Crediton Food and Drink Festival 2014 – archive

14-15 June 2014

On Saturday between 10am and 3pm there were demonstrations in the Ashgrove kitchen. We asked each chef what they liked to cook at home and what one ingredient they had to keep in store.

Nessie Demo

Vanessa Nuthall, known as Nessie, owns and cooks for the intimate Nessie’s Bistro in East Street. She takes great pride in cooking everything from fresh and sourcing as much as possible locally. She demonstrated how to use fresh pasta dough to make different dishes using a pasta machine and quick sauce ideas. At home her children clamour for her spaghetti carbonara; a store cupboard ingredient she wouldn’t be without is full fat cream cheese, ideal for sweet and savoury dishes.Pasta galore

Il Casita demo

Nicholas Hack is owner and head chef at Il Casita. A Devon boy, he returns after 20 years catering in pubs, offices and running mega-events as Executive Chef at Kew Gardens. His passion for game and fish, seasonal ingredients and new recipe ideas are ruled by his secret of never using more than five ingredients on a plate. He used local turbot fillet, marinated squid with Sicilian tomato sauce, black olive salsa and wilted summer greens. At home, cooking is a family time with daughter Freya as sous-chef; his constant store cupboard ingredient is a lemon.Fish galore

Andy demo

Andrew Cross of Cox’s Butchers (01363 772091)  demonstrated his skills on whole lamb carcassto show where the cuts come from. He started learning his craft as a schoolboy in the eighties going in to Packer and Son after school and at weekends and was trained by Ian Packer and Phil Eakers. At home he likes to cook up a chilli or enjoy a steak; and he always makes sure he has some bacon in for a Full English.Lamb Cuts

Tim demo

Tim Harris is The Devon Chef and founder of the Festival. He delights in combining local ingredients with international recipes and demonstrated lamb dishes with some of the cuts produced by AndyTim’s home kitchen is also the venue for his cookery classes and his top notch store cupboard ingredient is pomegranate molasses, great used in cooking and on salads.Lamb dishes


2014 Crediton Food and Drink Festival Stallholders:

The African Chef First time visitors to the Festival on Saturday with their handmade, unusual chilli condiments, jams, relishes and cordials inspired by Africa and produced locally. Winners of The Devon Life Food & Drink Awards ‘Best Food Product’ & ‘Best Newcomer in 2013.

giant pot steaming

Big Pot Cooking: inspired by delicious dishes served in Brittany markets they specialise in  big pot cooking with ingredients sourced close to their west country home. Smell the aroma of (maybe) sausage, potato and cider on Sunday (

Black Dog Free Range Eggs: egg sellers at the regular Farmer’s Market  with us on Saturday.

CISCO's 2013 stall

CISCO (Crediton International Social and Cultural Organisation): with an amazing variety of international food – yum, yum!

Copper Hill Chocolates: chocoholics will have to come on Sunday for bespoke, luxury indulgences.

Cox’s Butchers: loaning Andy for a demo on Saturday afternoon and then offering a delicious hot meat dish on Saturday evening.

Crediton Coffee Company: selling their fresh roasted specialty coffee throughout the weekend and demonstrating how you can make more than just cafetiére coffee at home (Saturday afternoon and evening, Big Sunday Lunch). They are joined by Camper Coffee throughout the weekend.

Curworthy Cheese: stock up on your favourite traditional farmhouse cheese on Saturday.

Devonshire Made

Devonshire Made: stock up on some colourful fudge form Festival favourites, with us again on Saturday.

Exeter Brewery: Crediton Farmer’s Market stalwarts and first Exeter city centre brewers for 40 years, you can stock up on their bottles of organic ale on Saturday afternoon.


Goierri Foods: on Sunday it’s your chance to try some authentic Spanish-Basque cuisine from trained Basque Chef Eric Jenner Mendia, including favourite dishes Valencian Paella, Croquetas, Tortilla, Hotdogs with Chistorra. Find him on Facebook ( Goierri Foods).

The Green House: offering something tasty and vegetarian at the Big Sunday Lunch.

