when she was 14. That love of baking led to the discovery of sourdough and as demand for her bread grew, she and her dad, Alex, set up the thriving bakery. Her recipes have been published in The Times and The Daily Telegraph and her book, Breadsong, comes out with Bloomsbury next May.
Fantasise about your perfect bathroom while having a three-course dinner alongside the showers and baths in this lovely showroom. Will they serve Bath Olivers? Sponge cake? Water biscuits? All will be revealed.
Let craft cider maker Roger Blake conduct you through the cider-making journey from apple blossom to bottle, seeing orchard, press and end product. Followed by a light lunch of home-made vegetable soup and a ploughman’s with, of course, a glass of cider or apple juice. You can purchase more cider, to drink there or take home, so might consider car sharing or even walking across the fields. It is just over 3 miles from Devizes, so can be a nice Sunday walk taking about an hour
Have you ever admired this Grade II listed Chapel, and wondered what it is like inside? Come in for lunch – Loaves & Fishes, and Eve’s Pudding – and enjoy a glimpse of days gone by in Devizes courtesy of local historian Dave Buxton. Do you know which famous literary figure enjoyed cheesecakes in the Bear in the 18th century? Soft drinks will be served.
Some garden Pods look like a tent or shed; this one looks like a space observatory! Have dinner under the stars, with a themed menu based on all things planetary. A rocket fuel cocktail, five courses that are out of this world, and there is a telescope for gazing at the sky.
Access to the pod is via steep steps and gravel, so not suited to those with mobility difficulties or wheelchairs.
People who lunch in glass houses are politely requested not to throw stones! Have a delicious meal with a botanic theme, amongst the wonderful array of pots at Superior Plants. Then indulge in some shopping for your garden if you wish.
An evening of sumptuous food accompanied by some superb wines at The Bear Hotel, in the heart of Devizes. The menu will be created by Wadworth’s Executive Development Chef, Andrew Scott [who has worked in several Michelin starred restaurants as well as appearing on BBC2’s Great British Menu] and the meal will be paired with wines chosen and described by experts from Wadworth’s wine supplier Bibendum.
Local distillery Scout & Sage invite you to learn all about gin. After a G & T, discover how the spirit is made. Taste some of the different gins from the Scout and Sage range, and then blend your very own, using the many interesting ingredients provided. Then, of course, drink your creation.
Devizes Books Presents… from a different location to the usual gallery, and with dinner. Enjoy readings from Kipling, Tagore, a Plain Tale from the Raj and some Spike Milligan. Three courses of the delicious cuisine of the sub-continent will be served. The Festival thanks Devizes Books for their support for this event, which will include a drink to welcome guests.
Food in Art? Join leading art historian Clare Ford-Wille for an illustrated talk on the representations of food in painting from Roman antiquity to the banquets of the Renaissance. An exciting journey through the symbolism and portrayals of all things edible in centuries of art.
The All Cannings Players bring you a murder story, Rough Justice, involving an amateur dramatics group. Sadly, one member of the cast does not survive the night. Can you help crack the crime, over a delicious three course dinner? Bring the murderer to justice, and prizes will be awarded to the winning sleuths.
Small group walks searching for edible and usable plants. Learn about the rich bounty that is on offer from the countryside around us with Cotswold Forager Rob Gould. Meeting points will be supplied with tickets. Both walks start from within the boundaries of Devizes, and will last approximately 1½ hours.
Hidden in her beautiful garden, in the heart of Devizes, is the studio of contemporary artist, Bee Thomas. Take a break from your busy day and join Bee and friends for a generous lunch, surrounded by the paints and brushes of her art and chat to her about how she creates her work and the landscapes that inspire her. Address supplied with tickets. Access via nine garden path steps and no vehicular access
Fascinated by the skill of signwriting? A unique opportunity to learn lettering from a master and create your own souvenir under the guidance of Wadworth’s sign painter, Wayne Ritchings. You have one hour in which to create a tile to take home, after which you will be rewarded with a pint. Very limited numbers, book early. All equipment will be provided.
Saturday 2nd October. Just turn up and pay at the bar! £10 (Card payment only)
A special event for the festival hosted by co-lead sponsor, Wadworth, in two of their Devizes pubs. Customers can enjoy a festival pub lunch comprising a Walter Rose succulent sausage, in a bun topped with a sauce/chutney of your choice from Wiltshire-based relishes company, Tracklements accompanied by a 3 x ⅓ pint Wadworth Beer flight. Just turn up and place your order!
Saturday 2nd October 2.30 Adults £2 Children 10 & under £1
Horton House Farm is an organic, welfare certified farm raising cattle for beef and dairy, goats, pigs and sheep. Come and watch milking and be taken to meet the very friendly goats and pigs. The sheep send their apologies, but they will be up on the Downs. Then enjoy tea and homemade cakes. Children very welcome, but the access to the animals is not suitable for buggies or wheelchairs. Wellies might be a good idea.
Your ticket will transport you to the Devizes Branch Line. Dine underneath the arches — well, one arch, sheltered from the weather, with the delicious aromas of barbecue wafting by. Three smoked and steamed courses, with trimmings. Live music.