Food & Drink, Food Festivals & Markets
The exceptional quality of Devon food and drink produced in the Heart of Devon means that the area is becoming as famous for its award-winning restaurants, food festivals, markets and vineyards as it is for its stunning coast and Devon countryside.
Right in the heart of Devon's larder, the food and drink produced in the Heart of Devon is of world class quality. With lush pastures and miles of coastline, this is a region of wonderful flavours just waiting to be savoured.
A great tradition of fresh Devon food and drink is represented in the Heart of Devon's award-winning restaurants, food festivals and markets, plus the a wide range of seasonal cookery courses on offer at the River Cottage Cookery School, using top quality local and organic produce.
The Heart of Devon’s mild climate, long seasons and fertile soil provide perfect conditions for growing grapes. There are several vineyards in the area where you can try and buy the local wine, including Yearlstone Vineyard, and Pebblebed, who both offer vineyard tours and tastings.
The historic city of Exeter has been voted one of the top places to eat out in the UK, but in the surrounding area you will discover many other Devon venues ranging from chic stylish restaurants to traditional inns and sumptuous country houses where inspirational menus are created around mouthwatering local produce.
Farmers markets are a vital part of the food scene and you will find colourful stalls crammed with succulent goodies. You can sample and buy delicious Devon food and drink direct from the producers.
Farm shops are also committed to fresh local produce and offer friendly service from knowledgeable staff. From glorified sheds and converted barns to Darts Farm Shopping Village near Topsham, they all share the same passion for food produced by people who care, as do other many food-related businesses in the Heart of Devon.
The Exeter Festival of South West England Food and Drink takes place in April and celebrates the sheer diversity and quality of regional produce. Held in Northernhay Gardens and Exeter Castle Courtyard, the event showcases numerous food and drink producers, and includes a restaurant trail, a mini beer festival, live cookery demonstrations, and exciting hands-on food activities for the kids.
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