Devon health leaders join sugar debate

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Sat, 10/24/2015 - 8:15am

Devon’s Public Health leaders have added their voice to a growing debate about the amount of sugar in people’s diets.

Their comments follow the recent petition on a proposed sugar tax, handed to Government by TV chef and food campaigner Jamie Oliver, and the publication of a report by Public Health England (PHE) yesterday, entitled Sugar Reduction: The evidence for action. This report was commissioned by Ministers at the Department of Health to inform policy-making as part of the Government’s forthcoming childhood obesity strategy.

The report suggests a number of measures...

A local taste of Christmas in Exeter

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Wed, 10/14/2015 - 4:52pm

The Christmas season starts with the delicious sights, smells and tastes of Exeter Street Food’s Christmas Markets.

The first market is being held at the Guildhall Shopping Centre every day from 1st December – 23rd December, with late night shopping every Thursday in December until 9pm. The ever-popular Christmas Night Markets will be held at Exeter Quay on Thursday 3rd December under the transit shed and on Wednesday 23rd December at Piazza Terracina. There will be live music from local musicians and jazz band The Locked horns. If you haven’t already joined the Street Food...

Fun pop-up courses for foodies

Authored by Chalk and Ward PR
Posted: Fri, 10/09/2015 - 6:08am

In anticipation of opening up their exciting new foodie venture down on the city’s historic Quayside, Jim and Lucy Fisher of Exeter Cookery School have announced a series of enticing cookery days on Saturday 24th October, 14th November and 12th December.

Held in the swish, state-of-the-art kitchens at Sapphire Spaces in Topsham, where they hosted a buzzing pre-launch event, foodies will be able to relax, have fun and create some seasonal taste sensations during these intimate cookery days.

Budding chefs and keen home cooks will be able to utilise the best produce the region...

Cullompton Food and Drink Festival

Event Date: 
10/10/2015 - 9:00am

Autumn Fruits is the theme of the first Cullompton Food and Drink Festival on Saturday 10th October. The Festival celebrates Cullompton’s traditional and current heritage as a centre for growing apples, pears, fruits and vegetables, and producing cider, fruit juices, foodstuffs and crafts.

Headlining the Festival are two cookery demonstrations with a connection to Cullompton-born Michael Caines

The well-known chef who has 2 Michelin Stars and 5 AA rosettes, began his career at Exeter College, where he now has his own Michael Caines Academy which trains and nurtures the...

Exeter School pupils lead citizen science on plastic

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Tue, 10/06/2015 - 8:48pm

Exeter School pupils have taken part in a unique outreach project in which they are leading and participating in a scientific research project on chemicals in plastic food packaging.

The pupils are joined by teenagers from other Devon schools and are being mentored by experts at the University of Exeter, gaining first-hand experience of all aspects of scientific research, from project planning to public engagement.

Funded by the Wellcome Trust and supported by the NIHR Exeter Clinical Research Facility, the citizen science project will see the Year 12s design a study to...

Lunchtime Bite: Veitch Nurseries

Event Date: 
26/10/2015 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Exeter Cathedral

Wednesday 28th October 2015, 13.00-14.00

With a passion for plants, and a keen interest in landscape and gardens, Caradoc Doy has been a professional horticulturist for almost 25 years. His talk will cover a brief history of the remarkable Veitch family nurseries, based in Exeter during the 19th and 20th centuries.

It will highlight some of the historical Veitch features still to be seen in Exeter today, as well as shedding light on some of the horticultural achievements still recognised by the gardening world to this day.

This event will take place in either the...

Cracking crab wins top accolade

Authored by Alexis Bowater
Posted: Wed, 09/30/2015 - 5:40am

FAMILY fishing firm Favis of Salcombe are celebrating after their crab meat was voted Supreme Champion Product in the Taste of the West Awards 2015.

The prestigious accolade was given to them after judges described their white crab meat as “outstandingly high quality.”

Favis of Salcombe have been sustainably fishing crab and lobster off South Devon since 1972. Last year they branched out into cooking and handpicking crab at their factory just outside Kingsbridge, before distributing it to some of the finest chefs and restaurants in the UK.

John Sheaves, Chief...

Volunteers wanted for MoodFood trial

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Tue, 09/29/2015 - 3:11pm

Researchers from the University of Exeter are seeking participants for a trial into whether certain types of food could prevent depression.

Experiencing depression often goes hand in hand with being overweight. The MoodFood trial will compare different nutritional and lifestyle strategies that might change mood and wellbeing in people with a higher than average body mass index (BMI).

Volunteers must be overweight with a BMI of 25 - 40 and be feeling low or stressed. They must live in or near Exeter, be aged 18-75 and be willing to participate in lifestyle coaching,...

Molto Delizioso at Bella Italia!

Authored by Lisa Singleton
Posted: Fri, 09/25/2015 - 12:39pm

This week my dining companion and I were fortunate enough to be invited to the launch of the new menu at Bella Italia in Queen Street, Exeter. I was particularly excited about this having enjoyed my precious visit so much.

Again, we were warmly welcomed by our previous Italian waiter, Manuel and an extremely friendly and highly professional manager called Mykolas. Good staff count for a lot these days, and I have to say, Bella Italia are extremely lucky to have such good staff working for them.

The new menu tasting involved a set menu of new dishes accompanied by a drink of...

National recognition for Killerton produce

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Thu, 09/24/2015 - 7:28am

Killerton Estate has won four national awards for its local produce in the Fine Farm Produce Awards which recognise the quality and sustainability of the food, drink and produce grown on National Trust land and farms.

Ashclyst Dairy, a tenant farm at Killerton, was the overall food winner in England and Wales for its organic natural yoghurt and Killerton estate itself also fought off stiff competition to take home awards for its sparkling cider, charcoal, firewood logs, and Clyston Mill stoneground flour.

Ed Nicholson, Lead Ranger, and Fiona Hailstone, Produce Ranger, went...