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Plymouth Flavour Fest will tickle your tastebuds

The Southwest's tastiest food event returns with the Plymouth Flavour Fest. This top-notch event attracts over 150,000 hungry visitors who enjoy locally produced food and drink and find some new inspiration at the chefs' demo kitchen. Sample it, buy it, eat it or take it home with you - you'll have a wonderful time at this top foodie event in Plymouth.
Plymouth is the setting for what has become the biggest food and drink festival in the Southwest – Plymouth Flavour Fest. Taking place on the third weekend in August, from Friday to Sunday, it is now in its 11th year. Altogether it attracts around 150,000 visitors.

The great thing about Plymouth Flavour Fest is that it is put on by people who clearly love great-tasting food and drink. The collection of stalls are laden with produce actually grown, raised and produced by the vendors themselves, each promoting their own products. Who better to answer your questions and let your sample their fare?

Plymouth Flavour Fest is a platform for local and celebrity chefs to come together for a good time. Through demonstrations and shows they share their tips and enthusiasm with wannabe chefs and keen cooks. As well as an open-air cookery theatre there will be big screens so everyone can see what’s going on in the kitchen.

The pedestrianized shop-lined streets of Plymouth’s Armada Way and the central Piazza area are taken over by around 120 different food and drink traders. It resembles a continental-style market with apron-covered vendors all keen to show off their delectable goodies.

This being Devon, there is so much good locally produced food such as cider, cheese and fresh fish. Of course there are local oggies (pasties) and plenty of sweet treats too, which all combine to define the true flavour of the southwest.

Ready, steady, cook at Plymouth Flavour Fest

On the Friday there will be an entertaining live event in the popular TV show format “Ready, Steady, Cook”. This is always well attended as top chefs and special guests are invited to show what they can do against the clock.

Another area of the food fest is specially for children, so look out for the “Food is Fun” signs. This is an educational area for all ages and has interactive displays showing how food is transformed from farm to familiar everyday meals.

This area is sponsored by , and by the way, have you tasted their ice-cream? It’s so dairy-delicious! You will find it in supermarkets and ice cream shops all over the Westcountry, but it always tastes better if you drive to the farm, just off the Langage Industrial Estate, and indulge in one of their 40+ unique flavours. If you’re stuck for choice, my recommendation is Thunder n’Lightning, but I digress!

Food and drink for the grown-ups

Parents may want something a little more adult, so head over to the Real Ale and Wine Area sponsored by . The Westcountry is famous for its cider and ale production which goes back centuries. There’s a relaxed seating area so make yourself comfortable and try some of the best ciders in the UK.

Of course, you will not escape Plymouth Flavour Fest without tucking into some great food from the nearby stalls and pop-up kitchens.

Historic Boringdon Hall sponsors Plymouth Flavour Fest

Although Plymouth Flavour Fest takes place in Plymouth City Centre, the event is sponsored by Boringdon Hall. This 16th century Grade 1 listed Manor House is located on the outskirts of Plympton and is a well-established upscale restaurant, four star hotel and popular events venue.

Set in its own grounds, has a fabulous Elizabethan Great Hall with a bar as the jaw-dropping focal point. It features high leaded windows and a massive stone fireplace bearing the coat of arms of James I and the date 1640. The former Minstrel Gallery is now the restaurant. If you get the chance to call in for a drink or lunch after attending the Plymouth Flavour Fest, it’s well worth visiting.

Calling all Devonians! Have you visited the Plymouth Flavour Fest? Would you recommend it to other visitors? We’d love to hear your experience & tips about visiting this delightful event.

About Gillian Birch

Born in Cheshire, Gillian Birch moved to Cornwall at her earliest opportunity and never looked back. After 20 years, her ongoing discovery of popular attractions, quiet footpaths and local eateries has made her a fount of knowledge as she entertains readers with her informative articles on the hidden gems of Devon & Cornwall from a local point-of-view.

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