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                 11th October 2007

Food Festival Special


1.    Opening Party

2.    Clay Oven

3.    Who's who?

4.    Dartmouth Pie

5.    Famous chefs

6.    Children's Day

7.    Lick the Spoon

8.    Small News

1.   Opening Party at the Food Festival

Last night saw more people eat more food than ever before!  Oysters, sirlion, lamb, monkfish, scallops, pork belly, sardines, duck and salmon, salads, champagne, chocolate brownies, Dartmouth ice cream, Sharpham cheeses, treacle tart and more.

You really have to come down for this fantastic event this weekend!!!  For self catering click here,  for B&B click here,  for Hotels click here For a Tourist Guide to Dartmouth click here.

2.   Clay Oven, a baptism of fire?    0 to cooked in 60 seconds!


Local children helped festival organiser James Brown build this spectacular clay oven in the old market.  Later, with the temperature off the end of the scale, a pizza was cooked in just 60 seconds!

3.   Whose who?

Taken at the opening party, do you recognise everyone?


4.     Dartmouth Pie

Dartmouth Pie at the food festival as a bar meal and also in the market on Sat and Sun.  While researching a new Christmas dish, the Royal Castle Hotel's roving chef came across a Dartmouth pie in a historical cook book by Gale Winy.  The pie first saw the light of day in the 1820s, possibly due the fact that Dartmouth was a port and saw the introduction of oriental spices and fruits. The pie has been reinvented with a 21st century bent with farmer Phil’s minced lamb as opposed to the original mutton and with the original pastry that’s a cross between today’s short crust pastry and a hot water pastry.  The pie will be launched as a bar food special over the week of the Food Festival.  Nigel Way, owner of the Royal Castle, said "it is a very nice pie with minced lamb, sultanas and spice, it's not at all fatty and is a great wintertime warmer. I think it will be a great hit and may well be a full time item on the new winter menu".

Someone pointed out, that a pie that size is 'way' too much, looking very carefully at the pie image, we think we agree!!

The Royal Castle Hotel also has a new menu, click here to see it, you really should!

5.    Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the most famous of them all?

Dartmouth Food Festival's Opening Party last night included famous guests
Joyce Molyneux and John Burton-Race shown here.

In the seventies and eighties Joyce's "Carved Angel" restaurant in Dartmouth
was one of the shining beacons of the British culinary landscape. While many London chefs were experimenting with nouvelle cuisine, Joyce was
focussing on good quality, well sourced ingredients prepared simply. She is
one of the most influential chefs in the early days of what is now called
Modern British food and is an original patron of the Food Festival.

When Joyce retired from the Carved Angel it was bought by John Burton-Race, known on TV for the series "French Leave" and "Return of the Chef". John re-named the restaurant "The New Angel" and prides himself on serving
exquisite yet simple food, using local produce. His menu is constantly
changing, depending on what fish comes off the day boats and what locally
grown produce is in season. John and The New Angel received a Michelin Star just 8 months after opening in Dartmouth.

The New Angel is participating in this year's Food Festival by offering
special festival menus, as well as providing cookery demonstrations and
judging events at Children's Day today.

6.     Children's Day

Children's Day got off to a good start with the BBC Film Crew arriving just as we went to press.  Here are a few photographs of local children captivated by the food.  This afternoon will see the main activity.

7.    Lick the Spoon – an exotic trip into the world of chocolate

Exotic chocolate will be on everyone’s lips at the popular Ladies Lunch at Dart Marina Hotel in Dartmouth on Wednesday 31st October. Diana Short, founder of the fabulously named chocolate company Lick the Spoon, will talk about her love of working, living and breathing the whole subject of chocolate. As always at the Ladies Lunch, the food served will be prepared by Executive Head Chef Mark Streeter, who will use seasonal produce sourced from farmers, growers and fishermen from the South Hams area of Devon.  “I’m certain our Ladies Lunch on October 31st will appeal to lots of people! Diana will be taking us into a cocoa-scented world of truffles, ganache, shards and quills and explaining how to tell an exceptional chocolate from an average one!” said Mark Godfrey, MD of Dart Marina.

Diana Short, an accomplished chef who has worked in Michelin starred restaurants, set up Lick the Spoon in 2006 after living and working in France for six years. “I am always happy to talk about chocolate – it never feels like work to me!  We make everything in small batches, even the bramble jelly for our Mulled Blackberry ganache is made by hand from blackberries we pick ourselves, and we use the world’s best chocolate in all our products, but the most important ingredient is oodles of passion!” Diana will answer questions on the many different attributes of chocolate, its well documented aphrodisiac qualities, and its ability to cheer up even the rainiest day!  Lunch will be served in the unique setting of Wildfire Bistro overlooking the stunning River Dart. Chef will prepare a delicious main course and a pudding which will leave the taste buds ready for the rich, dark flavours of chocolate.

To book please call Liza Cadby on 01803 837107 or for further information about events at Dart Marina please visit

8.     Small News  

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