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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 2024 we will be bringing you even more of the best food, drink and entertainment from Ottery and East Devon.

Ottery Food and Families Festival 2024

What's On

Saturday 3rd September (last year)

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. Take a look at our tasty lineup for this year.

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chefs demo

Chef's Demo Marquee

Sponsored by Smart Build, Demos Sponsored by THE PIG at Combe


  • 10:30 – 11:15
    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.
  • 11:30 – 12:15
    Winslade Manor
    Matt Mason will be preparing and plating something from the elegant dining menu from Winslade Manor. After 28 years as Head Chef at The Jack in the Green Matt took over as Head Chef at the Winslade Manor and Bar in 2021.
  • 12:30 – 13:15
    River Cottage
    Steven Kiernan, head chef at River Cottage, will be creating a seasonal feast.
  • 13:30 – 14:15
    Devon Cookery School
    Jazzi Curley specialises in world food from Thai, Mexican and Italian to Vietnamese. She will give you a fun, relaxed and informative cooking experience.
  • 14:30 – 15:15
    Michael Caines Academy at Exeter College
    Oliver Smith will be cooking pan fried fillet of Brixham bass with crispy new potatoes, salsa verde and buttered samphire finished with a white wine sauce.
  • 15:30 – 16:15
    The Thirsty Farmer
    Marc Slater will be cooking a One Pan Dish of seared West Country scallops, chorizo, samphire, spinach and asparagus, and a main course of 18 hour pork belly with honey, soy and 5 spiced glaze, bok choy, Asian slaw and noodles.
  • 16:30 – 17:15
    The Big Cook Off!
    Tessa Stone from Food and Forage and Pierre Graeber of Zero Waste Cookery, go head to head in our chef fi nale of the day. Using ingredients foraged from the Festival our chefs will be creating a delicious meal that’s local, left over and sustainable.

Cookery Workshop

Sponsored by King’s Manor


  • 10:30 - 11:30
    Michelle Strode - King’s Manor Care Home
    Michelle will show us how she gets the to create a delicious dish from foraged resident’s taste buds tingling!
  • 11:45 – 12:45
    Zero Waste Cookery
    Pierre Graeber will focus on tips for creating zero waste and show how a homemade present can be so much better than a manufactured one. He will demonstrate how to make an apricot Oronais Danish pastry with no wastage.
  • 13:00 – 14:00
    Food and Forage
    Tessa Stone will be demonstrating how to create a delicious dish from foraged ingredients.
  • 14:15 - 15:15
    Sara’s Petite Cuisine
    Sara will be sharing some secrets from the world of patisserie.
  • 15:30 - 16:30
    Devon Cookery School
    Jazzi will be leading a class in the cookery workshop where she will be making Vietnamese Summer Rolls with a delicious peanut dipping sauce.
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The Wellbeing Tent

This year, we are very excited to have our first ever Wellbeing tent. We have a packed day planned with demos, taster classes, talks and therapies all FREE.

Keep an eye on our social media pages to book into classes and therapies. We look forward to seeing you there!


  • 10:00 - 10:30
    Genevieve Temple from Ottery Forest Fit
    Midlife Calm, Core and Strength taster class
  • 10:40 - 11:10
    Therapy Session 1
    Phil de Jong homeopathy; Anne Clemo Weleda consultant and LED InBody scanner
  • 11:20 - 11:50
    Katie Arscott from Simple Wellbeing
    Talk on Menopause Yoga and Women’s Wellbeing
  • 12:00 - 13:00
    Therapy Session 2
    Tracey Paddon - Women’s myofascial release massage; Lily Rosier and Jen Golder from the Pig at Combe's Potting Shed Spa - hand/arm massages; Sarah Thackeray from Revive Massage - Reflexology; Ottery Osteo and Physio; LED InBody Scanner
  • 13:10 - 13:40
    Andie Stansell of As Fit
    Talk by strength and fitness expert
  • 13:50 - 14:20
    Kara Green from The Rainbow Warriors – Aura Studio
    Kids’ Yoga and Mindfulness
  • 14:30 - 15:00
    Genevieve Temple
    Move It or Lose It taster class for older adults
  • 15:10 - 15:40
    Kara from The Rainbow Warriors – Aura Studio
    Sound Bath
  • 15:50 - 16:20
    Claire Quick of Practical Health
    Talk by nutritionist
  • 16:30 - 17:00
    Sarah Thackeray from Revive Yoga
    Gentle yoga

Children’s Activities

Sponsored by Exe Mortgages

The Creative Cabin

We’re pleased to welcome back three interactive family activities. All FREE!

Climate Conversations brings together local activists and project groups, with academics and artists specialising in these fields. We will be reflecting on four key themes - nature, food, energy, reduce/reuse/recycle.

Alan Bruford has been involved in running outdoor experiences for young people and their families for many years. Come and join him around the fire for forest school activities for all ages.

Drama Tots will be back with free mini-sessions for 18 month old to 5 year olds. Come along to dance, sing and role play; a whole world of adventure with your little ones. See why they have been voted ‘Most Loved Childrens’ Activity by What’s on 4 Kids. Follow the bubbles!

And new for 2022 come and try your hand at ‘milking’ Jurassic Fibre’s cow!

