Celebrity chefs Michael Caines, Mitch Tonks and Anton Piotrowski, the winner of Masterchef The Professionals 2012, will join established Plymouth culinary stars James and Chris Tanner for the tenth anniversary Flavour Fest, which starts on Friday.
So Flavour Fest has come and gone for another year. Most of the feed back I have heard has been largely positive.
I could do a long and in-depth analysis here, but who wants to read that? I enjoyed every single stand that I visited (Manna from Devon’s foccacia) deserves a special mention.
So just a few choice comments and tweets from other people will suffice. It is more about what other people thought.
Dartmoor Chilli Farm really sat on the fence. It was Kay and Phil Palmer’s debut at a food festival and I think they enjoyed it. Tweets like “thank you very much for brilliant show. It’s the best market we’ve ever done. Will definitely do next year again!” are a subtle hint.
They also told me that they enjoyed “amazing” lemonade from Sanford Cider when they weren’t selling chillies.
Likewise the good people at Devonshire Tea were so busy it even stopped Gavin from Tweeting. Something I thought he did even in his sleep. Not only was it good sales-wise for stall-holders on the day, it was also good for those looking to pick up business.
One last thought from a member of the public, who visited. Constructive and informative.
“Yes I thought it was great. One thing that stood out was the amazing friendliness of all the stall holders – even in Sundays heat.
“I took my Dutch cousin because I wanted her to experience tasting some local foods. She loved it all, and filled her bag with chutney, Devonshire tea, and other goodies.
“The chefs kitchen worked well-although some more seating would have encouraged us to stay longer.
“Didier from Chloes restaurant was hilarious!”
See you next year.
I caught up woth Devon food writer Miranda Gardiner shortly before she went on stage
Stop the press! Some food news for food fans in Plymouth! Seriously!
Flavour Fest, the city’s food festival, is but two weeks away. It is the one time the city authorities do something right with food – allow businesses to pitch up smack bang in the middle of Plymouth’s pedestrianised centre. If only they’d let the farmers’ market do the same, but that is another issue.
Running from August 13 to 15 it is a great FREE festival featuring great Westcountry produce. I can still remember mincing around last year’s, gulping Bigbury Bay Oysters and ice cream, buying venison for our dinner. Nom nom nom, as I believe the cool kids say these days.