Tuck into the best of the West!
The Devon County Show's Food and Drink Pavilion is not just a shop window for Devon’s superb range of artisan producers, it’s a gigantic market for them!
The Show is proud of the big part it has been able to play in the food revolution which has transformed the quality and variety of locally-produced food and drink over the past 25 years or so. Not only does it provide a market for the mostly small businesses which have been at the heart of that revolution, but it also enables them to raise their profile, compare notes with other producers and impress the retail buyers who are increasingly coming to the show to identify new suppliers.
All of the West Country’s most famous and characteristic products are represented: cheese, cider and Devonshire cream, of course, but also grass-fed beef and lamb, pies and pastries of every conceivable description, teas and cordials, ice creams and confectionary, honeys and preserves…the mouth-watering list goes on. It’s Devon on a plate!
The Food and Drink Pavilion is packed with lots of local producers offering their tempting range of produce. If you fancy tucking in there and then, please use the seating area inside the Pavilion.
The ever-popular food cookery theatre will be back again, in which top chefs will be demonstrating how to turn all of that lovely Devon produce into even lovelier meals. And while you are in the Food and Drink marquee, don’t miss the Devon County Show Cider Competition, featuring some of the South West’s finest ciders.
But if the Food and Drink Pavilion is the centrepiece of the Show’s commitment to supporting local producers, it is by no means the sum total of it. Alongside the Ales from Devon Marquee off Road 3, you will find the Taste of the West fast food area, offering locally produced burgers, hot dogs, pies and pasties.
New this year is our new Watering Hole where you can enjoy street food, drink from Exeter Brewery, live music and plenty of seats housed in a huge red and blue marquee.
All of the fast food outlets on the showground are required to source their products from Devon whenever possible.
Top quality local food and drink has become a vital ingredient in the appeal of agricultural shows in the 21st century, and Devon, as always, leads the way!
The best selection of craft beers and ciders - probably - in the country!
The Devon County Show has a bigger and better range of real ales and ciders than you will find at any other agricultural show.
Whether in the Food & Drink Pavilion, in the picnic area In DevFest on Avenue K where Exeter Brewery run the Avocet Bar serving their popular range of local ales, or in the Ales from Devon feature, the choice is yours!
In Ales from Devon local brewers and cider makers will feature 30 different drinks. There is plenty of seating both inside and outside, with the added bonus that it is right next door to the Taste of the West local street food area, so that drinkers can enjoy a Devon hot dog, burger, pie or pasty with their pint of finest Devon ale.
For refreshments with music, head to the Avocet Bar where you can enjoy award-winning beers brewed just a few miles away and savour the delights of a picnic to the sounds of a variety of local bands and choirs. Bliss!
All in all, the selection of local beers and ciders has gone from strength to strength and, as local food and drink experiences go, they don’t come much better!
A host of Devon's acclaimed chefs will be cooking up some culinary masterpieces in our demonstration theatre within the new-look Food and Drink marquee.
We're putting together a full programme of demonstrations from local chefs and food-lovers to delight, tantaslise and inspire visitors.
All recipes will use local ingredients easily sourced from the magnificent Food & Drink Pavilion.
Devon Chefs Day on Thursday, May 17:
9.45 - Doctor Inks Curiosities Cocktail Demonstration
10.00- 10.45 Jim Fisher, Exeter Cookery School
11.00- 11.45 Michael Caine, Lympstone Manor
12.00-12.45 Matthew Peryer, Lewtrenchard House
1.00- 1.45 Paul Berry, The Swan Bampton
2.00- 2.45 Mark Dobson,The Masons Arms Knowstone
3.00-3.45 Toby Mosedale, Rangemoor
4.00-4.50 Richard Hunt - Devon Scones
Brend Hotels - chefs and apprentices on Friday, May 18:
9.00 -9.45 Dez Turland, Group Development Chef from Saunton Sands Hotel
10.00-10.45 Colin Bull, Chef at The Victoria Hotel, Sidmouth
11.00- 11.45 Stuart White, Head Chef at The Victoria Hotel, Sidmouth
12.00- 12.45 Ready Steady Cook Dez Turland challenges Craig Small with guest appearance by BBC presenters David Fitzgerald and Mark Grinnell
1.00-1.45 Brend Hotels Apprentice Chef Phoenix De-Giorgi from Saunton Sands Hotel
2.00-2.45 Craig Small, BrendTraining Academy Training Chef
3.00-3.45 Brend Hotels Apprentice Chef Sophie Sluman from the Park Hotel, Barnstaple
4.00-4.45 Brend Hotels Apprentice Chef:- Charlie Beech from the Victoria Hotel, Sidmouth
Students of the future in catering and Young Farmers on Saturday, May 19
9.15 -10.00 Doctor Ink Curiosities Cocktail Demonstration
10.15-11.00 Student from South Devon College
11.15-1.15 Young Farmer Cookery competition
1.30 – 2.15 Student from South Devon College
2.15- 3.00 TBA
3.30 Grand Auction