Your Visit

Described by The Telegraph as a ‘heady mix of celebrity chefs, parties, food markets, tasting shacks and demonstrations‘, the festival is now a landmark event on the culinary calendar.

During the Festival the whole of Dartmouth buzzes with activity. With street entertainers, food and drink stalls, cooking contests to enter and children’s activities, cooking demonstrations and classes, you and your children will have a wonderful day out.

© Andy carter

The Festival has something for the whole family. There is plenty for grown ups with amazing cookery demonstrations, drinks seminars and tastings. You’ll meet celebrity chefs and local cookery heroes and some of the UK’s top food writers. For children there’s the Children’s Tea Party at the start of the Festival on the Thursday, followed by lots of fun events throughout the Festival. And even your dog can can be a gourmand for the day and savour the latest doggy flavoured ice cream from Dartmouth Ice Cream Company.

And the good news! Most of the Festival is FREE, thanks to our generous Sponsors! You’ll only need to pay for certain events.

Our venue times:

Embankment, Boat Float and the Royal Avenue Gardens
Friday 25th & Saturday 26th October 2024: 10am – 5pm
Sunday 27th October 2024: 10am – 4pm

Festival Bar on the Embankment
Open until 8pm on Friday & Saturday, and Sunday until 4pm

Market Square
Saturday 26th October 2024: 10am – 5pm
Sunday 27th October 2024: 10am – 4pm

Download the  FESTIVAL MAP   (October 2024)

How to find us

Getting money in Dartmouth:

Since all of our banks have closed recently we would advise you to come well stocked up with cash ready to spend with our lovely exhibitors and local businesses! Many exhibitors will of course have card machines and the festival will also have one at our Merchandise stall in the Royal Avenue Gardens.

Cash points are available in the lower town are at the Spar shop (Victoria Road) CO-OP (Fairfax Place) and Yorkshire Building Society (South Embankment). Outside the town centre machines are situated at Sainsburys (Nelson Road), Holliss Garage (Townstal Road) and Kingswear Post Office (Fore Street).

Further information

We want you and your family to get the best from the Food Festival and we know it helps visitors to Dartmouth if you know a little about the practicalities of getting here, parking and finding your way around. Check out our other pages on how to get here, where to park and where to stay.

And of course, if you have a question we may already have the answer ready for you within Your Questions. If you have a question that’s not covered here, please get in touch and we’ll do our best to help.

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