Festival will celebrate Exmoor produce

VISITORS to Exmoor between October 2-11 will be able to experience a taste of the very best in local produce at the eighth Exmoor Food Festival.  The tasty programme of around 40 events will include food fairs, farmers markets, tasting platters, themed

VISITORS to Exmoor between October 2-11 will be able to experience a taste of the very best in local produce at the eighth Exmoor Food Festival.

The tasty programme of around 40 events will include food fairs, farmers' markets, tasting platters, themed evenings, farm visits and indulgent cream teas. Some events will take place every day throughout the festival, while others will be on specific days.

The festival kicks off on Friday, October 2 at Minehead Farmers' Market, while in the evening there's a Caribbean themed supper at The Avenue Creamery, Minehead (�22.50 per person) or a four-course home-cooked dinner at the Yarn Market Hotel, Dunster, celebrating local produce (�30pp).

Some highlights over the ten days include a pony trek through the beautiful Doone Valley returning to Cloud Farm for a cream tea overlooking Badgworthy stream on Saturday, October 3 priced at �20pp; a hearty breakfast at Moorland Hall and self-guided walk to Dunkery Beacon, Exmoor's highest point on Sunday 4 and 11 October (�6 adults and �4 children) and a nostalgic journey on the West Somerset steam railway with high tea at the new Turntable Caf� at Minehead station on 6, 7 and 8 October.


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There will also be a chance to meet producers and sample and buy a wealth of fine local food and drink under one roof at both the free entry Lyn Food Fest on Saturday, October 10 in Lynton Town Hall, and the Exmoor Food Fair on Sunday, October 11 in Porlock Village Hall.

Several hotels, B&Bs and restaurants will be offering seasonal menus throughout the festival including Streamcombe Gourmet B&B in Dulverton; Exmoor House at Wheddon Cross; the Crown Hotel, Exford and Hindon Organic Farm, near Selworthy, which will be serving a home-made Exmoor Beast Brunch featuring their award-winning sausages. And the Hunters Inn, near Parracombe will be running an exhibition telling the story of the renowned Exmoor Horn sheep, as well as offering a daily lunchtime special Horn lamb dish for around �10.

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For further details and booking information visit www.exmoorfoodfestival.co.uk or call the Minehead Visitor Information Centre on 01643 702 624; details about other things to see and do around Exmoor and places to stay can be found on www.exmoor.com.

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