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Dartmouth Food Festival

   
Town/City : Dartmouth
County : Devon
Country : England
Post code : TQ6 9BH
Web Site :  www.dartmouthfoodfestival.co.uk

Dartmouth Food Festival

 

 

 

Every year the line-up of celebrity chefs who come to the Festival gets more and more impressive. One of this year's most talked about chefs, owner of The Seahorse in Dartmouth and fish chef extraordinaire, Mitch Tonks, will be sharing his incredible skills. French chef and baker Richard Bertinet will be inspiring all to join the hugely popular bread making movement of the moment, along with festival director and owner of Manna from Devon Cooking School, David Jones. Many many more high profile chefs, who are going to be involved, will soon be revealed. At the last Festival, Mark Hix, Matthew Fort, Tom Parker Bowles were just some of the great names participating.


This year, the focus at Dartmouth Food Festival is on simplicity, skill and style. Never before has there been more attention given to local produce, traceability, sustainability, the history behind the products and the love and passion that goes into making them. Dartmouth Food Festival is going back to basics and showcasing an impressive range of the most delicious food and drink to try as well as hosting a fantastic series of demonstrations. There will be over a hundred local producers, as well as a few from further afield, showcasing their products including South Devon Chilli Farm, Dartmouth Ice Cream Company, Georgie Porgie's Puddings, Filberts Fine Foods, Tideford Organics and Ashridge Cider to name just a few.

 

On the drinks' side of things, it promises to be one of the most exciting Festivals held in the South West. UKTV Food's Susy Atkins is spearheading the drinks' programme and has put together an inspiring selection of seminars and tastings which will appeal to everyone. Joining Susy, highly respected wine writer Fiona Beckett will also be hosting talks.


In addition, wine experts Liam Steevenson MW, Red & White wines, and the ever passionate Tim McLaughlin-Green, Mitch Tonks' sommelier, will be wowing all with their incredible knowledge of the world of wine.


Come along to the Dartmouth Food Festival and sample a wide range of both English and international wines including a selection of styles from the nearby Sharpham Estate, which is not to be missed during the summer months. Also, be enlightened at master classes run by Heron Valley cider, Bridgetown Brewery and lots, lots more in the pipeline.



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Featured Attraction


Head for The Heights this year

Head for The Heights of Abraham, the award winning Hilltop Park situated in the spectacular Derwent Valley, just 9 miles from Chatsworth on the western edge of the Peak District National Park.

This "must see" Derbyshire jewel of an attraction is accessed by state of the art enclosed cable cars located on the banks of the River Derwent next to Matlock Bath railways station and the town's public car parks. Simply purchase your cable car ticket, and then sit back to enjoy Instagram-ready views of the geologically stunning valley as you climb to the summit.
TIP: You can save money by purchasing your tickets online in advance of your visit. Go to www.heightsofabraham.com for ticket prices and availability
Once you've purchased your cable car ticket, access to all the summit attractions is free, offering a great value-day-out whatever the weather. Head off to explore 60 acres of landscaped grounds, undercover interactive exhibitions, photography gallery, multi-media show caverns, adventure playgrounds, woodland walks and trails.

You can choose to dine in the Vista restaurant with its stunning views down the valley, or enjoy a snack in the café or out on the terrace with similar breath-taking views. Picnic areas can be found throughout the grounds, and during the school holidays you'll discover extra entertainment like the traditional Punch and Judy show (with a satisfying Heights of Abraham twist) for all the family to enjoy.
TIP: Dining times can be reserved in advance. This is recommended especially during the busiest times of the year. Phone 01629 582365 to make a reservation or pre-order the popular afternoon tea package.
Most visitors are surprised to learn that the Heights is in fact the Derbyshire's oldest tourist attraction. The cable car system has carried millions of visitors to the summit over the last thirty five years, yet it remains one of the latest chapters in the fascinating story of the Heights of Abraham. The Heights first opened as a Pleasure Ground in 1780 when visitors would make the climb from the valley floor on foot to witness some of the finest views across the surrounding area. Almost two and a half centuries later you are still able to wander around the estate with its zigzag paths and pleasant woodland trails. It is easy to understand why the area proved inspirational to the Romantic movement of the period.

As long ago as Roman times, Lead deposits may have been found in the area but it took another 1000 years before Lead mining was officially recorded on site. These impressive mines were active for over 400 years and left behind a legacy of passageways and awe-inspiring caverns. Today, thanks to all that hard work you can follow in the miners' footsteps down the passageways they created, going deep underground into the Heights' famous Show Caverns. From the glow of a single miner's candle to the whole cavern being awash with colour-changing lights, the Great Masson Cavern tour is one of the talking points of a visit to this Hilltop Park. Here, where the Equator was once situated millions of years ago, you can learn all about the rocks, minerals and underground formation of the Peak District. Equally, a visit to the Great Rutland Cavern is well worthwhile. First opened to the public over 200 years ago in 1810, you can experience a day in the life of the very miners who made your trip possible.

Those of an inquisitive mind should make sure they visit The Long View exhibition to see and hear the 230 year story about why the estate has been a favourite place to visit for many generations. On the upper floor the Fossil Factory brings to life fun and interesting facts about rocks, fossils and the formation of the Peak District. Tinker's Shaft SSSI is a spectacular location with a new viewing platform, high above the Derwent Valley and near the exit from the Great Masson Cavern. Interpretative panels provide information on the importance of the site, the natural history, the geology and the labyrinth of lead mines below Tinker's Shaft... directly beneath your feet!

The Heath and Heaven Gallery is a delightful pictorial journey through the Peak District from north to south and shot from the air on a single summer's day. Next to this you will find Through the Lens, a 12 minute film of the Great Masson guided tour, ideal for those who cannot, or do not wish to go underground during their visit.

If you're heading into Derbyshire or the Peak District, don't miss the opportunity to head for the Heights this year and tick this one off your bucket list. The cable car is just the start of a fascinating, relaxing and fun day out for everyone. Keep up to date with the news by visiting the official website for opening times, special offers and details of forthcoming events: www.heightsofabraham.com

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