What makes the Dartmouth Food Festival so special is the wide range of events, demos, talks and tastings we offer our visitors over the three days and nights of the Festival.  Every year we try to maintain a balance between keeping all the old favourites and bringing something new to the event. But, we always aim to have a programme which appeals not only to experienced and knowledgeable ‘foodies’, who want to improve their culinary skills but to those who want to just come and have a fun day out.

There are talks, discussions, practical demonstrations and masterclasses from a wide range of professional chefs, experts and local producers.  We organise hands-on food workshops which this year will focus on pasta and sushi making, as well as tasting sessions where you can learn all about cheese, tea and chocolate.

Our ever popular Wine Seminars are back with an exciting programme of tasting events and we’ll have our new Drinks Tank in the Royal Castle Hotel as well.  With many of these events, we are delighted to have the involvement of many well-known  ‘national’ names such as Mitch Tonks of The Seahorse Restaurant and Rockfish and wine-writers & experts, Susy Atkins and Will Lyons.

In addition to the events organised by the Festival, many of our local restaurants, cafes and shops aim to offer something very special for their diners on each day of the Festival weekend, so do take a walk around town and see what takes your fancy.

Many events such as the Chefs’ Demos and Food Matters talks are free of charge so just turn up and grab a seat. But, for some you will need to book in advance, and as many sell out early, please keep up-to-date by subscribing to our newsletter – look out for links on social media.  Tickets are available from this website from mid-September each year.


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Our Guiding Principles


Our festival will be free to explore and will encourage a wide audience.


We are a ‘ Not for Profit’ festival that will focus on generating surpluses to reinvest in our festival and our community.


We will educate and inspire, striving to deliver the best independent food festival in the U.K.


We will encourage innovation and diversity and be prepared to try new and interesting ideas.


We will be ethical, safe and focussed on environmental sustainability.

” I should like to congratulate you and everyone involved in the Dartmouth Food Festival, what a great way to showcase our excellent produce. Not only does it bring business into the town but it lifts the entire profile of the South Hams. Occasions like this draw people from far and wide who will hopefully visit us again”


Cllr John Baverstock, Chairman of South Hams District Council