The organisers, Bob Small, Fiona Gofton and Gabby Jackson, are very experienced in staging such events having ‘cut their teeth’ on the highly successful Moretonhampstead Festival of Food, Drink & Arts which they organised each March for the last 5 years. We were invited to visit and see the fabulous event for ourselves.
As well as the great local produce on offer there were some great talks, displays and demos from the various tents. Exeter Cookery School had an amazing cookery demonstration tent with demos on all day from different chefs. Marcus Bawdon, fellow blogger at Country Wood Smoke, and editor of UK BBQ Magazine ran through some exciting demonstrations on cooking ‘dirty’ straight over the coals. He was joined by Simon Dyer, winner of ITV's BBQ Champ while we were there. The smell of the smoke alone tempted us in and we stayed to watch a few demos.
One of the first stalls that really caught my eye was the cheesy phenomenon that is Stinky Vintage. More than just a cheese toasty, this is a gourmet toastie experience. After seeing them I said I would continue to have a look around and come back if there was nothing else that caught my eye. As delicious as everything else looked, I could not get the toastie out of my head! I went back and got one and it was definitely the highlight of my day!
This was washed down with some gin from The Gin Palace, who had over 100 gins on offer!
It was a great day out but a shame that the weather was so temperamental, switching from rain to sunshine. Loads to see an do, we would love to go back again next year!