Dartmouth Food Festival

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Event Date:

From 22nd October

Until 24th October


“Everything that is great about British cooking, growing, harvesting, catching, eating, and drinking is represented here for the four wonderful days of the Dartmouth Food festival every October. It is a festival that is loved by locals and visitors alike and is now a landmark event in the culinary calendar. It is a party atmosphere from start to finish and is held on the banks of the beautiful River Dart which was voted the second most desirable coastal location in the UK in a recent national poll.
I absolutely love it and love being part of it.”

Mitch Tonks
Festival advocate, seafood restaurateur and author


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