Traders at the Dunster Food Fair at the Dunster Tithe Barn

Saturday, 25 February 2017, the following traders will welcome you at the Dunster Tithe Barn:

Outside:
Little Oak Farm (local rare breed pork)
Cocoa’s (hand made chocolate)
Jane Elizabeth’s Confectionary
Somerset Smokehouse
Somerset Charcuterie
Exmoor Engravings

Inside:
Secret Orchard Cider
Madrigal Brewery
Pieroth Wines
Riverford Organic Farmers
Juliet’s Cakes
Yetland (local meat)
Parmesan & Pumpkin
Instow Kitchen
Chillees
Bumblees (Jams etc)
Midges Treasures
Handmade Soaps by Ellen
West Country Farm & Food Tours

Claire’s Kitchen will be running the Bistro/ Cafe!

Find us at
Priory Green, Dunster, Minehead TA24 6RY
11am – 5pm
(Please note – no parking at the Tithe Barn, and no access via the garden)

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Dunster Food Fair is this weekend!

We are getting ready for this weekend’s Dunster Food Fair at the Tithe Barn!

There’ll be plenty of local produce and delicious food, both inside the Tithe Barn and in the car park.

You are welcome to drop off passengers, but please note that there will be NO PARKING at the Tithe Barn, and you will not be able to access the barn via the gardens.

Here is the address:
Dunster Tithe Barn, Priory Green, Dunster, Minehead TA24 6RY

Trading hours are:
Saturday     11 – 5
Sunday        11 – 4

Looking forward to seeing you there!

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Book now: Exmoor Food Fest 2017 Media Launch on 21 September 2016

Join us on 21 September 2016 at 7pm for the 

Exmoor Food Fest 2017 Media Launch
at
Knowle Manor

Claire’s Kitchen is serving up an Exmoor Feast!

5 courses for £50.00

Claire’s Kitchen Elderflower Cocktails on arrival

Canapes
including crispy wonton with blue swimmer crab, poached pineapple, spring onion and chilli jam

Vietnamese Poached Duck Leg on an Asian salad
with a fresh coriander and sweet chilli dressing

Local Braised Shin of Beef
with melting onions, Rosemary Boulangere potatoes, leek gratin croquetas
 

Blackberry and White chocolate Cheesecake
with a Sloe Gin ice cream and Brandy Snap Crumble

  Local Cheeseboard
served with Claire’s Kitchen homemade cider shots

Vegetarian options will be available.

LIMITED SPACE!
Book now

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The Café at the Dunster Tithe Barn (Dunster Food Festival)

Claire’s Kitchen:

Saturday

Southern style pulled pork with a red cabbage and coriander coleslaw and tortilla wrap

Claires kitchen signature tandoori chicken served with an onion, cucumber, tomato and mint salad with a mint/coriander raita and a mini naan bread with garlic butter

For the vegetarians-

Split pea and spinach curry,onion,cucumber, tomato and mint salad and a mini garlic naan bread

For the sweeter tooths-

Mini Buttermilk scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam

Dozy Dough’s carrot and sultana scones

Orange almond cake

Devils food chocolate layer cake with chocolate Ganache and cherry compote

Carrot and walnut Cake

The Winzers Chocolate Brownies

 

On  Sunday foods on offer will be on a local theme-

Local Heal Farm ham and Local cheese Plougmans with a complimentary Secret Orchard Cider shot and devon chutney all served with Dozy Doughs artisan breads

Claires Kitchen home grown squash,pumpkin and pearl barley stew served with crusty artisan bread

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Secret Orchard Cider Bar

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Date for the Diary: Dunster Food Festival 27&28 Feb 2016

This is the grand final of the Exmoor Food Fest 2016:

We will be taking over the whole of Dunster, with local producers, street food traders, crafters and artists in various locations such as the Tithe Barn, the Yarn Market, Memorial Hall and Dunster Castle.

There will also be cooking demonstrations and much, much more…

Are you a producer or an artist? Do own a local business? Would you like to take part? Then get in touch:

The Exmoor Food Fest is sponsored by
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From Field to Fork….  The Minehead Farmers’ Market

Photo by James A. Fenwick

Every Friday, from 8.30am till 2pm, the busy Parade in Minehead is transformed: Purple and yellow tents take over the top part of the town, and shoppers with baskets filled to the brim with fresh bread, eggs, cake and vegetables walk where cars usually speed along.

The Minehead Farmers Market moved into the Avenue nearly 10 years ago.  Between 16 and 19 traders bring their fares to Minehead for 50 weeks a year. Whether it is gluten free cakes, sourdough products, chocolates, fish, cheese, preserves, beef, pork, venison or even plants, visitors will find a plethora of homemade or homegrown products to fill their larder. 

Shelley Kift, who has been attending Minehead Farmers Market since 2006 with her business “Out Over Catering”, took over as market chairman in 2011.

“We run our own farm at Blackmore Gate on Exmoor and only use home bred pork and beef from neighbouring local farms,” explains Shelley who now coordinates all the market traders. The trained chef sources all ingredients as locally as possible, and all products are made from scratch, including the pastry. 

“The Minehead Farmers Market has been going from strength to strength,” said Shelley while serving another customer with cheese scones and chocolate cake. “In 2014 we won the Taste of the West Silver Award. We are still waiting for the 2015 results…”

Cheryl Arvidson from Greenmeadow Poultry in the Quantocks regularly brings free-range hen, duck and quail eggs to the market in Minehead.  Those interested in having their own chicken, can book courses in poultry keeping for all levels with the Cheryl who has a further education teaching certificate.

Another stall to look out for is Plowright Organic and their home grown, organic vegetables, freshly hewn each week from the sandy Somerset soils at the foothills of the Quantocks.  “It isn’t a big money maker for us,” says Richard Plowright who runs the farm, “the customers are the reason we go there as they’re so appreciative of our produce.”

Carrots and Milya potatoes are the biggest sellers which keep the customers coming back for more. Customers also enjoy the experience of looking through the vegetables, connecting with the growing seasons and sharing recipe ideas, as well as having a chat with Joel who runs the stall.

On 20 September 2015, many of the regular Minehead Farmers Market traders will take part in the Minehead Food and Families Day around The Beach Hotel, which launches a range of “Taste of Exmoor” events leading up to the 2016 Exmoor Food Fest.  Participating restaurants across Exmoor will again be offering 2 courses for £10.00 during February.  For more information, please go to www.tasteofexmoor.com .

Credit:  All photos by James A Fenwick

(Note: This text was first published in the September issue of Somerset Life)