Make June 29th a date in your diaries, as Okehampton stages its seventh annual Festival of Food and Music, with a multitude of stalls offering delightful delicacies to tempt the tastebuds, singers and dancers to entertain and a cracking community atmosphere to soak up.


The festival, run by Everything Okehampton, starts at 9.30 am and runs until 3pm. The food stalls will be set up in three areas of the town — in Red Lion Yard, around St James' Chapel and in St James' Street and street food will be available in the Plume of Feathers courtyard.


A short road closure will apply to the area between the DIY store and the chapel in St James' Street, to enable stall holders, musicians and pedestrians to enjoy the festival in safety.


You can try spices, pickles and chutneys from India in a Jar, scrumptious cheese from Curworthy Cheese, home made cakes from Tracey Gee or luscious Jersey ice cream from Taw River Dairy. Then there is a large selection of tipples to taste, from the likes of Tors Vodka, Brimblecombe Cider and Dartmoor Gin, or delicious non-alcoholic cordials and juices from Devon Orchards.


The musical entertainment will be provided in four areas of Okehampton this year - in the museum courtyard, Red Lion Yard, St James' Street and the courtyard of the Plume of Feathers. Take time out to enjoy Uke n Play, The Electroleles, Panic Pete and the Roughbeats, Fae of the Flute, All Bar One, Brian Higbee and Meand'er, plus many more artists to be confirmed. More musical entertainment will be on offer with performances by Okehampton Community Dance Project and the children will be entertained with storytelling and activities thanks to the Harvest Workers' Co-operative.


Following the fourth renewal of Fairtrade Town status, the Okehampton Fairtrade Group continues to promote knowledge and understanding of Fairtrade and the impact our shopping choices can have on farmers in the developing world.


Fairtrade gives them a better deal and means that they can make their own decisions, control their futures and lead the dignified lives we all deserve.


The Fairtrade Group will be outside St James Church in Fore Street with goods to sample and a hamper to raffle.


There will also be the opportunity to learn a little more about the coaching history of various of Okehampton’s hostelries, as a wandering storyteller makes his way from pub to pub.


More stall holders and musical acts are being added to the festival by the day, so check online for the latest news.


The organisers of this year's festival are Christine Marsh, Jade Oliver-Deacon and Mish Flexman of Everything Okehampton, supported by a loyal band of volunteer helpers.


Christine said: ’This is a new set-up in the way we manage the festival, but ward to making a huge success of the day and to we are very much looking to growing the event year on year.


‘It’s a great opportunity to showcase our local food and drink producers and provide a great community day out for all the family, demonstration what a marvellous place Okehampton is to live and work - we look forward to welcome both residents and visitors to the festival.’


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