Family Food Fair at The Donkey Sanctuary

Saturday, 12 October, 2019 - 10:00 to 16:00

The Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth, Devon, EX10 0NU

01395 514996

One for foodies and families alike, this event will showcase some of the best food, drink and talent our region has to offer - with a focus on inspiring kids to cook.

For the grown-ups, there is a fantastic line-up of local chefs to provide cooking demonstrations throughout the day, giving you the chance to sample some mouth-watering delights as well as ideas for you to try at home, including: 

  • Susan Stoneman, South West Home Cook of the Year 2016
  • Conor Boakes, South West Junior Chef of the Year 2018
  • Jim Fisher, Exeter Cookery School
  • Stuart White, The Victoria Hotel
  • Michael Perry, The Kitchen
  • Leon Hall, Hand to Mouth Bakery
  • Martin Farnes, Complete Meats

The full details of each demonstration will be released shortly, but there will be something for everyone, from a taste of the orient to sweet treats and cooking with gin & tonic!

As the name suggests, this is a family event, so it is not just about improving your own culinary skills but giving the little people in your life a head start in the kitchen. They are never too young to learn to cook and getting hands-on and stuck-in is a great way to do this – and there is no mess for you to clean up afterwards! Just head to the KidsZone where Food is Fun will be helping youngsters make their own fish finger bap or mini pizza and side salad for lunch, followed by a fresh fruit salad for dessert. Throughout the day, they will also have the opportunity to take part in one of the following workshops or demonstrations run by The Kings School:

  • Spaghetti and meatballs in tomato sauce
  • Ravioli (vegetarian)
  • Cous cous salad (vegan)
  • Refrigerator log cookies (vegetarian)
  • Bread dough kneading with Hand to Mouth Bakery
  • How to prepare chicken for a variety of uses.

As well, they can decorate a donkey biscuit for an afternoon treat, get crafty at the colouring-in station and have their face painted. Entry into the KidsZone costs £5 per child and includes all of the above in the entry price. 

Alongside this fantastic line-up, there will be a variety of high-quality local artisan produce to treat yourself to, including the likes of Riverford Organic, County Cakes, Budleigh Bees, The Cherry Tree, Branscombe Vale Brewery, Norsworthy Dairy Goats, Lyme Bay Winery, Hand to Mouth Bakery, Taw River Dairy and Passion for Pie.

No doubt all of this will have whet your appetite, so tuck in to some delicious eats from local street food vendors including The Big Kebabski (vegan), Flaming Good Pizza Co., Good Game, Crepe Canteen, Bar Nova and Pedlers Coffee Co. 

And to top it off, try your luck at winning any number of great prizes up for grabs in the ‘pick a prize’ raffle and don’t forget to enter the complimentary prize draw for the star prize of the day.

The majority of the event will be held inside a marquee but the street food vendors and some traders may be situated outdoors.

With thanks to J & R Food Supplies for sponsoring the event.


£2.50 per adult including prize draw entry, under 12s are free. £5 per child for entry into the KidsZone (includes lunch).

Free parking and dogs are welcome on a lead.

All proceeds go directly to the worldwide work of The Donkey Sanctuary.

Further information | 01395 573156 |

Produce traders

There are a limited number of 3m x 3m produce pitches available and the deadline for applications is Wednesday 2 October. Please contact the sanctuary on 01395 573156 or to get the ball rolling!