Calling all restaurants, pubs, tearooms & producers: Sign up for the 2018 Exmoor Food Fest

The 2018 Exmoor Food Fest is going to be even bigger and better than our previous festivals. Once again, we will be celebrating the best that our region has to offer all through February.

We are now calling all food related businesses – restaurants, pubs, tea rooms – to sign up to be part of the 2018 Exmoor Food Fest and offer amazing Exmoor Food Fest deals* to their customers.

 

We are also looking for local producers who would like to take part in our “Taste Exmoor at The Beach Hotel” event in Minehead on 3 and 4 February 2018.  It is going to be a fun weekend with cook-offs, bake-offs, presentations and workshops, and of course a food & drink fair. You can sign up here.

Do you have any further questions? Then please don’t hesitate to ask. Just send us an email, and we’ll get back to you asap.

(*) We will explain this all in great detail when you sign up!

PS Are you interested in being amongst the first to know what is happening during the Exmoor Food Fest? Then sign up to our newsletter here.

Date for the Diary: Halloween is coming….

Hallowe’en is coming….

Hitch a ride with us from Minehead…. into the deepest Exmoor, where mists rise from the valleys and ghosts linger behind trees. Bring a torch, and at the end of the path a totally gruesome dinner awaits you… but there might be other guests…. you will hear them… you will feel them… can you see them?
Will you be brave enough?

Join us for a totally gruesome Hallowe’en experience, served up with a delicious 3-course-dinner in one of Exmoor’s most picturesque settings. It’s all happening on 28 October 2017, starting at 6.30pm in Minehead….

Find out more…

Date for the Diary: The Big Adventure Family Camp out at Wimbleball Lake

Horner Campout1Campers will be hoping for stars in their eyes at the Big Adventure Family Camp Out on Saturday 13 August at Wimbleball Lake (TA22 9NU) in Exmoor National Park.

The event, organised by the National Park Authority, is ideal for first time campers and a chance to camp out in a wonderful location. The site opens at 4pm when there is time to set up camp and cook dinner after which there will be activities to enjoy. Tents need to be down by 11am on Sunday 14 August.

National Park ranger Adam Vasey says: “We’re really lucky to be able to offer this camping experience here on the shores of Wimbleball Lake.  Not only have we got the family camping area especially reserved for us, but we’ve got storytelling, a camp fire, guitar playing as well as a bat walk and, when it gets dark, some astronomy (weather permitting). 

“It’s a really friendly environment for first time family campers so don’t be scared, there’ll be people to help out and everyone is welcome!”

The camp site has easy access to the cafe and children’s play area, with beautiful walks and a cycle trail around the lake itself. Facilities include showers, toilet block and washing up facilities; the site is also dog friendly. Exmoor National Park is an International Dark Sky Reserve and Wimbleball Lake is a Dark Sky Discovery Site – so here’s hoping for clear skies.

Booking for the Family Camp Out is essential, for more information and to book please visit:

events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=vjzs4adab&oeidk=a07ec82aef9fa6d8bc2  or telephone the National Park Centre in Dulverton 01398 323841

Charge: £20/family (two adults & two children). £10/additional adult. £5/additional child.

Images show the recent Family Camp Out at Horner Wood

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Dunster Music Festival at The Luttrell Arms Hotel, Dunster

Jazz, Brazilian and Greek music will be performed live at the 4th Dunster Music Festival from 29th-31st July 2016. This much anticipated annual event held at The Luttrell Arms Hotel offers a varied programme of music by local artists on Friday and Saturday and concludes with a chance to hear upcoming new talent at the Open Mic on Sunday 31st.

Friday’s programme begins with the return of the ever popular singer/songwriter Bob Gallie followed by the much loved rock n rollers, The Beverley Brothers.

And finally a chance to sing along with the fun guitar/mandolin duo Don and Mark who perform Irish and 60’s and 70’s songs with great enthusiasm.

