Now in its 3rd year, the Budleigh Food and Drink Festival has a packed weekend of entertainment for the whole family. The main site of the foodie festival is situated in and around the Public Hall and on The Green, in the beautiful seaside town of Budleigh Salterton.
The festival kicks off at 10am on the Saturday morning. Throughout the weekend there will be cookery demonstrations and talks, a local Real Ale Festival, childrens craft, games and workshops for all ages, along with family shows and entertainment. There will be a fabulous selection of food and drink with artisans, makers and producers from across the county, plus the new Living and Lifestyle marquee* hosting independent local designer-makers, organisations and businesses connected with the environment and well-being... not to mention the first Budleigh Master Chef competion - with the final on Sunday 9th at 3pm.
And if that isn’t enough to entertain you, there is also a fabulous schedule of live music; during the daytime on the new Acoustic Stage** in the market area and in the main entertainment marquee from 3pm each day, with more on Saturday evening from 7pm at The Afters Party - a double headlining live music concert in the Public Hall. The Afters Party is a ticketed event, £15pp, available on the festival website. So get the babysitters booked for that one, it’s time for the Mums & Dads to let their hair down!
Festival Manager Trudie Burne explains, “The festival is even bigger and better again this year with a new focus on well-being, as well as food, drink and entertainment. We hope to bring new visitors into the town and surrounding villages to showcase the local area and celebrate all its greatness!” A not-for-profit organisation, the festival is run purely by volunteers. Trudie continues “We are simply a group of enthusiastic locals, wanting to put on a fantastic party for everyone to enjoy. We are proud of what Budleigh and the East Devon area has to offer its community and visitors alike, we cannot wait for April to come along!”
Oh, and we nearly forgot to tell you about all the events, tastings and special offers taking place around and about town and in the surrounding area, including the return of the popular Tray-Bake Trail!
Tell your family, tell your friends, get it in your diary and get on down to Budleigh!
“We will have lots of food & drink to try & buy! From mushrooms and seaweed to flapjack and fudge, gin and juice to cider and mead, with street food and drinks served from vintage vehicles, there’s plenty of choice!” Mandi Wilkinson Exhibitors Co-ordinator
10am For the little ones, music and song with Miss Miranda
11.30am Olivier Guyard-Mulkerrin from Les Saveurs cookery demo 
11.30am Family foraging workshop with Chris Holland
12noon Showtime: Puppet show - Furrifingers Healthy Living Show
1.30pm The Budleigh Ukulele Rat Pack
3.30pm Chris Onions from the Old Dairy Kitchen cookery demo 
4pm Jessica Rhodes [Performed ahead of Justin Bieber! Yes really!] 
7pm Re-opening the hall for The Afters Party!
11am Charlotte Hanson ‘The Cake Lady’ Cake decorating demo
12noon Showtime: Music, magic and mayhem with Nutty Noah [PS the adults love him too! ‘Wear your pants on your head with pride!’] 
1pm Forest fun for kids
1.30pm The Propane Brothers
3pm Budleigh Master Chef Competition final
3pm The end of the Show Show [and drinking the festival bar dry!] with the fun loving Thunderbridge Bluegrass Band 
Budleigh Food & Drink Festival 2017
Sat 8th 10am-5pm - Sun 9th April 10am-4pm FREE daytime entry
Sat 8th April 7pm-midnight The Afters Party. Tickets £15pp. To book visit the website at www.budleighfoodanddrink.org.uk