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.