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Download last year's programme

Click on the link below to download our programme

2022 Ottery Food Festival Programme

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What's On

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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

Antonios of Exmouth

The best locally made Italian ice creams

Bards Bees

Honey and hive products, including balms, soaps, polish, cakes and beekeeping information

BloomBerry Juice Company

Smoothies, milk shakes & fruit juices. Whizz up your own smoothie on their smoothie bike

Bollhayes Cider

Delicious Champagne method ciders, apple syrup and apple juice

Christopher Piper Wines

Top quality wines and more

Crumb Coat Bakery

Traybakes, brownies and cupcakes.

Ebb Tides Seaweeds

They produce seaweed shakers, salts, spice mix and seasonings plus Sidmouth gin, rum and vodka. Seaweed beer and seaweed caviar pearls

Exe Chocolate

Bean to bar chocolate.

Feisty Foods

This Ottery St Mary based company make a range of chilli sauces from chillies grown in Senegal and Tanzania. Recent winners of Most Promising New Brand award

Forage and Combe

Flavour infused oils, salts and vinegars

Fossil Coast Gin

Inspired by the Jurassic Coast, gins, gin liqueurs, rum spirit and Belgian chocolate ammonites

Fussels Fine Foods Ltd

The best rapeseed oil.

Good Game Charcuterie

Award winning charcuterie and cured meats

Hogs Bottom

Purveyors of preserves, chutneys, oils and flavoured mayonnaises

Many Hands Brewery

Devon based microbrewery, brewing modern British ales

Pinnacle Icing

Handmade, royal iced biscuits

Rabbit and Co

Ottery’s local greengrocer, selling fresh produce and their own products

Roly’s Fudge Exmouth

All things fudge in boxes and gift bags

Sarah's Creations

Lovely cakes made in Ottery.

Stoney Orchard Growing Community

Stoney Orchard is the home of Food and Forage Garden Project with Honiton Health Matters; A project with growing food and wildness at its heart

The Cherry Tree

Jams, marmalades, curds and chutneys.

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Ottery Avenue

Also not to be missed...

The Ottery Avenue 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.

Carnival Committee

Oversee and manage Ottery Carnival and Tar Barrels.

Hall and Scott

Local estate agent for selling, buying and letting

Heritage Society

Find out about the revamped and reopened Ottery Museum


Caring for those with life-limiting illness.

In Focus Charity

Vision impairment charity for young people

Kings Manor Care Home

Luxury care home.

Ottery Community Volunteers

Voluntary organisation - run The Ottery Larder.

Ottery Help Scheme

Providers of thoughtful and joined-up help to the community

Ottery in Bloom

Bringing a touch of colour and beauty to Ottery St Mary. Responsible for the planters and plants throughout Ottery St Mary.

Ottery St Mary Parish Church

Our fine parish church.

Ottery Tae Kwon Do

Martial Arts and lifestyle coaching

Ottery Travel

Ottery’s independent travel agent

Pixie Day

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


Grocery store with a strong local presence


The Honiton based charity providing accessible transport, befriending, carer support, mobility scooters and more to our community across East Devon

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!

Barnova Ltd

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

Chunk of Devon

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

Coldharbour Farm

Delicious, home-cooked menus freshly prepared using the best in locally-sourced ingredients, plus the Coldharbour Farm Gin Bar

Flame Cave Pizza Co

Wood-fired pizzas from Honiton


African and Caribbean foods made with their own sauces'safricankitchen

Mary's Syrian Kitchen

Chicken shawarma wraps and falafel wraps plus baklava. Home-made Syrian food straight from Ottery.

Piggy in the Middle

Everything porky from bacon and pork baps to scratchings.

Pig & Pallet Smokehouse

Devon Ruby smash burgers

Pizza Buona

Rustic pizzas and fries

Thai Food to Go

Delicious, authentic Thai cuisine

The Churros Company

They use traditional Spanish methods and equipment to make their churros. They are proud to use products from local companies and they also use eco friendly packaging

The Copper Fox

All the big brands and offering lots of local favourites – event bar

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

We are launching a Battle of the Bands for young people aged 11-25.

There are a heap of prizes including festival slots, support slots with The Kabins, having music recorded, mixed, mastered and released and more!

Winners will play at the Food Festival on September 9th.

Come and get involved to get your first festival gig!

Send in your video of you playing a song and fill in an application form here.

Applications close 31st May 2023.

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Last year...Ottery St Mary Silver Band started the day off at 9.30 at the Demo Tent followed by our Official opening time of 10.00.

As in previous years, this area proves to be very popular, so why not join us during the day in the celebration of music, food and drink. If you need a rest, you can pop over to our picnic area located just in front of Samosa Lady's Spice Stage - take a seat on the haybales and enjoy some music.

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.


The Festival takes place in a flat field, suitable for people with limited mobility, i.e. wheelchairs and mobility scooters. There will be toilets for people with limited mobility, as well as preferred parking spaces for people with a blue card.

From a food & drink point of view, the Festival will cater for most needs, but please check with the organisers, either in advance or on the day, if you have any questions.


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.


Dogs on leads are welcome. Please, of course, pick up after your dog, bag and bin.

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Ottery Food and Families Festival 2024

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 2022 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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