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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. 


Surrey it had to start this way

July 1, 2012

Seven year of living in Devon and Cornwall have left me utterly spoilt in food terms, if my experience at the Loseley Park Food Festival are any indication.

Loseley is a tremendous location a Tudor manor house near Guildford in Surrey in hundreds of acres of land.

It’s a pretty ideal location for a food festival to show off the best of the local area.

Unfortunately, it was a big letdown for me.

The main problem was, there was no local food or drink there.

I’m used to large marquees full of stalls brimming with local produce.

What defines “local” does vary – but for example a food festival in Cornwall would feature a majority of produce and retailers from Cornwall, some from Devon, some from Somerset and Dorset, perhaps a few more from a little further afield. The same applies to those in Devon, Somerset etc.

I went to the Loseley event with my sister and parents expecting a similar thing, if I’m honest slightly more pretentious in a Home Counties sort of way.

What I got was a food festival for hire. The only stall from Surrey was a guy from Kingston selling burgers made from African game animals (ostrich, springbok etc).

The other stalls were from all over, including a Cornish pasty seller whose wares were made in Bodmin. The beers in the bar were Carlsberg and Tetley, plus craft ales from Oxfordshire and Stockport.

That isn’t to say the stalls were crap, they weren’t. I brought some excellent sausages from some men from Romford in Essex and the other ones were decent enough. My springbok burger was tasty without being outstanding.

But having got used to festivals with a sense of place, it was a massive disappointment – clearly from what I have read on the company’s website it is a travelling show going around to various location like those awful German Christmas markets.

Knowing for a fact there are several local breweries of note and several other foodie businesses off the top of my head it was sad not to see any here.

I have no doubt there are better shows around the same area, but as my first living back up this way, it was a downer.

And though the rain may have played a big part, the crowd wasn’t huge either.

Then, as we were leaving, this piece de resistance below.


A week of firsts…

June 14, 2010

Another week where the diet is on hold – two potentially great new events on the Foodie circuit kick off this week.

The first, I have to admit, is the one I’m looking forward to the most  In North Cornwall, June 19 and 20 sees the first ever Rock Oyster Festival.

Get yer own, these are mine.

Hosted by Rock Seafood at Porthilly Point it brings together great local seafood with a festival atmosphere.Oysters are of course the focus but there is plenty of other foods available with an array of local foods. The set up is that you enjoy the food by day and then let your hair down watching live bands etc during the evening.

Down the coast they’re not doing things by half in St Ives. The town’s first ever food festival kicks off today, Monday June 14, and runs for seven whole days.