Every year Joe and I pack our camping bags and head to the annual Devon Dub Fest at Bicton Park near Budleigh Salterton. We have attended for the last 5 years, and continue to return each July for the local bands, local food, and of course classic VWs.
Buck and his friend Buddy manning the HHB stall.
Devon Dub fest is a family-friendly, dog-friendly mini festival (Although not so mini anymore) . The Festival concludes with a VW show and shine on the Sunday featuring anything from splitties to T5s, to Mk1 Golfs to retro Beetles. Each year the festival grows in size and we meet more fantastic people and see more great vehicles. After establishing Handsome Hound Bandanas last year, I decided to hold my own stall and we had a blast!
‘Handsome Hound Bandanas Stall – Photograph by Dead End Photography‘
One thing we love about this particular festival is that any profits made are donated to their designated charity, which this year was ‘Surf Life Saving Great Britain‘. SLSGB is a charity who educate and train volunteers for beach safety, lifesaving, and search and rescue duties on Great Britain’s coasts. A very worthy cause we hope you’ll agree.
Another awesome aspect to DDF is their variety of food stalls. As a massive ‘foodie’ myself, my eyes lit up with the selection available, on offer was Fancy That Caribbean food, Taste Spuds Jacket Potatoes, Stinky Vintage toasties served from a 1964 vintage caravan, plus a smoke shack, pizza ovens and hog roast! Accompanying the food stalls were some fabulous milkshakes from Vagabonds milkshake bar and the ever popular camper coffee, both hailing from our home-town of Crediton.
We were set up next to our good pals Joolie Boards who hand craft wooden cruiser skateboards. Joolie Boards have been trading at Devon Dub Fest for the last few years and its been fantastic to see their products develop and grow over time. As well as our buddies next door, it was fantastic to see old and new trader’s alike. I particularly enjoyed Sweet Indie Love’s bunting creations, all hand made in Somerset. I burnt my mouth (and my pride) tasting all 5 of the hot-sauces from Hot Diggity Dog and I have to admit that I had to stop browsing the stalls to drink plenty of water and have a Mr. Whippy to cool the burn…. I of course returned to buy a bottle later.
‘Joolie Boards Crew – Photograph by Dead End Photography‘
The Festival facilities were great; the loos were in good condition and plenty of them and the campsite had running water (Very useful for keeping the dogs cool). DDF even provided showers – which had better pressure and temperature than my shower at home! I’m going to be honest, I’m missing the festival showers, I never thought I would say that!
Over the course of our three days at Bicton Park we met some beautiful dogs and their fantastic owners. It was very heartwarming to hear that so many of them had come from local rehoming shelters and were having such a fantastic time with their new families. Here are a few pictures of some of the weekend’s Happy Customers.
We would also like to give a special shout-out to Malcolm the Staffordshire-Bull-Terrier who was unable to try on his new bandana as he was wearing the ‘Cone of Shame’. We did however, get a lovely picture from his owners now that he is feeling better 🙂
Unfortunately the Devon Dub Fest team have recently announced that this was to be the last ever DDF. We would like to thank them for the years of excellent festivals and their continued hard work. This show will be sorely missed from our yearly planner.