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Flavour Fest 2023: All you need to know


When and where is it?

Flavour Fest takes place from Friday 26th to Sunday 28 May 2023 on the Piazza, the heart of Plymouth city centre.


Opening times

Friday: 10am to 5pm

Saturday: 10am to 5pm

Sunday: 10am to 5pm


What to see and do

The open-air festival will provide plenty to see and sample over the 3 days. The new and larger seating area, provided by Bogey Knights, will offer a great space for all to sit down and enjoy the day.


Cookery Theatre

From 10am each day there will be a range of cookery demonstrations being held in the Cookery Theatre by some of the best chefs in Plymouth and the wider region.


Don’t miss the annual Ready Steady Cook competition at 12pm on Friday 26 May! The competitors, Peter Gorton and another willing chef will be assisted by Street Factory's Toby & Jo with the event being compered by BBC Spotlight’s Natalie Cornah!


Take a look at the full Cookery Theatre programme on the here.


Traders

With over 70 food traders you will be able to sample lots of tasty treats and treat yourself to some of the region’s best produce to take home, with everything from brownies and baked goods – including the one’s from our sponsor The Early Bird Bakery, to cheese, gins and liqueurs on offer.


Don’t miss the amazing variety of street food too! From Nepalese, Caribbean, Greek and Italian cuisine to sizzling burgers and soft Bao Buns, there’ll be something for everyone.


Enjoy a freshly brewed coffee and treats from Dusk and Duchy or Foxtails, or indulge in a cocktail from Bar Nova or a chilled pint of Bays from their bar.


Live Music

Enjoy fantastic live music over the three days of Flavour Fest while your browse the delicious food and drink on offer. This year, we have cherry-picked some amazing local talent to help create a real summer festival atmosphere right here in the city centre. See the full live music schedule, here.


How to get there

Plymouth is superbly located for day visits from Cornwall (A38), the South Hams (A379) and Mid Devon (A386). Plymouth is also well served by three Park & Ride sites located off the A38 at Marsh Mills and off the A379 at Derriford and Milehouse.


Look out for car park signs when you arrive, nearby multi storey car parks can be found at the Theatre Royal and Western Approach.


For all our travel information take a look at the here.


Accessibility information

Flavour Fest attracts thousands of visitors to the city centre over the three days of the event. Previously we have found that the first hour of each day tends to be the quietest should you wish to visit when there are fewer people are around.


At the front of the viewing area for watching the cookery theatre there will be a designated accessibility space.


There are also a number of venues within the city centre that would be delighted to welcome visitors who need a chilled-out area to enjoy including:


Moments Cafe (69A New George Street)

Coffee Time (134 Cornwall Street)

Power Plant Café (59 Cornwall Street)

The Treasury (Catherine Street).

There are public toilets, including disabled toilets, on Armada Way.


If you find yourself needing any help on the day please look out for the stewards in yellow jackets or event staff in orange jackets as they’ll be happy to help.


Plymouth is easily accessible by train with a wide range of services running from a variety of locations within England. Although some services may require a change or two.


Travelling from London takes around 3 hours with Great Western Railway, if you're coming from the north, the trip from Manchester can take 5 hours 15 minutes.


Alternatively, the recently renovated Night Riviera Sleeper service runs Monday – Friday and Sunday evenings. Visit GWR website for more details on times and how to book.


We recommend using GWR.com to search for the fastest and best route for your journey, and book in advance for the best price.

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