Eat the Devon way
PUBLISHED: 15:46 26 April 2011 | UPDATED: 19:15 20 February 2013
Devon's newest food and drink festival
As a newcomer to the South Wests food festival scene, Eat the Devon Way, is, in its first year, already set to make its mark as one of the regions largest and most exciting food and drink events.
Supported by Waitrose, Lewtrenchard Manor, The Arundel Arms and The Harris Arms, the event was created by local food producers, Hi-Ts Fudge, Yarty Valley Cordials and Langage Farm, who came together after recognising a need to reinvest in the people and businesses of Devon.
The festival will provide an environment for showcasing local produce and maximising the available product range for consumers, celebrating Devon as a major food producing county.
The main event will be a fun food show, taking place in Dingles Fairground, in Lifton, Devon, over the May bank holiday, to give anyone heading west for the long weekend a perfect opportunity to explore Devons food culture from 10am until 4 pm on both Sunday 29th and Monday 30th.
With around 80 stalls displaying the regions finest produce, and limits on the number of producers exhibiting the same products, Eat the Devon Way will offer visitors a huge variety of local foods to experience and purchase. Highlight of the event is sure to be the cookery demonstrations from many of Devons top chefs, including Jacques Marchal, Peter Gorton and Jason Hornbuckle, which will take place throughout the weekend (timetable for events available on arrival). These first-rate interactive displays will show local food in action, and will even offer visitors a chance to get involved, as many of the chefs will be asking for volunteers to help them. Among the demonstrations not to be missed are the Yartey Valley sea bass with lemongrass and ginger cordial, and chocolate fudge brownies made with Hi-Ts fudge.
Entry to the event is free for children and only 2 per adult and, with all of the ticket proceeds going to the Childrens Hospice South Wests Precious Lives Appeal, Eat the Devon Way is sure to become a favourite with the local people.
And if youre looking for a way to entertain the kids while you enjoy yourself, the price of the ticket includes access to Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre, where theyll be distracted for hours by the centres vibrant exhibitions and old-time fairground rides.
The event will be rounded off the following weekend, on the 4 June, with a night of comedy at Jethros Lewdown Club in Okehampton, where local comedian Jethro will perform a show for guests. Tickets for the night will be available on the door for 17.50, and all monies from ticket sales will be contributed towards Eat the Devon Ways donation to the Childrens Hospice South Wests Precious Lives Appeal. An evening of laughter, with food and drink available throughout, will end with the presentation of the cheque to the charity.
Eat the Devon Way
Sunday 29 and Monday 30 May
Food and Drink Event
Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre, Lifton, PL16 0AT. 10am-4pm. Tickets 2 per adult, free for children. Free parking. For more information visit www.eatthedevonway.co.uk
Sat 4 June
Jethro comedy Night
Jethros Club, Lewdown, Okehampton, EX20 4DS. Tickets 17.50