The market town of Crediton has a beautiful setting, nestled amongst the green hills of mid-Devon. It’s only a short hop from Exeter and has a great selection of independent shops, including the wonderful Crediton Community Bookshop. The town also has a regular programme of events, with one of the highlights of the year being the Crediton Food Festival.
10th Crediton Food Festival
This year marked the tenth anniversary of the food festival. The festival was on the 9 and 10 June, with a daytime and evening slot on day one and a lunchtime session on day two. The hub of the festival was the market square, with stalls spilling out on to the adjacent Market Street.
The centre of the market square was given over to a large marquee with a kitchen demonstration area and theatre style seating. Talks were scheduled for the Saturday, with local producers and chefs demoing recipes and sharing tips.
Music and entertainment
Also in Market Square was a stage area where local music groups performed. We caught the Turning Tides Project and the Sandford Singers. Both groups gave very spirited performances that were clearly enjoyed by the crowd.
Food and drink
Purely in the name of research, of course, we felt compelled to sample a good amount of the food and drink on offer. We were really impressed at the festival prices – the festival was free to attend and the food was priced about £1-2 less per main meal than usual festival prices.
Being nearly incapable of turning down melted cheese we shared what can only be described as the poshest, cheesiest, cheesy chips we’ve ever had from @saycheesedevon. Later in the afternoon, we followed this up with a hearty pork and stuffing roll and a lovely cinnamon and apple flapjack from Cocorico. We also sampled a few local ales and ciders.
The timing of the food festival was a little unusual, with the event running from 10:30 – 15:00 on Saturday and then 20:00 – 23:00. The five-hour gap between the day and evening was a bit long for us. As a result, it meant we didn’t stay through to the evening entertainment. It’s a shame as if the gap had been more like two hours we probably would have bridged it and done both day and evening. However, before we caught our train home we did have time to sample a few of the local pubs. We were particularly taken with the décor in The Three Little Pigs, which had an eclectic array of pretty much everything you can imagine hanging from the ceiling!
Crediton Parish Church
Whilst in Crediton we also stopped for a quick look at Crediton Parish Church. It’s a beautiful red brick building and surprisingly large. The church grounds are lovely and it’s a really striking and impressive church.
About Crediton Food Festival
Whilst we only visited on Saturday, there was more food and fun to be had on Sunday, including a local craft market.