Huge one-day food and craft event coming to Honiton
PUBLISHED: 15:15 16 May 2018 | UPDATED: 11:09 18 May 2018
A huge one-day food and craft event will be held in Honiton this year - featuring around 60 of East Devon's finest producers and artisans.
The market-style event, called the ‘Gate to Plate’, will take place in the heart of the town on Wednesday, July 18, from 9am to 4.30pm.
The event is a celebration of the talent and innovation that Devon’s food and craft producers have to offer.
Councillor Phil Twiss, ward member for Honiton, said: “East Devon is packed with incredible talent and the Honiton Gate to Plate event is the perfect way to celebrate the best of what the district has to offer in terms of food, drink and artisanal crafts.
“This is going to be a very special event that we hope as many people as possible will attend and enjoy the fruits of East Devon’s finest produce.
“So whether you are a foodie or just looking for a fun family day out, put the Honiton Gate to Plate in your diary now.”
The event has been organised by East Devon District Council, Honiton Town Council and Taste of the West, which have hand-picked only the highest-quality exhibitors to take part.
Their aim is to highlight the best of the district’s outstanding food and drink producers, as well as traditional crafts people, by creating an event where people can enjoy locally-produced food and drink and experience the traditional craft skills of East Devon.
Mark Tredwin, town clerk for Honiton Town Council, said: “The ability for local producers and crafts people to showcase their wares and talents is vital for establishing a healthy local economy.
“Honiton Market has long had a tradition of attracting vendors with exceptional goods and services for consumers to buy.
“It is hoped that themed markets such as these will feature prominently in Honiton in the future.”
Cllr Ian Thomas, leader of East Devon District Council, added: “Gate to Plate is perfectly pitched to put Honiton firmly at the heart of the 2018 food and craft calendar and boost the local economy, by attracting large numbers of new visitors to see what local food producers and talented craft artists can offer.
“I’m confident that this first Gate to Plate will be a great success and that, by the end of the day, we will be looking to set a date for Gate to Plate 2019.”
John Sheaves, chief executive of Taste of the West, said: “We are delighted to be supporting Honiton Gate to Plate as it offers a wonderful opportunity to bring together the best food and drink talent that East Devon has to offer.
“It will be a wonderful spectacle in Honiton showcasing real products of quality, with integrity and provenance – a real ‘must see’ event.”