Flavour Fest 3, Princesshay 1

Stop the press! Some food news for food fans in Plymouth! Seriously!

Helluva good.

Flavour Fest, the city’s food festival, is but two weeks away. It is the one time the city authorities do something right with food – allow businesses to pitch up smack bang in the middle of Plymouth’s pedestrianised centre. If only they’d let the farmers’ market do the same, but that is another issue.

Running from August 13 to 15 it is a great FREE festival featuring great Westcountry produce. I can still remember mincing around last year’s, gulping Bigbury Bay Oysters and ice cream, buying venison for our dinner. Nom nom nom, as I believe the cool kids say these days.

It’s billing itself as the South West’s largest food festival – with 100,000 visitors – which might be pushing its luck, but if you are visiting or live in and around Plymouth and you love good food only long-term hospitalisation is an excuse not to attend.In fact, I bloody demand it.

During Flavour Fest the Piazza in Plymouth is transformed into a “bustling, Continental-style market”, full of colour and the smells of delicious food being prepared. As well as more than 100 stalls there is a programme of chef demonstrations in the cookery theatre, plus special activities for the little cooks in the ‘Kids in the Kitchen’ marquee.

New traders this year include Dartmoor Chilli Farm (who I wrote about here), Bridport Gourmet Pies, Pieminister and the Well Hung Meat Company. Other attractions include the fragrant cookery write Miranda Gardiner, whose book I have here and should really sit my arse down and review. You can also find out more by checking out my Facebook site’s Favourite Pages on the left-hand side.

However, there is competition for Flavour Fest. In Exeter (where else?) on Friday and Saturday August 13 and 14, Taste Princesshay is taking place. I have been assured that the timing is purely coincidental. rather like the way Gordon and Tony really got on.

It is a very different take – there are no small traders and one of the days features demos from those local Devon brands La Tasca, Wagamamas, Strada, Giraffe and Nandos. Quite.

The next day is a bit better. It features demos from, and I quote “some of the city’s most well-known chefs, including Restaurant contestants James Knight Pacheco and Alasdair Hooper who recently starred in their own BBC spin-off show Out of the Frying Pan, Chris Archambault, head chef of Swire Hotels and Paul Christian, top event chef from Exeter University.”

So there we are. I know where I’ll be. Nandos in Exeter or the likes of Bigbury Bay Oysters in Plymouth. I’ll be at the shucking front.

Laters.

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