Bon appétit: 27 stalls at Sidmouth's first food festival

PUBLISHED: 15:54 12 August 2016 | UPDATED: 15:54 12 August 2016

Andy and Annette Witheridge at The Salty Monk, Sidford

Andy and Annette Witheridge at The Salty Monk, Sidford


The first-ever Sidmouth Food Festival will be whetting appetites at Kennaway House tomorrow (Saturday, August 13).

There will be wine and cider tasting, music, demonstrations and food galore at the free event, between 10am and 4pm.

The festival, which has received support from the East Devon Sustainable Development Fund and the Vision Group for Sidmouth, aims to promote local producers and businesses.

The day will be held in the venue’s Cellar Bar and on the lawn and will host 27 pitches offering everything from sausages, cheese and game to fudge, herbs and cake.

A demonstration will be held by Andy and Annette Witheridge, of Sidford’s Salty Monk, as well as a soon-to-be-announced, nationally renowned chef from the area.

Adults and children wanting to try their hand making pasta or pizza will also be invited to take part in an interactive demonstration.

The day’s musical entertainment will be provided by a choir and an acoustic group.

Organiser Kerry Gibbons, who also runs the town’s farmers’ market, said: “The festival is all about highlighting local food producers. I decided to organise the festival because I absolutely love food. I am very excited.

“It is all about local people providing good local food. It should be lovely.

“I hope everybody will come along and support the local businesses.”

Among the many stalls will be Angelchops’ cakes from Ottery St Mary; Devon Fishcakes; Trow Farm Fudge; Adam Davis of Flaming Good Pizza; The Filling Station and Fresh and Green Veg from Sidmouth; Peddlers Coffee; Pinnacle Icing; Gourmet Street Kitchen and Laurel Farm Herbs.

World Food will also be offering an array of chicken and vegetarian wraps and salad, while Chocolats de Caprine will have a variety of goat’s milk chocolates and alcoholic truffles.

Cookery writer Marion Turnbull will have a sourdough bread stall, while Joy and John Eustace, of Bees Knees, will be selling honey and other products made from their own bee hives.

Kerry said they had already made plans to make the Sidmouth Food Festival an annual event.

She added next year they were also looking to expand it and make it even bigger and better.

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