Once again the Budleigh Local Food Festival was a resounding success. This is the third time the event has been held and it has become a much anticipated fixture in the town’s summer calendar. A fantastic fun foodie family weekend was had by all!
Building on the popularity of previous years and blessed with glorious summer weather - so early on - the event was a true community celebration of local food & drink producers and small businesses. The festival, organised by a local group of volunteers, headed up by Trudie Burne, aims to showcase the best of East Devon and of course the town of Budleigh Salterton.
From the opening of the festival at 10am the site was filled with crowds of Budleigh locals and visitors, keen to sample the wide array of treats on offer. More than 7000 people came out to join in the fun across the weekend! The crowds were spoilt for choice with mouth watering hot and cold foods on offer from the many local businesses. Street food stalls offered delicious fresh local produce, with a wide variety of wonderful dishes.
The festival also provided an ideal opportunity for visitors to stock up on locally produced cheeses, breads, cakes, vegetables and more. Shops on the High Street joined in to tempt the crowds with their special treats and offers, and of course the Tray Bake Trail had people going from cafe to shop sampling the cakes. The public vote winner of the trail was Fifty Degrees North Cafe on the sea front!
Children and families were well catered for with a range of craft activities, workshops and fabulous entertainment including the wonderful story telling by Clive Pig and Nutty Noah, who had even the dads crying with laughter. The kid's craft this year also featured mural artwork which will go on display in town as part of the BUDFAS Budding Creatives project, linking to this year’s book which will be published ready for the summer season, having been worked on by the local schools. A very popular addition to this year’s event was the Budleigh Carnival Club’s stand which gave everyone a chance to have fun with a human fruit machine! The organisers were delighted with the weekend’s success.
Live music was a big feature throughout the weekend with an acoustic stage in the Food & Drink market area and live music from 3pm in the marquee on the Green. The festival was proud to be supporting local up and coming talent with students from the Exeter Academy of Music and Sound performing, as well as many other acts including the delightful Jessica Rhodes who had crowds on the Green dancing in the afternoon sunlight!
Festival Manager Trudie Burne said: "The festival has become a true community event and a valuable showcase for local produce and small businesses. Its growing popularity shows a real public appetite for local and sustainable food and drink, and the free entertainment during the daytime is enjoyed by all generations. We are very proud to be a true festival for all ages, run by the community for the community."
During the weekend there were various competition and grand challenges held; the children enjoyed the Great Budleigh Bake Off Junior at the Methodist Hall, led by Zac Laverick from Otterton Mill and Sue Stoneman South West Home Cook of the year 2016. The prizes for the best bread went to Hannah Ralph from St Peter’s School in Budleigh with a mouth-watering entry, second prize went to Tom Pepperell and third to Olivia Stoner, a baker’s dozen entered the competition and the effort and enthusiasm from these junior bakers was terrific, it really was a very hard competition to judge. Hopefully the bakers will keep their new found skills and continue enjoying baking in their own homes from now on.
The ever popular food demos in the Public Hall were held over the two days featuring a long list of local chefs. Recipes and tips were shared during the question and answer sessions and of course lots of tasty morsels were tried as the cooked dishes were divided up for the audience to try too!
Our very own Budleigh Master Chef competition final featured two excellent home cooks. A nerve wracking 30 minutes of cooking then the judging saw Helen Griffin crowned the first ever Budleigh Master Chef with her winning dish of mussels and pan fried cod in a saffron sauce. Well done to Tom Garner who came second with his fabulous dish of local venison - it was a very close run competition. The audience really got behind the competitors and there was a very tense competitive feel to the event, but the contestants really came into their own and concentrated on producing their dishes. Helen’s elderly father had jumped straight on a plane to travel down from Mirfield Yorkshire just to see her in the final! He was delighted with her win!
