Top programme of on-street cookery demonstrations, tips from food experts, live musical entertainment and around 50 fine food, drink and craft producers selling their wares
Honiton’s High Street will be buzzing on Saturday (10 August) as around 50 fine food, drink and craft producers will be joined by top chefs, food experts and talented entertainers for this year’s Gate to Plate.
A great programme of events are lined up throughout the day with live music on the entertainment stage and a cooking stage featuring chefs and food experts giving live demonstrations.
The free event, organised by East Devon District Council and supported by Honiton Town Council, will see a wide variety of different food, drink and crafters who will line the high street, as they did 12 months ago, offering visitors to come see, come try and come buy. Many of the producers will be offering free samples to visitors to taste their wares.
It’s the second Gate to Plate to be held in the town following the success of last year’s show where more than 6,000 visitors – including HRH The Prince of Wales and HRH The Duchess of Cornwall - packed the high street sampling locally made delicacies.
This year, for the first time, there will be a show kitchen with cooking demonstrations from top chefs and food experts which will be compered by the River Cottage’s very own Steven Lamb, who teaches at the River Cottage Cookery School and specialises in curing and smoking meat.
The show kitchen line-up includes local company LittlePod which specialises in high quality vanilla products and they take the first kitchen demonstration slot at 10.30am. They are followed at 11.30am by Paul Greenhead, an AA rosette winner who, with Beth Cowley, have reopened the Railway restaurant in Honiton.
At 12.30pm, it’s the turn of the chefs of The Pig at Combe who will be celebrating the seasons, using only the best, freshest and most authentic produce and ingredients. At 1.30pm, Angus McCaig of the Holt pub and restaurant in Honiton will cover the methodology of smoking and curing, while showcasing local ingredients, including organic grade mushrooms from Forest Fungi.
Headlining on the entertainment stage is Scott Phillips, the lead singer of Honiton band 'Sweet Black Angels', who has supported the Pogues, the Levellers and played at the 02 in London for Noel Gallagher's aftershow party. Scott will be playing from 1.15pm to 2.15pm.
From 3pm to 3.45pm, singer/songwriter Daniela, a solo acoustic guitar player, will be entertaining visitors with a great repertoire of cover songs from the 60s through to the present day.
Honiton Training Band will be bringing the big band sound to the cookery demonstration stage from 9.45am to 10.30am and busker Joey Taylor will be performing at a number of sites at the event throughout the day.
Producers confirmed for Gate to Plate include Bar Nova Ltd; Churros Company; Branscombe Brewery Ltd; Chloe Morter Design; Choco-la-de-dah; CN Drinks Ltd (Norcotts Cider); Coldharbour Farm Shop; County Cakes; Daddy D's Kitchen; Dalwood Vineyard; Devon Dogs; Devon Fishcakes; Devon Flower Faeries; Devon Orchard Ltd.
Flapjackery; Frandie Macaron; Freda's Peanut Butter; Good Game Charcuterie; Good Game Hot Food; Heron Ventures Ltd; Hillview Floristry Ltd; Holly Botanic; Honiton Chocolate Company; Honiton Country Market; Howling Wolf Coffee; India in a Jar; Bulstone Springs Farm; Otter Brewery Ltd; Otter Vale.
Pizza Buona; Powderkeg Brewery; Random Cottage Foods; Riverford Organic; Stanbury Game Dealers; Surf'N'Turf; The Culmstock Chilli Co; The Little Blue Horsebox; The Little Grub Hub; The Little Tavern; Thimblestitch and Venton's Devon Cyder.
There will also be charity stalls from Allhallows Museum, Honiton; Devon Freewheelers; Force Cancer; Honiton Dementia Action Alliance and the Thelma Hulbert Gallery.
The event opens from 10am to 4pm.
You can find out more about this year’s event by following a dedicated facebook page which can be found at https://www.facebook.com/HonitonGatetoPlate/
You can also follow us on twitter @eastdevon #honitongatetoplate