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Flavour Fest is back with a new look, new traders and live music

Flavour Fest, the south west’s largest free food and drink festival returns to The Piazza in Plymouth City Centre on 26, 27 and 28 May 2023.

More than 70 traders will pack the Piazza as usual and a bigger seating and bar area will be introduced close to the chefs’ stage, along with a live music slot each day to encourage visitors to stay longer and enjoy the atmosphere.

There will be the usual chefs’ demonstrations, showcasing the work of cooks, restaurants and other eateries from across the South West, along with our Ready, Steady, Cook challenge.

Now, in its 19th year the Plymouth City Centre Company event, is expected to attract up to 100,000 visitors over the three days, providing a huge economic boost for the city and its businesses.

Steve Hughes, chief executive of the Plymouth City Centre Company, said: “We always look forward to Flavour Fest as our big event of the summer. It’s great fun and gives our local businesses that take part the chance to raise their profile and show what they can offer, as well as bringing lots of extra trade for our other city centre businesses.”

Chef Peter Gorton, Devon’s award winning chef will again be running the Cookery Theatre with his usual charm and top tips for cookery enthusiasts.

Peter said: "I love Flavour Fest, not only does it promote local produce but it’s a great showcase for local talented chefs and a fund day out for all the family."

Appearing at Flavour Fest for the first time this year is Purdy Giles. Born in the Punjab region of India, and now living in Plymouth, Purdy offers an immersive Punjabi cuisine experience through her workshops, courses and supper clubs.

This year sponsors include the Early Bird, which recently opened its first city centre site in Mayflower Street.

The owners said: “We are delighted to be part of the city centre business community. Our city centre venue is doing well and we enjoyed taking part in the Plymouth Christmas Market last year. It’s a pleasure to be able to support Flavour Fest and we hope it brings in lots of new customers for everyone”.

Traders include regulars Kawaffle, Damn Good Bakes, The Hedgerow Hound and Flapjackery and some exciting new names, including Maurish, Barbican Bao and Just Like Mummas.


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