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Rick Stein and Nathan Outlaw lead line-up at Padstow Christmas Festival in Cornwall

November 19, 2014

Celebrity chefs Rick Stein, Paul Ainsworth, Nathan Outlaw, Angela Hartnett, Mitch Tonks and Mark Hix will face the public as they perform their skills at this year’s Padstow Christmas Festival.


The four-day festive fiesta from December 4 – 7 sees chefs and local producers take over the streets around the town’s harbour for an event that includes 64 cookery demonstrations and workshops.

This year it includes a head-to-head cook-off between Phil Vickery and Brian Turner on Saturday December 6, presented by Fern Britton, aka Mrs Vickery.

Event organiser Tina Evans said: “This is our biggest event to date with more than 40,000 visitors expected to join us for the festival.

“Alongside a packed schedule of demos, we’ll have a spectacular fireworks display, lantern parade, Narnia-inspired grotto, activities for children, pop-up food stalls and live music.”

More information and a programme of events can be found at


На здоровье!

March 1, 2010

OK, it’s competition time and we think you’re going to love this one.

Farmers diversify a lot these days. Trying to make as much money out of their land as possible, they turn to all sorts, from holiday lets to adventure sports.

But only one built a distillery and began producing upmarket British….vodka.

My pretty...

Yep, you heard right. Not a furry hat in sight at Chase Vodka in Herefordshire. The fires were lit, or whatever you do in distilling, in May 2008 and it is still the only British potato vodka distillery.

Copper load of that still.

Everything is done on one farm, from peeling the spuds to bottling it, with the water coming from the ground under the farm. And you can buy it in loads of places, including National Trust shops, which is where I came across it when Christmas shopping.

The result is a really pure spirit, which is extremely smooth, soft and naturally sweet. For anyone not yet sold, it comes in a pretty bottle…

The nice people at Chase (who are on Twitter @chasevodka ), have given Foodies South West a bottle of their splendid hand-crafted spirit to give away to a reader – aged over 18 (sorry kids). All you have to do is send an email to us at by noon on Friday March 5 with your name and address and the answer to the insultingly easy question below:

QUESTION: What vegetable is used to make Chase vodka?

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The St Valentine’s Day moussaka*

February 11, 2010

Valentine’s Day is coming up, that one day of the year when us men can’t really use “there’s football/rugby on TV” as an excuse to get out of stuff. But I’m going to put the boot on the other foot and lay the pressure on the ladies. What do you do for the men? Do you just go for the obvious (booze, Lego) or do you have to think outside the box.

The reason I ask is that I got a press release the other day from Cockburns, the port people whose name launched a thousand childish laughs. I know they are not from the South West (they’re Welsh) but they get a mention because they were the first people to get in touch re this blog (through Twitter no less!) since I set it up to stave off boredom. But I was interested in the content, being as it was trying to flog vintage port and sherry as a pressie for men (Harveys Vintage PX sherry, £19.99 for 500ml at Waitrose is one they are also trying to flog) .

A spot of sherry?

This got me thinking, obviously us men have it fairly simple; we book a restaurant, buy flowers/underwear or some other kind of gift and think we have done enough. But what do women do?

You could also ask, should they do anything at all? Is Valentine’s a day for men to pull their socks up and pamper the woman (or man for that matter) in their life? Is it a day for giving gifts? Or should a line be drawn at a meal out and some bedroom adventures?

Cockburn’s clearly think you ladies should be buying their fortified wine for your men, but should you? Is Valentine’s Day a day when men pamper women or should it in these days of rightful equality, be a reciprocal thing?

Either way, I think anyone buying me a bottle of port gets a gold star. Mind you,a bottle of anything apart from rum or Cinzano will get you a gold star at Wilcock Towers.

I have already mentioned Cornish Yarg getting in on the VD (an unfortunate acronym) act, but that seems a more asexual type of gift.Maybe that is the way to go? something that both can share whilst canoodling.

Another firm with a finger on the pulse is Wing of St Mawes which has put together locally-sourced love packs for Valentine’s Day. A box of fish may not seem hotly romantic, unless you live in Newlyn, but its luxury Dinner Box (Either £39 or £35, the website isn’t sure) contains “six oysters, one lobster cooked and dressed ready to eat and a wild sea bass, fully prepared and oven ready”. Now that’s a bad-ass box. The question is, who gets the lobster and who gets the sea bass?

Sounds like a recipe for an argument if you ask me, unless you share. Which is beautiful.


*No chance of a moussaka btw,  aubergines come straight from Satan’s arse.  Good headline though. Out.