September is a busy month for food events
The autumn is upon us and with it a glut of top-quality food events that give us a seamless transition from the plenty of summer. Below are just some of the events taking place over the next four weeks.
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Sunday September 5
Clovelly Lobster and Crab Feast
Clovelly, North Devon
The famous fishing village pays tribute to its famous lobsters and crabs with a day of live folk music, a lobster hypnotist, quay kitchens, wine and beer tasting, local food stalls, prize draw, arts and crafts stalls and live exhibits. Children’s entertainment includes face painting, storytelling, walkabout magic and balloon modelling, street theatre and North Devon A.O.N.B.’s event-themed craft activities.
The Red Lion Harbour restaurant will be offering delicious seafood, crab and lobster platters, each with a complimentary glass of champagne, for £14.95.
The event is raising money for the National Lobster Hatchery in Padstow, which will bring along a tank of baby lobsters, to be later released into the sea.
Brixham, South Devon
The Seafood and Music Festival in Brixham’s fish market returns for a second year after 2009’s building work-affected hiatus.
Sample the oceans bounty, fishmongers and local chefs prepare and cook fresh Brixham fish and seafood. Seafood cookery masterclasses by Mitch Tonks, Richard Hunt of the Grand Hotel, David Jones from Manna from Devon, plus Brixham Fish Piazza by eight local chefs. All proceeds to the Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen.
September 11 – 12
Tavistock Food Festival
Held in the grounds of the Bedford Hotel
September 18 – 19
Feast of Dorset 2010
Featuring Mark Hix, Matt Follas, Leslie Waters and erm…Julian Fellows at the start of this year’s British Food Fortnight.
The festival will feature the region’s food and drink producers, chefs and gardeners, with cooking and horticultural demonstrations, performing artists and other traditional rural attractions.
A wide range of exhibitors will present their products in a tented village, ranging from the colourful ‘Grand Bazaar’, to a variety of styled canvas pavilions, sited throughout the ancient gardens of Deans Court, Wimborne Minster.
A full programme of educational and leisure attractions will include falconry, archery, and specialist on-site demonstrations on cookery, growing organic vegetables, using herbs, beekeeping, fly-fishing and orchard maintenance.
September 24 – 26
Cornwall Food and Drink Festival
Lemon Quay, Truro, Cornwall
Come and see some of Cornwall’s great chefs in action in the Chefs’ theatre, headlined by Michelin-starred Nathan Outlaw, winner of the 2010 South West heat of BBC TV’s Great British Menu.
Learn the secrets of culinary success from a range of experts leading the Skill School.
Exhibitors will be tempting the taste buds with a stunning range of Cornish-produced food and drink to try and buy and, as always, there will be some new faces and new products.
Kids can have fun in the Funky Food Zone and two brave teams, all age 11 and under, will come under the spotlight in the Young Chefs’ Challenge on Sunday morning.
And in a challenge on a magnificently different scale, seven of Cornwall’s top chefs will prepare a sumptuous dinner of the best Cornish produce in our Evening with the Magnificent Seven.
September 24 – 26
Abbfest – Abbotskerswell Food and Drink Festival
Fermoy’s Garden Centre, Newton Abbott, Devon
Almost every beer in Devon (140 different brews) and 60 food and craft stalls to enjoy. There are cookery demonstrations, family entertainment and lots of live music to keep the whole family entertained.
September 30 – October 2
Boscastle Food, Arts and Crafts Festival
Great food, great producers and great chefs, all coming together to celebrate the very best and the real taste of Cornwall. Once again, the chefs’ stage will provide the perfect showcase for the top talent from the cream of Cornwall’s finest and best-known restaurants. See the chefs in action and get the flavour of what life’s like behind the kitchen door.