Do some celeb-spotting at Dartmouth Food Festival… 

Dartmouth Food Festival has been described in The Independent as a ‘heady mix of celebrity chefs, parties, food markets, tasting shacks and demonstrations’ and 2013’s event, running from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th October, is sure to be even bigger and better than ever before, with a sterling line-up of famous foodie folk set to appear.

Award-winning chef, restaurateur and food writer Mitch Tonks will be wowing festival-goers at his much-awaited seafood lunch event on Friday 25th. Mitch will be joined by chef Mark Hix and oyster expert Robin Hancock for a talk, followed by a tasty seafood-based lunch. In the evening, writer Jay Rayner, a regular on BBC’s The One Show and a renowned restaurant critic for both The Observer and The Guardian, will be imparting his wisdom in a talk entitled ‘A Greedy Man In a Hungry World’ at 7.30pm in The Flavel. Visitors can also expect a variety of informative cooking demonstrations from well-known chefs such as Chris and James Tanner.

Chris and James Tanner / Suzy Atkins

Wine aficionados will be catered for too, with expert Suzy Atkins – who regularly appears on BBC One’s Saturday Kitchen – spearheading the drinks programme with a superb array of wine-tastings and seminars across all three festival days. Distinguished drinks’ experts and enthusiasts, such as The Guardian wine writer Fiona Beckett, Liam Steevenson from Red & White wines and Mitch Tonks’ sommelier, Tim McLaughlin-Green, will also make an appearance.

There will also be plenty of stalls to peruse, as over 100 producers from the locale and further afield will be showcasing their wares, including South Devon Chilli Farm, Sharpham Estate, Dartmouth Ice Cream Company, Georgie Porgie’s Puddings, Filberts Fine Foods and Ashridge Cider.

Food bloggers and writers should pop along to the Eat Your Words events at the Dartmouth Yacht Club, where renowned food and cookery writers and experts in their fields will be chatting about why food writing matters, why we all love to read it, and what we really write about when we write about food.

Entry to the main festival is free, although many of the events are ticketed – for information on tickets and timings, call 0777 178 1242 or email [email protected] You can also visit the website, or keep up to date by following the festival on Twitter @DartFoodFest or Facebook.

Michelle Grady

Michelle Grady

Michelle is an ex-Fed Up & Drunker who has now been released into the wild.

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