Pizza & Cream Tea today in Allerford

Today we are back for a small, but fun Exmoor Fair in Allerford: Enjoy Pizza (Exmoor Pizza Pod) and Cream Tea (Daisy’s Cream Teas), stock up with beautiful cards, locally made soap, crafts and art, made by Latitude 50 Landscapes, The Wilds of Exmoor and local artist Mo Scott.

At 11 am and 1pm you can try out Yoga with Terry Bruce.

We look forward to seeing you!

From 10am till 4pm today at Allerford Village Hall. TA24 8HL

An evening with folk musician Barry Walsh

We’re excited to be hosting a night with Somerset based Barry Walsh who will entertain us with folk music and story telling.

Somerset based Barry Walsh is an acoustic/roots songwriter and has been around quite a while. His backlog includes Porlock Hill, Bring Her Home, the Matthew, the Curzon and the Strawberry Line to name a few, and his current song the ‘Willow Man’ is being played out on BBC Radio whilst supporting the plight of the old fella on the M5!
Oh, did you know he was also responsible in naming ‘Castle Bridge’ in Bristol…

Date: 8 October 2022

Doors open at 7.30pm

Bar will be open.

Venue: Allerford Village Hall

Award-winning Devon restaurant pops up in Somerset

La Petite Bouchée kicks off new Exmoor Supper Club in Porlock Vale

Allerford, Porlock.– Award-winning Devon restaurant La Petite Bouchée will serve up a Mediterranean Feast on Friday, 15 July 2022, at the launch of the Exmoor Supper Club in Allerford near Porlock.

Exmoor4all, who also organise the Exmoor Food Fest, have set up the Exmoor Supper Club to create special occasions for the celebration of Exmoor’s outstanding hospitality and food scene. 

“La Petite Bouchée have been a firm favourite of Exmoor Food Fest followers for many years,” said Elke Winzer, the owner of Exmoor4all, Exmoor’s largest online community platform. “With petrol prices soaring, we decided to bring Anita-Clare Field and her La Petite Bouchée from Witheridge in Devon to Allerford on the other side of Exmoor to save her West Somerset based fans the 3-hour-round trip for a beautiful meal out.”

“We have chosen Allerford Village Hall as the location for the Mediterranean Feast,” Elke Winzer continued. “Our dinner guests will not only be able to enjoy a fabulous meal, but also stunning views towards Hurlstone Point and hopefully a beautiful Exmoor sunset.”

The first Exmoor Supper Club offers a five-course-menu featuring a taste of Morocco. Guests will be greeted with a welcome drink on arrival with a chance to admire an exhibition of paintings by local artist Maureen Scott.

Details:

15 July 2022, 7pm for 7.30pm

Mediterranean Feast (5 courses plus Welcome Drink)

Tickets cost £70.00 and are available online via www.exmoor4all.com/exmoor-supper-club

Allerford Village Hall, TA24 8HL


Notes to the Editor:

1. Menu

Welcome Drink
Mezze ( A selection of sharing Tapas plates)
( Baba Ganoush, Turkish Salad, Hummus with Parsley, Za’atar bread, Pickled cauliflower, Red cabbage salad, Falafel, Pickled Chilli, Tahini Garlic Sauce) 

Amuse

Salads
Tomato salad ( with cumin and mint )
Fattoush Salad  ( with lemon and flatbread croutons )
Tabouleh
Tanoreen Salad ( with pomegranate and walnut)

Mains

Slow cooked Moroccan – Spiced Lamb on a bed of Jewelled Couscous Vegetable Tagine with Jewelled CousCous
(Both dishes served with Garlic sauce and Harissa Sauce and flatbreads )

Desserts
Baked Figs with honey and pistachio
A selection of Baklava 

2. Exmoor4all was founded in 2012 to help connect the local community and visitors. It is now Exmoor’s largest online platform, reaching one million people per year on Facebook alone. 

In 2015, Exmoor4all launched the Exmoor Food Fest, an industry-driven month-long celebration of Exmoor’s finest hospitality, which helps local restaurants to attract diners throughout February, a notoriously quiet time on Exmoor.

Exmoor4all has been promoting #TasteExmoor through a series of pop-ups and fairs, with the Exmoor Supper Club being the latest initiative.  

The Exmoor Supper Club aims at offering new experiences and ‘relocates’ popular restaurants and chefs for pop-up events.

3. Websites:

www.exmoor4all.com

www.exmoorfoodfest.com

www.exmoorevents.com

4. Elke Koessling Winzer is a PR, Communications & Business Development Consultant and Coach with over 35 years experience. Originally from Bonn, Germany, Elke has lived and worked in the UK for over 20 years.

Elke Koessling Winzer helps  small business owners to get clear on their story and increase their reach & income through social & traditional media. She has an academic background and has worked for the Australian government, the German entertainment industry, British local authorities and UK based hospitality businesses. Over the years Elke has also worked as a travel journalist and had three books published, including two cookbooks.

www.elkekoessling.com

5. La Petite Bouchee: 

www.lapetiteboucheebrasserie.co.uk

6. Paintings by Maureen Scott 

www.moscottartist.co.uk

Exmoor Supper Club: Mediterranean Feast

The first Exmoor Supper Club will take place on 15 July 2022 when Anita-Clare Field, Chef/Patron of La Petite Bouchée in Witheridge, Devon, and her team come to cook a five-course Mediterranean feast in Allerford, Somerset.

