Visit Exeter’s food and drink festival this Easter

For the perfect family Easter bank-holiday outing, try the Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink next weekend.


The festival is held each year in the Cultural Quarter of Exeter, spread across the courtyard and grounds of the city’s 1,000-year-old castle.

This year, the festival takes place during the Easter school holidays on April 9-11 with two ‘pie and a pint’ Festival After Dark events featuring live music, a real-ale festival, hot food and chef demos from the top names on TV.

exeter after dark

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For chef-lovers
As well as no fewer than three BBC MasterChefs (James Nathan, Mat Follas and Steve Groves), visitors will  experience Raymond Blanc‘s The Restaurant 2008 runners up James Knight-Pacheco and Alasdair Hooper, whose new BBC2 series Out of the Frying Pan begins soon.


Other great chefs include Lesley Waters, Michael Caines, the Tanner Brothers, Matt Trebutt and Nathan Outlaw.

Susy Atkins will also take centre stage, matching South-West wines with some delicious recipes and produce.

For families
Family Day Sunday (April 11) will be dedicated to fun, frolics and hands-on workshops designed specifically for families. Kids under 16 have entry for just £1—great value

chef demo kids

For food and drink indulgence
Sample the finest produce from the UK’s foremost food-producing region via more than 70 exhibitors.

Wine and food workshops in the Food is Fun Teepee area also go down a treat each year.


Purchase online at or telephone 01392 667080

Adults: Festival Day Ticket £6; Festival Weekend Ticket £10; Festival After Dark Ticket £5

Children: Festival day ticket (5-16 years) £1*; Festival weekend ticket £3*; No charge for under 5s

All child entrance fees on April 11 will be donated to Have A Heart With Heart Exeter & East Devon appeal

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