SHOWCASING what a Devon seaside town (and beyond) has to offer our taste buds is the Budleigh Salterton Food and Drink Festival.
Taking place from Friday, October 11, until Sunday, October 13, the inaugural event is an initiative by the Budleigh in Business networking group as part of its Buy Local Campaign.
Each day there will be a line-up of cookery demonstrations by top chefs under the watchful eye of the festival's executive chef Willi Rehbock.
Among the live cookery demonstrations, which include three professional chefs, there will be presentations by Geoff Bowen of Pebblebed Vineyard, forager Robin Harpford about gourmet wild food, and chocolatier and pastry chef Shaun Guyan.
There will also be stalls selling a range of artisan produce available on Budleigh's high street and from nearby farms, and to help wash all this delicious fare down will be a real ale and cider festival including a beer brewed especially for the occasion.
Meals will also be cooked up in the Budleigh Kitchen from bacon baps and cream teas to gourmet burgers and fish and chips. Programmes detail what is on offer when.
At lunchtimes and during the evenings there will be live music with the line-up including the Sound of the Sirens, the Exeter Morris men, the Budleigh Ukulele Club and Ian Briggs and the Supervampers.
All weekend there are events for families including competitions, workshops and activities such as balloon modelling, gingerbread men decorating, face painting and circus skills. You can also take part in a food sculpture competition for budding chefs and artists.
On the Saturday, the Budleigh Farmers' Market will take place as usual in the car park behind the Public Hall and stallholders will be on hand to talk about their products.
The festival has also printed a Food Trail, detailing the many pubs, restaurants and cafés in the town and surrounding area.
Entry is free until 7.30pm when admission is £3. Food and drink will be served until 11pm. For a programme of events visit www.budleighfoodanddrink.org.uk