La Petite Bouchée has been a firm favourite with Exmoor Food Fest diners over the past years, and now the popular restaurant with a zero-waste policy is hosting a pop-up dinner at the recently refurbished Allerford Community Hall which has the most stunning views across Porlock Vale towards Hurlstone Point and the sea. The sunsets tend to be spectacular!

Tickets are limited to 30 diners who will be greeted with a welcome drink at arrival.


The menu:

Welcome Drink

Mezze ( A selection of sharing Tapas plates) 

( Baba Ganoush, Turkish Salad, Hummus with Parsley, Za’atar bread, Pickled cauliflower, Red cabbage salad, Falafel, Pickled Chilli, Tahini Garlic Sauce)  

Amuse

Salads 

Tomato salad ( with cumin and mint ) 

Fattoush Salad  ( with lemon and flatbread croutons ) 

Tabouleh 

Tanoreen Salad ( with pomegranate and walnut) 

Mains

Slow cooked Moroccan – Spiced Lamb on a bed of Jewelled Couscous 

Vegetable Tagine with Jewelled CousCous

( Both dishes served with Garlic sauce and Harissa Sauce and flatbreads ) 

Desserts

Baked Figs with honey and pistachio 

A selection of Baklava 

£70.00 per person.

15 July 2022, Allerford Community Hall, Hare Park, TA24 8HL
7pm for 7.30pm

You will be able to buy drinks from our well-stocked bar.


Exmoor Fair @ Allerford is looking for traders

Join us at the first Exmoor Fair at Allerford Village Hall & Grounds!

Sunday, 22 May 2022
10 am till 4pm
Food * Arts * Crafts * Wellness

We’ve been planning a Taste Exmoor event in Porlock Vale for the past 2 years, but Covid thought otherwise. This year we are back – we had to scale down to 1 day (rather than 3), but we’re going to add arts, crafts and wellness into the mix.

There is limited space for tables indoors, but lots of space for marquees on the grounds. 

Looking forward to having you on board!

If you are offering

  • Hot Food
  • Food & drink products
  • Arts
  • Crafts
  • Wellbeing (Yoga etc)

then we’d love to hear from you.

Sign up here or send us an email.

The Exmoor Food Fest returns in 2022

We are delighted that the Exmoor Food Fest will be back in February 2022 – once again, visitors and locals will be able to eat their way across Exmoor!

Are you a restaurant on or around Exmoor? Then join us for a celebration of the best hospitality and outstanding chefs.

The Exmoor Food Fest starts on 1 February and runs throughout the month.

Are you looking forward to eating out on Exmoor? If you want to be kept up to date, then please sign up to our newsletter.

Pop-up Events turn focus onto Porlock High Street

Porlock.  An eco-themed pop-up on Saturday 5 June 2021 is the first in a series of monthly events, animating and celebrating Porlock High Street, to aid recovery from Covid-19 lockdowns.

Funded by Somerset West & Taunton Council and organised by Porlock High Street Support Group, this event aims to draw the local community, as well as visitors, to the High Street in support of local traders.

Duncan McCanlis, Chair of the Porlock High Street Support Group, explained: “We are grateful to Somerset West & Taunton Council for providing the finance. This allows us to not only organise these community events, but we are also able to provide traders with a new online platform, put out more flower planters and benches around the High Street, all in support of Porlock’s amazing range of High Street shops.”

The first event will see a number of pop-up stalls along Porlock High Street where people will be able to buy and swap plants, find information about community projects, such as Plastic Free Porlock Vale, bring and take items at a freecycle table – and more.

Local children will be raising money towards the repair of the church clock  by selling home-cut wild flowers outside St Dubricius Church.

“The series of six events will take place every first Saturday of the month, always with a focus on the High Street,” says Sarah Shorten, who heads the Events Team. “Each event will have a different theme, such as music or wellbeing, encouraging locals and visitors to rediscover a High Street and traders that are vibrant and authentic.”

The event this Saturday 5 June 2021 will run from 10 am to 2 pm.

More details about the event and Porlock traders can be found via the Porlock High Street Support Group’s Facebook Group

The photo shows the Porlock High Street Support Group, from left to right: Duncan McCanlis, Lesley Thornton, Melanie Tesouro Willmott, Sarah Brice and Sarah Shorten.

The Exmoor Food Fest is about to start

Eat your way across Exmoor during February 2020

It’s that time of year again!  If you are planning to go on a diet in February – forget it. The Exmoor Food Fest kicks off with a launch dinner at Kentisbury Grange on 28 January, and then it’s all go from 1 February for a whole month across Exmoor.

For the sixth year, restaurants across the region are celebrating the best our hospitality industry has to offer. Special deals for two and three courses invite people to try out new restaurants and new dishes. Many venues also have a special accommodation offer to allow customers to turn the evening out into a short holiday.

