PICTURES: Thousands flock to Ottery food fest

17:15 20 June 2014

Visitors got the chances to try the dishes at the Ottery St Mary Food and Families Festival on Saturday. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref sho 5661-25-14SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on Photo Orders

Visitors got the chances to try the dishes at the Ottery St Mary Food and Families Festival on Saturday. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref sho 5661-25-14SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on Photo Orders

Archant

Thousands of foodies from across East Devon flocked to Ottery St Mary to enjoy the town’s second Food and Families Festival.

The town centre was packed with people determined to make the most of the festival and they were rewarded with unending blue skies and culinary delights.

“We were blessed with an exceptionally sunny June day,” said Ruud Jansen Venneboer, one of the festival organisers. “People came in their droves to celebrate all that is good about the region, and we were delighted to welcome so many first-time visitors to the town.”

The Mill Street market was abuzz with stalls offering a wide variety of local produce, from wine and cider to chutneys, chilli sauce and cooking oils. For the sweet-toothed, tempting treats included locally made fudge and macarons.

Festival-goers were serenaded by choirs, the town band and teams of talented buskers from The Kings School.

Over in the cookery theatre, practical demonstrations by local chefs gave the audience food for thought, and an epic cook-off between MasterChef semi-finalist Saira Hamilton and Ottery’s ‘Samosa Lady’ Tina Chahaun ended with local lass Tina taking the honours.

Families enjoyed activities at the Institute and everyone tucked into the food on offer in the town with something for everyone, with Devon pasties, paella, hog roast, burgers and Tina’s samosas. As the day hotted up, the ice cream stall was a very popular choice. The fun went on into the evening and a great time was had by all.

Festival organisers thanked everyone who supported the festival and look forward to the next one in 2015.

0 comments

Comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Sidmouth Herald visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Sidmouth Herald staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Sidmouth Herald account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 13:19
Mary King greeted with Herald in California

Olympic silver medallist Mary King was met with a familiar sight in the Californian heat on a recent trip to America - as she was greeted with a copy of the Sidmouth Herald.

Read more
Wed, 16:49
Jonathan Marshall

A celebrity falconer’s media career is in ruins after he forged an animal passport for his Golden Eagle so he could appear on the ITV Alan Titchmarsh show.

Read more
Wed, 13:18
Head teacher of Newton Poppleford Primary School, Stuart Vaughan. Ref shs 3049-50-14AW. Picture: Alex Walton.

The £2.5million rebuild of Newton Poppleford Primary School will be good for the pupils and the community as a whole, according to its headteacher.

Read more
Wed, 10:11
Money

Small-scale developers will no longer have to compensate communities for the extra pressure their new homes will place on schools and leisure facilities, under new rules announced by central government.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 9°C

min temp: 6°C

Most Read News

Photo Orders
Competitions
Subscriptions
Facebook
Family notices

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition today E-edition
Devon�s trusted business finder