Taking place from Friday 17 to Sunday 19 August in Plymouth City Centre, Flavour Fest promises three days of foodie fun for all the family, with the finest local produce from across the South West represented by more than one hundred traders.
Now in its ninth year, many of the stall holders taking part in the bustling continental-style market will be regular festival favourites, but this year will also see some exciting new companies joining the bill.
Already confirmed and getting ready to exhibit for the first time are top Torbay beer makers Bays Brewery, Somerset continental snack sellers JJ’s Nuts, purveyors of the finest Devonshire cream teas The Devon Scone Company, Plymouth’s very own Caribbean caterers Timary Spice and Holsworthy fine fudge makers The Wonky Kitchen.
Beth Woodhouse, founder of family-run business the Wonky Kitchen, is looking forward to her first experience of Flavour Fest. 23-year-old Beth said: “I started the business late last year after finishing university and moving to Devon with my family, and as I’d been making fudge to give as gifts setting up a business was a natural progression. We’ve now got 13 varieties of fudge, from traditional favourites like clotted cream, which has just won a Bronze Taste of the West Award, to slightly more unusual flavours like strawberry and balsamic and lavender and nectar, so there’s something to suit most tastes!
“I’m from Sussex originally so I’ve never been to Flavour Fest before and really have no idea what to expect! But from what I’ve seen and heard it looks like a fantastic festival, and it will be interesting to visit a new area and meet some new people. We’re just starting to grow the mail order side of the business, and will have a new website up soon, so Flavour Fest will be a great opportunity to promote that to a huge audience of food lovers.”
They’ll be joining more than 100 other traders, 30 local and national chefs and over 100,000 food lovers to celebrate the best of the Westcountry’s fantastic food and drink. From chillies, chutneys and cheeses to churros, cupcakes and crepes, there’s guaranteed to be something to suit every taste, and as always there will be plenty of opportunities to try before you buy.
Clint Jones, Plymouth City Centre Manager added: “As well as being one of the highlights of Plymouth’s summer events calendar, Flavour Fest has become one of the most hotly anticipated food and drink events in the whole of the South West and I can’t wait for this year’s fun to begin! I’m delighted to see another fantastic line up of traders taking part, and I hope that our new exhibitors have a great time while introducing their products to a whole new audience.”
Organised by Plymouth City Centre Company, Flavour Fest will be taking place on Plymouth’s Piazza from Friday 17 to Sunday 19 August.
Alongside the food and drink stalls will be a packed programme of mouth watering cookery demonstrations at the Castles Kitchens Cookery Theatre, entertainment for young cooks at the Food is Fun Pavilion and the return of the Drinks Revolution marquee with summer cocktails and other thirst-quenching refreshments.
For the full line up of traders, travel information and the programme of demos and activities online at www.shopplymouth.co.uk or follow @flavourfestsw on Twitter for the latest updates.
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