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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll see what we can do for you)
Over the past few days, lots more photos were submitted to the January part of our 2020 Exmoor4all Photo Competition. They all have one thing is common: the photos show the beauty of Exmoor and the diversity of the UK’s smallest national park. And that Exmoor is beautiful at any time of the year, and whatever the weather!
At the beginning of February, all January entries will be collated in one album on our Facebook page and also here on the website. We will then invite the public to choose their top 10 photos – photos which have captured best the essence of Exmoor. These 10 images will go through to the semi-final: In July, the 60 semi-finalists will be presented to a panel of judges who will pick the 13 images to go onto the 2021 Exmoor4all Calendar.
Photo by Simon Stuart.