Hartnolls Farm: Beverley sells (on Saturday) all sizes and colour of egg from guinea fowl to goose; and she turns some of them into lemon curd or egg mayonnaise or…

Hat-a-Cakes: take home a cake on Saturday, or top off your Big Sunday Lunch with a delicious confection, all home baked and hand crafted in both traditional and contemporary styles.

Higher Hacknell meats

Higher Hacknell Organic Meat: They’ve won awards for their meat! Judge it for yourself on Saturday (or at the Crediton Farmers Market).

Il Casita: We hope you’ll catch Chef Nicholas’s demo on Saturday then on Sunday you’ll be able to feast on his fresh, tasty risottos (seafood, chicken and chorizo or wild mushroom withe peashoots and truffle oil), followed by Tina’s summer meringue.

Il Casita summer meringue

Isca Ales: Real Ale brewers re-visiting the Festival on Saturday afternoon with their extensive range of seasonal ales.

Little Emlett  are coming on Sunday with about six different apple juices to taste and buy (and some elderflower cordial if we’re lucky!).

Linscombe Farm: You can’t buy more local veg (or veg boxes) than from these Farmer’s Market regulars. Pick up some of your seven a day on Saturday.

Moonbeams Land: regular Crediton Farmer’s Market stallholders returning for their second Food Festival. They’ll be with us on Saturday (afternoon and pm) selling the pork from their Gloucester Old Spots and doing hot, scrummy pulled pork on Saturday evening.

Norsworthy Dairy Goats: award-winning, unpasteurised goat’s cheese, for your delectation and delight on Saturday.

Nourish: the most delicious selection of vegetarian pies, patties and pizzas that we defy you to resist on Saturday!

Oakcroft Farm Produce:  top quality meat from a small family-run farm in West Devon, produced in a way that is both welfare friendly and environmentally sensitive. With us on Saturday only.

Riverford Home Delivery: taking orders for their boxes during the Big Sunday Lunch.

Quick Crepes: Pick up a pancake at all three sessions from these first time visitors to the Festival. Want to see what they get up to? Visit them on YouTube

Quickes Farm Shop: Have quick cheese toastie on from these traditional, local, international cheese makers who are visiting on all three sessions.

Clannaborough Red Ruby Beef

Red Ruby Devon Beef: a taste of the heart of Devon and you can buy some on Saturday (or visit their shop Clannaborough open Wednesday to Saturday, 9.30 to 5.30 and the from the Crediton Farmers Market).

Redhill Juice: another chance to stock up on apple juice from Culm valley orchards. Have a taste first on Saturday.

Ruth’s Real Food: Plenty of chance to taste and order from a range of luxury ready meals, with a home-cooked flavour. Visit the stall on Saturday and during the Big Sunday Lunch.

Sandford Orchards: great to welcome back local wizards with the apple juice (and other fruit juices) – or you could just pick up some craft cider.

Shute Fruit: luscious preserves and cordials from Farmer’s Market regulars – who can show you how to make a complete cream tea in 30 minutes.

Spicy Popadam: Crediton’s own Thiru is offering authentic South Indian dishes from Madras at the Big Sunday Lunch. Chicken Curry, chicken biryani and chicken wrap, accompanied by rice, poppadams, pagodas and rice crackers. He is based at Catridge House in Crediton High Street and can be contacted by email or on 07753356722.

SusCred Salads

Sustainable Crediton: back with their not to be missed, amazing salad bar for the Big Sunday Lunch.

Thaidelight: tickle your tastebuds with a pancake roll at the Big Sunday Lunch.

Three Little Pigs: the Festival wouldn’t be the same without this famous bar dispensing food and drink throughout the weekend.

Walson Scotch Eggs: spoilt for choice on both Saturday and Sunday daytime sessions.

Washford Pyne Lamb: delicious fresh lamb cuts from Farmer’s Market regulars returning to the Festival on Saturday.

