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Eat, Drink & Enjoy!

Welcome to Ottery Food, the home of the Ottery St Mary Food & Families Festival.

Community-organised and driven by a passion of local food and talent, this event shares with you our wonderful local producers, products and chefs.

In 2022 we will be bringing you even more of the best food, drink and entertainment from Ottery and East Devon.

Ottery Food and Families Festival 2022

What's On

Saturday 3rd September

The day you’ve all been waiting for...

A whole day full of Food & Drink related fun! Think chef demos, cookery workshops, things to do for the children, an entertainment stage, a market, and of course lots of (street) food and drink. Below is a taste of what we had last year. This year’s entertainment is still being finalised.

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Chef's Demo Marquee

Food Demos, with commentary by Mark Godfrey from the Deer Park Country House.


  • 9:30
    Railway Band
  • 10:00
    Festival opening & Announcements
  • 10:30 – 11:15
    Devon Cookery School
    Jazzi Curley specialises in world food from Thai, Mexican, Italian to Vietnamese and today will cooking delicious and decadent shredded duck spring rolls with home-made hoisin dipping sauce.
  • 11:30 – 12:15
    THE PIG-at Combe
    Plot to plate! Dan Gavriilidis is back again at the Festival preparing fresh produce collected from THE PIG-at Combe kitchen garden along with beautiful meat and fish from their local suppliers.
  • 12:30 – 13:30
    Lympstone Manor
    Michael Caines or Liam Finnegan will creating an amazing dish in his distinctive style of modern European cuisine utilising the very best local, artisanal produce and ingredients.
  • 14:00 – 14:45
    The Samosa Lady
    Time to go vegan! Traditionally Gujarati food is vegetarian/vegan. So Samosa Lady will be cooking up a vegan feast, that's nutritional and very yummy! You won't miss meat when you taste this.
  • 15:00
    Winner of the Sainsburys pizza creation children’s competition
  • 16:00 – 16:45
    The Big Cook Off!
    Salami Steve and Chris Piper (Piper Wines) and a surprise chef of the day will go head to head in our chef finale of the day. Don’t miss it!

Cookery Workshop


  • 10:15 - 11:15
    Kings Manor Care Home
    Michelle Strode will show us how she gets the resident’s taste buds tingling!
  • 11:30 - 12:30
    Volunteer Inn
    Gemma Youlden will be cooking a pan-seared pigeon breast with red wine poached pear, accompanied by a blackberry and toasted walnut salad – inspired by her family love game shooting.
  • 13:30 – 14:30
    Food and Forage
    Tessa Stone will demonstrate some simple ways to bring colour and wellbeing with the use of herbal vinegars and oils, that can be used in salads or dressing or even to treat colds and boost the immune system, and will guide how us to make a few to try at home.
  • 14:45 – 15:45
    Zero Waste Cookery
    Pierre Graeber will focus on good tips,zero waste and homemade presents better than a manufactured.
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Children’s Activities

The Creative Cabin

Come and explore the cabin! Thelma Hulbert Gallery (THG) and Wild East Devon have launched a new travelling creative space – the Creative Cabin. This is a fun and creative space to explore art and nature in your neighbourhood.

The Cabin hosts a broad range of activities, projects, talks, films, performances and workshops which creatively explore our relationship to nature and the climate emergency.

Drop into the cabin to join in a Climate Conversation.

Climate Conversations brings together local activists and project groups, with academics and artists specialising in these fields.

They will reflect on four key themes:

  • Nature
  • Food
  • Energy
  • Reduce/Reuse/Recycle

Pizza Competition!

Sainsburys will be running a colouring competition to design a pizza. This colouring competition can be collected from the Ottery St Mary Sainsburys from Sunday 04 September or coloured in on the day.

There will be 3 winners from each age category, the winners will be chosen and announced at 15:00 on the Festival day and the winners will get to come into store and actually make their pizzas, as well as receiving a prize from Sainsburys.

They would then be on sale to all Sainsburys Ottery customers for a weekend.

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Ottery Food and Families Festival 2022

Who's There

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Market Traders

Right in the heart of the festival!

We have worked hard to put together a really varied and high-quality food & drink market for you. You’ll see many familiar and popular faces, plus a few interesting new ones! The Market runs from 10:00 until 18:00 (but remember some will have run out well before the end).

The following traders are a taste of what we had last year, this year’s feast is still being finalised.
If you would like to trade at the festival please email


East Devon cupcakes and more

Christopher Piper Wines

Top quality wines and more

Coldharbour Farm

Ottery produced preserves, juices, ready meals and meats

Curworthy Cheese

Hard & soft local artisan cheeses

Dartmoor Chilli Farm

Spicy and delicious chilli chocolates, sauces, chutneys, oils and more

Ebb Tides Seaweeds

Products from hand harvested seaweed

English Spirit

Premium spirits & liquors


Handmade Luxury Devon Flapjacks

Forest Fungi's Shrooms on the Road

Locally grown mushrooms & truffle products

Fussels Fine Foods

Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oils, dressings, etc.

