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Traditional Wood Cuts at Coombe Farm Studios, Dittisham
Friday 5th October 2012 to Sunday 7th October 2012

Traditional Wood Cuts
Course led by Paul Riley
October 5th 2012 - October 7th 2012 (3 Days)

Wood Cuts have a very long and fascinating tradition going back to early Japanese and Christian forms of illustration. Paul has been exploring the oriental methods using watercolour printing as opposed to them more usual oil based ink method, which will be demonstrated on this course.

The course will include the cutting of the block using a variety of knives and gouges. Explanation of the safe use of the tools and their sharpening will be given. Design ideas will be developed and transferred to the block. Finally printing using old methods in a new way will demonstrate the versatility of this medium.

Advice will also be given remounting and presenting the final image. This exciting course is suitable for both beginners and experienced alike.

For information & booking contact;
[email protected]
01803 722352

Crabs - from Sea to Sandwich (South Devon AONB)

Crabs - from Sea to Sandwich (South Devon AONB)
Monday 8th October 2012

Crabs - from Sea to Sandwich
South Devon AONB
Monday 8th October Spetember, 10am-12pm

If you love crab, but don't know how to deal with a live one, come and spend a hands-on morning in Mark Lobb's fish store, overlooking Start Bay.

You'll be working on your own crab, which you can take home for tea and there will be ideas for using crab and lobster in your cooking. The price includes a crab, plus tastings.

Adults only, £15
Booking essential, call 01803 861384
Meet at The Store, Mill Lane, Stoke Fleming, TQ6 0QZ

Dartmouth Farmers Market

Dartmouth Farmers Market
Saturday 13th October 2012

Dartmouth Farmers Market
Old Market Square 9am - 1pm

Held on the second Saturday of each month. Pop along & support your local producers and buy local, fresh top quality food & plants.

An initiative of the South Hams Agricultural Forum and supported by South Hams District Council

Cockington Apple Day

Cockington Apple Day
Sunday 14th October 2012

Cockington’s popular October Food & Crafts Festival - Apple Day - will celebrate for the 20th year on Sunday 14th October, showcasing the best in local foods, handmade crafts, apple varieties – and ciders of course!

National Apple Day was founded by London charity Common Ground in 1990. The charity wanted to preserve and raise awareness of the alarming rate at which orchards were disappearing, along with the local varieties, the recipes, the songs, stories, pruning and wassailing.

Of the 6,000 varieties of apple once grown in Britain, only nine are now readily available in the supermarkets. Modern farming methods, rapid transport and the import of cheap fruit from abroad along with new methods of horticultural production and storage, as well as new building and development, have lead the removal of many old orchards. Devon alone has lost 90% of its total orchards since 1965. Apple Day is an annual celebration of this wonderful diversity of apples and a way of conserving traditional orchards, fruit and traditions.

Apple Day is one of Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust's biggest fundraising events and all monies raised are ploughed back into conservation work across 1750 acres of green sites in Torbay including Berry Head National Nature Reserve, Cockington Country Park and Occombe Farm.

For more information call 01803 606035 or contact Rachel Tapper at Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust on 01803 520022 or e-mail [email protected]

When the Boats Come In... South Devon AONB

When the Boats Come In... South Devon AONB
Friday 19th October 2012

When the Boats Come In (South Devon AONB)
Friday 19th October – 6am-8am

You have to get up early this morning if you’re going to see the day’s catch come in!

Join Rick Smith from Brixham Trawler Agents, to watch the fleet unload its cargoes of fish & auction them at the fish market on a short guided tour. Then enjoy a hot breakfast at the Fisherman’s Mission.

Booking Essential, includes a cooked breakfast; adults £7.50, children £5.50. Email [email protected] or call 01803 861384. Meet at 6am outside the gates on New Fish Quay, Brixham Harbour.

Discover Lupton House (South Devon AONB)
Saturday 20th October 2012

Discover Lupton House
South Devon AONB
Saturday 20th October, 1.30pm-3.30pm

Lupton is a house and estate with many stories to tell!
Now in the safe hands of the Lupton Trust, the house is carefully and respectfully being restored to it's former glory. Come and explore for yourself on a guided tour.

Booking essential for the tour - Adults £4, child £2, call 01803 845800

Refreshments available in the library during the afternoon - drop in and have a look around the gardens.

Lupton House, Churston Ferrers, Brixham, TQ5 0LD

South Hams Art Trail (South Devon AONB)

South Hams Art Trail (South Devon AONB)
Saturday 20th October 2012 to Sunday 28th October 2012

South Hams Art Trail
South Devon AONB
20th - 28th October, 10am-5pm

Arts Trail visiting art studios, workshops, galleries and halls throughout the South Hams, enjoying the countryside from Dartmouth to Newton Ferrers and meeting around 50 local artists.

Free brochures with full details from Dartmouth Tourist Information Centre.

See www.shaf.org.uk

Totnes Good Food Market

Totnes Good Food Market
Sunday 21st October 2012

The Totnes Good Food Market is held on the 3rd Sunday of each month from 10am to 3pm. Now in it’s second year, the market is the biggest monthly producers & farmers market in the Westcountry.

Regularly attracting over 50 traders each month, the Totnes Good Food Sunday market has become the biggest fine food and drink market in Devon and is rapidly becoming the largest in the South West. Launched in June 2010 with just over twenty producers, the market has grown month by month both in reputation and popularity. It attracts food lovers from all over the region, with three-quarters of its traders coming from within a 30 mile radius of Totnes. The market has also been award-nominated and warranted mentions in local and national newspapers and magazines.

