Silver For Exeter Festival Of South West Food  Drink At The Devon Tourism Awards 2014

2014 Silver Winner!

Silver For Exeter Festival Of South West Food Drink At The Devon Tourism Awards 2014

By Abigail Leighton-Boyce

21 November 2014

Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink is celebrating its second award in two years following the Visit Devon Tourism Awards last night. With a Silver under its belt for the Tourism Event of the Year category festival champion and co-founder, Michael Caines MBE said of the win ‘this is a fantastic endorsement for the Exeter Food Festival. This is the second year that we have won a Tourism Award. Securing a Silver for our 11th festival is a real boost for us and a brilliant way to recognise the efforts of not only our supporters but our brilliant local food and drink producers without whom our food event would not happen.’

The Visit Devon Tourism Awards took place last night at a prestigious event hosted by Judi Spiers at Highbullen Hotel, Golf & Country Club near South Molton. The Exeter Food & Drink Festival award was collected by Derek Phillips the Festival Board Chairman who said of the event, ‘it was a real honour to pick up the award on behalf of all the other volunteers who make up the Festival Board. The competition was of a very high standard and we are delighted with our award for the second year running. As a not for profit event, Exeter Food Festival is a celebration of all that is great about our regional food and drink producers. It’s good to know that awards like these are helping to celebrate that and keep the spotlight on keeping it local.’

Visit Devon Tourism Awards confirmed a 27% increase in entries with over 130 entries supplied by the cream of the Devon tourism industry. 48 businesses were selected as finalists for Gold, Silver, Bronze or Highly Commended awards.

Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink 2015 runs from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th April in Exeter Castle and Northernhay Gardens, with Festival After Dark parties from Thursday 23rd running until late. The three-day festival celebrates the outstanding food and drink of the South West, featuring more than one hundred regional producers, top chefs, workshops, live music and food-themed activities for all the family.

Now in its twelfth year, the Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink is supported by Exeter City Council. The festival is a not for profit event.

Tickets can be booked in advance and will be available from December 2014.  For more information or to buy tickets visit:

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