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. Taking place over three days, the Festival also includes two evening Festival After Dark Events featuring live music, chef demos and a great atmosphere.
Now in its 13th year, the 2015 festival attracted around 20,000 visits, with people flocking to Exeter to indulge in top-notch South West food and drink, see national TV celebrities, to learn from the many cookery demonstrations and workshops and to enjoy family hands-on activities. 2016 promises even more!
Exeter Castle Courtyard: Here you will find the Festival Cookery Theatre, the Festival Bar, the VIP lounge, sponsored by Exeter Golf and Country Club, and a host of stalls serving delicious food and drink through the day. During the evening, Exeter Castle hosts our fabulous live music Festival After Dark nights, taking place on 3 nights: 21-23 April 2016.
Northernhay Gardens: 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 Festival Gardens bar, the Little Cookies at the Festival, our new Westcountry Bakes feature and so much more await you in the gardens.
NB - Northernhay Gardens is not open during the Festival After Dark.
We hope to see you there!