When: 2nd – 10th October 2010
£: Prices vary depending on event
What is it?
Exmoor Food Festival events include food fairs, farmers’ markets, tasting platters, themed evenings, cookery courses, farm visits and indulgent cream teas. Local inns and eateries will also be offering special Exmoor Breakfasts and food festival menus over the ten days. Festival highlights include advice on growing your own fruit and planting an edible hedge (both around Porlock); pumpkin carving sessions in Minehead ready for Halloween; chocolate making demonstrations in Dunster and a tour of the Victorian kitchens at Dunster Castle.
As the festival dates coincide with the North Devon & Exmoor Walking Festival (1st – 4th October) there will also be food themed walks. These include a circular, 7.4 mile moorland walk on Friday 1st October, which drops down to the river Barle for lunch at Tarr Farm beside the famous Tarr Steps clapper bridge. A more strenuous walk over Selworthy Beacon on Monday 4th October stops at Hindon Organic Farm for a delicious Exmoor Brunch. Sample the farm’s own award-winning sausages, bacon and Aberdeen Angus beef. The foodie outings also include a coast walk with a break at Hunters Inn for a ploughman’s lunch, and a more challenging hike to some of Exmoor’s highest points with lunch at Exmoor House. Two further walks finish with delicious cream teas at Brendon House in the East Lyn valley and the Fox & Goose at Parracombe. So if you feel bad about over indulging in all this fine food, then what is better than a pleasant walk to balance it out?
More info: For further information and booking details visit www.exmoorfoodfestival.co.uk. Information about other things to see and do around Exmoor and places to stay can be found on www.exmoor.com.
For foodies planning to stay overnight, the Yarn Market Hotel in Dunster is offering B&B for two sharing from £50 per person per night; to book call 01643 821425, www.yarnmarkethotel.co.uk.