On Your Marks For Delicious Drake's Food Weekend!

What do you get if you cross a mouth watering variety of top quality local food and drink with a scenic trail through the Devonshire countryside?  A food festival on the run!  On 5 October, the inaugural Delicious Drake's Trail, sponsored by gourmet experience experts Graze and Flavour, will offer foodies a chance to indulge their appetites while burning off some of the calories. The gastronomic tour starts at Buckland Abbey, the former home of Elizabethan sea captain Sir Francis Drake. It finishes at the Moorland Garden Hotel with a food festival featuring a West Country produce market, cookery demonstrations, BBQ and hog roast.

The 15 mile route (or 10 for those who prefer) will guide runners, joggers (and no doubt a sprinkling of walkers!) along the western fringes of Dartmoor between Yelverton and Tavistock, stopping at a dozen local pubs, hotels and pop-up caterers to taste a range of local produce. Energising appetisers along the route will include bite-size pasties made with Dartmoor beef, miniature redcurrant and Dartmoor lamb pies, and a Devonshire cream tea, all washed down with a selection of local brews.

The Moorland Garden Hotel, situated on the edge of Dartmoor National Park, is hosting a weekend of food and drink delights from 3 - 5 October to celebrate its involvement at the end of the trail.

Highlights of the weekend include:

Three-course dinner in Taste of the West award-winning The Wildflower Restaurant on arrival on Friday night prepared by Head Chef, Bruce Cole
Tour of the nearby Plymouth Gin Distillery on Saturday
Followed by a Devon Cream Tea back at the Moorland Garden Hotel
Rounded off with a five-course South African supper with matching wines hosted by BBC One's Saturday Kitchen wine expert, Susy Atkins and the hotel's South African raised Head Chef, Bruce Cole
West Country producers food festival on Sunday
The weekend culminates on Sunday with the opportunity to head out to watch – and for more athletic foodies, to take part in – the Delicious Drake's Trail. Spectators can follow the trail by bike (rental available from Dartmoor Cycles) or jump aboard a vintage double decker bus for a tour of the course to include a glass of champagne and canapés.

The Moorland Garden Hotel weekend package costs from £192.95 per person sharing including two nights' accommodation, breakfast, Devon cream tea, three-course dinner on Friday night and South African Wine Dinner with matching wines on Saturday night as well as a 40 minute tour of the Plymouth Gin distillery including either a free miniature or Plymouth Gin and tonic in the distillery's bar and entrance to the Food Festival on the Sunday.

To make a booking please call 01822 852245 or email stay@moorlandgardenhotel.co.uk and visit www.moorlandgardenhotel.co.uk

To sign up to take part in the Delicious Drake's Trail or book a place on the spectator bus tour visit www.deliciousdrakestrail.co.uk.


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