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World Food

The Corn Exchange

Sunday 3rd October  from 12.30 admission FREE, taster portions 50p

Explore the globe on a plate. An event for all the family, where local residents with far flung roots invite you to sample a family favourite from their homeland.

Street Food & Artisan Market

Cheese toastie oozing deliciously

Devizes Market Place

Saturday 25th September  10.00 – 4.00

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!

Shivi Ramoutar

Heritage Fine Food logo with beetroot - Kitche Theatre

Corn Exchange

Saturday 25th September 10.30  £3

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.

Xanthe Clay

Demonstrator Xanthe Clay

Heritage Fine Food logo - Kitchen Theatre Corn Exchange

Saturday 25th September 12.00 £3

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.

Kitty Tait

Portrait, Kitty Tait

Heritage Fine Food logo - Kitchen Theatre

Corn Exchange

Saturday 25th September 2.00 £3

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, Birdsong, comes out with Bloomsbury next May.

Dinner by the tubs

Belle Bathrooms

Dine somewhere different motif Belle Bathrooms, Sidmouth Street

Saturday 25th September   7.30  £20

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.

Welcome to the Shed

the Cider Shed

Shed Cider, St Edith’s Marsh, Bromham

Sunday 26th September   11.45  £15 (Over 18s only)

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

Lunch in the Chapel

Dine somewhere different motif Salem Chapel, New Park Street

Monday 27th September   12.30  £12

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.

Learn Goan Cookery with Peter Vaughan

Peter V

Vaughan’s Cookery School, Hopton

Monday 27th September  11.30 – 1.30   £30

Enjoy this Festival opportunity to join Peter Vaughan at his renowned cookery school and learn how to prepare some deliciously fragrant dishes [specially researched for the Devizes Food & Drink Festival by Peter] from Goa, one of the smallest states in the southwest of India on the Malabar coast, which for 450 years was under Portuguese rule from whom it only became independent in 1961. The cuisine is a unique mix of Mediterranean with a tropical Indian blend.

Stargazing in a Pod

Dine somewhere different motif Erlestoke

Monday 27th September   7.30  £24 

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.

Lunch among the flowers

Roger Day

Dine somewhere different motif Superior Plants, Market Lavington

Tuesday 28th September  12.30  £12 

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.

Gin Masterclass

Three gins

The Vaults, St John’s Street

Wednesday 29th September   7.00  £30

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.

Tales and food of India

St John’s Parish Rooms, Long Street

Wednesday 29th September  7.30  £20

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.

Delicious Delights and Glorious Plenty

Art and Clare

Cheese Hall, Devizes Town Hall

Thursday 30th September  10.30  £10

An illustrated talk by art historian Clare Ford-Wille on Food in Art from the Romans to Cezanne. She will take you from depictions of food in painting from Roman antiquity to the banquets in the Renaissance by Veronese.  Symbolism, banquets, and tranquil still life representation of all things edible.  Coffee and homemade cake will be provided.

Murder Mystery Dinner

Assembly Rooms, Devizes Town Hall

Thursday 30th September  7.00  £20 Licensed Bar

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.

Foraging with Rob Gould

Collecting nature’s bounty

Friday 1st October   10.30 and 1.30  £15

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.

Signwriting Workshop

Wayne the signwritetr

An expert tutorial at Wadworth’s Brewery

Friday 1st October   £25

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.

Invitation to the Farm

Horton farm residents

Horton House Farm, Horton

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.