Returning for its 17th year, Flavour Fest is the South West’s largest free food and drink festival. Head to the city centre between Friday 29 to Sunday 31 May and experience some of the best produce that the South West has to offer.
Plymouth Gin Tasting
Black Friars Distillery, the home of Plymouth Gin since 1793, is the oldest working gin distillery in England.
The building dates from the early 1400’s with the oldest part of the building – the Refectory, a medieval hall with a fine hull-shaped timber roof, dating back to 1431.
Visitors can take a guided tour and learn about the art of making the world-famous Plymouth Gin, enjoy a tutored tasting of the range and then relax in the Refectory cocktail lounge – where the Pilgrim Fathers are said to have spent their last night before setting sail in the Mayflower to the New World.
Telephone: 01752 604448.
Salcombe Gin - Distil your own gin
The Distillery and Bar is in Island Street, Salcombe, the traditional boat building quarter of Salcombe, now also renowned for its growing arts scene.
The glorious and iconic still, above, is called named Provident after the Brixham sailing trawler that was the founding vessel of The Island Cruising Club in Salcombe, which once stood on the site of the distillery.
Information on tasting and distilling your own gin are on the website or by contacting Salcombe Gin at:
The Boathouse, 28 Island Street, Salcombe, Devon TQ8 8DP.
Telephone: +44(0)1548 288 180
Our new state of the art, innovative brewery sits amongst the Devon countryside looking towards the Salcombe Ria. The brewhouse is a unique concept built on the site of a decommissioned water reservoir. This utilises the natural ambient temperature of the underground facility for storing our ales at perfect conditioning temperature. Along with the upcoming installation of solar cells this helps make our brewery as energy efficient as possible. The site also has its own borehole which has recently started supplying the brewery with its own source of pure Devonian waters perfect for ale brewing.
The new brewhouse is a 20-barrel brewery with 4 fermenting vessels, capable of producing 350 x 9G casks per week. We’re really proud of our local surroundings and welcome visitors for tours or brew days for those interested in learning and sampling our ales.
The Brewery Shop is open thoughout the week from 10am to 4pm and on some Saturdays 10am -2pm (seasonally), and sells beer, gift packs and branded merchandise.
South Devon Chilli Farm
They started growing chillies as a hobby in their back garden greenhouses when they moved from the city to rural Devon way back in the late 1990s. They never realised that chillies would be so easy to grow, so delicious and so completely addictive!
From small beginnings, of 2 keen chilli growers and their partners and family, they have now grown into a team of 18 people.The farm is approximately 4 miles from Modbury and has tours and activities available all year round.
To find out more about what’s available please contact them.
Sharpham Wine and Cheese
At Sharpham estate, just outside Totnes and 15 miles from Modbury you can enjoy walks through the vines and alongside the beautiful River Dart before returning to the winery for a taste of the award winning Sharpham cheeses and wine.
Visitors receive a map of the vineyard where one can follow various routes that have been set up through the vines and down to the River Dart. Appropriate footwear is necessary for this walk; but there is no need to book this tour in advance.
Telephone: 01803 732203
Self-guided and guided tours are available at the world famous Riverford Farm, Devon. No two visits to Riverford are the same. As the crops change with the seasons, so do the tours.
•Morning tour 10.30 – midday approx.
•Evening tour 17.30 – 19.00 approx. (June – August only)
Riverford Farm, Buckfastleigh, Devon, TQ11 0JU.
Telephone: 01803 227227