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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.

Ottery Food and Families Festival 2020

What's On

Friday 31st May

Join us from 18.00 Main Marquee.

Tapas Night in the Marquee (sponsored by Kings Manor Luxury Care Home) Tap into Devon Tapas for the evening with a host of local favourites including ‘The Volunteer’ run Otter Brewery Bar.

A great way to ease into the weekend with relaxing music and great company. Booking is not required. Just turn up and enjoy. Kicking off the evening we have Ottery duo In4Red with classic rock covers and original songs. Taking us into the evening, at 20.00 we have Ian "Slide" Edgar with Roots, Blues and something new.

Saturday 1st June

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

Various town centre businesses are running activities and promotions. Please look out for the FoodFest logo.

At time of press we were made aware of:

  • Silver Otter Cafe (Silver Street)
    Various activities throughout the day, with live music and activities for children
  • Christopher Piper Wines (Gold Street)
    Various wines for tasting on that Saturday, to coincide with the launch of Le Printemps du Languedoc promotion
  • Tickety Boo (Mill St)
    See Children’s Activities section
  • Where’s Wally?
    Keep a look out for Mr Wally. If you find him, ask him for a token. These tokens can be used for many of the children’s activities throughout the town, on the day.
  • United Reformed Church (Jesu Street)
    Tea, Coffee and Cakes on the lawn
  • St Mary’s Church (14.00 – 16.00)
    Ottery St Mary’s church catering team, under the skilful leadership of Sheila Williams, will be providing the finest Devon cream teas (gluten free available too) in the stunning surroundings of Ottery St Mary’s parish church. Great place to ‘escape’ the busy festival for a while

Sustainable Ottery

Reuse, Recycle, Reduce - Mill Street

Mill Street has many things to offer and a few surprises up its sleeve throughout the day. Listen for announcements during the day!!!


  • Curious Otter
    Celebrate 50 years since the Apollo landed on the moon. Reuse Ottery Gazettes and build your own rocket. Great children’s activity, helps them to be creative and teaches them about reusing materials to help the environment
  • (Former) Williams Store
    Hosts a book signing by a Children’s author Jo Earlam. The author of Tuamor the Turtle, a book about the dangers of plastic. Which has been presented to many primary schools throughout the country
  • FillFull
    Ottery’s very own plastic, gluten & diary free conscious shop. Will be hosting a number of talks throughout the day, from guest speakers. Highlighting food, environment and re-cycling
  • Tickety Boo
    Pop along to this great cafe, that is family and children friendly. Offering children’s biscuit decorating and other activities, throughout the day

Stalls (in addition to a number of food stalls listed in the market stalls section):

  • Curious Otter
    Local honey, wood turned items, books and wooden toys
  • Plastic Free Ottery
    Offering information to help us to become more plastic and environmentally friendly
  • Devon Wildlife
    The charity will be highlighting, how to protect and safeguard Devon’s unique natural environment and wildlife

The Festival Marquee

Sponsored by the Pig at Combe

Positioned in the main (Sainsbury’s) car park, providing a wide range of cookery demonstrations in our Cookery Theatre – here you will be able to enjoy a variety of demonstrations— all free of charge — by a selection of local chefs.

The bar (sponsored by Otter Brewery) will be run by The Volunteer Inn’s Mike Down on behalf of the Carnival Committee (with proceeds benefiting Tar Barrels). Outside of the marquee there will be a variety of local businesses serving hot food and drinks. Full details can be found in the Street Food section of the programme.

Make sure to visit all our shops in the town - Throughout the day in various shops there will be tastings and sampling of products plus special festival offers. Check for posters with Festival Logo in shop windows.

