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Celebrating local produce

PUBLISHED: 11:34 13 January 2015 | UPDATED: 11:34 13 January 2015

The cafe in Porlock is just one business taking part in the event. Marion Schreiner

The cafe in Porlock is just one business taking part in the event. Marion Schreiner

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The first Exmoor Food Fest will celebrate the fine food and drink the area has to offer in 2015

For a whole month, outstanding restaurants across the region will be giving diners special offers.

They will be offering two courses for £10 and three courses for £15 to give locals and visitors alike the opportunity to sample dishes prepared with excellent local produce.

The event, supported by Somerset Life, enables customers to pick up vouchers at participating restaurants or download them online.

The Exmoor Food Fest will be launched on 28 January 2015 at The Combe, a training restaurant based at the Skills and Enterprise Centre in the grounds of West Somerset College in Minehead.

Local chefs will be cooking their signature dish with the students.

During February, a Masterchef-style competition will take place at The Combe as well as a range of cookery classes.

The grand finale of the Exmoor Food 
Fest is taking place at Minehead Harbour from 27 February to 1 March in conjunction with the Angling Festival.

Stalls will give the harbour a village feel, inviting people to stroll around the harbour, watch the anglers and taste delicious food and chefs will be available for cooking demonstrations.

Andrew Dixon, owner and chef at 
The Café at Porlock Weir, came up with 
the idea of the Exmoor Food Fest to promote the many outstanding food venues across the region.

“Exmoor has so much to offer, but February tends to be a very quiet time for us. This is an excellent opportunity for us to showcase what we can do while making it affordable for our customers.”

The Exmoor Food Fest is organised and run by Exmoor4all, an internet platform based on sharing photos and stories of Exmoor with people all over the world, as well as providing a network for local businesses.

Andrew, who is also a tutor at The Combe and Werner Hartholt, the Combe’s Chef Lecturer, are co-organisers and technical consultants for the Exmoor 
Food Fest. n

The restaurants taking part in the first Exmoor Food Fest will be listed on exmoorfoodfest.com

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