Each year the Festival invites some of the top food and drinks specialists from the South-West and beyond to share their secrets with crowds of Festival visitors. Here are just some of the wonderful people that make the Dartmouth Food Festival such a great event.


The Chefs Demonstration Theatre is a focal point of the Dartmouth Food Festival, full of learning, laughter and delicious aromas.  Our wonderful chefs give freely of their time to entertain and inform.

We strike the balance between familiar tv faces like Matt Tebbutt, Angela Hartnett and our Festival advocate Mitch Tonks to our up and coming exciting new  talent. New ideas, skills and cuisines are discussed in depth and there is always a Q&A session for your queries.

But the star of the show is always our local Devon produce – fish, shellfish , organically farmed meat , wonderful fruit and vegetable and often foraged ingredients!

To be informed and entertained the Chefs Theatre is the place to be!


Our Wine Seminars and Tastings are taking on a new look in 2021 coordinated by local wine merchant Michael Sutton’s Cellar. They have great links to experts and wines from around the world. 

Eat Your Words is the name of our unique Food Festival programme on contemporary food issues. It is free to attend and can be booked in advance. It involves a series of conversations between food writers, chefs, food producers, scientists and possibly supermarket managers with audience participation very much encouraged.  Topics will range from controversies in food production, what constitutes a sustainable diet and how we can reduce plastic and foods waste to some light hearted fun considering how to feed the kids and todays essential kitchen gadgets. 

The programmes will be educational & fun and designed to encourage lively discussion and debate. These events are very popular so if something catches your eye book early as places go quickly!

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Gina Carter

Susy Atkins

Serin Aubrey

Adam Banks

Stephen Barrett

Jane Baxter

Fiona Beckett

© Lars Autzen

Richard Bertinet

J. P. Bidart

Ankur Biswas

Neil Borthwick

Martin Caraher

Jenny Chandler

Oliver Cowmead

Craig Davidson

Lucy Davies

Henry Dimbleby

Nick Evans

Forest Fungi

Kris Gibbon-Walsh

Romy Gill MBE

Peter Grieg

Angela Hartnett MBE

Shane Holland

Tom Hunt

Christine Jensen

David Jones

Holly Jones

Helen Lloyd

Will Lyons

Rebecca Mitchell

Orlando Murrin

Kit Noble

Matt Palmer

Dr Clare Pettinger

Charlotte Pike

Ben Quinn

Lori Reich

Jamie Rogers

Kate Ryder

Matthew Shribman

Geeti Singh-Watson

Guy Singh-Watson

Liam Steevenson

Jonathan Sutton

Matt Tebbutt

Alissa Timoshkina

Mitch Tonks

Greg Turner

Julie Waddell

Elly Wentworth

Mitzie Wilson