Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Two summer events to satisfy your hunger

Holidays are for eating, are we right? Getting away from it all and discovering local produce and new dishes can make a holiday exciting and nutritious too!

Get a taste of real community spirit by visiting the town of Crediton in time for its annual food and drink festival on June 14th and 15th. Now in its 6th year, the celebration is run entirely by local volunteers who are passionate about food, with cookery demonstrations taking place throughout the day, plus an enormous food market.

With offerings from all over the world, but with an emphasis on local produce and recipes, this means that while you might be eating Spanish paella or Thai green curry, you can bet your bottom dollar that the ingredients will have been sourced from nearby farms.

Well worth checking out are the Devon-made offerings, including the delicious goods produced by Curworthy Cheese, which specialises in traditional farmhouse cheeses of the finest quality.

Fast forward to July 12th and the Rock Oyster Festival kicks off in Wadebridge, Cornwall. As one of the leading artisan food festivals in the country, you'll be seriously disappointed if you miss out. Taking place amidst the splendid surroundings of Dinham House - a 17th century manor overlooking the Camel Estuary - this event is promoted as a midsummer festival of all things scrummy, with a particular emphasis on seafood.

Regular visitors will not be surprised to see tables laden with thousands of Cornish oysters, which the attendees will steadily eat their way through over the course of the day. There will be demonstrations from local experts capable of cooking everything from shellfish to steaks and all things in between. Also worth watching will be the shucking (shell opening) competition, which sees veteran chefs go up against one another in a competition to open the most of those devilishly tricky oyster shells within a set period of time.

We hope we've whetted your appetite. Why not head to and book your accommodation right now?


Photo Credit: anokarina