Exeter Festival of Southwest Food and Drink 2016

Exeter Festival of Southwest Food and Drink

We had the BEST day out last Sunday at the Exeter Festival of Southwest Food and Drink. Steve and I arrived at about noon and made our way into the first exhibitor tent where we bumped into our friends Will and Caroline from Little’s Coffee. Their stall was bursting with goodies including their new Island Coconut flavour infused instant coffee. I’ve been itching to try it since I had seen it advertised on Instagram and Twitter. Caroline made me a little cup to try and I was instantly hooked. I had to put a jar in my shopping bag! Steve fancied trying the Havana Rum flavour, so that went in the shopping bag too. If you don’t know these guys then give their coffees a try. They are so good. The flavours are natural and subtle which give their coffees that little something different.


From the Little’s Coffee stall we carried on with our foodie journey taking in lots of goodies on the way. We bumped into Louise’s  Larder. Another good friend of the blog. I had to purchase some of her Raspberry and Violet jam with clotted cream to go with the Devonshire split buns. Absolutely wonderful!

Steve was feeling peckish so it was sausage roll time. Not just any sausage roll but a chicken and mushroom sausage roll from Little Jack Horner’s. Flakey pastry filled with a hefty sausage filling. So tasty… Based in Frome, Somerset their aim is to make the best sausage rolls and I think they are definately living up to that!

We carried on mooching through the exhibitor tents picking up bits and bobs as we went. Trying various treats en route. I had read about Purely Pickled Eggs on Twitter and was happy to find them as we made our way through the tents. Based in Gloucestershire, they produce pickled eggs in every imaginable flavour. We tried many before settling on the garlic infused eggs. A subtle garlic flavour that was just to our taste although it was a close call. I was also drawn to the beetroot and the balsamic eggs for their amazing colours.

From here we walked up to the Exeter Castle area. The main festival bar was sited here along with numerous street food vendors. We spent a while up here visiting the bar with plenty of local ales for Steve. The VIP area was also located here. We were lucky enough to have been given some passes so we had access to the “backstage” area. Lots of talks and tastings were going on whilst we were there. We met up with a lovely chap called Neil from EMAL who was talking about this new brewery based at Greendale Farmshop just outside Exeter. We tried three of his ales and they were incredibly drinkable. At less than a year old this company are doing great things with ales. They are well worth checking out.

Whilst enjoying the sunshine up at  the Castle we took in some music. They had set up a stage area for performers with a bit of seating in front so you could sit down with your foodie purchases and listen to a spot of live music. You can’t beat a bit of live music in the sunshine with a good glass of wine (Sharpham obviously!) and some yummy street food.

After spending a bit of time up at the castle in the sunshine we walked back down to the main site again. I had wanted to pop along to the Sharpham Vineyard stand to try their new red wine and chat with my friend Duncan who is the winemaker there. I am a big fan of Sharpham wines as my regular readers will know so it was a joy to try something new. Obviously I purchased a bottle! How could I not…?

Whilst chatting to Duncan he introduced us to Dappa. A devon based distillery producing Grappa from the skins from the grapes at Sharpham Vineyard. I wasn’t sure if I would like it as Grappa has a reputation for being pretty potent. However this was smooth, warming and very drinkable. I would highly recommend trying Dappa.

The weather was fantastic so it enabled us to spend the remainder of our afternoon outside petting the cutest animals EVER and soaking up a few sun rays whilst enjoying some foodie treats from Craft Deer. A venison burger stand from Dorset. Steve had the Moroccan. A venison burger with harrisa mayo, preserved lemon, red chili and parsley. Absolutely delicious!


 Exeter Festival of Southwest Food and DrinkI decided that afternoon tea was in order so made another trip to the VIP tent for some tea and cake. Including scones with jam and cream although I was slightly disappointed that the jam was on the bottom. This is Devon after all!! I had to turn it upside down to eat! Haha. I also had some carrot cake and coffee cake. All rather delicious and supplied by Posh Nosh. A well known catering company based just down the road in Topsham.

It was a perfect day at the Exeter Fesival of Southwest Food and Drink. Steve and I thouroughly enjoyed ourselves and look forward to next year. The dates for the next one are already in the diary. Thank you for having us and see you the weekend of 21st – 23rd April 2017!

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