Saturday’s programme starts at 1pm with a list of eight bands including Bristol’s famous rocking hillbilly band Slap Face and The Hoagies, Greek influenced music by Xenos and performances by popular local singer/songwriter Steve Pledger.

The festival takes place around the hotel, in the Monk’s Courtyard and Secret Garden. Admission is free. 

Get the full three day programme and timings here

https://www.luttrellarms.co.uk/whats-on-in-the-hotel/dunster-music-festival/

Special rates for the festival start at £320 for two people for two nights to include dinner in Psalter’s

Restaurant on Friday. Call 01643 821555 or book online www.luttrellarms.co.uk

TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR CALVERTSTOCK 2016

CalvertStock, North Devon’s family friendly music festival, is back for its 5th consecutive year in aid of Calvert Trust Exmoor. The 2 day event takes place on the 24th and 25th June 2016, at The Old Station House Inn, Blackmoor Gate, (EX31 4NW), just 1/2 mile from Calvert Trust Exmoor.

CalvertStock is a fantastic music event in aid of Calvert Trust Exmoor, the South West’s premier outdoor activity destination for people with disabilities, and features two stages with an exciting line-up of bands, as well as stalls, fair rides, and food.

Tickets for this fantastic event are now on sale, with an ‘early bird’ special available until the end of May, offering 2 days entry a 2 days camping for just £10 per person. Tickets can be purchased online from www.calvert-trust.org.uk/tickets, or in person from Calvert Trust Exmoor or The Old Station House Inn.

The musical line-up features local, national and international artists covering a wide variety of musical genres, all gathered together to enjoy a relaxed family friendly atmosphere and support a fantastic cause. The array of acts includes;

Friday 24th Main Stage:-

Headline Act; The Bright Eyes – www.thebrighteyes.co.uk

Julian Langer – www.facebook.com/julianlangermusic

The Salvador Darlings – www.thesalvadordarlings.com

 

Saturday 25th Main Stage:-

Headline Act: Diamond Dogz (Bowie Tribute act) – www.lemonrock.com/diamonddogzband

Snakebyte – www.facebook.com/snakebyteofficial

Steel Threads – www.steelthreadsmusic.co.uk

The Vim Dicta (USA) – www.thevimdicta.com

Falling Apart – www.falling-apart.co.uk

Zamba – www.facebook.com/zambaband

The 5.15 – www.thefivefifteen.com

Audio Clash – www.facebook.com/ACNoise

Mobilizer – www.facebook.com/mobilizerband

Saturday 25th Acoustic Stage:-

Headline Act: Dave Sharp (Ex The Alarm) – www.davesharp.org/

Kiera Osment- www.kieraosmentmusic.com

Bicycle Repair Man – www.bicyclerepairmanmusic.co.uk

Tiger Lilly – www.tigerlillymusic.co.uk

Bache- www.facebook.com/andrewehcab

Charlie Charlesworth – www.facebook.com/charley.charlesworth

Karl Kiff- www.facebook.com/karl.kiff

Into The Autumn – www.facebook.com/intotheautumn

We’re delighted that CalvertStock is back for its 5th consecutive year, and people are already supporting us by buying tickets from the website. All the money raised from CalvertStock goes straight into helping people with disabilities, and we really appreciate the support.

We would like to say a massive thank you to all the great musicians who have volunteered their talents to support us; it’s going to be great couple of days with some fantastic music, which last year raised £4,500. Huge thanks also to everyone who has already helped to make this a wonderful event, in particular First Steps Management, Lathwell Associates, Mr. Purchase for hosting the camping, and of course The Old Station House Inn for hosting the event.”
Rob Lott, Head of Communications at Calvert Trust Exmoor

To find out more about CalvertStock 2016 please go http://www.calvertstock.com/  or contact Calvert Trust Exmoor on 01598 763221.

Photo: Copyright Tim Lamerton Photography

The latest from Exmoor4all

We have been busy…

The Exmoor Food Fest preparations are gathering pace.  We have just signed off a campaign on The Breeze starting on 4 January 2016 to shout out about a month long celebration of the best our region has to offer.  

