Food Fair at The Shops at Dartington


Venue The Shops at Dartington

When: Sunday 26 May, 10am-5pm, and Monday 27 May, 9am-5.30pm


Free to all. All-day parking will be available for £3 per car.

About this event

Dartington is once again gearing up to play host to its annual food festival, as the May Food Fair returns on Sunday 26 and Monday 27 May for the ninth year!

Hosted by our shopping village, The Shops at Dartington, this two-day event attracts thousands of food-lovers as they flock to find the region’s finest food and drink, learn new cookery skills and watch demonstrations by top local chefs.

Visitors will enjoy offers exceptional food and drink produced in the South West, alongside cookery demonstrations, workshop activities, food producers, regional drinks, street food, children’s magic shows and live music to swing into the summer season. With our very own Elmhirst gin in three varieties for tasting, together with over 40 food and drink stalls under a marquee, visitors will be protected against the elements as they graze from stand to stand.

For only the second  time, fair will also host the Mud Larks Fun Run – an obstacle course set through the grounds of the Dartington estate for families to get muddy whilst raising money for Plymouth Charity, Unity in Sport.

Programme highlights

Food Marquee

Meet suppliers from right across Devon and beyond, and browse from a huge range of the very best in local food and drink.

Mud Larks Fun Run

Thrill-seeking families will love this obstacle-stuffed course! 3k and 6k routes are available. Click here to book >

Street food

Satisfy your appetite in our street food area, with a range of options to suit all tastes – or pop into our regular cafés on site.

Prize draws

Take part in our free prize draws for a specially engraved pair of Dartington Crystal glasses and Devon food hampers.


Food demonstrations

Gin making – BOOK HERE

Magic from Cosmo the Clown

Ale trail

Pottery throwing

Lego play pit & competition

Public art participation

Live jazz

Visiting Dartington Hall

At our 1,200 acre estate, based in South Devon, there’s plenty to explore – from the natural beauty of the grounds, to our visitor attractions and year-round events programme. You can also make a stay of it with our historic hotel or campsite, and enjoy award-winning food and drink in our cafes and restaurants.

About us

Dartington is an old place with a new story.

The Dartington Experiment began in 1925 and was based on the idea that humans are many-sided – and how we need environments that encourage our whole being to flourish, in connection with nature and each other.

This idea is as true today is it ever was.