Ginger Cat Deli

Pasties, pies, scotch eggs, quiche etc

Hatari from Feisty Foods

Chilli products

In My Back Yard

Friendly network of independent, small-scale food producers, wholefood suppliers and residents in East Devon

Little Pod

High-quality vanilla, coffee and chocolate extracts, specialising in a real Madagascan vanilla paste

Many Hands Brewery

Devon based microbrewery, brewing modern British ales

Pinnacle Icing

Iced biscuits, celebration cakes, and cake decorations

Shaldon Bakery

St Anthony Charcuterie

Fine charcuterie products

The Cherry Tree

Preserves & dressings

Westcountry Olives

Luxury, local olives

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Ottery Village

Also not to be missed...

The Ottery Village is a celebration of all the amazing local voluntary groups, shops and other establishments that we have in Ottery St Mary.

Bicton Overseas Agricultural Trust

Help people from developing countries.

Captain Ovens

Restoring your oven’s original sparkle.

Carnival Committee

Oversee and manage Ottery Carnival and Tar Barrels.

Children’s Hospice South West

Providing hospice care for children.

Coleridge Memorial Trust

Dedicated to Ottery’s famous son.

Devon Gateway

A local letting agency.

Devon Wildlife Trust

Safeguarding Devon’s unique natural environment.

Heritage Society

Run the Ottery Museum.


Caring for those with life-limiting illness.

Hospiscare Friends and Hospicare Magpies

Supporting Hospiscare.

Inner Wheel

To promote friendship and personal service.

JR Electrical Services

James Rayner, local electrician and community road warden.

Kings Manor Care Home

Luxury care home.

Mooselet & Co

Children’s wall art and personalised prints.

Otters Carnival Club

Local carnival float team.

Ottery and Honiton National Trust Association

Group for supporters of the National Trust.

Ottery Auction Rooms

A family run independent auction rooms.

Ottery Community Theatre

Ottery’s very own Players.

Ottery Furniture

A wide range of beautiful furniture and gifts.

Ottery Help Scheme

Providing a variety of support services.

Ottery in Bloom

Bringing a touch of colour and beauty to Ottery St Mary.

Ottery Library

An essential part of Ottery life.

Ottery St Mary Parish Church

Our fine parish church.

Ottery Tae Kwon Do

Martial Arts and lifestyle coaching

Ottery Twinning Association

Manage the relationship with Ilsfeld and Pont L’Eveque.

Ottery Valley Rotary Club

Global membership and humanitarian service.

Paws Day Spa

Dog grooming service.

Pixie Day

The pixie’s kidnap the bell ringers on a day full of fun.

Plastic Free Ottery

Campaign group


Grocery store with a strong local presence.

Wild Hart

Community construction using sustainable wood.

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Street Food - The Hot Food Market

Colourful, tasty and exciting!

We have 12 wonderful outlets to keep you fed and watered throughout the day.

Don’t forget your reusable cup!

Antonios of Exmouth

Traditional Italian Ice cream

Barnova Ltd

Have bar will travel! Gin, Cocktails and more - event bar and zero bar

Camper Coffee Co

Mobile Camper Café provding mobile coffee and tea from a unique and very rare vintage 1964 VW split screen van

Chanters Kitchen

Pasties and pies

Chunk of Devon

Multi award winning pasty and pie makers from Devon, home of the famous Best Steak Pasty


Churros and chocolate

Coldharbour Farm

Serving home-reared pork and lamb. Home-cured salmon salad and veggie/vegan delights. Food Miles 1!!!

Dough Bros Wood Fired Pizza

Stonebaked pizzas made with the finest ingredients

Good Game

Venison and Devon Ruby Steakburgers & sausages from Topsham

Made by Ws

Hot and cold food made with fresh ingredients, sourced from local suppliers

Samosa Lady

Serving her famous samosas and other Indian street food, spicy & yummy. Catering for vegans, veggies and meat lovers. Ingredients sourced locally and packaging environmentally friendly. The first local business to be awarded "Plastic Free Friendly Business"

The Copper Fox (running Otter Brewery Bar)

Beer and Cider

The Off Road Café

Coffee and much more all From a Land Rover Defender 110

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Live Music

Entertainment all day long!

We aim to bring you the best local artist and groups to entertain you on the day.

If you would like to be involved please contact Below is taste of what we had last year.