Participating restaurants will be offering two courses for £10.00/ three courses for £15.00, and we are finalising exciting events which include gin tasting, oyster and champagne feasts, evenings with local authors, dining experiences in unusual locations and so much more.

The Dunster Food Festival, which is taking over the whole of Dunster at the end of February, is going to be foodie heaven.

Fingers crossed we will be able to give you all the details about the Gourmet Trains which will be run by West Somerset Railway in February – all we can say at the moment is that award winning chefs will be cooking on these trains.

The website www.exmoorfoodfest.com will be updated regularly – please keep checking it out for the latest information.

The Exmoor Food Fest (or Exmoor4all for that matter) does not receive any official funding. Without the generous help from Arthur David –  Food with Service we would  not be able to run this food festival. 

Thank you all for your ongoing support!

PS You can subscribe to our newsletter here – that way you will not miss out on any updates.

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Here are some of our upcoming events:

1£30.00 per person (incl. two course dinner)

The Beatles and The Stones – The two bands that have defined popular music were often pitted against one another during the Sixties.
Richard Havers, who has written extensively about both bands and worked for them on various projects, delves into their enduring appeal and unravels some of the mystery as to what makes them so timeless. With music and photographs.

Tickets are available from The Culbone: Call 01643 862259

Exmoor on a Plate: Oysters & Champage

3More details coming soon…. It will be a great opportunity to taste Porlock Oysters. Make sure you don’t miss out and book your place now.

Call 01643 862259 (The Culbone)

“Barn Food” with Claire’s Kitchen

2An amazing meal in very unusual surroundings, that’s Claire’s Kitchen’s pop-up restaurant in one of the medieval barns at the Exmoor Owl & Hawk Centre in Allerford on 10 February. Tickets are selling fast – don’t leave it too late.  Click here to book your place.

Photo of the Week

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Early November morning. Photo by Bob Cowlard.

The latest from Exmoor4all

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

This photo of Prayway Head near Simonsbath by Robert Hatton was the most popular image on our Facebook page last week. It had 1159 likes and was shared 146 times.

Exmoor Food Fest 2016

During February 2016, restaurants across Exmoor will be offering 2 courses for £10.00/ 3 courses for £15.00.  There will also be a number of events during this time to celebrate the best Exmoor has to offer.

We are busy with signing up restaurants and updating the website with the latest information. I can confirm that Michelin starred chef Mark Dodson (Mason Arms, Knowstone) will be taking part again as will The Coach House by Michael Caines at Kentisbury Grange and Thomas Carr of the Olive Room in Ilfracombe. The latter has just been listed in the Michelin Guide. You can now book the “Barn Food” experience with Claire’s Kitchen at the Exmoor Owl and Hawk Centre online – it will make a brilliant Christmas present! Don’t forget to put the Dunster Food Festival on 27/28 February into your diary.  We have already got a fantastic offer of street food and local produce booked in. More details to be announced as soon as possible. Please get in touch if you have any ideas or would like to be involved in Exmoor4all and the Exmoor Food Fest.

Wishing you all a good week,

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Join us for an evening with a difference, a one-off experience, which involves a stunning, albeit unusual location, an owl display and, of course, fabulous Mediterranean food prepared by Claire’s Kitchen. It will be a night to remember!

Book now

Menu:

Canapés

Roasted red peppers and anchovy salad on roasted garlic toasts
Chorizo tortilla with allioli

Sharing Starters

Pea soup with a crispy serrano ham crouton and basil oil
Gambas pil pil (sizzling gambas prawns)
Piquillo rellenos de queso de cabra (goats cheese stuffed piquillo peppers)

Sharing Mains

Suckling pig cooked whole on a spit with a mediterranean herb and garlic marinate
Red pepper and halloni paella on a rich Sofrito base
Chorizo with tomato butter beans, parsley and Claire’s Kitchen Lynch cider
Poor man’s potatoes cooked with the suckling pig with onions, rosemary and garlic

Dessert

Almond cake with Crema Catalina ice cream, custard caramel and a cherry compote

Tickets: £32.00
(Includes Owl Display and everything on menu – all dietary requirements are catered for, but please advise in advance)
Cash bar.

