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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. 


Top food and drink names to help Dartmouth Food Festival celebrate its 10th birthday

October 7, 2012

Some top names from the world of food and drink will help Dartmouth Food Festival celebrate its 10th birthday at the end of October.

Mitch Tonks, Mark Hix, James Tanner, Fiona Beckett, Giles Coren, Henry Dimbleby, Thomasina Miers, Holly and David Jones, Richard Bertinet, Tom Parker Bowles, Joyce Molyneux, Matthew Fort, Jane Baxter, Christine Smallwood, Steve Lamb, Mark Puckey, Serin Aubrey and Monty Halls are among those who have already confirmed for this year’s cookery demonstrations and discussions.


Lahloo tea of Bristol

October 31, 2010

A confession – I needed a little winning over to Lahloo tea.

Not that there is anything wrong with it of course, just that I usually like my tea straight up. Hot and the colour of Ronseal. The most extravagant I usually go with tea is Earl Grey.

So when I first learned of the company run by Kate Gover out of Bristol and named after the clipper skippered by one of her forebears, I was, therefore, a bit sceptical in the way that I am with new things I don’t understand or fear – tall people for example. And loose leaf tea! What a palarva!

Of course, like tall people, I found that once I tried them (so to speak) I found that they were at worst ok and at best actually rather good. The latter was the case with Lahloo.

Smokey gave Bandit the slip.

I bumped into Kate at the Dartmouth Food Festival a couple of weeks ago and tried some of her wares. I was drawn to the Lahloo Smokey as much by the name as anything (marketing types high-five each other at the point). And once I sniffed it I was hooked.

I got a nose-full of its aroma and turned to Kate, saying it reminded me of an Islay malt whisky from the Scottish isle. She told me I was not the first person to say that. And it was true – it had the smoky peaty smell you get from a Laphroaig but without the saline marine taste of the sea that accompanies that brilliant whisky.

The reason for this is the fact that the tea leaves are smoked over cinnamon wood also grown on the family owned Handunugoda estate where it originates.

Then there’s the taste, and the smokiness is complemented by the taste of the tea itself – a lapsang souchong in style.

This is not an early morning tea, this is a laid back weekend afternoon tea in the same way that Sunday mornings are perfect for a cup of velvety smooth quality coffee. Something to sip gently as you mooch through the day’s papers, watch a Bond film or just make talk with friends and lovers. It puts you in a good place. At £6 for 50g, it ain’t cheap. But then you aren’t going to drink it every day. It’s one to share when you have time to appreciate it and do it justice. So I have a bag in the cupboard and I even, horror of horrors, have become the owner of a tea diffuser…


Update – Kate Gover quite rightly points out: “Don’t forget that you use just a pinch of leaves per person and you can reinfuse the leaves to make 2 or 3 pots of tea! So about 150 cups for £6.00 – a bargain!”

Grow your own (legal) mushrooms at home

October 25, 2010

Sick of closed cups and chesnuts? Tired of shiitake, oyster and Portobello being your only “exotic choices”? This means two things: one, you are a mushroom fan and two, you don’t trust yourself to go and pick wild mushrooms, same as me.

Well, here’s something you might be interested in. Growing your own mushrooms in your kitchen.

Woodfruit's Adam Sayner

That’s what Woodfruit want people to do with a new product they launched at last weekend’s Dartmouth Food Festival. Woodfruit, who are based at Dartington in South Devon, launched Grow-Your-Own Gourmet Mushroom Kits at the event.


Foodies South West live at Dartmouth Food Festival 2010

October 12, 2010

The briefest of brief posts to say that somehow I have wrangled my way onto a stage at the Dartmouth Food Festival on October 23rd, where alongside some real food experts, including the Western Morning News’ Becky Shreaves, her husband John, who runs Taste of the West and the editor of Fork Magazine I shall talk local food and drink.

If you are there, come along and listen/heckle/throw rotten vegetables…