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Dartmouth food Festival 2017

This year’s Dartmouth Food Festival will be full to the brim with demonstrations, events, talks, tastings, hands-on workshops and over 100 fabulous food and drink producers. Named by the Guardian as one of the country’s top 10 food festivals, we’ll be tasting, cooking, shopping, chopping and celebrating the best of Dartmouth and the South West.
, the main event runs from the 20th-22nd October. Our festival stalwarts are back for more:
• Mitch Tonks of the Seahorse is ourfood champion.
• Susy Atkins, wine writer and TV presenter, leads the wine events.
• Lucy Siegle, journalist and TV presenter, will be heading up the Eat your Words sessions – our series of talks from food authors and experts.
The festival shows off all the town with markets along the South Embankment and in the Old Market Square, talks in the Flavel Church, events in the Flavel Centre, demonstrations and workshops in Royal Avenue Gardens and tastings and dinners in the town’s restaurants, delis and cafés.
Local chefs and producers will be busy – there’s a great series of chefs coming to cook at the Seahorse; dinners at Browns Hotel; tastings at Dart to Mouth deli, Smith Street Deli and The Deli at Dartmouth; fish filleting expertise from Dartmouth fishmonger Mark Lobb; wine tastings from Sharpham Vineyard; the Ship Inn in Kingswear will be hosting the Food Festival’s beer festival; and the Dolphin pub will be creating another Food Festival beer.
This year our visiting chefs, writers and experts include Richard Bertinet, Gizzi Erskine, Richard Corrigan, Mark Hix, Jennifer McLaggan, James and Rosie Ramsden, Richard Hunt, Orlando Murrin and Fiona Beckett amongst others. So if you have a culinary query that needs an answer, the experts are in town.
Book your tickets in advance from Food Festival secretary Helen at Be quick – it’s always a sell-out.
We have another great series of wine tastings with experts including Susy Atkins, Fiona Beckett, Liam Steevenson and Tim McLaughlin Green. Our hands-on workshops were so popular last year we’ve added extra and you’ll be able to practise your knife skills, steak cooking, fish filleting, pizza throwing, cake decorating and much else besides. There’ll be workshops for kids and adults so everyone can get involved.
Kate Ryder from Café Alf Resco in Dartmouth has won Double Gold in this year’s International Marmalade Awards held at Dalemain in Cumbria. Kate scooped eviivo’s prize for the best marmalade made to go with a traditional cooked breakfast with their ‘Dark & Stormy’ marmalade, a fresh tasting product with hints of lime, ginger and rum in the Hotel, B&B and restaurant section of the awards. As a previous winner of Gold, Silver and Bronze at the 2015 and 2016 awards, Kate also won a Silver for her Devon Heaven and Spanish Love marmalades.

Kate said: “I am absolutely thrilled to have won a Double Gold for the Dark & Stormy marmalade. Although we have won in the past, it was the first time that we had actually attended the Award ceremony and it was great to meet other artisan marmalade makers from all over the world.”

Jane Hasell-McCosh, founder of the Awards, said: “It has been wonderful to see how people’s love of marmalade has created a passionate community all around the world. It has been a great honour and joy to welcome so many marmalade makers to my home in Cumbria in celebration of such a well loved preserve, and great fun to see the team at ‘Penrith Goes Orange’ taking the festival to another level with such an innovative and exciting family day out.”

To celebrate their win, Cafe Alf Resco are offering complimentary toast and marmalade every Tuesday and Wednesday throughout March, so that visitors, whatever their age can sample the marvellous artisan entries for themselves.

Kids are actively encouraged to come along and sample an array of orange themed treats and take part in their annual Paddington Bear colouring competition.
The festival markets are a great draw for shoppers; we have lots of favourites coming along and we’ll be welcoming some fantastic new producers to tempt your taste buds. Bring your shopping bags and stock up on charcuterie, cheeses, wines, cider, juices, jams, chutneys, pasties, cakes, steaks …
Eat Your Words, our series of short talks and tastings, will be right in the centre of the festival in the Flavel Church. Our chef demonstration marquee will be in Royal Avenue Gardens with chefs from the town and beyond sharing the cooking tips and skills.
do contact us.
The Dartmouth Food Festival’s new website is up and running so take a look for lots more information about events, workshops, producers, competitions and talks –
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