West Country Deli: pick up your olive specials from Farmer’s Market regulars returning to the Festival on Saturday

Music during the weekend came from:

Music 2014 montageWhat a fantastic Saturday night, with fabulous food and delicious drink as well as the luscious line-up (see blurb about them further down):

@8pm* Alex Kumar
@9pm* Gypfunk
@10pm* Liar in the Light

It was a great party for the Big Sunday Lunch, with a music line-up  from the cream of local acoustic talent:

  • @12 noon* The Wild Bennett Trio play madcap versions of traditional English tunes and songs on trombone, banjo and harmonica, featuring the stellar talents of Trevor Bennett and Julian Wild.
  • @1pm* Ian and Hannah Edgar offer blues-tinged laid-back folk with some tasty slide playing.
  • @1.30pm* The Wee Free Men, most of whom are not wee and not all of whom are men, play bluegrassy, skiffley alt-country and traditional American folksongs in their own distinctive style, built around the silky vocals of Beth Robson, the rock solid guitar pickings of John Downes, and the multi-instrumental skills of Jack Robson on banjo, mandolin and bass, with Rob Rickey on slide guitar and Cajun melodeon.
  • @2pm* Crediton’s own blues-rock trio Far from The Delta are making quite a name for themselves with their own brand of southern-style blues in a more acoustic form, featuring J Way on guitar and vocals, Sammy Boy on bass and Phil Ward on drums.

Far From The Delta

  • @2.30pm* The ever-popular My Black Hat are a fabulous ragtime and country blues trio from the Torbay area, who have delighted and impressed audiences throughout the region for a number of years now.

* timings approximate

Some more on Saturday’s music:

Alex Kumar

Alex Kumar

“In a musical world constantly filled with hyperbole, it is incredibly easy to become over-excited when a new young act comes along touted as ‘the next big thing’. In the case of the remarkable Alex Kumar, these taglines are completely justified … With a voice that can only be described as other-worldy, he has the rare ability to captivate and silence an entire room with his mesmeric presence.” Richie Evans Music

“An exquisite performance showcasing Alex’s amazing finger-picking of the guitar, and his unique vocals which seemed totally infused with the blues. The authenticity in Alex’s voice draws you in the song and makes you believe the stories he is telling you really happened to him.” Mark Montague, No Crowdsurfing

“I feel very lucky to have met Alex Kumar and had the chance to play a song together. Alex’s voice will stop you in your tracks and will make you listen – then you realise he picks the blues on his guitar like it should be done … I have met many muscians over the years – a natural talent like this is a rare and beautiful thing to stand next to.” Lee Duffel, The Copperwood Bluegrass Band


GypfunkGypfunk presents an exquisite cabaret of quirky and infectious French café songs. A refreshing mix of upbeat chansons and love ballads with a gypsy swing feel. Singing in French and occasionally Italian, Dayle Helsby (alias Moustache) explores a varied repertoire of whimsical originals and earthy street songs from the likes of Yves Jamait, and atmospheric chansons from Jacques Brel and Paolo Conte. The Gypfunk sound is fun and evocative and creates an uplifting continental vibe. Atmospheric accordion and gypsy guitar pour melodic champagne over the slick garlicky bass and drum grooves. Parfait!

Liar in the Lightliar in the light

Formed in 2011, Liar in the Light are a 5 piece teenage folk band who have a huge passion for music. Although currently focusing on their own music, they play many great covers from artists such as Mumford & Sons and Old Crow Medicine Show, as well as traditional folk tunes. You can often find members of the band playing banjo in fresh corn fields and chewing on barley whilst driving tractors …

 Fun Activities


Meet the Girls The Black Dog Egg hens had a day out
Prize-winning Quiz Questions about our stallholders to win a magnificent cake from Hat-a-Cakes
Bread plaiting in the marquee Plaited bread was then baked on the day by Oliver’s Bakery.
Raffle for the legendary basketful of goodies from the stallholders
Coffee Brewing Crediton Coffee Company and Camper Coffee demonstrated how to make all types of coffee at home
Paint Pots of Devon Painting a pottery keepsake
Face painting


New: Festival Food Frolics with Wacky Nation. Games and food as they have never been joined before: Rubber Band Firing Range; Veg Catch; Tea Bag Challenge; Banana Thrust and Apple Tower. 

Raffle for the legendary basketful of goodies from the stallholders
Cake decorating The Scouts hosted a gingerbread and cake decorating extravaganza (thank you Oliver’s Bakery for providing the goodies)
Coffee Brewing Crediton Coffee Company and Camper Coffee demonstrated how to make all types of coffee at home
Paint Pots of Devon Paint a pottery keepsake
Face painting