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                 18th October 2007



1. Food Festival

2. Talking Tent

3. Another World Class restaurant

4. Galleries Week

5. A Prairie Home Companion tonight!

6. Dartmouth in Bloom

7. Candlelit Dartmouth

8. Small News


1.   Food Festival

This year's Food Festival was unanimously voted the best ever!  Featuring on television three times and with live radio coverage from more than three different stations, the buzz was simply fantastic.  Here are some of the highlights.  You can check out the website by clicking here.


2.   Talking Tent

Sponsored by The Royal Castle Hotel, the Talking Tent or as the locals called it "the Yacking Yurt"  was a big success and hosted many tough questions.  A prize of a bottle of Champagne was offered for any food related question the panel could not answer, needless to say it wasn't claimed!

3.     Another World Class restaurant

In another Dartmouth News scoop we can announce that World Class restaurateur Mitch Tonks plans to open in Dartmouth next March.  You can check out their website by clicking here, they even have a Cod Cast shot in Dartmouth, click on that and watch with awe!  Mitch was at the Food Festival and these photographs show what he did.  The Dartmouth dot TV crew sampled his food, words cannot describe the fish.  With John Burton-Race and now Mitch Tonks, can Dartmouth get any better?

4.   Galleries Week

Sarah from Baxters Gallery Foss Street reports: After the excitement of a fantastic Food Festival, the next Dartmouth must-visit event is Galleries Week. This Friday 19th October 8 galleries will be opening their doors for the private views at 6pm.  Baxters will be featuring a mixed exhibition of animals and birds entitled Menagerie. This will include gallery favourite Catherine Rayner but also several new artists and ceramicists. Don't miss it!

Simon Drew will be exhibiting Maureen Minchin, Paul Barclay will be exhibiting some stunning new works and Coombe Gallery will be reversing the drain of artistic talent to London by hosting a graduate show in Dartmouth.

5.   A Prairie Home Companion tonight!

A film and cast to dazzle and delight - A Prairie Home Companion is the Film Society's comedy drama for Thursday 18th October. The cast of one of America's most celebrated radio shows, A Prairie Home Companion, perform for the last time in front of a live studio audience after the theatre's manager (Tommy Lee Jones) decides to pull the plug. The line-up includes regular host Garrison Keillor (playing himself), the singing Johnson sisters (Meryl Streep and Lily Tomlin), and cowboy comics Dusty (Woody Harrelson) and Lefty (John C Reilly). Watching from the sidelines are a security guard (Kevin Kline) and a mysterious angel of death (Virginia Madsen).

There's added poignancy surrounding the belated release of this film as it is Robert Altman’s last before he died last year.
Guest tickets from the Windjammer £3.50 from 7.30-7.55
Bar at the Guildhall opens at 7.30 - the film to be shown at 8pm approx.

6.     Dartmouth in Bloom

Dartmouth in Bloom celebrated their success this week at The Guildhall.  Thanks to Hilary Bastone for the photographs.

7.    Candlelit Dartmouth  14th-16th December

What's it all about?  The weekend will kick-off with a spectacular lantern procession, lighting up the main shopping streets for an evening of late night shopping with music and street entertainment – including a variety of food and drink stalls in Royal Avenue Gardens.

On Saturday, the town will be host to two seasonal markets, starting in the morning with the Children's Hospice South West "Dickens of a Christmas" event in the Old Market.  Later in the day, the Royal Avenue Gardens will also be transformed for the first time, into a lively Christmas market.  Street entertainers and musicians will again be performing throughout town with shops and the market in the Royal Avenue Gardens remaining open into the evening.

Sunday will be a quieter, more reflective day – with events to match.  Click here for the website.

The Chamber of Trade presented the group with a cheque for £2,000 which will be matched by the Town Council.  Shown here is ex-Chairman Dave Cawley handing the cheque over at the Dartmouth Chamber of Trade AGM.  To find out more about the Chamber of Trade click here .

8.     Small News  

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