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A taste of Exmoor

PUBLISHED: 11:49 01 February 2016 | UPDATED: 11:49 01 February 2016

Fish with rhubarb t at the Castle Hotel, Taunton

Fish with rhubarb t at the Castle Hotel, Taunton


The Exmoor Food Fest returns - bigger and even better than before

Liam Finnegan from The Castle Hotel at Taunton Liam Finnegan from The Castle Hotel at Taunton

February sees the return of the Exmoor Food Fest - and following the success of last year’s inaugural festival, this year will be even bigger and better. Foodies will be in heaven when a whole month is dedicated to award winning chefs, outstanding local produce, great deals and unusual events across the region.

Even more restaurants across the Exmoor National Park have signed up to offer the special Exmoor Food Fest deal of two courses for £10.00 and three courses for £15.00.

The organisers of the Exmoor Food Fest are very proud that Michelin-starred chef Mark Dodson of The Mason Arms in Knowstone will take part again in the festival.

Thomas Carr, whose restaurant The Olive Room in Ilfracombe, has been listed in the Michelin Guide after winning two rosettes earlier in 2015, will also open his doors to diners for the Exmoor Food Fest deal.

Pimms dessert at the Castle Hotel, Taunton Pimms dessert at the Castle Hotel, Taunton

“It is a great opportunity for us to promote Exmoor and the amazing food we have here to the world,” explains Thomas. “This is why we are very keen to support the Exmoor Food Fest with the lunch and dinner deal. I am also looking forward to working with the students again.”

The Coachhouse by Michael Caines at Kentisbury Grange is the third major Devon-based restaurant taking part in the festival. There the Exmoor Food Fest will start in style on 31 January with an Exmoor Market, dedicated to artisan food products as well as local arts and crafts, officially launching this year’s programme of events.

Award winning Devon based chefs will join head chef Liam Finnegan for the VIP launch of the Exmoor Food Fest at Taunton’s renowned Castle Hotel. Students from West Somerset College’s training restaurant as well as from Foxes Academy in Minehead will join the chefs in preparing a tasting menu showcasing the best the region has to offer.

The grand final of the Exmoor Food Fest will take place in Dunster on 27 and 28 February when the whole village will be taken over by local producers, street food traders as well as crafters and artists. From the Yarn Market outside the Luttrell Arms all the way to the Tithe Barn and Dunster Castle, food will be available to taste and purchase.

Ham hock terrine t at the Castle Hotel, Taunton Ham hock terrine t at the Castle Hotel, Taunton

The Exmoor Food Fest is organised and run by Exmoor4all, a social media platform where people share photos and stories about Exmoor. In 2016 the Exmoor Food Fest is once again generously sponsored by Somerset based wholesaler Arthur David and supported by Somerset Life and Devon Life magazines. Without this wonderful support the Exmoor Food Fest would not be possible as it receives no official funding.

Details about participating restaurants as well as a growing list of events can be found at exmoorfoodfest.com. Updates are posted on Facebook and Twitter (@TasteofExmoor). Email exmoor4all@gmail.com


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