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Wickhams founder, Dan Farrell-Wright

Wickhams Shortlisted for Prestigious Decanter Retailer Awards 2021

Less than a year after launching, Devon-based independent online wine and spirit merchant, Wickhams has been included in the Decanter Retailer Awards 2021 shortlist, in not just one but two categories. Launched in November 2020, new start-up Wickhams is included in the fiercely contested ‘Newcomer of the Year’ and ‘England & Wales Specialist’ category shortlists. With a record number of entries, 2021 was the biggest year to date for the awards with the winners due to be announced on Wednesday 6th October.

The Decanter Retailer Awards offers wine drinkers in the UK an...

Exeter's hottest new family run takeaway, Easy Eats, reopens

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Thu, 09/16/2021 - 11:37pm

Trading for less than 12 months and already taking Exeter by storm, the Easy Eats team is set to reopen their takeaway delivery service on Wednesday 15th September after a well-earned summer break.

Locals will be pleased to hear that Easy Eats will be resuming their tempting takeaway service 5 days a week, every week, Wednesday through to Sunday. Regulars and newbies of Easy Eats and their delicious dining can expect the return of their usual worldly cuisine all homemade with love and local produce, with the likes of sticky-sweet ribs, killer kebabs & curries, veggie &...

First time eat: Festivals traders receive Thatchers Cider bursary for eat: Tiverton

Authored by Penny Adair
Posted: Mon, 09/13/2021 - 3:36pm

Thatchers Cider bursary recipients will be trading for the first time at eat:Tiverton on 26th September.

The bursary allows first-time traders to take their first step into the eat:Festivals family, the award-winning food and drink festivals that take place throughout the West Country.

PiQi, Vic's Little Kitchen, Bennetts Kombucha and I am Cultured will all be trading for the first time at eat:Tiverton.

Exeter based Victoria Brown formed Vic’s Little Kitchen during lockdown makes luxury baked goods and artisan deli, using environmentally friendly packaging.


5 New flavour experiences to try in 2021

Authored by Val Watson
Posted: Thu, 09/09/2021 - 6:26pm

Do you consider yourself a serious foodie? For some people, eating and drinking are about much more than just nourishing the body; they’re also about seeking out new and interesting experiences. If you’re going to go through the effort of preparing food at home, it might as well be as delicious as you can make it. Enjoying new flavours at home also isn’t just about the food you prepare; it’s also about beverages and can even be about replacing the vices in your life with healthier alternatives. If you’re looking for something tasty and different, these are some of the new flavour...

Lympstone Manor unveils a new series of vineyard tours for September

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 09/01/2021 - 3:14pm

Lympstone Manor, the UK’s renowned luxury vineyard hotel has unveiled a new series of vineyard tours, welcoming guests to its idyllic location on the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Jurassic Coast. Just two years ago, the team planted approximately 17,500 vines to produce high-quality sparkling wines using classic Champagne methods inspired by the outstanding quality of wines produced from grapes grown in Devon and the ideal south-west facing position of the grounds. From wine tastings to tours of the vineyard and impeccably paired dinners at its Michelin-starred restaurant – this...

Celebrating 40 years of Sharpham Wine and Cheese

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 08/30/2021 - 4:20pm

Multi award-winning Sharpham Wine and Cheese is celebrating a phenomenal forty years at the South Devon based Sharpham Estate. To mark the occasion there will be two very special events this September; a celebratory three course birthday meal at the Sharpham Estate and an exclusive anniversary virtual wine and cheese tasting event. Visit for further information and tickets.

Forty years ago, Maurice Ash brought his herd of Jersey cows down from Essex to the Sharpham Estate in Devon and set to work crafting his first creamy, bloomy-rinded brie. He then planted the...

South West Wine School WSET Courses at Darts Farm this Autumn 

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 08/25/2021 - 11:10pm

Looking to increase your wine knowledge? South West Wine School is hosting Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) courses at Darts Farm this autumn. The next Level 1 (a one day course, £165) is on Friday 15th October 2021 and the next Level 2 (a three day course on consecutive Fridays, £425) starts on Friday 10th September 2021. Visit for more information and to book.

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust is the leader in providing globally recognised education and qualifications in wines and spirits for both professionals and enthusiasts.


Valleyside Barn Food & Drinks Fair

Local Food & Drinks Fair announced to launch Valleyside Barn

Authored by EMMA WRIGHT
Posted: Mon, 08/23/2021 - 10:54am

New weddings and events venue, Valleyside Barn based in Bickleigh, will host a local food and drinks fair to officially launch their opening. Sixteen local food and drinks producers will attend the daytime event on Sunday 26th September. Visitors will be able to sample sweet and savoury delicacies including oysters, smoked fish, dim sum and a range of ales, lager, cider, gin and wine from across the region.

Emma Wright, Partner of Valleyside Barn & Escapes said, “We’re very excited to officially open our newly converted barn. The food and drinks fair is an opportunity for...

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It’s back! Ottery’s favourite foodie festival to return with a new date and location

Authored by Sue Cade
Posted: Tue, 08/10/2021 - 4:31pm

After being disappointed with several postponements due to the pandemic, Ottery Food & Families Festival is back on the Devon foodie calendar.

The new date is Saturday September 11 and this year for the first time the event is to be held in Alfington Road on land adjacent to Otter Garden Centres.

The new location means the festival will be all in one place, giving it a real carnival feel. A central arena with hay bales providing a picnic area will be surrounded by producer stalls and catering stands. It means that parents can relax and enjoy the atmosphere as they can...

Hayley Reynolds, director, RAW Food & Drink PR

RAW Works with Best in Class

With the recent release of the Taste of the West Awards’ winners, Devon-based public relations agency, RAW Food & Drink PR has been celebrating alongside many of its clients. The UK’s largest regional food and drink awards programme, which helps food and drink businesses in the South West to thrive and succeed, has brought great success for six of RAW’s clients who between them amassed a staggering 17 top ‘Gold’ awards and two ‘Silver’ awards. Commenting on the recent success of RAW’s clients, Hayley Reynolds, founder and director of RAW says: “The South West food and drink scene is...

New nine-day 'Taste East Devon' Food and Drink Festival

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 07/29/2021 - 10:05pm

Award-winning venues, producers, chefs and restaurants have joined forces to celebrate the incredible food and drink on offer across East Devon’s stunning coast and countryside. Taste East Devon is a nine day food and drink festival taking place across the whole of East Devon from 11th - 19th September 2021. From farm feasts to brewery open days, seafood tasting experiences to BBQs and parties, each event will have its own mix of experiences and entertainment. Some events will be ticketed, some will be open freely for all.

This unique festival is a true ‘...

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