Record numbers attended this year's Powderham Food Festival.
Record numbers attended this year's Powderham Food Festival.

Record numbers for Powderham Food Festival

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More than 11,000 people flock to Devon foodie event

Organisers say there was an exceptional turnout for this year’s Powderham Food Festival – with more than 11,000 heading to the Devon site over the course of its two day duration.

The start of October saw Powderham Castle host a pageant of food from across the region.

The team behind this year’s event say that the ‘exceptional gathering marked a historic moment for the festival, showcasing the public’s appetite for culinary delights and family-friendly entertainment.’

Unlike previous years, organisers opted to host the festival free of charge this year, with any proceeds made from donations and purchases going towards the essential maintenance of Powderham Castle.

The aim is to help preserve the building for generations to come. Food enthusiasts and families travelled from far and wide to indulge in the cuisines on offer.

These varied from Lebanese classics and Caribbean staples to Greek delicacies and Mexican street food.

In short, there was an abundance of food on offer to please even the most discerning festival goer.

Independent traders also adorned the grounds, bringing tasty treats and homemade sweet and savoury goods to attendees who wanted to take a slice of the festival home with them.

Locally produced keepsakes up for grabs!

There was a vast array of locally sourced goodies: coffee from Wavi Coffee and BarEasta, jams and chutneys from The Cherry Tree, chocolate from Josh’s Chocolate and Exe Chocolate.

There were also sweet treats from Cookie Queen and Edwards Fudge Kitchen. As well as showcasing a number of local producers and creators, this year’s festival was all about creating memorable family moments.

There was something for every member of the family to enjoy, with chocolate sculpting, a miniature railway, a climbing wall, face painting and plate spinning.

Parents and kids were also kept entertained by the incredible Dan the Hat, a crowd-pleasing performer with a flair for juggling and comedy.

Don’t try this at home!

The festival also saw the return of their famous chilli eating competition. There wasn’t a dry eye left in the room after a selection of brave pundits dared to brave the heat as they battled for the title of Chilli Champion.

Hosted by Clifton Chilli Club, the challenge saw attendees chomp down on some of the hottest chillies available, with just one winner being crowned on each day. 

Powderham Food Festival has firmly established itself as a beloved fixture on the culinary calendar, celebrating fine food and drink from all across the region.

With a diverse lineup of events and activities that captivated visitors of all ages, this year’s festival was a memorable experience for families, foodies, and fun-seekers alike.

This record-breaking turnout at the Powderham Food Festival not only highlights the passion for unique culinary experiences but also showcases the community’s enthusiasm for local events.

As a celebration of food, family, and culture, the festival continues to cement its place as a beloved annual tradition in Devon.

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