The Afters Party concert Saturday evening was a sell out, with a fabulous atmosphere, amazing line up of musicians and a real summer party feel. The music line up was Vince Freeman, Wildwood Kin and Bloc off the Wall. The evening ended on a huge high, another fabulous addition to the food festival weekend programme!
Executive Chef Willi Rehbock and Trudie Burne Festival Director, said: “After two years of planning, it was fantastic to see so many of the area’s micro businesses join together to ensure the weekend was the success it deserved to be. The good weather meant many of our visitors were able to explore the whole of Budleigh in between enjoying the many events we organised. Our aim was to draw people into the area at a time when things can be quieter, to really show them everything we have to offer here in Budleigh and in East Devon. We cannot believe how many people came along!”
Festival visitors came from just down the road and from far and wide. The sun shone all weekend and the smiles on people’s faces were testament to the ethos, passion, quality and dedication behind the event, built up over the past 4 years by the festival team. Is it time to start planning for another one? Maybe after the team have had a well deserved rest!
The organisers would like to thank the hard working volunteers, stall holders, sponsors and supporters, but most of all the public who helped make the weekend be such a great success. More photos will be available on the festival website and Facebook page over the coming days and weeks.
With almost 60 exhibitors this year, the 2017 Budleigh Food and Drink Festival is the biggest yet! A super selection of local food & drink producers, great street food catering stands, designer/makers, environmental charities and local businesses. Check them out here...
Delighted to bring you the 2017 full programme of events! It's going to be a fabulous party weekend! See you there!
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The Budleigh Food and Drink Festival 2017 is in the running for funding from the Aviva Community Fund and your help is needed to get behind the bids!
The Aviva Community Fund is offering support and funding to inspirational local projects and anyone is able to register to get 10 votes – you can spread them around or use them all to support one project. You just have until 19 Nov to cast your votes!
“Fundamentally our festival is run by a bunch of locals so that we can celebrate food & drink and our town, nothing more, nothing less! Budleigh is the most wonderful place to be. We want to create something as unique and magnificent as our beautiful town so that our community continues to thrive and prosper.” Says Sharon Rehbock, Festival Team member.
“We need a little bit more funding for next year so that we can deliver professional, exciting and stimulating entertainment and activities for adults and children in our entertainment marquee, which will enhance the festival experience and be an amazing compliment to all the food demonstrations, stalls and workshops! If we were to be successful with The Aviva Community Fund, this would really help us achieve this!”
Vote for the Budleigh Food & Drink Festival, an exciting bi-annual community event, planned and run by local hard working volunteers, purely for the benefit of our community! Cast your votes HERE
Mon 3 Oct 2016 | 6pm-7pm
Home Instead Senior Care, 1 Brook House, Brook Road, Budleigh Salterton, EX9 6AY
Come along and find out about our plans for the 2017 even bigger & better festival!
Find out how your business can get involved:
Exhibiting | Joining in at your premises | Cookery demos | The Tray Bake Trail | Advertising | Sponsorship | Volunteering
Do bring and share your ideas too!
RSVP if you would like to come along
to Trudie on here by Fri 30 Sept
Budleigh Food & Drink Festival
"Run by the community, for the community"
Main Sponsorship Auction
Here's another great advertising opportunity for local businesses from the Budleigh Food & Drink Festival!
We are offering local businesses the opportunity to become the main sponsor of our next fundraising event on Nov 4th 2016. Are you a local business who would like to be associated with our event and like to support our cause? Then please read on...
Your return on your investment as our main event sponsor will be:
OFFER ENDS 6pm Friday 9th Sept 2016 | The winning business will be announced on our Facebook and Twitter pages by 7pm.
More information and T&Cs
GREAT NEWS FOR OUR FIRST FUNDRAISER:
WE HAVE NOW SOLD OUT OF TICKETS! First of all, a big thank you for supporting our first fundraiser for the 2017 Budleigh Food and Drink Festival if you have purchased tickets!
