Food and drink goes XL at the Devon County Show
The enormous food and drink pavilion at the Devon County Show held on May 18-20 at Westpoint, Exeter is the largest yet.
Measuring a colossal 105 metres by 25 metres, it is 10 metres longer than last year and will house even more artisan producers, a seating area and a cookery demonstration theatre.
Ollie Allen Show Secretary said: “We are responding to the ever-growing interest in local food and drink and are filling the pavilion with even more of a local flavour including a new eatery where visitors can sit and enjoy the food and drink they’ve bought in the pavilion. So a real ‘taste, try and buy’ experience’.”
For the first time artisanal cheese producers have been invited to join the dairy section in recognition of the growing interest in cheese made using age-old methods and high quality milk from local farms.
Oakdown Farm at Trusham, in the Teign Valley is home to Max Pillar and his wife Jacie. Together they farm a herd of free range goats and use their raw milk to produce a handmade, un-pressed goat cheese.
Max Pillar said: “We only are only milking 10 dairy goats at the moment and we can’t produce sufficient stock to exhibit on all three days. But we jumped at the chance of being part of the Show and will be there on Saturday.”
A new addition to the impressive line-up of drink producers is Salcombe Gin which, though less than a year old, has already received a Gold in the prestigious World Drinks Awards.
Inspired by the history of the Salcombe 'Fruiters', locally built sailing vessels which imported citrus fruits and spices in the 19th century, Salcombe Distilling Company has created a hand distilled gin ‘using Dartmoor water and a citrus edge’.
Howard Davies, co-founder, said: “We are thrilled to be exhibiting at The Devon County Show for the first time and are looking forward to giving visitors the opportunity to sample Salcombe Gin and find out more about our Distillery and Gin School.
“The Show is a fantastic platform for us and we are excited to be at the Show alongside so many great South West companies from across our beautiful county.”
Young brewer Jack Pike of Beat Ales celebrates the diversity of his two greatest passions – beer and music – in his range of hoppy ales and is returning to the Show for the second time.
“It was April last year that I started Beat Ales Brewery, so the Devon County Show was our first big opportunity to get our beers out into the big wide world.
“Although intense, the experience was vital in that it provided a platform of getting our name into people's consciousness. It was great interacting with customers directly and we also got some decent business supplying into pubs on the back of it.
“What's amazing is that it’s now going to be our second Show! We've learned a lot since, and feel really excited about going back as an even better brewery one year on.”
A host of acclaimed Devon chefs will be cooking up some culinary masterpieces in the demonstration theatre including Devon’s very own Michelin Star super chef, Michael Caines, The Brend Hotel’s team led by Dez Turland and Daniel Gavrilidis, from The Pig, Combe near Honiton, will be at the Show for the first time this year.
Tickets are available online and from selected outlets www.devoncountyshow.co.uk
Notes to editors:
- Devon County Show - May 18-20 at Westpoint, Exeter
- This is the 122nd Show - the first was held in 1872
- The Devon County is one of the South West's most iconic and enduring annual events attracting up to 95,000 people.
- Ollie Allen is the Devon County Show Secretary
- The Show is an impressive rural show window showcasing award-winning livestock, the finest food and drink and rural living at its most vibrant
- The County Show is the flagship event of the Devon County Agricultural Association (DCAA), which has played a leading role in the development of agriculture, education and the rural economy in Devon since its formation in 1872.