On the Samosa Lady's Spice Stage –

  • 11.00 - Exeter Railway Band
  • 12.00 - Ian "Slide" Edgar (Americana, Slide guitar)
  • 12.45 - La-la choir (tbc)
  • 13.30 - The Adders (Original songs, runner-up in 2019 “Battle of the Buskers” at Cadhay)
  • 14.15 - JW Dance
  • 14.30 - Break
  • 15.15 - Oakhart (Acoustic rock and electric folk. Covers and original material.)
  • 16.20 - Dr Splink (In their own words: “Dr Splink fell out the sky and started playing Ska and Punk and have compared with Madness, The Blockheads and The Stranglers.”
  • 17.15 - Dynamix Choir (Formerly Rhythm of Life Choir) (tbc)

All times are correct at time of going to press, but may be subject to change.

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Exeter Railway Band start the day off at 9.30 at the Demo Tent followed by our Official opening time of 10.00

Look out for other entertainers around the site during the day

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Map Of The Festival

Visiting the Town and Festival

Go ahead and enjoy yourselves. Sample the food and drink, join in with the fun, spend a few quid. And remember, the money you spend stays local.

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We're really looking forward to seeing you but if you have COVID symptoms or a member of your household is isolating please do NOT attend.


Over the past few years a lot of work has been done on increasing the sustainability of the festival in various ways. We have become a plastic free site, asking traders not to bring any single use plastics – bags, cutlery, sauce sachets etc.

We have also encouraged our visitors to bring plastic cups to refill at the bar or they can purchase a souvenir cup for £1 with their pint.

We were determined not to increase the carbon footprint of the festival by moving out of town so we put on a free bus service so people could get to us easily. This was very well used and also meant that people could pop in to Ottery to the shops there so we tried to play our part in supporting the local businesses.

We gave anyone who cycled to us a reusable cup for their drinks from the bar as a reward for travelling sustainably.

We have always tried to pick chefs from as close to Ottery as possible and, in the information we sent them, we now ask them to choose in season, local, sustainable produce for their demos, suggesting producers we think they should use.

After the event all waste was sorted into recyclable and non recyclable and our food waste was taken by East Devon District Council to be composted, in a partnership which was the first of its kind.

We also arranged for any usable food waste from traders to be given to the local community larder so the festival produced no food waste at all, something we are very proud of.

Because of the lack of plastic at the festival we created a very small amount of waste and about half was recycled.

All these things added up to make last year’s festival the most sustainable one to date. But we’re still working on it. In 2022 we want to reduce the amount of disposable coffee cups which made up the bulk of our non recyclable waste, and encourage traders to think about where their produce is sourced.

We are a no glass site because for 50 weeks of the year it is part of a working farm.

Public Transport

The festival is being held in a field next to the Ottery Garden Centre. Free shuttle buses will be running on a continuous loop running every 10/15 minutes running from outside the Silver Otter on Silver Street (near the library). The Festival opens at 10:00 so they will be running from 09:30.

You can also hop on the number 4/4a Stagecoach Bus and visitors from Honiton, Gittisham, West Hill, Kings Reach etc on that route will find this the easiest way to get to the Festival. Or, if not on the bus route, please park in the town centre (there are a couple of Council car parks) and catch the shuttle bus.

Please do not try and drive up there as parking is limited and will overrun the Garden Centre car park.

Cycling to the event is encouraged, and all cyclists will be given a free reusable cup on production of their cycle helmet.


Please note that there is no cash machine on the site, and not all traders take card payments therefore please ensure that you come appropriately supplied with cash – there is a cash machine at the Sainburys in town.


These are on the edges of the site, sign posted and also marked on the map. Disabled toilets will be provided.


In the event of an emergency, please stay calm and follow instructions from the Police, Festival Stewards or any other emergency services involved. An experienced First Responder will be on site.

Lost Children

As you enter the festival, please pick up a wrist band for your child and write your name on the inside of it. This will help us in case you become detached from them. Again, if you are worried please let a steward know.

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About Us

The Ottery St. Mary Food & Families Festival is a not-for-profit, free, event, organised by a group of individuals enthusiastic about local food and drink.

Driven by a passion for local food and talent, this event shares with you our wonderful local producers, products and chefs. As a not-for-profit organisation, our key aim is to raise local and regional awareness of Ottery St. Mary as a destination for all things food and drink related, be that buying, eating out, or producing.

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The festival aims to:

1. Provide a great day out. Each year we welcome more people; In 2021 we welcomed over 3,000 people.

2. Involve local groups, charities & schools to help raise awareness of good, healthy, locally produced and sourced products, and allow them to raise awareness too, and – in some cases – needed funds.

We have worked as hard as ever to put together an extravagant and interesting programme with fun and interactive events to suit everyone and every taste. One thing for sure is that there will be no shortage of wonderful food and delicious drinks available throughout the day.

Dig in and enjoy!!

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Ottery St Mary, Devon, EX11 1NU

Adjacent to Otter Garden centre, off Alphington road, B3177.
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