Win Breakfast with Monty Halls - Alf's Food Festival Mini Quiz

Win Breakfast with Monty Halls - Alf's Food Festival Mini Quiz
Monday 22nd October 2012 to Monday 29th October 2012

Did you miss out on grabbing a table at our particularly popular Dartmouth Food Festival Quiz?!

Well............Don't Worry............You have the chance to win Breakfast for Six with local Marine Adventurer Monty Halls.....all you need to do is complete our mini quiz by following the QR code, it will be on the front page of the website soon!

The online quiz is full of challenging foodie questions from our Top Ten Dartmouth Foodies!

You can also pick up a good old-fashioned paper copy of the quiz from the cafe.....Good Luck!!

Dartmouth Food Festival Quiz 2012 **SOLD OUT**

Dartmouth Food Festival Quiz 2012 **SOLD OUT**
Wednesday 24th October 2012

The ever popular Dartmouth Food Festival Quiz

Join us for a memorable evening of tricky foodie questions hosted by the fabulous Gina and accompanied by a delicious Rustic Supper....always great fun....I wonder if Mr Chairman will win again this year?!

Dartmouth Food Festival 2012

Dartmouth Food Festival 2012
Friday 26th October 2012 to Sunday 28th October 2012

The fabulous Dartmouth Food Festival

2011 was a phenomenally successful event....the crowds came out & everyone had a fab time.

Alf's held the Food Festival Quiz...think the top prize went to Kingswear (once again!) and we were also with Coast & Country Cottages in the Avenue Gardens all weekend keeping people refreshed (or awake!) with lots of good coffee & tempting cakes..........there was even a browie tower demonstration in there too!

Planning now going on for the 2012 event & for up to date info check out www.dartmouthfoodfestival.com

The Dartmouth Food Festival first took place in 2002 in Dartmouth's Market Square. There were only a handful of stalls but a huge amount of enthusiasm from local restaurants, hotels and producers. Over the last 9 years, it's developed into a major food event or as The Daily Telegraph put it (February 2011), a 'heady mix of celebrity chefs, parties, food markets, tasting shacks and demonstrations'.

We saw local heroes like Jane Baxter (Riverford Organics) and Holly Jones (Manna from Devon) cooking alongside wine experts Fiona Beckett (The Guardian) and award-winning Tim McLaughlin-Green from Sommeliers Choice.

Our real aim is to showcase the best that South Devon has to offer - from Riverford Farm Organics through to Well Hung meat and Bigbury Bay Oysters. We're also celebrating the quality of our award-winning restaurants (The Seahorse, Restaurant Angelique, Ode in Shaldon and the Millbrook Inn, South Pool to name but a few) and their amazing chefs. It's probably true to say that South Devon has the most award winning chefs per square foot than any other part of the country (or is that just us being biased?!).

We're also keen to promote the quality of our local hotels, B&Bs and self-catering cottages. If you haven't booked your stay yet, our advice is to check out availability now as this year's festival coincides with the start of Half-Term week in many places.

The Dartmouth Food Festival company is non-profit making - so everything you see at the Festival has been put together by a voluntary team. Not that we're banging our own drum but we just want you to know that anything you spend over the 3 days either supports local trade or boosts our fundraising efforts. If you'd like to get involved, don't be shy - e-mail us care of [email protected]

Free Sausage Sizzle with Charles Baughan of Westaways Sausages

Free Sausage Sizzle with Charles Baughan of Westaways Sausages
Friday 26th October 2012

Wow....Pop along & join us for a FREE fab Sausage Sizzle

Charles Baughan, Director of Westaways Sausages from Newton Abbot will be sizzling up a range of his tasty local bangers & his 'to-die-for' Hog's Pudding (we just love it!).

Always a popular start to the day! He'll be with us between 7am-9am, so get yourselves here early because we might just polish the lot off ourselves!!!

Alf's in The Avenue....with added Fun, Fun, Fun!!!

Alf's in The Avenue....with added Fun, Fun, Fun!!!
Friday 26th October 2012 to Sunday 28th October 2012

Alf’s in the Avenue (we're going on tour...well just down the road!!
Friday 26th, Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th October from 8am

All day fun with Cafe Alf Resco & Coast and Country Cottages in the Royal Avenue Gardens. We'll be taking our Take Away coffee machine down to the Royal Avenue Gardens for the duration of the Food Festival

Come down with the little ones for exciting foodie fun!
We will have biscuit decorating, a colour competition with a difference, apple bobbing, giant games, pumpkins galore & face painting.

Alf’s will be serving freshly ground coffee, pastries & our delicious homemade brownies, flapjack and rocky road. Just perfect to keep you going between all those fab demos & a place to get the kids involved too!!

Being Bold with Colour at Coombe Farm Studios, Dittisham
Monday 29th October 2012 to Friday 2nd November 2012

Being Bold with Colour
Course led by Paul Riley
October 29th 2012 - November 2nd 2012 (5 Days)

This specialist course is intended to familiarise the student with all aspects of colour, both chromatically as it affects all mediums and more specifically with regard to watercolour pigment behaviour.

Various exercises involving still life and or landscape will be indulged in for the purpose of liberating the students' sense of colour.

The course is designed to stimulate both beginners and advanced students where much of the technology of colour is explained through demonstrations.

For information & booking contact;
[email protected]
01803 722352

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