The Nourish celebration of food, craft and music – first held in 2014 – will be returning to the Devon town of Bovey Tracey on 2 September, and will for the first time feature its own gin festival.
Nourish, which has grown hugely since the inaugural event three years ago, sees Bovey Tracey’s Fore Street taken over for the day by an army of food and drink producers from around the South West. Attendees will have the opportunity to sample and purchase a wide range of high quality, artisan products, and will also be able to watch as judges announce the winners of the Devon Street Food Awards, which are scheduled to be held on the same day.
It is unlikely to have escaped your attention that gin is enjoying an extraordinary resurgence in popularity around the UK, and the organisers of Nourish have decided to capitalise upon this with the announcement of their first dedicated also gin mini-festival. The highlight of this unique occasion will surely be the ‘Fizz Bizz Bar’, which will be providing drinks from its two sponsors, Tarquin’s Gin and Fever Tree mixers. You will find all the gin festivities taking place outside the former town hall, located at the top of Fore Street.
Isserlis ‘a tremendous coup for Nourish'
For those who would prefer to spend at least a portion of the day in more peaceful surroundings, the Nourish Festival Craft Fair will be held in Bovey Tracey’s Methodist Church hall, which can be found at the bottom of Fore Street. This section of the festival will showcase the creations of local jewellers, potters, woodworkers, textile and leather artists and even a blacksmith, all of whom will be offering some of their finest works for sale.
Finally, to round off the day in style, a high-class musical performance will take centre stage in the parish church, as the widely acclaimed Japanese pianist Noriko Ogawa plays seven pieces by the likes of Mozart, Chopin and Debussy. Some tickets are still available for what will undoubtedly be a fine evening of entertainment for lovers of classical music, and can be purchased here.
This concert comes the day after the festival is officially launched at the same venue, when it plays host to the world-renowned cellist Steven Isserlis – a booking which is described by organisers of Nourish as a ‘tremendous coup’. Isserlis, whose appearance is already sold out, has been praised by the Guardian and the BBC recently, and the Nourish website claims that he would ‘surely feature in any top ten of the best cellists currently working’.
With so much to see and do at this year’s Nourish festival, anyone enjoying a late summer break in one of our Devon luxury holiday cottages can be assured of a great day out.