Devon

Exeter Food Festival has record number of visitors

Organisers of a Devon food festival have said this year's event broke attendance records.

About 20,000 people visited the Exeter Food Festival of Southwest Food and Drink from 26-28 April.

The not-for-profit event, now in its 10th year, featured more than 100 food and drink producers from across the South West.

Chef Michael Caines said: "What we are trying to do is celebrate what's great about this region."

He said: "I think it really strikes a chord for people who live in the South West. They care about food and drink."

Meryvn Wattling, of Wessex Pantry, which sells handmade pies, said: "For a business like ours it's key, it's a showcase for our products, both locally and nationally."

Children's author Michael Morpurgo, who was at the festival on behalf of his charity Farms for City Children, said: "Everyone goes on a lot about tourism... but the people who live here, who make the food, these are the people we should be trumpeting about."