Band line-up change:
Sadly, late yesterday, due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, Sam Green and the Midnight Heist have had to cancel all dates on their current tour which includes our event on Saturday night. However... the BBB entertainment team have been working hard and have now successfully secured a fabulous new headline act to double up with Hucklebuck… we are excited to welcome Hunter and the Bear to our prestigious band list!
With serious Ben Howard vibes, Hunter and the Bear have previously opened for Eric Clapton and are gaining high acclaim in the music industry. You may have seen them at Bictonfest in 2013!
"They have undeniable talent as performers, songwriters and instrumentalists; with each track you find yourself gripped in all kinds of ways."
Renowned for Sound.
We are all very excited about our new line up and look forward to sharing it with you on Saturday… it’s going to be a party night to remember! See you there!
From Trudie Burne and the BBB Fundraising Team
Budleigh Food & Drink Festival
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Talisman in Budleigh also provide a complete service for local Devon artists and sell many of their original works and limited edition prints in their gallery shop.
The shop and gallery is a family owned and run business who pride themselves on their friendly welcome, first class service and excellent value for money.
Contact Peter & Gilly Chadwick, Owners of Talisman Budleigh
Silent Auction prize donated by Talisman Framing
Introducing Mike Eaves
As a professional guitarist Mike has an extensive CV, including:
Mike is available to perform at functions and events with Emma, or with any line up required including solo for dinner music, as part of a Jazz Duo or Trio, or full swing and party bands - more details on www.essentiallymusic.co.uk
Mike also teaches guitar and ukulele from beginner to professionals, and since relocating to Budleigh Salterton last year has begun taking on local students as well as continuing with his London students via Skype.
Find Mike on twitter @MikeEavesGuitar
More details about his lessons can be found on www.mikeeaves.co.uk.
Flyers will be available on the night…
Our 2nd fundraiser of 2016, Budleigh Big Band Night featuring AJs Big Band, will be held on Friday 4th November 2016 and tickets are now on sale!
Follow the Budleigh Food Fest on Facebook or Twitter to keep updated.
The Food Fest team are delighted to announce that the last food festival in 2015 has been shortlisted as one of the finalists at the Exeter Living Awards 2016, in the Leisure and Tourism category!
Trudie Burne, Festival Manager said “We are so thrilled to have got shortlisted in what must be, such a large category. It is so nice that our hard work and dedication has been recognised. The whole festival team are all volunteers and we do all this for the benefit of our community in our town, which we love, and for the people who visit. We are up against some stiff competition in the awards, but just to get this far is a great achievement.”
The winner will be announced at the award ceremony in Exeter on 14th April, two days before the Beer Bangers and Bands night. All proceeds from this fundraiser event will go toward the funding needed to host the next Budleigh Food and Drink Festival in 2017.
Photos of the 2015 Food Fest
The next Budleigh Food & Drink Festival is in 2017
The next Budleigh Food Fest is on 8th & 9th April in 2017 and all future Budleigh Food Festivals will be bi-annual, with the interim year dedicated to fundraising for the next one!
Our competition winner is Laura Killington!
Thank you to everyone for entering and congratulations to Laura for winning the tickets!
If you would like to purchase tickets please CLICK HERE
We look forward to seeing you there on the 16th April!
From the Budleigh Food Fest Team
Musical Leaves are music education consultants working with professional musicians to provide a range of high quality musical activities and experiences. Area’s of specialism include early years and family music making, instrument lessons for all ages (including their own series of teaching books), consultancy and training for schools and colleges, and community music projects. They have a record label dedicated to early childhood music - with releases such as Jazz Nursery Rhymes, and Guitar Lullabies, and some of their music has even been used on CBeebies. They also have an online store selling instruments and accessories including ukuleles, strings and tuners, alongside a wide variety of carefully selected young children’s musical instruments, and musical gifts.
