North Devon Foodfest is returning to Barnstaple Pannier Market next month.

Dan the Fish Man Dan Garnett at North Devon Foodfest 2017.Dan the Fish Man Dan Garnett at North Devon Foodfest 2017.

Now in its 11th year, the event promises a gatronomic treat with the very best artisan food businesses and cookery demos.

Organised by Barnstaple Town Centre Management, with support from North Devon Council, Foodfest takes place on Sunday, October 21.

This year Mark Dodson, James Mason, Thomas Carr and Jamie Coleman will be taking to stage for the chef demonstrations.

They will be hosted by Seth Conway and Dez Turland from Brend Hotels, and will be providing cooking tips and answering questions.

Anthony and Sue Johns of Johns of Instow and Appledore at North Devon Foodfest 2017.Anthony and Sue Johns of Johns of Instow and Appledore at North Devon Foodfest 2017.

Barnstaple Town Centre Manager, Hannah Harrington, added: “Foodfest is one of the highlights of our calendar and we can’t wait to welcome everyone back to the market for the 11th time.

“We’ll also have seating and street food on Butchers Row again, and this year we’ll be spilling out onto Market Street too with an outdoor living and entertainment space - we just keep getting bigger and better.”

And those who cannot wait for the big event can book a table for the launch night on Tuesday, October 16 at The Taw Restaurant at Petroc.

The evening promises a four-course tasting dinner menu prepared the four top South West chefs appearing at Foodfest, and the hospitality and catering students from the college.

Tasty treats at North Devon Foodfest 2017. Picture: Austin WallasTasty treats at North Devon Foodfest 2017. Picture: Austin Wallas

The chefs will be sharing their skills and culinary knowledge with the students by each designing and cooking a course for the FoodFest launch meal.

The evening is £35 per head and tables can be booked by calling 01271 852483 or emailing thetaw@petroc.ac.uk.

Councillor Pat Barker, NDC executive member for economic regeneration, said: “With more than 70 exhibitors showcasing some of North Devon’s finest food and drink, what’s not to like?

“The launch event sounds amazing and what a fantastic experience for the catering students at Petroc to be inspired and encouraged by some of the South West’s best chefs. Book early to avoid disappointment!”

Foodfest runs from 10am to 3.30pm on October 21, with free entry to the Pannier Market.