Salt, Spice, Sweet & Sour – Powderham Castle Food Festival

Toby Buckland - Grow your garden and eat it.

Toby Buckland – Grow your garden and eat it.

This October Powderham Food Festival is celebrating ‘Pickling Potting and Preserving’ from jam to modern food preservation technology. Heading the talks will be ‘The Incredible Spice Men’ recently seen on BBC2 and television gardening broadcaster, Toby Buckland, who will be giving a talk on ‘How to grow your garden and eat it’ then hosting a panel of experts for a foodie gardening question-time session. We will hold jams and pickles Q and A sessions and the festival will be packed with cooking demonstrations and talks which will comprise of experts in their field from smoking, potting, preserving in every way  –  charcutiers, cheesemakers, growers, game merchants, fish smokers, jam and chutney makers. 

Country Sports Chefs - there will be a Game Cooking Demonstration at the festival

Country Sports Chefs – there will be a Game Cooking Demonstration at the festival

They’ll be over 100 food stalls, a ‘Preserves Competition’, children’s gardening activities, apple pressings, workshops with the castle ‘Victorian Cook’ and live music to keep you entertained. Powderham Food Festival is sponsored by Helpful Holidays the leading holiday cottage specialists in the South West.

Demonstrations and talks will be held in three venues –  the Main Marquee in the Rose Garden, the Victorian Kitchen and informal demos in the Potting Shed.

The Rose Garden by Rinus Kool

The Rose Garden by Rinus Kool

In the Rose Garden Marquee

11am – 11.45  Charcuterie Duel – Peter Greig of Pipers Farm and Steve Wiliams, Good- Game

Head Chef Magdalen Chapter Hotel, Ben Bulgar, preparing potted meat

Ben Bulgar, Head Chef at the Magdalen Chapter Hotel

Ben Bulgar, Head Chef at the Magdalen Chapter Hotel

12 – 12.45       The Incredible Spice Men, Cyrus Todiwala OBE and Tony Singh, BBC television’s latest culinary stars spicing up British Food

‘The Incredible Spice Men by Cyrus Todiwala and Tony Singh is published by BBC Books, £20. Photography by Haarala Hamilton.’

‘The Incredible Spice Men by Cyrus Todiwala and Tony Singh is published by BBC Books, £20. Photography by Haarala Hamilton.’

1.00 – 1.45      Toby Buckland, TV & radio gardening expert – How to Grow your Garden and Eat It and Ben Bulger prepping a delicious seasonal vegetable dish

2.00 – 2.30      Q & A Pickles and Jams – Gold award winning jam and chutney makers, Lori Reich of Shute Fruit and Neil & Ann Stallard Waterhouse Fayre.

2.35 – 3.05       Game Cookery Demonstration Annette Cole from Country Sports & Ian Grant The Deer Park Hotel

3.15 – 3.45      Foodie gardening question-time session hosted by Toby Buckland and Sarah Chesters, RHS Rosemoor.

4 – 4.45           Space Food by Sophia Griffiths of the Institute of Food Science and Technology

In the Victorian Kitchen

11 – 11.45       Victorian Cook – Kids class pickled beans

12 – 12.45        Annette Cole BASC – Kids class rabbit sausage rolls

1.15 – 2.00       Victorian Cook – Kids Class pickled beans

2.30 – 3.00      Nick from Hodmedods –Beans and pea alternative proteins of the future?

3.15 – 3.45      Kirsty of Kirsty’s Kitchen – Adapting Antique Preserve Recipes

Kirsty will talk about old preserving recipes

Kirsty will talk about old preserving recipes

In the Potting Shed

Informal chats and cooking demos including:

Jill Courtney, Courtneys of Whimple – All that is apple and more.

Choconola – Sharon of Midfields Granola creating chocolate heaven with goodness.

Hodmedods British Dried Beans

Hodmedods British Dried Peas & Beans -proteins of the future.

Nick from Hodmedods –Beans and Peas, alternative proteins of the future?

SEE YOU THERE.

Powderham Food Festival is on Saturday 5th October 10.30am –5 pmAdmission £5 Adults, Free for children under 16.

