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Dartmouth Food Festival details announced

June 17, 2015

Dartmouth Food Festival returns this October with a mix of delicious regional food and drink, chef demonstrations, workshops, lively food debates and fun for all the family.

Set in the beautiful Devon estuary town of Dartmouth in the South Hams from Friday October 23 to Sunday October 25 it celebrates the very best food, drink and culinary skills from the south west.

Chef Mitch Tonks will be taking to the stage to host cooking demonstrations and will be joined by a host of other exciting names in the food world and local food heroes with the likes of Simon Hulstone, Darrin Hosegrove and Nick Evans from Rick Stein‘s St Petroc’s Bistro sharing their skills. 

  
Wine seminars will once again be led by wine expert Susy Atkins so expect an exciting, informative and highly entertaining programme.

Mr Tonks said: “The Dartmouth Food Festival is a celebration of the fresh and exciting produce we have available to us locally. With the coast and countryside on our doorstep and the strong character of our farming community, we are able to produce some of the very best, truly delicious food and drink.” 

New for this year, the Embankment, Quay and Royal Avenue Gardens venues will be open until 8pm on the Friday so visitors can browse and enjoy the stalls while soaking up the festival atmosphere. The Festival Bar will also be open until 8pm on both Friday & Saturday, so visitors can make the most of their trip before enjoying a meal in one of the town’s many restaurants and eateries.

The popular Eat Your Words event is back. Taking place in The Flavel Church in the heart of Dartmouth and sponsored by Corinium Care, the event provides a forum for informative and fun talks on food and drink. With highly regarded chefs, writers, producers and critics taking to the stage to lead discussions, the event will also include taster sessions.

Confirmed sessions include Mouthwatering TV with David Pritchard, in which the television producer who brought us Keith Floyd and Rick Stein will spill the beans on what it’s like to work with some of the nation’s favourite foodies. 

Advice for Aspiring Food Writers will feature Orlando Murrin, founding editor of BBC Good Food magazine, and Rosemary Barron, author and journalist, offering advice on how to make it in the world of food writing from building a blog to bagging a book deal.

How Green is Your Business? will examine the ways in which a growing number of food businesses are going green with Lucy Siegle of The Guardian and The One Show, joined by award-winning chef Tim Bouget

Fishing into the Future, with award winning restaurateur and seafood champion, Mitch Tonks, will discuss the future of fishing with Dartmouth crabber and chairman of Fishing into the Future, Alan Bennett.

The Flavel Arts Centre will once again be the venue for a series of events including our Festival Feast, Wine & Food matching sessions and, back by popular demand an amazing Saturday lunch with an Italian theme devised and created by chef and food writer, Jane Baxter.

Families visiting the festival will find many activities to keep the little ones entertained in the children’s marquee. Activities on offer will include biscuit decorating, face painting, apple bobbing and the ever popular flag decorating competition.

Entry to the festival is free with a charge for some events. 

Extra day added to TorqEat festival in May

March 22, 2014

Organisers of the TorqEat festival in South Devon have added an extra day to the 2014 event on the May bank holiday weekend.

The festival will take place on May 3 and 4 in Torquay’s Harbourside and Cary Gardens after last year’s one-day event attracted 5,000 visitors.

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The line-up is led by Simon Hulstone, chef proprietor at Torquay’s Michelin starred restaurant The Elephant.

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The Food Shop at Dartington in South Devon reopens with larger premises

March 11, 2014

The Food Shop at Dartington in south Devon will reopen on Saturday March 15 after a revamp that has seen it triple in size.

Packed full of homemade cakes and puddings, artisan fresh breads, pastries and pies, premium locally sourced meats, regional ales, ciders and wines and cheeses, owner the Dartington Hall Trust says the new food shop will showcase the very best of produce from both the local region as well as the wider West Country. 

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First Devon Chilli Fiesta to be held at RHS Rosemoor on May 10-11

January 21, 2014

The first ever Devon Chilli Fiesta is to be held in May at RHS Rosemoor gardens near Great Torrington.

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Chillies may not be one of the Westcountry’s traditional arable crops but there are several firms growing in the area.
Dartmoor Chilli Farm’s Phil and Kay Palmer are the brains behind this event.
Phil said they were moved to create the event after after mulling it over for a couple of years, because they realised there was nothing like it west of Bristol.
“Newcastle Chilli Festival, which we attend every year, in 2013 had nearly 10,000 visitors in two days,” he told Foodies South West.
“Whilst it might take a few years to achieve this, we feel it’s our duty to show people of Devon and Cornwall what all the fuss is about.
“Hopefully it will be a good source of revenue for businesses in nearby towns of Torrington and Barnstaple and bring lots of extra visitors to the area.”
It will take place on May 10 and 11 and is due to feature cookery demos from Craig McKnight of Wahaca and Devon chef Phil Picton.
The stallholder guest list is yet to be finalised but chilli businesses from across Britain, as well as local firms, have already signed up.
There will also be a chilli sauce competition, talks and other events.
It has a theme of “growing chillies” and all the proceeds are going to RHS Rosemoor.

Sharpham 2011 Dart Valley Reserve leads the pack at South West Vineyard Association 2013 Awards

September 16, 2013

Sharpham Vineyard’s 2011 Dart Valley Reserve was named South West Wine of the Year at The South West Vineyard Association 2013 Awards.

Sharpham from Devon, Camel Valley from Cornwall and Furleigh Estate from Dorset all scooped gold at the awards for the region’s booming wine industry.

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Camel Valley won two golds for two 2010 sparkling vintages, Annie’s Anniversary and White Pinot.
Furleigh took gold for its 2010 sparkling rose and Sharpham for the 2011 Dart Valley Reserve white wine.

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St Austell Brewery’s Korev Cornish lager now only outsold by Tribute as sales rocket

September 10, 2013

Some interesting news for beer fans – St Austell Brewery’s Cornish lager Korev is now its second highest-selling beer behind Tribute just three years after being launched.

The growth seems to have been helped by some strong pick-up on draught, with the brewery signing an exclusive deal with the Browns brasserie chain in the summer to serve the 4.8% lager – whose name is the Cornish for beer – in all of its 27 locations across the UK.

It is also the only draught lager served Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall and the only lager the Tanner brothers serve in their excellent Barbican Kitchen restaurant in Plymouth.

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10th South West Chef of the Year competition – judged by Michael Caines, James Tanner, Simon Hulstone, Mark Hix, Nathan Outlaw and … are you crying yet?

August 15, 2013

It’s important you don’t get intimidated in competitions, but entrants into the 10th South West Chef of the Year competition would be allowed a whimper when they see the judging panel includes Michael Caines, Nathan Outlaw, James Tanner, Simon Hulstone, Mark Hix, Nathan Outlaw and more.

Entries are now open for the competition aimed at experienced pros, up and coming young chefs and amateur cooks.

A new class is being launched this year, the Junior Class, aimed at children aged 11 to 16.

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