By Angela Emberson
I am delighted to report that Chagford’s first food festival was a resounding success. The first vote of thanks goes to the weather, which was perfect and brought huge numbers of visitors to the event.
Most of the food stalls sold out – not surprisingly, as many people tried out several of the choices on offer. And what a range of choices they were: Thai curries, crayfish salad, sweet and savoury crêpes, spring rolls, venison burgers, the best hot dogs on the planet, vegan and vegetarian wraps, and more.
Shopping baskets were full of Dartmoor beef, The Cure Dartmoor Charcuterie sausages, brownies, cakes and speciality chocolates, gins and liqueurs. Tasters of fabulous local cheeses were very popular courtesy of The Fat Mouse Dairy and cookery courses from The Ground Up Cookery School proved very popular as well. The plants from the Edible Garden Nursery were flying off the shelves destined for people’s gardens. There really was something for everyone.
A huge contribution to the ambience of the day goes to ‘Elfic the Juggler’ who kept children and adults alike amused with his skills, energy and humour; he was brilliant. Further entertainment was provided by several local musicians – a wonderful background to the whole day. Many thanks go to the Rector who provided the Churchyard to various charities to raise some funds and they did so with quizzes, cup cake decorating and upcycling workshops for the youngsters.
A final thank you goes to all the organisers, helpers on the day and of course our sponsors who enabled the day to happen, it was a BLAST!