Schools celebrate healthy eating week

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Mon, 06/13/2016 - 8:18am

To mark British Nutrition Foundation Healthy Eating Week (13–17 June 2016), schools across Devon are celebrating the results of the Food for Life programme.

The programme brings schools, early years settings, hospitals and care homes together with their communities around the core ethos of healthy, tasty and sustainable food.

Food for Life’s aim is to improve food culture, and bring people from all over the school together, as well as create links with local farms through farm visits. Food for Life schools in Devon have started up food growing activities, family cooking...

June Exeter Yoga Brunch

Event Date: 
12/06/2016 - 10:00am
Court Barn, Highfield Farm, Clyst Road Topsham, Exeter Devon EX3 0BY

SUNDAY 12th JUNE, we are mixing up our Yoga brunch a little!

This month the Yoga Brunch will be held at the stunning Court Barn at Highfield Farm in Topsham!

We will start the morning with a dynamic Yoga session, moving with ease, creating space in our bodies, allowing the body to move softly with no tension, no stress, no competition.

We will follow our session with a delicious homemade brunch. Brunch will be gluten, dairy, wheat & refined sugar free. Think homemade granola, with coconut yogurt or almond milk and organic berries, avocado on rye bread, nut...

Culinary questions answered at Food Festival

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Tue, 04/19/2016 - 11:32am

Visitors to the Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink 2016 can ask their unanswered kitchen questions and debate key food and nutrition issues with a panel of experts in live Festival Question Time sessions with BBC Radio Devon from Friday 22nd April to Sunday 24th April in Northernhay Gardens and Exeter Castle.

Festival visitors can join BBC Radio Devon presenter Gordon Sparks at three sessions a day throughout the Festival weekend when a panel of expert chefs, producers and writers will uncover their secrets, impart advice and wrestle with hot topics in the Festival...

Exeter Vegan Fair & Bake Sale

Event Date: 
23/04/2016 - 10:30am to 3:00pm
Palace Gate Centre, 3 Palace Gate, Exeter, EX1 3JA

The culmination of this year's "Go Vegan" campaign - a celebration of cruelty-free living with stalls, recipes, cakes and bakes galore plus delicious hot and cold food from Fairfoods.

Goods on sale include cruelty-free cosmetics, chocolates, vegan and gluten-free groceries, etc. Health and nutrition advice also available from registered dietician Sandra Hood.

All proceeds from the bake sale go to animal causes.

Organised by Exeter Friends For Animals in association with Fairfoods. For more info, see our website or facebook page: https://www.facebook....

Music, food and crafts at family festival

Authored by McQueenie Mulholland
Posted: Fri, 04/15/2016 - 9:03am

Tickets to a new family friendly music festival in East Devon are selling fast.

The Altitude Village Festival, which takes place in Blackborough on the weekend of May 20 and 21, will see performances by high profile local and regional bands, including Sound of the Sirens, Bristol reggae band Talisman and Mark Morriss of The Bluetones.

As well as music, there will be children’s entertainment, crafts, and a huge range of street food and drink. The event is being held to raise funds for local charities, including Blackborough Village Hall.

With around 1,000 people...

First Cullompton Spring Festival this weekend

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Thu, 04/07/2016 - 10:49am

The first Cullompton Spring Festival takes place on Saturday 9 April, celebrating street food, live music and hand crafts from around the world and the Culm Valley.

Expect a feast for the stomach and plenty for the eyes and ears; with displays, demonstrations, tastings and entertainment for all the family.

Claire Down, SpringFest Chair, said: “We live in such a superb part of the world where we are fortunate to be surrounded by an abundance of local producers selling a tempting array of delicious food and drink, as well as unique and beautiful crafts. Don’t miss out and...

Exeter Labour looks to introduce doorstep food waste collection

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 04/04/2016 - 3:57pm

Exeter Labour has pledged to complete work on the business case for kerbside food waste collections and to introduce the service at the earliest opportunity, if re-elected to run the City Council in May.

Exeter is already in the top 10% of district councils for waste minimisation – with residents producing less waste on average than nearly anywhere else in the country.

However, Exeter Labour is not complacent and is committed to improving both waste reduction and recycling rates.

33% of rubbish in our black waste bins could have gone in the green recycling bin or a...

Go Vegan with Exeter Friends for Animals

Authored by EFFA
Posted: Wed, 03/30/2016 - 5:26am

On Saturday 2 April, Exeter Friends For Animals (EFFA) in association with Fairfoods Catering will be launching their spring “Go Vegan” campaign at St Stephen’s Church in Exeter High Street.

Anyone interested in trying an animal-free diet, or simply curious about “what vegans eat”, is welcome to drop by between 11.30 am and 2.30 pm to browse the information stalls, pick up some recipe ideas, try some free food samples or stop for tea and cake or a snack.

At 2 pm, there will also be a talk on the health benefits of veganism by sports scientist Jack Childs. As a former...

"Go Vegan" Launch Event

Event Date: 
02/04/2016 - 11:30am to 2:30pm
St Stephen's Church, Exeter High Street

Introductory event launching the "Go Vegan with EFFA" campaign - a ll you ever wanted to know about veganism under one roof!

* Free food samples. * Information and recipe corner. * Café with cakes and snacks. * 2pm - "The health benefits of a vegan diet". Talk by sports scientist Jack Childs. Hear the story of Jack's own remarkable journey from chronic fatigue sufferer to ultramarathon runner - plus the answers to all your queries and concerns about plant-based nutrition. * Full details of all our exciting 'Go Vegan' campaign upcoming events.

Free admission. All welcome!...

Hospital patients try different foods during Nutrition and Hydration Week 2016

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Sun, 03/27/2016 - 10:25am

PATIENTS at North Devon District Hospital and community hospitals were given an opportunity to try different foods as part of Nutrition and Hydration Week 2016.

The global awareness campaign – from Monday 14 March to Sunday 20 March – aimed to highlight the importance of nutrition and hydration in improving the safety and outcomes of patients.

The Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust ran different menu themes on each weekday:

• Monday – Oaty Breakfast • Tuesday – Supper-time Snack • Wednesday – Global Tea Party (cream tea) • Thursday – Thirsty Thursday • Friday –...