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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. 

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.

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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 www.padstowchristmasfestival.co.uk.

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

August 5, 2013

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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Everything you wanted to know about Cornish pasties but were afraid to ask

April 8, 2011

The latest addition to the collection of amusing books on your coffee table that you’ll never read has been launched in the form of The Little Book of the Pasty.

It has been launched by the The Cornish Pasty Association (CPA) to cash in….sorry celebrate the gaining of protected geographical indications (PGI) status for the humble pasty. This means to be called Cornish it has to be made in the duchy to a specific recipe, which I have written about before.

The book is, the CPA say, “full of tasty facts and the history of Cornwall’s most iconic food”. And they are right. This is a book seemingly solely aimed at tourists who enjoy the odd proper pasty on their annual visit to Cornwall and whose knowledge of what they are chomping is probably very limited.

Alan Adler, Chairman of the CPA, said: “After receiving PGI status, the CPA wanted to leave a legacy for the Cornish pasty. The Little Book of the Pasty is an absorbing account of the history of our region’s most famous food product and it truly demonstrates the Cornish passion for pasties. The book is full of quirky pasty facts and we hope it will be enjoyed by many Cornish pasty fans across the country.”

For the native eater (and me), most of the legends and facts may be old hat, but there are enough amusing and interesting old pictures in it to make it worth spending time thumbing through it. Not sure I’d buy it at £5.99 mind you, though that could just be because I am a massive cheapskate.

Only one other thing to note. The journalist in me noticed that while it was nicely written, it needed to be better proof-read as there were some noticeable punctuation errors and the like. I realise the irony of me pointing out such mistakes when this blog is littered with them of course.

Over all, I can see it gracing a few lounges in the South East and London as an object d’amuse. The press release mentioned the possibility of a second edition and I would advise the CPA, if a second edition is released, to have it proofed again. But enough of my bah, humbuggery.

The book is available to buy and order in independent bookstores and tourist attractions in Cornwall, on Amazon and in selected Waterstones. RRP is £5.99.

New home for Rock Oyster Festival

March 26, 2011

A boutique food and music festival is to move to a new venue on Cornwall’s north coast this summer.

Taking place from 17th to 19th June, the Rock Oyster Festival will bring together the best of Cornish food and produce, quirky music acts and family entertainment – and raise thousands of pounds for charity.

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Event organiser Charlie Anderson said: “Last year the event was a great success, and we’re thrilled to announce that the 2011 festival will be held at a stunning new venue, Dinham House, right on the banks of the Camel Estuary near Rock.

“We’re a not-for-profit festival, and we raised over £4,000 last year for our nominated charities the RNLI and St Minver School. This year we’re delighted to be supporting Cornwall Hospice Care and The Army Benevolent Fund and really want to raise as much money as possible.”

The move to Dinham House affords organisers more space, and for the first time on-site camping will be available within the grounds.

The three day family-orientated festival begins on Friday evening with Circus Berzercus and Bentley Rhythm Ace Live.

Saturday and Sunday showcase oysters and seafood from top chefs including Nathan Outlaw (chef and owner at Cornwall’s only two-Michelin-starred restaurant) alongside food stalls selling affordable local produce, and a hotly-anticipated oyster shucking competition between the chefs present.

The festival features some cult musical acts such as The Destroyers. Described by Q Magazine as a “15-piece polka orchestra led by a short grandad in a fez who talks like a pirate,” the gypsy jazz band will return to play the event on the Saturday night.

Said Mr Anderson: “We’ve also lined up an internationally renowned band who are jetting in all the way from New York for the Saturday evening headline slot. New musical acts, chefs and entertainment are being added to the website all the time so make sure you keep checking http://www.rockoysterfestival.co.uk for the latest information.”

Helen Vincent from The Army Benevolent Fund said the money raised at the festival will make a real difference to the lives of ex-serviceman.

She said: “We are extremely grateful to the Rock Oyster Festival for choosing ABF The Soldiers’ Charity as one of its charities this year. The money raised from the event will be used to help soldiers, former soldiers and their families in times of need.

“This could be for adapting a house for a wheelchair or a walk-in shower, education bursaries, care home fees or respite breaks. ABF The Soldiers’ Charity has seen a 30% rise in cases over the past two years and that need continues to rise.”

Tickets are on sale now from http://www.rockoysterfestival.co.uk with a limited number of early bird weekend tickets available at £28. On site camping is also available priced £10 with spaces limited to the first 100 tents.

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Fal Fish Festival: Gratuitous Rick Stein mention for the search engines…

May 16, 2010

Word reaches me on the food grapevine, as it were, that the line-up has been confirmed for the first ever Fal Fish Festival.

I say reached me, it appeared on a screen under the words “press” and “release”. God bless the Internet.

But it is true – for the first time there is going to be a fishy element to the Fal River Festival, which takes place on May 30 and 31. There are those in the town who don’t like the words “Rick” and “Stein” mentioned in conjunction with their conurbation, but there can’t really be any doubt that his newly acquired presence in the town is going to give it a new foodie prominence.

A seafood I-do-see?

Indeed, Mr Stein is one of the sponsors of the event, the other being the town’s Greenbank Hotel.

Those present will include Stein graduates Fergus Coyle, The Seafood Restaurant’s James Nathan, who won BBC Masterchef in 2008, and Fiona Were of the Housel Bay Hotel on the Sunday. Monday sees

The Greenbank’s head chef, Sanjay Kumar, kick off proceedings, followed by a demonstration by Mark Puckey from Stein’s Padstow Seafood School and a workshop by fishmonger Matthew Stevens on the art of filleting, selecting fish and sustainable fishing.

The event will close with a food and wine matching demonstration by The Cove’s Arty Williams and Catherine Murden from St Austell Brewery.

Frankly though, good tho the demos are, the best bit for me is always the local food and drink stalls, where I spend most of my time necking freebies and irritating stallholders.

Should anyone be interested in having a stall or exhibiting, as they are calling it, contact Toby Budd on 01872 861 913 or email: toby@kingharry.net and geddown there.

Edit: thanks to Jean Genie for pointing out that it isn’t James Martin of Saturday Kitchen fame but he of Pirate FM compering. Sorry to disappoint – though I’m sure the radio man is a lovely chap and excellent compere.