Plymouth Flavour Fest
At Student Room 4 U we know that if there’s one thing that students love, it’s the word free attached to food and drink. For the last 16 years, Plymouth has held a free Flavour Fest to showcase the best of the Southwest, which has become a popular event. In 2019, the festival will be running from Friday 31st May to Sunday 2nd June and will feature live music as well as plentiful stalls serving food and drinks.
The festival is held in the city centre, at the Piazza, and is expected to attract over 100,000 visitors. The event runs from 10-6 on the Friday, 9-5:30 on the Saturday and 10-5 on the Sunday. For most students in Plymouth, getting to the venue will be easily done on foot, or at most a short bus ride away.
Bake Off winner of 2015, Nadiya Hussain will be doing two cookery demonstrations on Saturday the 1st. Another Bake Off star, Steven Carter-Bailey was the runner-up in 2017, and will be doing a demonstration on Sunday the 2nd. Finally, Ben Palmer (who was a quarterfinalist on Masterchef the Professionals) will be putting in an appearance – you might recognise him as the owner and head chef at The Greedy Goose, which is located in the oldest building in Plymouth.
Aside from these star visits, the cookery theatre will be bustling non-stop on each day of the festival with various demonstrations. Check out the website for a schedule of what’s on.
More than 100 traders will be visiting the festival, and so there will be plenty of different types of food and drink for you to try. Some traders are well-known brands, and others are small local businesses that would love your support. While there will undoubtably be a few free samples around, the stalls are a great place to source an al fresco meal or to buy fresh ingredients for cooking at home.
If you’re going along to grab some lunch or an easy dinner, be eco-friendly and take your own Tupperware from home. If you plan to stock up on ingredients, remember to bring a few shopping bags along with you to save on plastic.
If you have a sweet tooth, these traders will be pleased to see you: Big Bakes Bakery (from Devon), Cootealicious (fudge and ‘frownies’, whatever they are!), Flapjackery (variety of flavoured flapjacks), Marshmallow Heaven (which makes… can you guess?), Roly’s Fudge (a famous brand), and Wafel Lust (authentic Belgian waffels).
For international cuisine, make a beeline for these stands: Authentic Thai Food Ltd (which does what it says on the tin), Big Pan Parties (which has a variety of dishes, served from impressively large pans!), Caterico (hot Mexican food), Fat Breads (for falafel), Feniton Foods (for all your vegan and healthy eating needs), Greek Souvlaki-Alfa (for authentic Greek food), Street Food South West (Little Marrakesh), and The Melting Pot Kitchen (Latin American).
For drinks, look out for the following stalls: Alder Vineyard (family run from Dartmoor), Bulletproof Brewing (which specialised in German larger), Beetle Juice Cocktail Bar (serving both cocktails and mocktails), Eastcott Vineyard (sparkling Devon wines), Mr Scrumpy Ltd (home of the ‘original cider slush’), and Pirate’s Grog ( boutique rum).
For a full list of traders, check out the Food Fest website where you can also link to the websites of the traders – perfect if you see something at the festival and regret not buying it, as many will be able to take orders online. Closer to the date, there will also be a map of the different stalls available on the website, so you can plan your route to your stalls of choice.
As well as grabbing something delicious to eat, the festival is also a great place to grab gifts for the foodies in your life. Do you have a food loving friend or relative with an upcoming birthday? There are plenty of non-perishable goods available at the festival that would look lovely in a gift hamper. From bottles of win and fancy liquors to quirky condiments and delicious jams, this would be a unique opportunity to browse unusual present options.
The festival is just around the corner, so clear your cupboards and get yourself hungry – there will be numerous things to try and you don’t want to miss out! Also, see if your flatmates want to go along to a cookery demonstration with you. They are surprisingly fun things to attend and might teach you some great new tips – perfect for impressing the parents on your next visit home!