Eat Your Words - New This Year At Dartmouth Food Festival

This year at Dartmouth Food Festival, 25th - 27th October, a new series of 'in-conversation with' food and cookery writers, called Eat Your Words, is taking place at Dartmouth Yacht Club on the South Embankment.  Come and join some of the country's leading food and cookery writers and experts in their field whilst they chat about why food writing matters and why we all love to read it.

How do you explain to a reader what a tender, juicy leg of lamb tastes like, or describe the aroma of a crisp, dry Riesling?  How do you use words to communicate such sensory experiences?  Food and wine are some of the most difficult subjects to write about, but have also produced some of our richest writing.  During the Festival weekend, the Dartmouth literary scene will be brought to life with an extremely high calibre of writers participating.
Caroline Conran, Fiona Beckett and Paul Vincent will be talking about 'Wild Weather and Fierce Flavours: The Food and Cooking of the Languedoc'; Jenny Chandler and Christine Smallwood's topic is 'Have Fork, Will Travel'; Miranda Gardiner will be joining David Jones to discuss 'One Year of British Baking'; Elisabeth Luard, Rosemary Barron and Natalie Wheen, will be centring their talk on 'The Real Mediterranean Diet'; Lucy Siegle, Peter Greig and Holly Tiffen will be talking about 'For Business, Is International the New Local?'; Mitch Tonks and Mark Hix's session is based on 'Designing and Creating a New Wine Label'; James Ramsden will be joining Rosemary Barron to talk about 'Cooking and Writing for the Next Generation'; wine expert Susy Atkins will be hosting a discussion with renowned food writer, previously the editor of BBC Good Food magazine and now food editor for Somerset Life, Orlando Murrin on 'Living the Dream'.  This just offers a flavour of what can be expected, there are many more too.  For further information, including timings visit

Commenting on this aspect of the Festival, Holly Jones, co-owner of Manna from Devon Cooking School who has set up 'Eat Your Words' with food writer Rosemary Barron and intern Charlotte Myer, says: "We were keen at the outset to bring more of a focus on food and drink writing to the Festival and highlight the incredible writing community out there."  Holly continues: "The number of highly respected writers who have agreed to take part is quite outstanding.  The series of talks will really add to what already is a hugely successful and well attended Festival and introduces an exciting new element which we're confident will be extremely popular."
With such an impressive group of writers taking part, Dartmouth Food Festival has called in a little extra help from Totnes Bookshop to ensure these authors' books are represented in the best possible way, again adding to the reputation and standing of Dartmouth as a town and as a key place to visit for the intelligent 'foodie'.
Tickets for these series of talks are available from Val Bird at or call 07771 781 242.  All sessions are £5 admission and space is limited so do book in advance. For information keep an eye out on for regular updates, 'like' the Dartmouth Food Festival on Facebook and follow @DartFoodFest on Twitter.

This is the eleventh year of the Dartmouth Food Festival, which started from small beginnings in 2002 and has just kept on growing and is now one of the country's most talked about food festivals.  Sponsors of this year's festival include Coast & Country Cottages, Dartmouth Holiday Homes, Manna from Devon Cooking School, Corinium Care, Jelf Financial Advisors, The Mob Film Company, Southwestern Distillery, Original Image Photography, RAW PR & Marketing, By The Dart, Dartmouth Fine Foods, Bridgetown Brewery, Café Alf Fresco, Dart Marina Hotel, Royal Castle Hotel, Inspirations at RGC, Browns Hotel and RockFish.  Food magazine is the official media partner. 

With its free admission to the Festival in general it's a great day out for everyone, whether local to Dartmouth or visiting the region.  There will, however, be a range of ticketed events on sale.


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