DAY OUT FOR FOODIES: Foodfest in Barnstaple's Pannier Market
THE pannier market in Barnstaple will once again resemble a fabulous walk-in food larder today and will be laden with many delectable, locally-made delights.
Foodies will find themselves in heaven, surrounded by sumptuous smells, colourful cooking, luscious luxuries and tantalising new tastes.
Top Devon chef Michael Caines, MBE, will be bringing his own creative culinary magic to this free festival.
Caines of Gidleigh Park will stage cooking demonstrations as well as signing copies of his new book, Michael Caines At Home.
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Around 90 local food and drink producers will be showcasing delicious Devon cheese, artisan bread, ciders, meat, fish, ales and more.
"The event draws large crowds into the centre of the town and is a fantastic showcase to all that is good and great about our local produce," said Dave Stanley, BID chairman.
"This coupled with the fact the North Devon Foodfest attracts some great chefs, including Michael Caines MBE who is returning for the third year running, speaks volumes about the quality and popularity of the event overall."
Live entertainment takes place at St Anne's Arts and Community Centre on Paternoster Row and there will be children's foodie craft activities.
The Foodfest chef demo stage will be hosting an afternoon of live chef demos as well as the Brend Hotels Ready Steady Cook Challenge. There will also be a presentation of the North Devon Food and Drink Awards 2013. This year there will be stages in the Queen's Theatre. Elaborate, state-of-the-art kitchen workstations stations have been provided by Rangemoors and Ashgrove Kitchens.
The sixth North Devon Food and Drink Awards celebrate the best food producers and retailers in the area in a number of categories, including Best Local Restaurant, Café and Pub.
Other categories include Best Local Producer/Retailer, Best Food To Go and Super Service.
"The North Devon Food awards sponsored by Cottage Holidays and supported by the North Devon Journal are growing in popularity year upon year – this year 115 local businesses were nominated, with 1327 online entries received during August," said Laura Holt, marketing manager at North Devon+.
On the Chef Demo Stage:
10.15am to 11am Mark Dodson, owner and chef of North Devon's only Michelin starred restaurant the Masons Arms, Knowstone.
11.15am to noon Thomas Carr, head chef at The Coach House, Kentisbury Grange.
12.15pm to 1pm Michael Caines, executive chef at the two Michelin starred Gidleigh Park and operational partner and director of Abode Hotels and Michael Caines restaurants.
1pm to 1.15pm North Devon Food and Drink Awards 2013 Ceremony.
1.30pm to 2.15pm Richard Hunt, partner of the Devon Scone Company, Woodbury, Exeter.
2.30pm to 3.30pm Ready Steady Cook with Dez Turland, development chef and Stuart White, head chef, Victoria Hotel. An hour of fun and laughter, as well as great cookery ideas, as Dez and Stuart do battle on stage.
Organisers North Devon+ have seen Foodfest increase in popularity since it began in 2008 (last year there were more than 13,500 visitors and 75 exhibitors, generating £297,000 for the local economy).
This year Foodfest is sponsored by North Devon Council, BID Barnstaple, The Northern Devon Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) and Johns of Instow and Appledore.