Food lovers’ par­adise

It’s the foodie high­light of the sea­son and this year’s Pow­der­ham Food Fes­ti­val prom­ises to be big­ger and bet­ter than ever

Devon Life - - Powderham Food Festival -

With au­tumn fast ap­proach­ing, the time has come to re­vive those hearty stews and warm­ing win­ter recipes and this year’s Pow­der­ham Food Fes­ti­val is the per­fect place to gain an im­mea­sur­able amount of cook­ing in­spi­ra­tion for ev­ery­one in the fam­ily. Now set to re­turn for its sev­enth year, this bril­liant fes­ti­val will be held in the stun­ning grounds of Pow­der­ham Cas­tle and prom­ises to pro­vide foodie lovers with an even big­ger line-up of food and drink pro­duc­ers than ever be­fore. With over 170 ex­hibitors at­tend­ing this ex­cep­tional week­end, you are guar­an­teed to get lost in a world of all things edi­ble, drink­able and de­lec­ta­ble.

Head­lin­ing the fes­ti­val this year is star of The Hun­gry Sailors, James Straw­bridge. Cook­ing up a storm for fes­ti­val-go­ers, he will be demon­strat­ing his ex­per­tise in the chefs’ theatre, which will be hosted by Devon broad­caster, Judi Spiers.

Join­ing him will be ac­claimed patis­serie chef Colin Ben­nett, Ash­ley Wright, head chef at the award-win­ning Horn of Plenty and re­spected chef di­rec­tor at the Ash­bur­ton Cook­ery School, Dar­rin Hosegrove, award­win­ning cake bak­ers and reg­u­lars on Chan­nel 4’s Ex­treme Cake Mak­ers, Phil and Chris­tine Jensen and gut-health ex­pert, Katie Ven­ner from Trace­bridge Sour­dough and Fer­mente­ria.

James Straw­bridge com­ments: “We are ex­tremely lucky to live in this part of the world that boasts such a bril­liant as­sort­ment of ex­cit­ing food and drink, and to have it all come to­gether in the spec­tac­u­lar grounds of Pow­der­ham Cas­tle, is an oc­ca­sion that must not be missed.

“My favourite thing about au­tumn is be­ing able to cre­ate new, hearty dishes. I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to see­ing what the other chefs have up their sleeves and demon­strat­ing some of my all-time favourite recipes across the week­end.”

Pow­der­ham Food Fes­ti­val has es­tab­lished it­self as the au­tum­nal foodie event of the year. Set within the grounds of Devon’s finest cas­tle, the fes­ti­val boasts a packed pro­gramme that caters for ev­ery­one. As well as great food, there’s live mu­sic and com­edy

from Dan the Hat and a chance to get in­volved in the scores of games and en­ter­tain­ment hap­pen­ing across the week­end, in­clud­ing The Theatre of Fire and Smoke and The Great Devon Chilli Chal­lenge.

This year, the fiery fun is step­ping up to a whole new level as the pop­u­lar Theatre of Fire and Smoke and Fire Tipi ar­eas are ex­pand­ing to in­clude not only the demon­stra­tions and talks within the tent, but six demon­stra­tion stands set ei­ther side of the main tipi.

Across the week­end there will be rolling in­ter­ac­tive demon­stra­tions from some of the re­gion’s top fire and bar­be­cue cooks who will be also sell­ing taster plates and meals of the won­der­ful food you can watch be­ing made.

Amongst th­ese fire mas­ters, Pow­der­ham reg­u­lars Si­mon ‘Womble’ Dyer and John Gower will be ex­per­i­ment­ing with dif­fer­ent smok­ing and grilling

tech­niques, us­ing fire pits, bar­be­cues, smok­ers and wood fires to de­liver in­cred­i­ble flavour and the tasti­est bar­be­cue food.

Ex­perts in their fields, both are West Coun­try farm­ers, Si­mon nick­named ‘Womble’ be­cause he re­cy­cles all sorts of old ma­te­ri­als - from old wash­ing ma­chines to oil drums - to con­struct his unique bar­be­cues and smok­ers. Si­mon who farms in Som­er­set, was crowned the win­ner of the ITV Bar­be­cue Champ 2015 and will be demon­strat­ing some amaz­ingly sim­ple and imag­i­na­tive skewer ideas.

John Gower, the char­cutier be­hind the suc­cess­ful Quiet Wa­ters Smoke and Fire in North Devon, will be prep­ping a dra­matic bar­rel-cooked seafood medley, cooked with hot stones and sea­weed and served fresh from an oak wine bar­rel. With live ac­tion, fiery en­ter­tain­ment through­out the whole week­end, the Theatre of Fire and Smoke is the per­fect place to sam­ple won­der­ful bar­be­cue flavours and styles and watch the siz­zling fun.

Lit­tle ones will be well catered for with a chance to get hands on in cook­ing demon­stra­tions led by The Fun Kitchen. Classes will be run­ning through­out the week­end to show chil­dren how to have fun cre­at­ing fresh dishes from scratch.

Fes­ti­val di­rec­tor Bob Small has been work­ing hard with the team to make sure this year’s event is even big­ger and bet­ter than be­fore.

Bob com­ments: “We are de­lighted to be joined by so many of the re­gion’s finest chefs. This year’s fes­ti­val wel­comes over 170 ex­hibitors with plenty of live mu­sic and demon­stra­tions to en­joy. With the beau­ti­ful and his­toric Pow­der­ham Cas­tle as our back­drop, there’s lots un­der cover so what­ever the weather the fes­ti­val is a fan­tas­tic, fam­ily, foodie, fun day out.”

‘There’s lots un­der cover so what­ever the weather the fes­ti­val is a fan­tas­tic, fam­ily, foodie, fun day out’

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