Topsham Food Festival


Topsham Food Festival
June 30th-July 1st, 2018

"Fire and Spice"

STOP PRESS 31/5/18 -- Some tables are still available for Nello's Longest. See Liz at Route 2 Cycles.

We are happy to announce that the 5th Nello’s Longest Table and Topsham Food Festival will take place over the weekend of June 30-July 1. The theme for the weekend will be “Fire and Spice”.  

A "Fire and Spice” food festival will take place on Topsham Quay on Saturday June 30th which will comprise an artisan food market, 'fire and spice' cookery theatre with demos by our talented local chefs, street food stands, and, in the evening, live music. There will be a Topsham Food Trail all around town whereby numerous food and drink businesses all around Topsham will be offering ‘fire and spice’ menus or special dishes. Darts Farm is at the centre of festival activities, too, with 'fire and spice' tastings throughout the weekend in the food hall, special 'fire and spice' dishes in the restaurant and deli bar, and suggestions for your Nello's Longest Table feast of local and locally sourced foods.

Nello’s Longest Table will take place on Sunday July 1st. Once again some 350 tables will stretch edge-to-edge the length of Topsham Fore Street, around Topsham Quay, and down Ferry Road, past the Underway to the Passage Inn. 

For those who haven’t yet experienced the magic of Nello’s Longest Table, it is such a simple and wonderful community happening. Tables are ‘purchased’ and everyone brings your own feasts of local and locally sourced food and drink, as well as your own chairs. Some might choose to follow the ‘fire and spice’ theme in choice of food, or perhaps fancy dress. Set-up on Sunday morning is a community effort that will hopefully go as smoothly and quickly as it has in previous years. A ‘table wave’ will start the proceedings off (usually at 5pm), and some 2000 of us will sit down all together at this one giant table to share and celebrate food, family, community and friendship: the important things in life. Afterwards, all hands to the deck again as tables are returned to designated areas, everyone takes away their rubbish, and by 10pm the town is just about back to normal. 

Proceeds from the weekend go to projects in our local community, promoting Topsham as a destination through Love Topsham, to Force Cancer Charity and to the Brain Tumour Charity.

If you would like to be involved in this year’s activities, have new ideas to add to the weekend, and/or are available to help in any way, please let us know.

We hope to see you there!

Liz Hodges, Anna Bowen, Kim and Marc Millon



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