Food & Drink

Franco Manca builds on 40,000 Christmas pizza pledge

Sourdough pizza pioneer, Franco Manca, has pledged to turn surplus dough into delicious fresh sourdough bread for those most in need this festive season and beyond. The initiative which will launch on the 9th December and continue throughout 2020 aims to help those going without food or shelter, with loaves being distributed to local soup kitchens, charities and shelters across the UK.




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The Donkey Sanctuary’s Family Food Fair

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Tue, 10/08/2019 - 8:51pm

The Donkey Sanctuary’s Family Food Fair is back on 12 October, promising a day for foodies and families alike. The annual event celebrates some of the best food and drink the region has to offer, with a focus on inspiring children to get cooking.

A line-up of fantastic local chefs will be providing live cookery demonstrations throughout the day, giving visitors the chance to sample some mouth-watering delights, as well as ideas to try at home.

Chef and assistant manager outside Rusty Pig

Vegetarian joins team at meat specialist Rusty Pig

Authored by Sue Cade
Posted: Sat, 10/05/2019 - 10:13am

The new assistant manager at Rusty Pig in Ottery St Mary won’t be tucking into the restaurant’s pork chops any time soon. 

Although the ethical restaurant is well known for its meat dishes, Sarah Davison is a strict vegetarian.

She joined the team after finishing her degree in Anthropology at Exeter University, which included Food Studies. The course included a module on the theory and methods of traditional food presentation which found her attending a session on butchery and charcuterie at Rusty Pig.

It’s a winner! Thousands flock to Honiton Gate to Plate 2019

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Thu, 10/03/2019 - 8:25am

From traditional fare to the most creative – there was something for everyone to taste and buy at Honiton Gate to Plate on Saturday (September 28) as around 50 fine food, drink and craft producers were joined by top chefs, food experts and talented entertainers.

Thousands of people flocked to the event in the town’s High Street to sample locally made delicacies. Local chefs and food experts took to the stage and demonstrated delicious dishes while talented entertainers performed on a second stage.

Finalists announced for 2019 South West Chef of the Year

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Wed, 10/02/2019 - 10:08am

The finalists for this year’s South West Chef of the Year competition have been chosen and now face the final round where they will be cooking for judges on the 22nd October at Exeter College. 

Food and drink ideas for camping

Authored by Mike Page
Posted: Sat, 09/28/2019 - 6:54am

No camping experience is ever complete without good food and drink. While a good treat for breakfast will keep you fueled up for the day’s activities, it’s more than refreshing to sit up at the campfire sharing stories and laughter while enjoying a delicious meal and some drinks to take it to smooth down the gut. Well, there are lots of foods you can bring or cook at your campsite. However, most campers find it quite daunting to decide what to pack. While some foods are light and easy to prepare, others can be quite bulky and time-consuming. And that’s not all!

Salcombe Brewery Co's Iland Street Porter named champion beer 

Authored by kath@raw
Posted: Wed, 09/25/2019 - 1:52pm

Salcombe Brewery Co gained a new accolade for its award-winning Island Street Porter last week when it was named Champion Beer by Taste of The West, at their award ceremony in Exeter.

Matthew Jukes’ 100 Best Australian Wines Roadshow comes Exeter

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Tue, 09/24/2019 - 6:18am

For the very first time, Daily Mail wine writer Matthew Jukes is bringing his ‘100 Best Australian Wines’ Roadshow to the South West. 

The evening wine tasting, which is taking place in association with South West Wine School, is being held at Exeter Castle on Thursday 10th October from 6 – 9pm.  Tickets are currently available on and at £20 per person will sell out quickly so book now to avoid disappointment. 

Good Game wins four golds and two champion products in Taste of the West Awards

Authored by HarryWild
Posted: Mon, 09/23/2019 - 8:04am

Taste of the West, the South West’s prestigious food, drink and hospitality awards, has announced its winners of 2019. Out of 1,000 products sent in from across the West Country, Good Game has been awarded four gold awards and two champion products; Chorizo Jam, and Tuscan Salami Charcuterie.

Top programme of events lined up for Honiton Gate to Plate on Saturday 28 September

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Fri, 09/20/2019 - 11:13am

Town to host around 50 fine food, drink and craft producers, on-street cookery demonstrations and live musical entertainment

Honiton’s High Street will be bustling on Saturday 28 September 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.

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.

Top Blenders You Should Try When Making A Protein Shake

Authored by Mike Page
Posted: Wed, 09/11/2019 - 5:05am

Protein is a vital nutrient required by our body to keep healthy. It is a bodybuilding supplement that repairs damaged tissues and maintains the entire body system. One easy way to ingest protein is by taking protein shakes. A protein shake is a sure way to consume massive volumes of protein along with a number of other nutrients. Protein shakes are easier to take than eating the protein themselves, and you would end up taking more quantity of protein in a lesser period. If you are reading this, then you are probably searching for the best blender for protein shakes.