PICTURES: 'Full house' as thousands get the taste for Foodfest
It is onwards and upwards for a Westcountry food festival which is aiming to continue growing after enjoying its most successful year ever.
The North Devon Foodfest welcomed more than 14,000 people to Barnstaple to sample the culinary delights of the best the region has to offer.
At one point, the sheer number of people vying to see star attraction TV chef Michael Caines, meant that organisers had to shut the doors.
Laura Holt, of North Devon+, the team behind the event, said plans were already under way to expand the festival which attracted people from far beyond the county.
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"Next year will be bigger again," she said.
"The Foodfest is going from strength to strength, which is great news for local businesses."
This year for the first time the Queen's Theatre hosted demonstrations by six chefs who showed the finer points of their art and took questions from the audience.
At one point, Gidleigh Park chef Michael Caines presentation proved so popular that the doors had to be closed on health and safety grounds.
Next year it is planned to use another floor of the venue to allow numbers to increase.
There are also plans to boost the number of seating areas available so that more visitors can sit down and savour their tasty purchases.
Mr Caines said it had been a fantastic festival.
He added: "It's no secret that I support all things local and regional and in these tough economic times it's more important to support our local businesses. The North Devon Foodfest is a great example of championing this and I was thrilled to be demonstrating again this year."
The annual event, which was taking place for the fifth time, featured an array of excellent local foods on offer.
Stalls selling cakes, sweets, preserves, seafood, olive oil, beef burgers, hot dogs, cheeses, breads, samosas and many more foods did a roaring trade, with many selling out.
Sue Gear, chief executive of North Devon+, said: "We're thrilled so many food fans came to Barnstaple for Foodfest.
"Once again the event was a huge success, not only in footfall, but the resulting trade for the exhibitors.
"It really puts North Devon on the map for outstanding local food and drink and for passionate foodies too."