1.  Food Festival

2.  Dart Marina Celebrates

3.  Monsieur Lazhar  Tonight

4.   £2,400 for the RLNI

5.  Small News




1.  Dartmouth Food Festival Celebrates Its Tenth Year next week

Dartmouth Food Festival in South Devon celebrates its 10th birthday and this year’s festival runs from October 26th to 28th 2012 and the theme in our Jubilee and Olympic year is Great British Food. The festival just grows and grows in popularity and this year we are happy to boast that the following world class chefs and wine connoisseurs have already confirmed for this year’s cookery demonstrations and discussions including Mitch Tonks, Mark Hix, James Tanner, Fiona Beckett, Giles Coren, Henry Dimbleby, Thomasina Miers, Holly Jones, David Jones, Richard Bertinet, Tom Parker Bowles, Joyce Molyneux, Matthew Fort, Jane Baxter, Christine Smallwood, Steve Lamb (River Cottage), Mark Puckey (Rick Stein’s Food Academy), Serin Aubrey and Monty Halls. Also Hardeep Singh Kohli comedy & curry making evening and Opera on the Run are getting involved as well.

Due to the success of the festival last year we will have even bigger marquees on the Embankment overlooking the River Dart specialising in seafood, together with over 100 different South West food and drink stalls in the Old Market Square. The festival kicks off with the Opening Night on October 25th with a Pie and Puds Street Party Evening in the Flavel - think 50’s street party atmosphere with hearty pies, pickles and puds. Thursday daytime it’s the Children’s day where they meet local producers, farmers and their animals, make pizzas and sausages, meet sheep, guess the vegetable by touch, eat cream teas, stroke fish and octopus on the fish stalls together with quizzes and fun and games - all the local primary schools are invited for a truly fun, exciting and educational day.

Three demo theatres, will have the famous chefs, cooking, demonstrating and answering cookery queries in back to back food demonstrations over the three days – there will be the usual Saturday Morning Kitchen in the Flavel with Thomasina Miers and Richard Bertinet and Sunday brunch cooked by the three favourite local B & B owners. This year there will also be a cooking school area in Royal Avenue Gardens sponsored by Manna from Devon Cookery School doing workshops including bread making, fish filleting and knife skills, together with a hands on demo area for all to get involved.

David Jones, chairman of the Food Festival is delighted that such celebrated chefs are coming together to headline the Dartmouth event together with the glut of talent of Dartmouth chefs “Each of them has their own style and passions” he explained, “together they represent everything that’s great about British cooking and we are honoured to welcome them all to the Festival. Food is for everyone, not just a few and it’s important to us that all can enjoy and support the event. That’s why I’m delighted to see so many different elements of the town getting involved and taking advantage of it”.

Pictures here from last years event.  To see more of what happened over the last 6 years click here, you really should ! The official website is here.

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2.  The Dart Marina Celebrates 10 years of the Food Festival

The hottest ticket in town has just been released to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Dartmouth Food Festival. Dart Marina Hotel in Dartmouth is hosting a suitably celebratory Gala Dinner which will be an extravaganza of all things deliciously Devon!

The 10th Anniversary Gala Dinner takes place on Saturday, 27 October at 7pm and tickets are now available from Dart Marina Hotel. From a champagne reception to a five course tasting menu with wines, the Gala Dinner will be a chance to taste the very best Devon produce, with emphasis on food grown, reared or produced in the South Hams. A Great British theme will run through the menu which is being created by Tom Woods, Head Chef at Dart Marina.

After dinner, guests will be able to sit back and listen to Tom Parker-Bowles, writer, columnist and TV chef – who will be offering his own take on the resurgence of interest in food with local provenance. David Jones, chairman of Dartmouth Food Festival, will add his own food stories to the evening which will take place in the newly designed River Restaurant at Dart Marina with uninterrupted and spectacular views of the River Dart.

Tickets: £100 per head, and are available from Dart Marina Hotel, Tel 01803 832580.  For further information please call Dart Marina on 01803 832580 or click here to visit their website.


3.   Monsieur Lazhar : Tonight !

Director: Philippe Falardeau : Actors: Mohamed Fellag, Sophie Nelisse, Emilien Neron : 94 minutes : Cert. 12A. Drama

‘An Oscar nominee at this year's Academy Awards and for good reason, Philippe Falardeau's film is moving, smart and sensitive. Terrific stuff, in short.’

When a teacher commits suicide at a Montréal middle school, 55 year-old Algerian immigrant Bachir Lazhar offers his services as a stand-in. Despite his inexperience, he's soon helping his new charges deal with the loss and coming to terms with some suffering of his own. While the class goes through a long healing process, nobody in the school is aware of Bachir's painful former life; nor that he is at risk of being deported at any moment. Such is the sensitivity of the writing and direction, as well as the performances, that this compassionate drama based on a stage play by Évelyne de la Chenelière deals intelligently with stark realities yet modestly remains utterly charming (and often amusing) throughout.

This film is on tonight.  Films are screened at The Guildhall, Victoria Road, Dartmouth. The bar is open from 7.00pm and the films start at 7.30pm Guest tickets are available on the night for £4.00 each from “The Windjammer” Victoria Road between 7.00pm & 7.25pm only. No guest tickets will be sold on the door. For more information call Clive Osborne on: Tel. 07968 026449


4.   2012 Kingswear Regatta Raises £2,400 for the RLNI

On Friday, October 5th the 2012 Kingswear Regatta Committee were very pleased to be able to present the Dartmouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat with a cheque for £1000. Accepting the cheque was Rob Clements, Operations Manager at the station and crew member, Darren Hopley. Presenting the cheque, from left to right, were committee members Caroline Pymm, Jimmy Wright and Catriona Bratten. Due to inclement weather the presentation on the steps of Kingswear Village Hall had to be abandoned in favour of the Ship Inn, the nearest hostelry !!

Kingswear Regatta took place on September 8th and 9th this year and remains a popular and fun local event with rowing races on Waterhead Creek and a village fete on Jubilee Park. This year the town crier Les Ellis was joined by local TV presenter and RNLI supporter, Monty Halls, to open the fete. Monty proved to be a great sport, joining RNLI crew members to row in a hotly-fought challenge race against Kingswear Rowing Club members, and later, joining his dog Reuben in the dunk tank !


5.   Small News

  • Remember that all our photos have been taken within the last 10 days (except the header image and of previous events).  The top photo was taken on Saturday morning with an iPhone 4 !

  • Once again it is that time of year when White Sails Gallery draws its summer season to a close with a fabulous sale. Adam Edsall, the owner of the gallery said, “Some of our old favourites will be in the sale this year, with up to 50% off as we try and make room for some exciting new work this Autumn”. The sale contains originals, Ltd editions, prints and photography as well as a selection of mirrors, carvings, bronzes, jewellery and frames. Work by artists such as Richard Thorn, Gillian McDonald, Sue Howells and John Skinner are all included. The sale is on right now and running until the end of October,  there are certain to be many great bargains to be found.

  • News from The Flavel: Friday 12 October Christoph Stiefel Jazz Trio @ 7.30pm in the Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth. Tickets £15 and £5 under 18s. Buy one get one free!

    Hailing from Zurich, Stiefel has already enjoyed a long and diverse career in Europe but may well be a new name to jazz audiences in the UK.  Stiefel collaborated with the gifted pianist Gwilym Simcock as part of the recent Steinway Festival series of piano duos at London's Pizza Express Jazz Club and during last year's London Jazz Festival, he performed a stunning opening solo piano set at a concert at St. James' Church, Piccadilly.

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