'Largest free' food and drink festival returns to Plymouth

Flavour Fest is a highlight of Plymouth's culinary calendar
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Plymouth's popular annual food and drink festival is returning with over 80 stalls and new live entertainment. Flavour Fest, which is the South West’s largest free culinary event, is expanding to feature a new entertainment zone in partnership with The Treasury, where visitors can enjoy live music and DJs whilst enjoying street food and sipping on cocktails.

The festival, organised by the Plymouth City Centre Company, will also feature more than 80 stalls of local produce, tasting sessions and, masterclasses, workshops, themed demonstrations and children’s activities.

The city centre event will run from Friday, May 31 to Sunday, June 2. Award-winning chef Peter Gorton will be running the chefs’ demo stage and the new entertainment zone will feature music from DJs and bands including The Hot House Combo, The Busketeers, Hayward, Reece Johnson and Andy Brown.

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Organisers have teamed up with The Bazaar to offer a vibrant, culturally rich market place with international flavours, music, dance and workshops. Look out too for a variety of indoor events on the top floor of House of Fraser, including children’s activities and a Tea Dance with a Twist.

A staple of Plymouth's summer events programme since its inception in 2004, Flavour Fest attracts up to 100,000 visitors eager to sample an extensive menu of food and drink from across the South West.

This year’s cornucopia of delicious dishes and drinks includes authentic artisan food from a variety of cultures, plus jams, chutneys, cheeses, baked goodies, burgers and beef, along with drinks from coffee and tea through to rum, gin, whisky and liqueurs.

Ben Shearn, owner of The Treasury Bar, said: “We are very excited to be involved with creating a music performance area for Flavour Fest. The Treasury is synonymous with music and food so we jumped at the chance of sponsoring this and creating something that can be grown each year.”

Director of Bays Brewery, Peter Salmon, said: “We are thrilled to be bringing our award-winning beers back to Flavour Fest this Summer and can’t wait to raise a toast to 20 years of this brilliant local festival.”

Steve Hughes, Chief Executive of Plymouth City Centre Company, said: “This promises to be the event of the summer with the usual mix of chefs, traders and food and drink producers but this year we have added a packed entertainment programme to carry on the party into the evenings on the beautifully revamped Civic Square.”

For more information and the full programme of events and list of traders go here. Flavour Fest has been partly funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

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