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Dartmouth Food Festival celebrates tenth year

20th September 2012 Print
Darthmouth Crab

Dartmouth Food Festival in South Devon celebrates its 10th birthday and this year's festival runs from October 26th to 28th 2012 and the theme in our Jubilee and Olympic year is Great British Food.

The festival just grows and grows in popularity and this year we are happy to boast that the following world class chefs and wine connoisseurs have already confirmed for this year's cookery demonstrations and discussions including Mitch Tonks, Mark Hix, James Tanner, Fiona Beckett, Giles Coren, Henry Dimbleby, Thomasina Miers, Holly Jones, David Jones, Richard Bertinet, Tom Parker Bowles, Joyce Molyneux, Matthew Fort, Jane Baxter, Christine Smallwood, Steve Lamb (River Cottage), Mark Puckey (Rick Stein's Food Academy), Serin Aubrey and Monty Halls. Also Hardeep Singh Kohli comedy & curry making evening and  Opera on the Run are getting involved as well.

Due to the success of the festival last year we will have even bigger marquees on the Embankment overlooking the River Dart specialising in seafood together with over 100 different South West food and drink stalls in the Old Market Square. The festival kicks off with the Opening Night on October 25th with a Pie and Puds Street Party Evening in the Flavel - think 50's street party atmosphere with hearty pies, pickles and puds. Thursday daytime it's the Children's day where they meet local producers, farmers and their animals, make pizzas and sausages, meet sheep, guess the vegetable by touch, eat cream teas, stroke fish and octopus on the fish stalls together with quizzes and fun and games - all the local primary schools are invited for a truly fun, exciting and educational day.

Three demo theatres, will have the famous chefs, cooking, demonstrating and answering cookery queries in back to back food demonstrations over the three days - there will be the usual Saturday Morning Kitchen in the Flavel with Thomasina Miers and Richard Bertinet and Sunday brunch cooked by the three favourite local B & B owners. This year there will also be a cooking school area in Royal Avenue Gardens sponsored by Manna from Devon Cookery School doing workshops including bread making, fish filleting and knife skills, together with a hands on demo area for all to get involved.

David Jones, chairman of the Food Festival is delighted that such celebrated chefs are coming together to headline the Dartmouth event together with the glut of talent of Dartmouth chefs "Each of them has their own style and passions" he explained, "together they represent everything that's great about British cooking and we are honoured to welcome them all to the Festival. Food is for everyone, not just a few and it's important to us that all can enjoy and support the event. That's why I'm delighted to see so many different elements of the town getting involved and taking advantage of it".

For more details visit the official Dartmouth Food Festival website at

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