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Rock Oyster Festival on Camel Estuary in Cornwall announces 2014 date

March 12, 2014

Rock Oyster Festival is set to return to the millionaire’s playground on the banks of the bivalve-friendly Camel Estuary in Cornwall this summer on Saturday July 12.


The festival is now in its fifth year and returns to the idyllic grounds of Dinham House, near Wadebridge, as a midsummer celebration for all the family with music, entertainment and, of course, oysters.

And for the first time this year, the festival will include a farmers’ market.


Healeys launches new Cornish Gold “crafted” Cyder

March 11, 2014

Cornish “cyder” maker Healeys has launched Cornish Gold, a new 4.5% draught cider.

It is the Perranporth company’s latest tie-up with St Austell Brewery, with whom they made the first Cornish whiskey for centuries, which was first bottled in 2011.


Healeys hopes the beer, whose tap architecture looks a little like Castlemaine XXXX to me, will be on sale in 150 bars and pubs by July.


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. 



Relaunch for Fat Hen’s wild food cookery school in west Cornwall

March 10, 2014

A ground-breaking wild food cookery school re-opens its doors in west Cornwall this spring, with a course celebrating the Cornish coastline.

Fat Hen’s Fish and Shellfish Day on April 19 will be led by Mark Devonshire, formerly head tutor at Rick Stein’s Seafood Cookery School.


The course will combine the sourcing, preparation and cooking of some of Cornwall’s best-loved seafood, with an insight into the local, foraged ingredients which partner them so perfectly.


Clifton FoodFest offers £10 meals in restaurants in Bristol’s Clifton Village

March 10, 2014

With three weeks to go, 15 restaurants, cafés and delis across Clifton Village have signed up for Clifton FoodFest, a new festival for food lovers that gives people the chance to eat out for just £10.

Clifton FoodFest, the first of its kind in Bristol, will celebrate Clifton’s diverse range of restaurants, cafés and delis by bringing together an assortment of its finest eateries, each offering an exclusive £10 offer.


Building on Bristol’s strong foodie reputation, this food festival with a difference will run between Monday March 31 and Sunday April 13, offering an affordable option for both lunchtime and evening meals.


Bath Ales signs deal to export beers to Russia

January 25, 2014

Bath Ales has signed a deal to export beer to Russia, which becomes the Bristol brewery’s tenth overseas customer.

The deal makes the land of vodka and caviar the firm’s largest foreign market at a stroke, ahead of Brazil and New Zealand.


The deal with Russia will see Bath Ales’ flagship beer, Gem, as well as Wild Hare, Dark Side and Barnsey, available in the off-trade market nationwide. Distribution will be handled from Moscow.

Bath ales says shipments for sale abroad doubled in 2013 and the brewer intends to double sales again in 2014.

Export manager Moussa Clarke said: “Demand for quality craft beer overseas is booming and we’re confident the quality of our products will see us deliver further success.

“We currently export to countries as far away as Mexico, Brazil and New Zealand as well as closer to home in Europe, and this year we’re planning to significantly increase our distribution abroad.

“We’ve been working hard to build our reputation overseas. This new deal sets the tone for what we can achieve.”

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.


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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