Congratulations are in order!

Congratulations to Thomas Carr and his team at The Olive Room in Ilfracombe for retaining their Michelin star!

(We’re also excited to announce that that Thomas Carr has already signed up for the 2020 Exmoor Food Fest!)

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Chefs for Hope: Tasting Dinner at Knowle Manor

19 NOV 2019: TASTING DINNER AT KNOWLE MANOR

Six Chefs – Six Courses

Followed by an Auction of Promises.

In aid of MIND in Somerset.

£85.00 per ticket
(Optional Wine Flight: £25.00)

7pm for 7.30pm

Chefs for Hope are organising a Tasting Dinner in support of the local charity MIND in Somerset which will take place on 19 November 2019 at Knowle Manor.

Six outstanding chefs will be cooking an exquisite six course dinner, providing guests with a top dining experience – James Mason, Ellis Pannell, Paul Berry, Olivier Certain, John Bradley and Liam Finnegan will be supported by learners from Foxes Hotel.

All chefs are from award-winning restaurants: James Mason, former Head Chef at Kentisbury Grange, now runs his own event company, New Coast Events. Ellis Pannell is Chef Patron of the Pyne Arms in North Devon, Paul Berry the Chef Patron of The Swan in Bampton, a Top50 Gastropub, where Olivier Certain is the head chef. John Bradley is the Chef Patron of Dunkery Beacon Country Hotel, and Liam Finnegan the head chef at The Castle in Taunton.

The dinner is in aid of the charity MIND in Somerset – Chefs for Hope are hoping to raise £5,000 to set up a youth service in Minehead for children with mental health issues in West Somerset. MIND in Somerset help young people who struggle with finding enjoyment in things that used to be fun, feel isolated and lonely and that life seems a bit pointless.

Chefs for Hope was set up by Mike Griffiths, former head chef at the Farmers Arms in Combe Florey, and Elke Winzer, organiser of the Exmoor Food Fest.  The objective of Chefs for Hope is to help local charities raise much needed funds.

“We are delighted that six fantastic chefs are joining us for our first Tasting Dinner in November”, said Elke Winzer.  “We are grateful to all of them to give up their time to help us raise money for MIND in Somerset.”

“Many chefs struggle with mental health, and supporting young people is a matter close to our hearts”, added Mike Griffiths. “We do hope that we will exceed our target of £5000 to be able to fund more than one youth group in West Somerset.”

The dinner will be followed by an Auction of Promises – information about the auctioneer and the items to be won will soon be published!

Tickets are available via the website http://www.chefsforhope.org

If you can’t make it, but still wish to contribute, then please consider supporting our Crowdfunder: 100% of the money donated will go straight towards our project.

 

 

The Countdown to the 2020 Exmoor Food Fest begins

A Tasting Dinner at The Ginger Peanut in Bampton on 24 September 2019 launches the countdown to the 2020 Exmoor Food Fest which will return to Exmoor in February 2020.

Peter Mundy, Executive Chef at The Ginger Peanut, and his head chef Vincenzo Gallitto will be serving an Italian Menu with an Exmoor twist to showcase the outstanding quality of local produce and Exmoor’s hospitality scene.

The Exmoor Food Fest will return to Exmoor in February 2020 when participating restaurants will be serving special ‘meal deals’ starting at £10.00 across the region.  For the sixth consecutive year, locals and visitors to the area will be able to experience outstanding menus at very reasonable prices at award-winning and Michelin starred restaurants and pubs.

“We are very excited that Peter Mundy will be hosting our media launch at The Ginger Peanut”, said Elke Winzer, Festival Director of the Exmoor Food Fest. “We really enjoy working with Peter and Vincenzo, and our guests will be in for a special treat. It’s the perfect launch of our countdown to the sixth Exmoor Food Fest.”

Peter Mundy commented: “We are delighted to host the media launch of the Exmoor Food Fest at The Ginger Peanut. We are passionate about everything foodie and everything Exmoor, and we are looking forward to being part of the 2020 Exmoor Food Fest.”

“We expect that more than 40 restaurants across the region will take part in the forthcoming Exmoor Food Fest”, added Elke Winzer. “It is a great opportunity for people to experience Exmoor and its culinary delights during a quiet season, especially as many restaurants will be offering special deals for their accommodation as well.”

Tickets for the Media Launch on 24 September are £50.00 pp (optional wine flight £20.00) can be booked directly through The Ginger Peanut: 
food@gingerpeanut.co.uk  /  T: 01398 33 22 44

Tickets are now available for the 2020 ExFF Media Launch

As it seems far too long until the start of the 2020 Exmoor Food Fest, we are going to have a feast in September!

Join us for an Italian Night with an Exmoor Twist at the Ginger Peanut in Bampton for our official media launch which will be hosted by  Chef/patron Peter Mundy and his headchef Vincenzo Gallitto.

