Community support

Funding level: £1,001 to £5,000


Budleigh Food and Drink Festival is a bi annual, two-day event, which celebrates local and regional East Devon food and drink. It is a not-for-profit organisation and any money generated from ticket sales, fund raising events goes back into the festival to improve it year after year- we are now in our 4th year! We are hoping to apply for charitable status and in the interim are operating as a 'small un-registered charity'. All in all, the festival is run by just a bunch of local people who wanted to celebrate food and drink and celebrate our beautiful town- nothing more, nothing less!

We aim to get as many people as possible in the town involved in this community event. We expect well over 3,000 visitors to attend the event in 2017. What you will find in Budleigh Salterton is an abundance of REAL food and drink - from rare breeds of meat to real ale, cider and charcuterie, produced and sold by people who really care about what they are doing.

What’s our purpose?
Our purpose is to bring people who love food and drink to Budleigh Salterton. We support local businesses, extend the tourist season and put Budleigh Salterton on the food map. Because most of all, we think Budleigh Salterton is the most wonderful place to be and we want to create something as unique and magnificent as our beautiful town so that our town continues to thrive and prosper.

Our Aims
• To promote local food producers, independent small businesses in East Devon.
• To provide educational and fun workshops and cookery demonstrations to encourage people to eat healthy, homemade and locally sourced food.
• To help establish Budleigh Salterton as a festival hotspot, building on: the many festivals in and around our town, to drive visitor numbers.
• To transform the town throughout the days and in the evenings during the festival with a wealth of activities for all ages to enjoy, linked as much as possible to the High Street Businesses, school and other organisations such as BUDFAS.

The ethos of the food festival is “Buy Local” to support the local East Devon’s community and its food producers, local businesses, musical artists and craftspeople.
We aim to promote knowledge and awareness of local resources through the inclusion of local crafts people, small businesses and producers at our events, including (but not exclusive to) those in the food & drink sector, promoting light industry and commerce in the East Devon area, encouraging local economic growth for the benefit of the public.

We also aim to develop and maintain the health and wellbeing of the public in Budleigh Salterton and the East Devon region by providing:
• Better access to food information.
• Education & guidance on nutritional health & food preparation.
• To promote, improve and advance the art of music from various genres in Budleigh Salterton by including live music in our festival programme and at our fundraising events, for the benefit of the public.

In the longer term, if this proves to be financially successful, we will then hope to fund activities in local schools and organisations to further food education and healthy eating projects in the East Devon region.

Some of the features of the festival include:
• A food trail around town encouraging visits to the High Street and walking
• Music events in the restaurants and pubs
• Children’s baking competition
• Live Music
• Live Cookery demonstrations
• Children’s craft activities
• Lifestyle & Healthy living advice
• Artisan market

We are asking for funding from the Aviva Community Fund so we can deliver professional, exciting and stimulating entertainment and activities for adults and children in our entertainment marquee that will enhance the festival experience and be an amazing compliment to all the food demonstrations, stalls and workshops!

Vote for us and come and be a part of an exciting community event, planned and run by volunteers purely to benefit their community!

Project Video

Budleigh Salterton Food and Drink Festival

Moment of Pride

Fundamentally our festival is run by a bunch of locals so we can celebrate food & drink and our town, nothing more, nothing less! Budleigh is the most wonderful place to be we want to create something as unique and magnificent as our beautiful town so that our town continues to thrive and prosper.

Location: Budleigh Salterton, East Devon District, United Kingdom