As a first in 2020, the learners from Foxes Hotel in Minehead will be joining in the fun of taking part in the Exmoor Food Fest.

Foxes Hotel is a very special hotel indeed. From the kitchen to the serving of the delicious food and the cleaning of the rooms, all jobs are being done by young people aged between 16 and 24 under the guidance of their teachers.  Foxes is the UK’s only fully operating training hotel for young people with learning difficulties.

Foodie fans should also look out for special events.  One event that is going to be quite different is the Winter Feast at Horner Farm on the Holnicote Estate on Exmoor. It will be rustic dinner in one of the barns, with a chance to try meat from Dexter cattle and sheep raised on the farm.  This will be a unique experience where amazing food will be served at a very unusual location.

On the final weekend in February (29 Feb/1 March) a Taste Exmoor Food & Drink Festival beckons:  Traders and local producers will be putting up their stalls at the Porlock Village hall. The Harbour Cafe & Gallery – who will also be offering special deals throughout February at their premises at Porlock Weir –  will be running a cafe over this weekend, and there will be ample opportunity to try (and take home) lots of delicious food and drink from our region.

All participating restaurants will be revealed on the website www.exmoorfoodfest.com by the end of January 2020.   Anyone wishing to plan their gourmet trip across Exmoor will be able to look up restaurants on a map and see what will be offered when and where. 

(PS There is still time for restaurants and producers to sign up! Just drop us a line at info@exmoorevents.com and we’ll see what we can do for you)

It’s beginning to look a lot like….

Christmas on Exmoor….

Dunster by Candlelight will take place again on 6 and 7 December 2020.

This year, the shuttle bus will leave from Butlins, and parking at Warren car park in Minehead will be free on both Friday and Saturday.

There will also be buses running from Porlock, Williton, Watchet, Washford, Carhampton, Wheddon Cross, and Timberscombe. More information is available on the Dunster by Candlelight website.

FRIDAY 6TH – 5PM TO 9PM
SATURDAY 7TH – 4PM TO 9PM
* * *

Late Night Shopping in Porlock – Saturday, 30 November 2020, from 5pm

(Photo by Myrtle Cottage)

Light Up Lynton – Sunday, 1 December

Ilfracombe Christmas Festival, 30 November & 1 December 2020

 

* * *

Dulverton by Starlight – Sunday, 1 December 2020

Dulverton by Starlight is a magical event held every year, open to all. Every December the pretty Exmoor town of Dulverton is decorated with Christmas trees festooned with lights, and for one Sunday all of the shops are open for people to do some local Christmas shopping.  Festivities take place all afternoon and into the evening. Dulverton has a wealth of independent shops, businesses, organisations, restaurants, takeaways, pubs, cafes and tea rooms all of whom help to make this a special place to visit not just for Starlight but all year round.

 

Chefs for Hope Tasting Dinner at Knowle Manor

19 NOV 2019: TASTING DINNER AT KNOWLE MANOR

Six Chefs – Six Courses

Followed by an Auction of Promises.

In aid of MIND in Somerset.

£85.00 per ticket (£25.00 wine flight optional)

7pm for 7.30pm

 Chefs for Hope are organising a Tasting Dinner in support of the local charity MIND in Somerset which will take place on 19 November 2019 at Knowle Manor.

Six outstanding chefs will be cooking an exquisite six course dinner, providing guests with a top dining experience – James Mason, Ellis Pannell, Paul Berry, Olivier Certain, John Bradley and Liam Finnegan will be supported by learners from Foxes Hotel.

All chefs are from award-winning restaurants: James Mason, former Head Chef at Kentisbury Grange, now runs his own event company, New Coast Events. Ellis Pannell is Chef Patron of the Pyne Arms in North Devon, Paul Berry the Chef Patron of The Swan in Bampton, a Top50 Gastropub, where Olivier Certain is the head chef. John Bradley is the Chef Patron of Dunkery Beacon Country Hotel, and Liam Finnegan the head chef at The Castle in Taunton.

The dinner is in aid of the charity MIND in Somerset – Chefs for Hope are hoping to raise £5,000 to set up a youth service in Minehead for children with mental health issues in West Somerset. MIND in Somerset help young people who struggle with finding enjoyment in things that used to be fun, feel isolated and lonely and that life seems a bit pointless.

Chefs for Hope was set up by Mike Griffiths, former head chef at the Farmers Arms in Combe Florey, and Elke Winzer, organiser of the Exmoor Food Fest.  The objective of Chefs for Hope is to help local charities raise much needed funds.

“We are delighted that six fantastic chefs are joining us for our first Tasting Dinner in November”, said Elke Winzer.  “We are grateful to all of them to give up their time to help us raise money for MIND in Somerset.”

“Many chefs struggle with mental health, and supporting young people is a matter close to our hearts”, added Mike Griffiths. “We do hope that we will exceed our target of £5000 to be able to fund more than one youth group in West Somerset.”

The dinner will be followed by an Auction of Promises – information about the auctioneer and the items to be won will soon be published!

Tickets are available via the website http://www.chefsforhope.org

If you can’t make it, but still wish to contribute, then please consider supporting our Crowdfunder: 100% of the money donated will go straight towards our project.