Tickets are £50.00 per person (optional wine flight: £20.00)

Prosecco and Canapés on arrival

Amuse Bouche

Starter

Palate Cleanser

Main

Dessert

Espresso with extras

Tickets are available directly from The Ginger Peanut
(food@gingerpeanut.co.uk / T: 01398 33 22 44)

Peter Mundy at The Ginger Peanut
19 Fore St, Bampton, Tiverton EX16 9ND
http://www.gingerpeanut.co.uk

The registration for the Exmoor Food Fest 2020 is now open!

Calling all restaurants, pubs and tearooms on and around Exmoor – you can now sign up for the 2020 Exmoor Food Fest via our website.

This year we have exciting plans, and signing up now means that you will benefit from all the promotions we are running between now and autumn 2020.  For the first time there will be a printed Exmoor Food Fest brochure:  10,000 copies  will be distributed to accommodation providers, visitor centres and other public places at the beginning of August 2019. Signing up now means that your eatery will be listed free of charge in this publication.

Lots of events have been planned to make sure that the 2020 Exmoor Food Fest is going to be the biggest and best yet.  In September Peter Mundy at the Ginger Peanut will host our media dinner which will set the bar for our sixth food festival.  A limited number of tickets will be available to the public for this foodie event (those who receive our newsletter will be the first to know about this!).

In January 2020 The Coach House at Kentisbury Grange will kick off the the Exmoor Food Fest 2020 in style with our VIP launch.  The festival will run as usual throughout February across Exmoor and beyond, with tasting dinners, food fairs and foodie events galore.

If you run a restaurant, pub or tearoom on and around Exmoor, it would be great to have you on board!  Have a look at the photos below – it’s not just a great promotion of your establishment, it’s also great fun.

The Grand Final of the 2019 Exmoor Food Fest

On Tuesday, we celebrated the end of yet another Exmoor Food Fest with a fantastic tasting menu at the Rising Sun in West Bagborough.  Head Chef Jade Shorney was joined by Olivier Certain (The Swan, Bampton), Liam Finnegan (The Castle Hotel, Taunton), Anita-Clare Field (La Petite Bouchée, Witheridge) and James Mason (New Coast Events). Together they produced a range of amazing Taste Exmoor menu which was a fitting end to a successful 2019 Exmoor Food Fest.

Photos by Faydit Photography.

The Chefs

The Dishes

FUN IN THE KITCHEN

A Celebration of Beef: Exmoor’s Food Heroes

Last Tuesday, The Farmers Arms in Combe Florey hosted a Celebration of Beef. And boy, what a celebration this was…..  six courses prepared by five outstanding chefs, accompanied by beautiful wines, wowed the lucky diners.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mike Griffiths, head chef at the Farmers Arms, was joined in the kitchen by Olivier Certain (Duende), Anita-Clare Field (La Petite Bouchée), Peter Mundy (The Ginger Peanut) and Tim Zekki (Duende) who created an exciting menu of the best Exmoor beef. Even the delicious dessert (by Tim Zekki) contained beef!

So here are the Exmoor Food Heroes of the night, captured by photographer Jean-Phillipe Baudey :

From left to right: Mike Griffiths, Peter Mundy, Anita-Clare Field, Olivier Certain and Tim Zekki

 

And nothing would be possible without the fantastic people working in the kitchen and front of house!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo Gallery: Memories of the VIP #ExFF19 Launch

At the end of January, the 2019 Exmoor Food Fest was launched at the Farmers Arms in Combe Florey.  Head chef Mike Griffiths was joined in the kitchen by Tim Zekki (Duende Restaurant), Damien Wager (Edible Art Ltd), James Mason and Jaime Allen.  Here is a collection of photos of the night by Faydit Photography.

Book now: 7-Course-Tasting-Dinner at the Rising Sun, West Bagborough

Bookings are now open for the 7-Course-Tasting Dinner at the Rising Sun, West Bagborough:

THE RISING SUN’S EXMOOR FOOD FEST

7 COURSE  TASTING MENU

8 March 2019

 

PORLOCK BAY OYSTERS , PEA FOAM,  CHORIZO SNOW

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MUSHROOM RISOTTO,  SHAVINGS OF MATURED SOMERSET CHEDDAR,  TRUFFLE

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STUFFED LOIN OF LOCAL RABBIT, WRAPPED IN CURED HAM WITH CRISPY GARDEN KALE
AND BALSAMIC GLAZE

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VINTAGE CHAMPAGNE SORBET

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FILLET OF HAKE,  RADISH, CRAB FRIED RICE, EDAME, ASIAN DRESSING 

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RICH  CHOCOLATE MOUSSE, CARAMELISED HAZELNUTS, DRAGON FRUIT

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A TRIO OF LOCAL CHEESES  &  FRESH FRUITS

, SERVED WITH A GLASS OF LYME BAY ELDERFLOWER PORT

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COFFEE

39.95 PER HEAD (CALL 01823 432575 FOR TICKETS)

7pm for 7.30pm