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Taste East Devon Food Festival Founders

The return of Taste East Devon - A 16 day food festival

Following the success of last year’s inaugural festival, Taste East Devon is delighted to announce its 2022 food festival is to run from 3-18th September, extending into a 16 day celebration.

Award-winning venues, producers, chefs and restaurants across East Devon have joined forces again to celebrate the incredible food and drink on offer across the region. Founder Members include THE PIG-at Combe, Darts Farm, Otter Brewery, Deer Park Country House, River Cottage, East Devon AONB, Donkey Sanctuary, Mazzard Farm, Jack in the Green and Lympstone Manor.

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What are the different types of beer available?

Authored by Liv Butler
Posted: Fri, 01/21/2022 - 9:49pm

Beer is the most popular variety of alcoholic beverage in the UK, with around a third of consumers preferring it to wine, spirits and cider, according to Drinkaware . Despite its position at the top of the pile, there are still plenty of drinkers who’ve yet to be persuaded. But that might simply be because they’ve sampled the wrong kind of beer.

There are many, many different types of beer available. Some of them have been around for centuries, others have come about very recently in order to cater to drinkers with particular dietary requirements. Vegan and gluten-free beers have...

The Dhoom! Burger by Heinz and Absurd Bird

Heinz teams up with Absurd Bird in Exeter to unveil new plant-based DHOOM! burger

Authored by Jemma
Posted: Mon, 01/17/2022 - 12:45pm

Just when you thought you’d seen it all, Heinz and the fried chicken experts at Absurd Bird have gone ‘clucking mad’ and created a succulent limited-edition burger, with the nation’s favourites: Heinz Beanz and Heinz Tomato Ketchup.

The DHOOM! Burger, meaning ‘explosion’ in Hindi, is a plant-based dish like no other which showcases a new and exciting way to enjoy Britain’s most-loved store cupboard staples. With flavours influenced by Mumbai, the burger packs a fiery plant-based punch and will certainly turn up the temperature this month.

Available at Absurd Bird within...

Food Drink Devon Award Winners 2021

Food Drink Devon launches 2022 Awards and new Devon 'Chef of the Year' competition

Authored by kath@raw
Posted: Fri, 01/14/2022 - 7:44pm

Following on from the hugely successful tenth anniversary awards’ celebration last autumn, entries are now open for the prestigious 2022 Food Drink Devon Awards, supported by 2022 platinum sponsor Partners&. The gold standard industry accolades, which celebrate Devon’s finest food and drink, recognise the county’s most talented producers and establishments and this year will also include the new ‘Chef of the Year’ category. The competition is open for entries until Friday 22nd April 2022, with applications welcome from Food Drink Devon members and non-members.

Greg Parsons,...

Food to be sold past best before date in Devon

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Fri, 01/14/2022 - 6:17pm

Convenience stores in Crediton, Exeter and Exmouth will be selling selected products past their ‘best before' date as it relates to quality, not the safety of the product.

With the aim of keeping more food in the human food chain, Southern Co-op has expanded its Reducing Our Foodprint initiative with products being reduced to just 20p.

Now available in more than 100 Co-operative Food stores across the south of England, the waste reduction scheme aims to keep as much produce as possible in the food chain and reduce the amount sent off for anaerobic digestion.


Prosecco Valdobbiadene: The wine to drink this Christmas

Authored by Liv Butler
Posted: Thu, 12/16/2021 - 6:21am

If you're seeking a way to appreciate something of the finest quality this holiday season, you've found just the suitable ingredient. The Prosecco Valdobbiadene will be the best wine to drink this Christmas with your loved ones. This white, sparkling wine is best served cold as a celebratory drink for delightful and luxurious taste palette lovers to enjoy during this remarkable festive season. Even better, this guide will give you different ideas to drink Prosecco Valdobbiadene, some perfect excuse to keep drinking it while the streets get blanketed with festive snow.

Prosecco for a...

Exeter student aims to combat world hunger with ‘nutritionally complete’ and sustainable food bar

An Economics student is juggling his studies with plans to tackle world hunger by developing a ‘nutritionally complete’ food bar, which has already proved a hit with Exeter’s homelessness charities.

James Frost, a third year student at the University of Exeter Business School, was inspired to create the Phoenix Bar after noticing on Facebook that a friend had pledged to eat the same food for a week as Syrian refugees arriving in the UK.

“From the images posted and my understanding of nutrition I could see that the food wasn’t nutritious at all,” James said.


Meat 59 to open in Princesshay next week

Independent burger restaurant comes to city centre

Local success story Meat 59, an independent multi-site burger restaurant, will open its doors in Princesshay on Thursday 2nd December. Located next to Lucciano’s, the restaurant specialises in meat and produce from Devon and the surrounding areas and will have capacity for plenty of diners.

Michelle Menezes Princesshay Centre Manager said: “We’re excited to welcome the Meat 59 team to Princesshay. They are an impressive local team who make great food and brilliantly complement our range of dining options.”

The team at...

Greg Parsons appointed chair of Food Drink Devon as membership reaches record levels

Authored by kath@raw
Posted: Wed, 11/24/2021 - 11:07pm

Food Drink Devon, one of the county’s leading food and drink organisations, has announced Greg Parsons, managing director of Sharpham Cheese, has been appointed its new chairperson. The announcement comes at a time when Food Drink Devon has recorded its highest ever membership numbers, meaning that it now represents more than 330 food and drink producers, retailers, hospitality venues and related businesses dedicated to serving up the best produce from the county.

Commenting on this, vice chair Mike Young says: “We are delighted to announce Greg Parsons has agreed to become chair...

Farm Wilder- eat better and support British wildlife

Eat better and support British wildlife: Farm Wilder puts wildlife and animal welfare standards first through its new online meat delivery scheme

Authored by Lucy
Posted: Mon, 11/01/2021 - 12:16pm

Farm Wilder’s new direct to your door delivery scheme has been launched to promote the highest quality meat from Devon farms that has been raised and grazed to support wildlife, biodiversity and beautiful landscapes.

Farm Wilder supplies meat boxes direct to your door via its ecommerce site at from farms based primarily on Dartmoor, as well as a handful elsewhere in Devon and east Cornwall that are committed to supporting and restoring wildlife to their farms. The entire range is reared by farmers who use regenerative farming practices, working in harmony with...

Wildlife friendly meat from Devon-based Farm Wilder

Let winter feasting begin with Farm Wilder’s wildlife friendly ethically reared meat boxes delivered straight to your door

Authored by Lucy
Posted: Sat, 10/30/2021 - 1:27pm

Delivered straight to your door this Christmas, Farm Wilder’s exclusive range of wildlife-friendly, pasture fed meat champions West County farmers who want to bring wildlife back to their farms.

The entire range is reared by farmers on Dartmoor, south Devon and east Cornwall who use regenerative farming practices. They work in harmony with the environment to benefit their animals, bringing high quality, high welfare ethically reared meat to your table with exceptional taste and texture.

Choose from a selection of boxes, or pick individual items and make up your own box....

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