The following foodie events taking place this year offer the perfect excuse to treat the taste buds to a trip to delicious Devon. Check in to the Moorland Garden Hotel, commended in the Taste of Devon category at the Devon Tourism Awards 2014, and be prepared for a feast.
Until the end of September - Through the summer visitors to the Moorland Garden Hotel can tuck into a gourmet picnic hamper in the tranquil wildflower meadow. Packed full of South West treats, diners book their secluded spot and with the help of a map, set out to find their hamper.
Goodies include home-baked bread along with locally sourced cheese and chutney, smoked salmon pate, home-baked ham, goat’s cheese and sun blushed tomato quiche and Burts chips. The savoury treats are complemented by homemade cake, scones, clotted cream and preserve, seasonal fresh berries, a bottle of water and a flask of tea. A chilled bottle of wine or bubbly can be added on request. The Gourmet Picnic hamper costs £48 for two.
14 – 16 August – Flavour Fest –Every August more than 100 regional food and drink producers line Armada Way in the centre of Plymouth for Flavour Fest, the biggest free food and drink festival in the South West. Leading chefs share tricks of the trade and kids can learn about transforming food into meals in the Food is Fun area.
A short drive from Plymouth on the western fringes of Dartmoor National Park, the Moorland Garden Hotel offers a great base for those wishing to dip into the festival as well as sample Dartmoor’s finest fare.
4 October – Delicious Drake’s Trail – For fans of local food and drink, it’s time to grab a nibble and lace up the trainers for this quirky food festival on the run. A gastronomic off-road running tour of the western fringes of Dartmoor in the footsteps of the area’s most famous son, Sir Francis Drake, the 15 mile route follows footpaths and surfaced trails across scenic moorland and farmland, stopping at a dozen local pubs, hotels, cafés and pop-up caterers along the way.
The trail ends at the Moorland Garden Hotel with a food festival featuring a West Country produce market, cookery demonstrations, BBQ and hog roast.