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Family Food Fair

13 October 2018 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Celebrating the local food and drink scene, join us at The Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth for this fab 'foodelicious' event.

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Slade House Farm, Sidmouth, EX10 0NU.

As a result of weather warnings we have unfortunately cancelled the Family Food Fair, which was due to take place on Saturday 13 October.

With the location of the Fair in a marquee and high winds expected over the next 24 hours we must put the safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers first.

The sanctuary will remain open over the weekend, with The Kitchen offering hot food and drinks. We apologise for any inconvenience.

One for foodies and families alike, this event will showcase the best food, drink and talent our region has to offer - with a focus on inspiring your kids to get cooking.

For the grown-ups, we have a line-up of fantastic local chefs to provide cookery demonstrations throughout the day, giving you the chance to sample some mouth-watering delights as well as inspiration for at home. 

In the KidsZone, youngsters can make their way round various stations, from making their own lunch from scratch (pizzas or fish finger baps and fruit salad for dessert), having their face painted, decorating a donkey biscuit and getting crafty at the colouring in station. Entry into the zone costs £5 per child and includes all of the above. 

There are a myriad of prizes on offer on the day, from a selection of tickets in the prize draw, to a luxury hamper and other prizes in a raffle, plus the chance to bid on some fabulous prizes in the food fair auction, including:

  • Half day cookery course at the Exeter Cookery School
  • One hour classic car ride for four people at The Deer Park Country House
  • Afternoon tea for two at Sidmouth Harbour Hotel
  • One hour taster experience at the Landrover Experience
  • A two night glamping stay in a yurt with Holnest Holidays.

Tuck in to some delicious treats from local producers including the Flaming Good Pizza Co., Good Game, The Posh Kebab Company & Love Coffee.

Treat yourself to some award-winning food and drink from the likes of County Cakes, The Wooden Fish, Hullabaloos Lemonade, Budleigh Bees, Branscombe Brewery, Louise’s Larder, Norsworthy Dairy Goats and Edwards Fudge Kitchen. 

Entertainment will be provided by local, accomplished acoustic duo, Vine & Dandy. 

The majority of the event will be held inside a marquee but some traders may be situated outdoors, so please come prepared for the British weather with appropriate footwear and clothing.

No visit to The Donkey Sanctuary would be complete without meeting some of the resident donkeys including the gentle giant Poitous, lovable adoption donkeys and cute miniature donkeys. Visitors can also explore the exciting new indoor attractions and discover just why donkeys are so special through fun, interactive displays.


£2 per adult including entry into the prize draw to win a selection of tickets to Devon's Top Family Attractions, under 12s are free. £5 per child for entry into the KidsZone (includes lunch).

Free parking and dogs are welcome on a lead.

Further information

01395 573156 |

Trade stands

Booking essential for traders, please contact us on 01395 573156 or

With thanks to our sponsors: Exeter Cookery School, Good Game, The Deer Park Country House, Sidmouth Harbour Hotel, Jack in the Green, The White Horse, Landrover Experience, Otterton Mill, Branscombe Brewery, Holnest Holidays, Luscombe and Daffy-Down-Dilly. 

All proceeds go directly to the worldwide work of The Donkey Sanctuary.