New food festival for Torquay for May Bank Holiday
TO kick off the May Bank Holiday, the Torbay Town Centres Company and Taste of the West are hosting a new, free food festival event in the very heart of Torquay.
The open air TorqEat event on the harbourside and within Cary Gardens is a celebration of quality produce.
The aim is to complement all the other events happening in the Bay over the Bank Holiday weekend, including the BMAD Festival at Paignton and the Brixham Pirate Festival.
The food fair already has a wide selection of producers booked to attend including Kenniford Farm Bay's Brewery, cakes from Truly Treats and Chocolate Heaven Made in Devon selling handmade chocolates.
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Richard Hunt, from The Grand Hotel, will be leading the line up of the Bay's finest culinary talent.
Visitors can look forward to cookery demonstrations throughout the day in the cookery theatre.
There will be a total of seven demonstrationsand chefs already booked include Benjamin Palmer, head chef at Barbican Kitchen, Plymouth, for Chris and James Tanner, and chef Craig Beacham at the Elephant Res taurant in Torquay. There are also a variety of slots still to be confirmed including Indian cooking, a chocolate demonstration, fish auctions and more chefs from around the Bay.
To entertain the crowds there will be a mixture of skilled arts and craft makers demonstrating their wares, with something for all tastes and budgets, plus live music and family entertainment including Punch and Judy shows, roaming musicians, face painting, and balloons.
John Sheaves, chief executive of Taste of the West, said: "This fantastic location provides a perfect opportunity for food and drink producers to promote their exceptional talents and outstanding local produce. This event will celebrate one of Devon's historic and renowned tourism destinations."
Ian Broadfoot, chief executive of the Torbay Town Centres Company, said: "Torbay has so much to celebrate when it comes to locally-produced food and drink so it's only right we give our producers the best possible platform to shout about it.
"Not only will TorqEat attract tourists and visitors to the Bay, but it will also provide residents with an exciting and extremely tasty excuse to pop down and enjoy some of the Bay's best chefs doing their thing on stage, right on the harbourside."