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Historic castle plays host to its first food festival

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: October 08, 2012

Carla Sheills with James Crowden gave a talk on cider and apples at the first Powderham Food Festival at Powderham Castle   Picture: Richard Austin

Carla Sheills with James Crowden gave a talk on cider and apples at the first Powderham Food Festival at Powderham Castle Picture: Richard Austin

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Foodies descended on a historic Devon castle for a brand new festival on Saturday.

Powderham Castle hosted its inaugural Powderham Food Festival attended by 2,000 people to celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit of Westcountry food producers.

The 600-year-old stately home offered stalls, food demonstrations and tastings by artisan makers, small producers, growers, local community groups and wineries.

With its food rich location amid a deer park and views across the Exe Estuary, all activities were linked to the castle and estate and took place inside the ground-floor rooms and outer courtyard.

The events on offer included: a cider, bread, and cheese talk and tasting; a Victorian cook family workshop, a chocolate bonanza to celebrate start of British chocolate week, and live music.

Exhibitors included the Blueberry Brothers, Courtneys of Whimple – Cider Apple Products, Dartmoor Chilli Farm, Herbs & Spices Ltd, Quickes Traditional Cheeses, and Truly Treats.

Organisers wanted to delve back into culinary archives of the castle to create the workshops and demonstrations, while producers showcased their work throughout the day. Gabrielle Jackson, local food activist, cook and TV producer who co-ordinated the programme, said: "Powderham Food Festival was a great success. It was a beautiful day and everyone seemed to enjoy learning and tasting the best of our Devon food.

"The wonderful location offered us a fascinating insight into just what was grown, processed, produced and eaten over last 600 years."

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