PICTURES: Thousands flock to Ottery food fest
- Credit: 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.
You may also want to watch:
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.
- 1 Public help needed to find wild violets around East Devon
- 2 A tussle for the ages at Ottery Bowls
- 3 Ottery Primary pupils' pedal power shines through at hill climb
- 4 Sidmouth electric car club survey launched
- 5 Stuart Hughes retains Sidmouth county council seat
- 6 Property of the Week: Flat 2 Bedford
- 7 Reid family follow in the footsteps of Sir Captain Tom
- 8 Jess Bailey secures a seat at Devon County Council
- 9 Paedophile hunters' sting in Sidbury leads to prosecution
- 10 Initial details revealed for this year's week-long Folk Festival
Festival organisers thanked everyone who supported the festival and look forward to the next one in 2015.