Powderham Castle, Kenton, Exeter Devon EX6 8JQ Tel: 01626 890243HDR tonemapped

The Incredible Spice Men Come to Devon – Powderham Food Festival

‘The Incredible Spice Men by Cyrus Todiwala and Tony Singh is published by BBC Books, £20. Photography by Haarala Hamilton.’

‘The Incredible Spice Men by Cyrus Todiwala and Tony Singh is published by BBC Books, £20. Photography by Haarala Hamilton.’

Award-winning chefs and old friends Tony Singh and Cyrus Todiwala are coming to Powderham Castle Food Festival on Sat 5th October to share their take on British food. Thier zesty new series ‘The Incredible Spice Men” is currently on BBC2.

Between them they have cooked the Queen’s Jubilee dinner, been awarded an OBE and won Chef of the Year. Their knowledge of spices is extraordinary and comes not just from training in world-class restaurants, but handed down through generations of their Indian families.

Tony and Cyrus have taken to the road, exploring the British Isles, meeting those behind the best British produce and adding their own twist to our classic and best-loved dishes.  “For too long, our spices have sat unused and dusty on cupboard shelves, when just a mere sprinkling of cumin, a dash of turmeric or a handful of star anise has the power to turn everyday food into an explosion of tastes and smells.”

Now they are giving us all the benefit of their expertise at Powderham Food Festival, don’t miss the fun that is created by this extremely knowledgeable and entertaining pair.

The Incredible Spice Mentogether - 313kb©ph.Haarala Hamilton

Photography by Haarala Hamilton.

Powderham Food Festival

Saturday 5th October 10.30am –5 pm  Admission £5 Adults, Free for children under 16.

At Powderham Castle, Kenton, Exeter Devon EX6 8JQ Tel: 01626 890243

Powderham Castle, nr Exeter,Devon.

Powderham Castle, nr Exeter,Devon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The fish on my plate had been speared that morning by the chef himself – Les Saveurs, Exmouth

Image 4The fish on my plate had been speared that morning, by the chef himself.IMG_0879It was the most perfectly cooked, delicious, melt-in-the-mouth piece of sea bass I have eaten for many years and it had been caught from waters lapping a few hundred meters from the restaurant.

Where in the South West can you eat fish that superb? Exmouth, at Les Saveurs,  a French restaurant owned by Chef Olivier Guyard and his wife, Sheila, that specialises in local seafood.  They won Marco Pierre White’s Kitchen Wars last year but I just don’t think this little diamond of a restaurant has really had the recognition it deserves. This is a restaurant where the owners really care. A local fisherman told me how Olivier lovingly lifts scallops from the seabed like they were sleeping children that “mustn’t be wakened”, then leaves them to rest in seawater before serving them to make sure they are extra tender. Respect.

Olivier learnt his craft from his father before training formally and working through the ranks to become head chef and executive chef in establishments like Trade Winds and The Lobster Pot in Antiqua. Returning to Devon, he worked at Brocks Padstow, and was head chef at the Hotel Barcelona before opening his own restaurant in Exmouth. Image 2Bronzed, and barrel chested, with eyes like cut kiwis, that flash with enthusiasm, Olivier cooks with the delicacy of a Michelin chef and the vitality of a big game fisherman. At the end of the evening, he came out of the kitchen and gave us an impromptu demonstration of his spear fishing techniques. He is so obsessed, the coastguards are called out two or three times a year to look for him when he gets carried away in the water for 13 hours at a time.   Sated and satisfied by our delicious meal, we stayed for hours listening to his tales of the sea.

Imagehttp://www.lessaveurs.co.uk/

Hidden away down a small pedestrianised street near the centre of Exmouth, their family run restaurant is friendly and warm with Sheila, and their son Patrick front of house. Address: 9 Tower St, Exmouth, Devon, EX8 1NT. Tel:01395 269 459

Please Note: Spear-fishing depends on the season and the weather, so not every dish is hand speared. Les Saveurs have excellent relations with local fish suppliers and the seafood is as fresh as it can be.