Now based in Budleigh Salterton, Musical Leaves can be found on Twitter and Facebook
Silent Auction and Raffle prizes donated by Musical Leaves
Homeopathy is a long-established and complete system of medicine, recognised by the World Health Organisation as the second most used form of medicine around the world today. In the UK alone between six and eleven million people use it regularly as their medicine of choice. It is based on a set of consistent principles, the holistic observation of each patient as an individual person, and the use of (mainly) natural substances as remedies.
Homeopathy can (and does) address anything you might take to a GP or specialist, and much that you wouldn’t. This holds true for male or female, and at every age and stage of life and development, including the new-born, the pregnant, and the elderly. Treatment can be focussed on a single therapeutic need, such as a short-term acute complaint; or applied to a broader, deeper, more layered case, as in chronic conditions or ailments, general lack of well-being or ‘dis-ease’.
Given the dismantling of the NHS that is now underway, and the increasing pressure on the UK’s remaining medical system, the smart money in the very near future will be on caring for our health and well-being in a variety of ways. Trying alternatives not available in mainstream medicine enables us to create individualised systems of good healthcare, appropriate to and effective for much of our health and well-being needs. To this end, homeopathic medicine is simply one of the best alternative or complementary health resources available.
Sandra trained and qualified at one of the best schools of homeopathy in Britain, and is registered with the Society of Homeopaths and the Professional Standards Authority. Her practice covers half of East Devon and all of Exeter (postcodes EX1-EX6 and EX8 to EX11), where you can consult with Sandra either in the convenience and familiarity of your own home, or at one of her regular clinics in Exmouth, Exeter and Sidmouth.
To find out whether homeopathy and this practitioner would be appropriate and beneficial for your case or that of someone in your care, you can contact me in whichever way suits. Alternatively you can book a fifteen minute, free of charge, ‘Meet the Practitioner’ slot at my regular Wednesday morning Exmouth clinic.
Contact Sandra on 07521 384280
Our Beer Bangers and Bands Silent Auction includes:
2 homeopathic consultation vouchers kindly donated by Sandra:
'The BBQ Brothers' The Boys From Good Game will be in the kitchen!
The Beer Bangers and Bands event on Saturday 16th April at the Public Hall in Budleigh, brings you great music, locally produced drinks and for the ‘BBQ Brothers’ from Good Game in the kitchen, it's all about the bangers!
Proceeds from the event will go toward the funding needed to host the next Budleigh Food and Drink Festival in 2017 and ‘keeping it local’ was the key ingredient for the festival organisers when looking for someone to provide food for the event. Good Game, based in Topsham, have been making sausages and cured meats for a number of years and are true artisans, using very traditional styles to produce their award winning sausages. Owners Steve Williams and Pete say “A quality sausage needs to have a high meat content but does benefit from containing a small amount of oats to keep the fat in as it cooks.” Steve and Pete are really pleased to be supporting the Beer Bangers and Bands event and will be cooking up a selection of sausages to buy from the kitchen during the evening. “We make tasty cooking sausages from game and exciting pork sausage like Chorizo, Black Pudding and Spicy Italian and we are in discussions about making a banger especially for the event!”.
Good Game supports local producers. They have their own pigs at Powderham and also buy from friends who have native breed pigs locally. Their game is either shot by themselves or by local Devon folk they know. They buy sundries and kit from MK in Devon who are a local family business and where possible get spices from one of the Devon producers or a small specialist importer who has direct contact with growers and can ensure quality levels.
It's this buy local ethos that makes them such a good choice for the Budleigh Food and Drink Festival fundraiser.
Good Game have recently opened a BBQ restaurant The Pig and Pallet in Topsham where all of it’s fine produce are available to eat on site or even to take away and cook at home… If you want to know what you are eating, and you should, Good Game is the choice!
Tickets are now available from the on-line box office via the festival website and are selling fast! www.budleighfoodanddrink.org.uk Tickets are limited so don’t miss out, go get yours now! [Vege supper option will also be available at the event]