Tickets for the greenest Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink yet go on sale

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Fri, 03/06/2020 - 12:18pm

The foodie heaven celebration that is the Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink returns this May 8th - 10th and after a newly forged partnership with the Exeter Chiefs, discounted early bird tickets are on sale now.

This year promises to be the greenest festival yet, with the banning of single-use plastic, an increase in plant-based exhibitors and a competition to find the greenest exhibitor on-site being run by Coastal Recycling.

The festival kicks off for all VIP guests & press on Thursday 7th May, with the gates opening for general ticket holders on Friday...

Seagulls favour food humans have handled

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 02/26/2020 - 12:36am

Seagulls favour food that has been handled by humans, new research shows.

Herring gulls were presented with two identical food items – one of which they had seen a human holding.

The gulls pecked more often at the handled food, suggesting they use human actions when deciding what to eat.

The University of Exeter study follows previous research which found that staring at seagulls makes them less likely to steal food.

“UK herring gull numbers are declining, but urban populations have increased,” said lead author Madeleine Goumas, of the Centre for Ecology and...

Dirty Martini Marketing win Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink contract

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 02/24/2020 - 12:34pm

Months of planning came to fruition for Exeter based creative marketing agency, Dirty Martini, after being handed the exciting baton that is the Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink. In just a few short years, the once ‘one-man-band’ marketing agency has blossomed into a strong team of professionals, working hard to shout about the bustling business and event scenes that Exeter boasts. The pairing of the Festival and Dirty Martini may seem like a natural fit to many. After years of working with local hospitality hotspots, Dirty Martini has branched out into representing a range...

Lidl to hold public consultation day for new store in Exeter

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Wed, 01/22/2020 - 5:42pm

Lidl GB has announced that it will be holding a public consultation day to outline plans for its new store on Pinhoe Road/Venny Bridge, Exeter.

The public are invited to attend the event, which will take place on Wednesday 5th February from 4.30pm – 6.30pm at Pinhoe Jubilee Club, 4 Main Road, Exeter, EX4 8HS. Lidl’s dedicated property team will be on hand to outline the supermarket’s plans for a new store and answer any questions from the local community.

The multi-million pound investment, will see Lidl commit to building a sustainable store, with plans to create up to 40...

Veg out in Exeter with the ultimate Veganuary menu

Authored by Millie Carrington
Posted: Sat, 01/18/2020 - 2:29pm

Indulge your vegan side with a BBQ Pulled Jackfruit Kebab


New chef rings the changes at Ottery's Volunteer Inn

Authored by Sue Cade
Posted: Fri, 01/10/2020 - 11:38am

A talented young chef has joined the team at The Volunteer Inn in Broad Street, Ottery St Mary.

At just 23, Gemma Youlden has already made her mark on the range of meals available, with diners singing her praises.

Very much a local, Gemma grew up in Alphington and attended The King’s School before leaving in 2012 to pursue a career in catering.

She undertook an apprenticeship with HIT Training, successfully completing Levels 2 and 3. Before joining The Volunteer Inn, she had stints as a chef at a variety of establishments including The Greyhound in Fenny Bridges,...

Thousands of meals donated by Exeter Tesco shoppers this Christmas

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Wed, 01/01/2020 - 8:37am

Thousands of meals have been donated to food banks and groups feeding people, thanks to the generosity of Tesco’s Exeter shoppers, figures released today reveal.

Exeter shoppers donated 5,322 meals as part of the overall total of 2.5 million meals donated to charities the Trussell Trust and FareShare by shoppers during last month’s Tesco Food Collection, with Tesco topping up the value of all the donations by an additional 20%.

These donations to food banks in the Trussell Trust’s network are being used to provide food parcels for people in crisis, while donations to...

Malnutrition in Devon’s elderly can be prevented with carers’ help.

Malnutrition in Devon’s elderly can be prevented with carers’ help

Authored by Reporters
Posted: Mon, 12/23/2019 - 12:20pm

CARERS working for a homecare provider in south Devon are helping prevent the county’s elderly from starving (December 2019).

Guardian Homecare says there is a common misconception that people naturally lose weight as they get older.

Catherine Porter, Manager for the care provider, which operates in the Exeter area, says: “Malnutrition is more likely to occur as a result of an illness, loneliness and loss of mobility. It can be exacerbated due to local shop closures, cuts to meals on wheels services or lunch clubs, as well as poor health, immobility and even bereavement....

Exeter Church sends out 250 hampers to people in need

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Mon, 12/23/2019 - 11:48am

Low income families across Devon have been receiving food hampers this past weekend, thanks to a church in Exeter.

Rediscover Church based in Northernhay Street, put together 250 hampers, thanks to generous donations from its own congregation members and partner charities including Fairshare.

The hampers were packed with a range of food including pasta, rice, sauces, biscuits, Christmas puddings, mince pies. beans, soup and more to support a range of people through the Christmas period, a time where money can be particularly tight. The church were also grateful to Nandos...

Food waste report endorsed by Cabinet

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Fri, 12/20/2019 - 9:34am

An action plan to help reduce the amount of food waste in Devon was endorsed by Devon County Council's ruling Cabinet.

It follows a Food Waste Spotlight Review being commissioned by Devon County Council’s Corporate, Infrastructure and Regulatory Services Scrutiny Commitee earlier this year.

Representatives from food charities, councils and anaerobic digestion plants attended the review to discuss why food is wasted, how to reduce it and ways to improve its collection.

Almost a third of all food purchased in Devon is thrown away, either by residents or businesses,...