Cookery Theatre/Demonstration Kitchen programme

  • 9:30
    Ottery St Mary Silver Band
  • 10:00
    Festival opening & Announcements
  • 10:15 – 11:30
    King’s School
    Students Ollie Smith and Erin Drew will be showing off their skills under the guidance of their teacher, Mrs. Deborah Capon. This session is always a great hit with the audience, and many prior participants have gone on to become real stars in the restaurant scene.
  • 11:45 – 12:30
    Lamb & Flag
    JP will be cooking pan fried local sea bass with sun blush tomato olive and basil risotto.
  • 12:45 – 13:45
    Christopher Piper Wines
    Christopher Piper, owner of Ottery St Mary’s own wine merchant and expert has generously offered to suggest some wines to accompany TBC’s cooking. This is your chance to taste some of the best food and wine combinations available.
  • 14:00 – 14:45
    Pig at Combe
    Dan Gavriilidis. Dan is becoming a regular on this stage – and a very popular one for that. He will be cooking pinch of salt Karma Ham and Lower Henland Farm Aspargus, with garden shoots and line caught sea trout, foraged sea vegetables with an Exmouth mussel dressing.
  • 15:00 – 15:45
    Kings Manor Care Home
    Michelle Higbey. “Think you know care home food?”. Head Chef Michelle of the newly opened Kings Manor Care Home will be demonstrating how theirs is different. Kings Manor is the festival’s Marquee Sponsor.
  • 16:00 – 16:45
    Rusty Pig Goes Head to Head with Samosa Lady
    MRobin Rea and Tina Chauhan. Everyone in and around Ottery will know Robin and Tina, and that should be enough to know that anticipation for this ‘Battle of the Chefs’ is huge. Watch and enjoy.
  • 18:00 - 22:00
    Rock for Refugees Night

Children’s Programme

10am – 2pm at The Institute, Yonder Street

Come and join in with fun - There are exciting and creative children's activities taking place throughout the day at the festival and throughout the town!

Activities include

  • ‘Button garlands’
  • ‘Make a Tassel’
  • ‘Felt Brooch or Hairclip’
  • ‘Kids Bracelet’ and ‘Button Dangles Necklace’

Activities are facilitated by Year 12 and 13 students from the King’s School India project. A donation to this great initiative will be much appreciated. In addition, Force Cancer Charity will be running Children’s Games,with donations welcome.



This year’s Festival Auction will be different!

In addition to the ‘Grand Finale’ (between 5 and 5.30pm on Saturday in the Main Marquee), you will have the opportunity to bid on a fantastic range of offers, using this link:

This year we are working with an online silent auction company to auction all our lots over a 4-week period. We have some great lots such as:

  • A signed Exeter Chiefs shirt
  • Otter Brewery tour for 6 people
  • Dinner for 10 people x 8 course including wine worth £1500 at The Rusty Pig (50% raised going to hospice care Exeter)
  • A meal for two every month for a year (worth £600) from the Lamb and flag
  • Samosa Lady dining night for 4
  • The Volunteer inn a 3 course meal with a bottle of wine for 4 people
  • Coldharbour Farm breakfast x 4 people
  • Lunch x 4 people at Tickety Boo
  • Wine tasting evening for 10 people from Christopher Piper Wines
  • Mid-week stay at The Pig at Combe for 2 people including dinner wine and breakfast
  • A used car from Otter Mini Garage

Many many more auction lots coming!

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Ottery Food and Families Festival 2020

Who's There

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Market Square

Right in the heart of the town!

A really varied and high-quality food & drink market, complimenting the existing town traders’ offering. The market runs from 10am till 4.30pm (but remember some will have run out well before the end - so go early to avoid disappointment).


East Devon cupcakes and more

Barn Food

Artisan cured bacon and sauces

BloomBerry Juice Company

Fresh juices and smoothies, smoothie bike

Coldharbour Farm

Ottery produced preserves, juices, ready meals and meats

Curworthy Cheese

Hard & soft local artisan cheeses

Dark Place Brewery

Craft beers and ales from Colyton, Devon

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.

Littlestone Coffee Roasters

Whole bean and ground coffee, from Exeter

Pinnacle Icing

Iced biscuits, celebration cakes, and cake decorations

Samosa Lady

Samosas, onion bhajis, pakoras & chutneys

The Cherry Tree

Preserves & dressings

The Crusty Cob

Artisan Bread, bakery products and cakes

The Unusual Pork Pie Co

Unusual flavoured Porkpies, meat pies & sausage rolls etc.

White Lake Cheese

Artisan goats, Sheep, and Guernsey Cow Cheeses

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Mill Street

More Market for Mill Street!

