Flavour Fest returns to Plymouth

On Friday, 19th August, Flavour Fest returned to Plymouth for the eighth year and was larger and better than ever before. This highlight of the South West’s food and drink calendar took over the Piazza in the City Centre Company for 3 days presenting a full programme of demonstrations, the finest food and drink from over 100 of the best local producers all in food stalls filled with tasty offerings.

Almost 150,000 people visited the festival which has a wide and strong trader base all displaying their produce at the continental style market. It has developed into one of the biggest food festivals in the South West.

According to Amanda Bishop, Events and Marketing Coordinator at Plymouth City Centre Company, the festival is totally free and together with so many different events happening for everyone to enjoy over the three days, there was no reason for the people not to come.

She added that this year’s Flavour Fest has been the greatest thus far having attracted more incredible local producers than the year before.  New exhibitors include the Great British Sausage Company , the South Devon Chilli Farms and Churtopia Churros.

Together with the smells and sights on the Piazza festival, regular exhibitors, Devonshire Tea, attempted to break a Guinness World Record by making the most cups of tea in one hour. The annual Ready, Steady Cook challenge was between Gordon Sparks, of BBC Radio Devon, and BBC TV presenter, Adam Hart Davis.

The Cookery Theatre hosted an extraordinary programme of demonstrations from professional chefs. The line up included top chefs, the Tanner brothers together with Ching He Huang. Workshops were held in the brand new Flavour Fest Cocktail Marquee including cocktail making and plenty of entertainment was provided with lots of activities to entertain the children in the Food is Fun pavilion.

The Plymouth Food Awards, created by the Food Plymouth Partnership, was held on the Friday celebrating achievements, skills and exceptional efforts for those who brought healthy, sustainable and delicious food to the people and recognising the great work that is being done.

This festival is organised by Plymouth City Centre Company and is sponsored by Taste Buds Magazine, Wyld Meadow Lamb, Castles Kitchens, St Austell Brewery, Gaymers Cider and Lawsons.