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The Food Shop At The Shops At Dartington

the_food_shopSouth Devon is a hub of food and drink producers, enthusiasts and aficionados. It’s bursting at the seams with wonderful, local produce which offers the ultimate taste sensation. Reflecting this, the spectacular newly positioned and tripled in size The Food Shop At The Shops At Dartington will officially launch on Saturday 15th March. The launch promises to be a fun packed, gastronomic day out for all the family with lively demonstrations, entertainers, live music and an opportunity to meet some of the producers and their products!

The Food Shop At The Shops At Dartington will provide inspiration whether planning a healthy, wholesome supper or looking to impress for a special occasion. Everything required will be under one roof making the food shopping experience an entirely different, much more pleasurable, one.

Packed full of homemade cakes and puddings, artisan fresh breads, pastries and pies, premium locally sourced meats, regional ales, ciders and wines, tasty cheeses and tempting treats, this new food shop will showcase the very best of produce from both the local region as well as the wider West Country. On the official launch day, visitors will be treated to tastings from popular producers including Lyme Bay winery, Blueberry Brothers, Wonky Kitchen, South Devon Chilli Farm, Mrs G’s Ravishing Relishes, Tom’s Pies and Partridge Farm meats and many more.
Award winning local chef, Matt Buzzo from The Waterside Bistro in Totnes, says: “I live in Dartington and have always been a great fan of the shops here. As a board member of Food & Drink Devon sourcing local produce has always been of the highest importance to me. It will be fantastic to have ‘The Food Shop’ on my doorstep!”

Passionate about supporting Devon food and drink producers The Shops at Dartington holds a regular, popular food producers’ market, Love Food Dartington. Supported by Food & Drink Devon, and held on the last Sunday of every month, these bustling markets showcase a brilliant line up of local producers. There are also Dartington’s two on-site cafés, The Venus Company and Cranks, serving delicious, handmade dishes to try. So, make sure you keep the date of the next market free – Sunday 30th March.

Saturday 31st May and Sunday 1st June sees the return of the much anticipated, free The Shops at Dartington Food Fair. Now in its fourth year, with Taste of the West as one of the sponsors, it is gaining a name for itself in food lovers’ calendars far and wide. With over 50 of the region’s best food and drink producers exhibiting including Tom’s Pies and the popular Ashridge cider bar, art and crafts stalls, entertainment from local bands and children’s activities including the new ‘Bake a Pasty Competition’, clay pot making and bookable adventures like the tree walk with Dynamic Adventures, there really is something for everyone. Further information can be found at (

The Shops at Dartington are owned by the Dartington Hall Trust, an independent charitable organisation, trading ethically and sustainably as a social enterprise in order to help support the Trust’s activities in Social Justice, Sustainability and the Arts.

As well as the exciting new food shop there’s a unique selection of shops to explore, making it a must visit destination for locals and tourists alike. Browse the exquisite craft and pottery collections, stylish women’s and men’s fashion, kitchen and homeware and unusual gifts and furnishings, including upcycled and UK made furniture.

For further information about The Shops at Dartington please visit or take a look at Eat UP! Dartington’s very own food blog bursting with producer stories, news, delicious recipes and fabulous competitions (

New Irish Cheeses at Waitrose

Waitrose has teamed up with Bord Bia, The Irish Food Board, to launch a new Irish farmhouse cheese range, that will go on sale just in time for St Patrick’s Day on March 17th. This unique range of cheeses comes from five artisan cheese makers from all over Ireland. The newly extended selection will be available from most Waitrose deli counters from about now.

By definition, Irish farmhouse cheese is made by only one family on one farm. The recipes and methods are exclusive to the individual Irish cheese makers, and are not shared or replicated by anyone else. This guarantees the individual and unique nature of Irish farmhouse cheese, with the cheeses often reflecting not only the pasture of the land but the character of the cheese maker.

New Irish cheeses:

Exclusive to Waitrose and previously unavailable in the UK, Wicklow Baun (£1.89/100g) is a delightfully creamy cheese made using pasteurised cow’s milk. This brie-style cheese is enriched with extra cream to give a smooth and delicious buttery texture, is decidedly moreish. Suitable for vegetarians.

The award -winning Wicklow Gold (£1.62/100g) is a mild and sweet cheddar made from pasteurised cow’s milk. The distinctive taste of this fantastic cheese was developed by John Hempenstall to give a sweet alternative to the average cheddar.

Carrigaline (£1.35/100g) ia a handmade cheese with a firm and flexible texture with small round or oval gap holes, Carrigaline has a delicate flavour becoming piquant with age. There is also Gortnamona (£1.75/100g) a soft, mould ripened goat’s cheese with a fresh, clean flavour and creamy texture when mature.

