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Dartmouth Food Festival details announced

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. 


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

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

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


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.

Rick Stein Provencal aioli (via the South West) that kicks like a mule

I was struggling to find a way to make a Provencal aioli seem local to the South West so I could write about making it.

Aioli is one of the great tastes of the Mediterranean, accompanying everything from salads to fish stews to onion soup to a bowl of chips.

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On the face of it the ingredient list is not encouraging for the British climate: garlic, olive oil, eggs and salt.

But a little research, plus a little help from the good people of Twitter, made me realise that it is not so alien a condiment as it may seem.

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Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall gets to meet me at River Cottage near Axminster in Devon

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall gets to meet me at River Cottage near Axminster in Devon.



It’s a joke of course for all those SEObots out there.

I went to River Cottage in early 2012 to celebrate it reopening after the fire and got to meet the man himself.

For some reason it’s sat on my camera until now.

Readers, I share it with you for no apparent reason, thus.


Entries sought for 2013 Food & Drink Devon Awards

Businesses from across Devon have just a few weeks left to enter the 2013 Food & Drink Devon Awards.


Entries for the awards, which are being run independently by Food & Drink Devon, close to all Devon-based food companies on Friday May 3.

This year there are four categories for organisations to enter:

Taste of Devon – for restaurants, cafes, bistros and pubs. Sponsored by Luscombe Drinks.

Devon Producer – for primary and secondary producers.

Devon Retailer – for farm shops, delis, food halls and other food shops. Sponsored by Exeter-based Stephen Scown Solicitors.

Outstanding Contribution – for any business that, throughout the judging process, has demonstrated an outstanding achievement in their area. Sponsored by The Venus Company.

The finalists of the Taste of Devon Awards will be automatically entered into the Devon Tourism Awards, with the potential to win at county, regional and national level. Special Gold’s will also be awarded to outstanding products entered for Devon Producer.

Michael Smith, chairman of Food & Drink Devon, said: “Devon has some of the very best food businesses in the whole of the country and as someone who is passionate about high-quality, locally produced food and drink, the awards are a fantastic opportunity to showcase their product.

“They are also a great way of increasing the county’s profile, championing our reputation and indeed promoting these companies who make up a major part of our local economy – this is incredibly important.

An independent panel of experienced judges will mystery shop the Taste of Devon and Devon Retailer entries and blind-taste the Devon Producer entries.

Entry remains free of charge, however for 2013; there is an introduction of a small fee for any additional products entered. This is aimed at helping to improve the quality of the judge’s feedback and the judging process. The extended timetable is also designed to allow for a series of more specific tasting sessions, with qualified experts in each category.

Judging will take place over the following three months and a prestigious awards ceremony will take place in October.

More information about the awards and all entry forms can be downloaded from here.

Any questions about the awards can be emailed to awards@lovetheflavour.co.uk.

Food magazine reader award winners 2013

Reach beyond the fact that Waitrose was named retailer of the year and the are some good names among the winners at the Food Magazine reader awards 2013.
In its second year, the food Reader Awards received thousands of votes as South West consumers flew the flag for the places where they love to eat, drink and shop across the region. From best-kept secrets to foodie household names, consumers named the best foodie pubs, cafes, retailers, restaurants, hotels, local drinks, local chefs and local food products as well as their local food hero.
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