An extension to the Main market alongside our local shops and traders.

Bullstone Springs Chicken

Slow reared, high welfare chicken & organic eggs

Chocolats de Caprine

Gluten, nut & cow’s milk free chocolates, truffles, fondants and caramels

Riverford Organic Veg

Providing info about Riverford Veg Boxes

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Street Food at the Marquee

Colourful, tasty and exciting!

Enjoy Cookery demonstrations in the Cookery Theatre - followed by a variety of local businesses serving hot food and drinks outside. Around the marquee is also some seating where you can take a rest whilst savouring your purchases.

Antonios of Exmouth

Traditional Italian Ice cream

Chunk of Devon

Pies, pasties, porkpies & sausage rolls hot & cold

Coldharbour Farm

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

Good Game

Venison and Devon Ruby Steakburgers & sausages from Topsham

Kinori (Not Just Sushi)

Hot & Cold Japanese street food (meat & veg)


Cuban & Mexican Street food (veg, vegan, celiac & nut allergy friendly food)

Rusty Pig

Hot Food sourced from seasonal and porky local ingredients and Agata’s famous Gin Cocktails


Artisan tea/coffee/hot chocolate

The Crepe Escape

Sweet and savory crepes, doughnuts

‘The Volunteer’ run Otter Brewery Bar

Most Otter Beers on tap

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Ottery Food and Families Festival 2020

Live Music

Entertainment all day long!

We are delighted that we have received the support of several local groups who have all grasped the opportunity to keep you entertained on the day.

Various local artists and groups will also be entertaining you throughout the day in and around the town centre. Look out for them, especially in Mill Street and outside the library. All are giving voluntarily of their time to add to the atmosphere, so please show your appreciation!

Ottery Silver Band will be playing at the Marquee from 9.30 to 10.00, ahead of the official opening, and will then play again from 11.00 to 11.45 at our open-air Live Music Lounge outside the Town Council Offices.

Entertainment will then continue in the same area from 12.00 till 16.00, with a variety of local artists, including a set by the hugely popular Rhythm of Life Choir, who will be performing between 13.40 and 14.20.

There will be seating provided, so this is a great place to take the weight off your feet while enjoying the music and sampling some of your market purchases.

Finishing Saturday night 18:00 till 22:00 with a Rock for Refugees Night – a fantastic Live Music Night with food, drink and a raffle in aid of refugees settled in Devon.

Performing on stage in the Marquee are YONDER BLUES BOYS, LOS NO BOSS and DJ DICK KURTAINE

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Ottery Food and Families Festival 2020

Map Of The Town

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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Public Transport

All usual bus services will be running, including the half hourly #4 / 4a buses to and from Exeter and Honiton/Axminster. We recommend this as the most hassle-free travel solution if travelling from these directions.


Ample parking available, however with an increase in visitor numbers over the festival weekend, it is advisable to give some thought to where you plan to park.

Long-stay - Land of Canaan car park (EDDC) - 150 spaces at £1.50 per day; Small EDDC car park in Brook Street - 30 spaces (often full) at £3.00 per day. Short-stay - Car parking at Sainsbury’s is free, but will be busy, and subject to a strongly enforced two hours maximum (dedicated disable parking also available).

Visitors arriving from: North and East are advised to park at Ottery Football Club, and then take the pleasant 5-minute stroll into town; Exeter direction please use overflow parking in Finnimore Industrial Estate, from which the town can easily be reached using the footbridge to the Land of Canaan.

Please note that as the Square will be closed for traffic, there is no through traffic from North Street between 8am and 5pm on the day (except for buses)!


There will be public toilets available next to the Marquee, in Sainsbury’s, in the Library and in the Institute. All three locations have disabled toilets too!


In the event of an emergency, please stay calm and follow instructions from the Police, Festival Stewards or any other emergency services involved. A qualified First Aider will be patrolling the event.

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Ottery Food and Families Festival 2020

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 2018 we estimate some 3,000 - 4,000 people joined in with the fantastic fun each day

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, East Devon

Town Centre, EX11 1BZ

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If you are interested in sponsoring the festival, or trading at the festival, we would love to hear from you too!

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