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About the Festival

The Festival is an annual event held in the courtyard of Exeter Castle and the surrounding Northernhay Gardens, right in the centre of Exeter. This year the Festival will take place over the early May Bank Holiday weekend from Saturday 29th April to Monday 1st May 2017. The Festival also includes three After Dark Music Festivals kicking off on Friday 28th April, featuring live music, chef demos and a great atmosphere. 

Now in its 14th year, the 2016 festival attracted around 20,000 visitorss, with people flocking to Exeter to indulge in top-notch South West food and drink, to learn from the many cookery demonstrations and workshops and to enjoy family hands-on activities. 2017 promises even more!

Exeter Castle Courtyard: Enjoy live music from local musicians and bands, whilst enjoying a drink from the Festival Bar, and delicious street food from the host of stalls serving food and drink throughout the day and into the evening. The VIP lounge, sponsored by Exeter Golf and Country Club will be located in the castle itself, and during the evening Exeter Castle will host the three fabulous 'After Dark Music Festivals' taking place on Friday 28th April, Saturday 29th April and Sunday 30th April 2017.  

Northernhay Gardens: Here you will find the Festival Cookery Theatre, 2 Large Food Pavilions and outdoor catering stalls featuring over 100 individual producers selling a mouth watering array of food and drink, the Darts Farm Food is Fun Teepees with demonstrations and hands on activites, the Little Cookies at the Festival, our Westcountry Bakery feature and so much more.


NB - Northernhay Gardens is not open during the Festival After Dark.

We hope to see you there!

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