* Tickets will be posted at the beginning of December 2015 in time for Christmas

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Would you like to be involved?
We have still space for street food traders and local producers.
Email us at exmoor4all@gmail.com

The Exmoor4all calendar costs £7.50 plus p&p.
You can order it online on our website – click here 

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The latest from Exmoor4all

Only 45 sleeps….

Even though it is only the beginning of November, television commercials and displays in shops are beginning to remind us that – whether we like it or not – Christmas is coming.

If you are looking for unique presents which are not available on the Highstreet, then our limited edition Exmoor4all calendar might be something for you. We will also shortly be launching tickets for our celebrity charity ball in February as well as a number of “pop-up restaurant” events which will all take place during the Exmoor Food Festival in February 2016.

The Exmoor4all calendar costs £7.50 plus p&p.
You can order it online on our website – click here

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We are delighted that Thomas Carr from the Olive Room in Ilfracombe and Michelin starred Mark Dodson, Mason Arms Knowstone, are joining the Exmoor Food Fest again in February 2016.
A big thank you to our head sponsor Arthur David without whom the Exmoor Food Fest would not be possible.
All restaurants will be listed on the Exmoor Food Fest website.

Exmoor Food Fest #food #foodies #finedining #festival #Exmoor #FebruaryEnjoy 2 courses for £10.00/ 3 courses for 15.00 at participating restaurants across Exmoor

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Dates for the Diary

Coming up:
6 December 2015: Exmoor Christmas Market at Kentisbury Grange
February 2016: Exmoor Food Fest all over Exmoor
10 February 2016: Pop-up Restaurant at the Exmoor Owl Centre, Allerford
27/28 February 2016: Dunster Food Festival

We are waiting to confirm the dates for “Exmoor Stars”, our Celebrity Charity Ball, as well as a number of other pop-up restaurants at various barns on Exmoor which will all take place during the Exmoor Food Fest in February 2016.

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Exmoor Markets (1)

In 2016 we are launching Exmoor Markets – events at a number of locations across Exmoor featuring local produce and crafts. We are currently working on a website while finalising the dates and venues.

If you are a local food producer or know of someone who makes arts and crafts or sells home made food products, please send us an email to exmoor4all@gmail.com.

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK

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Robbers Bridge near Oare, Somerset
Photo by Stephen Ring

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Roll up, roll up for the 12th Annual World Bolving Championship

NEWS FROM EXMOOR NATIONAL PARK

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This year’s World Bolving Championship takes place on Saturday 17 October at Draydon Rails, Dulverton (TA22 9QE) in Exmoor National Park starting at 6 pm and everyone is welcome.

It’s an evening with a difference as National Park Ranger Richard Eales explains:  “This is a competition to find out who can sound most like a rutting stag – can you get a real live deer to answer you across the wild deep valley?

 “This year there is a beautiful, framed stag picture that has been kindly donated by www.mikesherwinphotography.co.uk as well as the Phil Ferris Shield that will go to the winner. Mike Sherwin has also kindly donated a picture that will be presented to the best junior bolver, so get practicing kids.”

Anyone that would like to join in and test their vocal chords can just turn up on the night and enter. Entries are a minimum donation of £2 per person and all the money raised will go to Devon Air Ambulance Trust.

People can either meet up with other competitors at The Rock House Inn, Dulverton at 5pm or just turn up at Draydon Rails at 6pm. After the competition it’s back to the pub for the results and winners’ presentation, beer, food and the prize draw.

For further details please contact Richard on 07772 989737 or the Rock House, Inn on 01398 323467.

Exmoor stag, photo by Tony Piper

Exmoor stag. Photo by Tony Piper