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EVENTS OVER THE FESTIVAL WEEKEND

What makes the Dartmouth Food Festival so special is the wide range of events, parties and tastings we offer over the three days and nights of the Festival itself.   We change the offer each year, but we always aim to have a programme which appeals to experienced and knowledgeable ‘foodies’, visitors from outside our area, and to those who want to hone their culinary basics.  We ensure that some events are free of charge.

There are talks, discussions, practical demonstrations and masterclasses from a wide range of professional chefs, experts and local producers.  We also organise hands-on food preparation workshops on subjects as diverse as pasta and pie-making, gin and wine tasting events with our sponsors (Salcombe Gin and Michael Sutton Cellars), and a specific competition for home cooks.  With 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, Fiona Beckett and Will Lyons.

In addition to those organised directly by the Festival team, many of our restaurant partners aim to offer something very special for their diners on each day of the Festival weekend.

For most events, you will need to book in advance.  Many sell out early, so do please keep up-to-date by subscribing to our newsletter – look out for links on social media.  Tickets are available from this website from early September in each year.

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We will deliver an outstanding food festival that promotes Dartmouth as a destination and showcases the very best food and drink experiences in the Southwest.

We have all been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and our lives may never be quite the same and a new normal is evolving.

All of us at The Dartmouth Food Festival are aware of the profound affect this crisis is having on the food and hospitality sectors as well as the wider economy and our town and we want to do our bit by staging the 2021 Festival.

Our Guiding Principles

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

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

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

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

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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