Celebrate This Easter With A Free Gift From Keevil & Keevil

Try something different this Easter and get a free gift from Keevil & Keevil. The oldest shop at London’s famous Smithfield Meat Market is giving away a corn-fed chicken with every online order over £40.00. So why not take a break from tradition and order a delicious venison joint from the Keevil & Keevil web store? They offer a great range of top-quality, fresh, wild red deer venison from the West Highlands of Scotland – delivered direct to your door. Tasty, healthy and easy to cook, it’s the perfect choice for entertaining family and friends this Easter.

Wild Venison
Our rolled shoulder of venison is the ideal roast for a no-fuss Easter lunch. Lean, succulent and full of flavour, it’s simple to cook and feeds a family of eight comfortably. Also perfect for feeding large gatherings, our venison haunch is delicious, tender and great for slow roasting, while our boned and rolled saddle of venison – with its lean, melt-in-the-mouth texture and rich flavour – is guaranteed to impress.

Free-range Duck and Guinea Fowl
If you prefer a bird at Easter, why not try our tasty, free-range Devonshire duck? Traditionally reared in the heart of the Devon countryside on a natural diet of grass and grain, these prime birds have outstanding flavour. Or choose our lovely, plump guinea fowl with its delicate flavour as a great alternative for a special Easter Sunday lunch.

Our delicious, juicy, oven-ready quails make a great, inexpensive starter, or an easy lunch or supper over the Easter weekend. Try them topped with sage leaves, wrapped in Parma ham and roasted in our recipe for Parma-wrapped Quail.

Whatever your choice from Keevil & Keevil, with a free corn-fed chicken for every order over £40.00, catering for family and friends this Easter couldn’t be easier.

Start the Day with a Rachel’s Dairy Detox

To ensure your mornings get off to the best start in 2010, Rachel’s has created a limited edition Pineapple and Grapefruit yogurt, perfect for providing a mouth-watering kick start to the day!

Renowned for its cleansing and detoxifying qualities, grapefruits are the ideal breakfast fruit. But why settle for just grapefruit when you can treat your taste buds to this zesty yogurt that will leave you feeling revitalised and ready to face the day. The grapefruit is perfectly balanced by sweet juicy pineapple and combined with Rachel’s signature thick and creamy texture makes for an invigorating tasty treat. What’s more at less than 2% fat you can indulge, safe in the knowledge that you are sticking to those New Year resolutions to eat healthily without compromising on taste.

Available online with Ocado and in Waitrose and Booths stores nationwide from 25th January 2010, this bio-live yogurt combines the best locally sourced organic milk with the finest Fruits.

This delicious yogurt can be enjoyed on its own or poured over your favourite cereal or fruit for a healthy, refreshing breakfast. What’s more the new yogurt, priced at around £1.59 for a 450g pot, provides an important source of calcium and natural vitamins, as well as the health-giving bio-live cultures to help improve and maintain a healthy digestive system.

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Enjoy Burns Night Haggis At Home With Keevil & Keevil

You don’t have to be in Scotland to enjoy a Bonnie Burns Supper this January. Order a tasty haggis from the Keevil & Keevil web store and get Scotland’s finest direct to your door. They will even provide a great recipe for a traditional celebration supper with neeps and tatties, to help you host Burns Night in style.

“Guaranteed to get your taste buds Highland reeling on January 25th, our delicious haggis comes from Macsween of Edinburgh, which has been making its authentic, award-winning version of Scotland’s national dish for more than 50 years. Using the finest ingredients and an age-old family recipe, Macsween haggis is the perfect culinary centrepiece for Burns Night.

It’s a scrumptious mix of lamb, beef, oatmeal and onions with a special blend of spices and seasoning, cooked together in a natural casing. It contains no artificial colours, flavourings or preservatives. There’s even a fabulous vegetarian version – filled with kidney beans, lentils, peanuts, walnuts, almonds, carrots, turnip and mushrooms, as well as the traditional oatmeal, onions, spices and seasoning.”

Order online at our website: and they will send over a mouth-watering haggis in perfect time to enjoy the celebrations. Keevil and Keevil – the oldest name on Smithfield Meat Market – now offers an extensive range of delicious, top quality meats, charcuterie and cheese online at great prices. As well as haggis, they supply the very best in exotic meats, traditional game, Wagyu beef, specialist poultry and Italian, French and Spanish delicacies.

So why not raise your glasses on January 25th and enjoy a haggis at home with our recipe for a Burns Night celebration supper?

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