Festival's tasty mixture is a recipe for success
Some of the Westcountry's leading chefs served up a host of food and culinary expertise at a food festival celebrating local food producers and traders in and around a historic Dartmoor town.
Michael Caines, of Gidleigh Park in Chagford, Plymouth brothers and TV chefs Chris and James Tanner, and Peter Gorton, a Masterchef of Great Britain and a well-known face on television cookery programmes who has a restaurant in Tavistock, West Devon, were all on hand to display their finest skills and passion for local produce at Ashburton Food and Drink Festival on Saturday.
Ashburton was transformed by fishmongers, butchers, bakers, delicatessens and choclatiers who lined the streets offering some of the finest foods from the region.
Some 45 local stall-holders were joined by European producers who helped create a carnival atmosphere in the town under the early autumn sunshine.
Darrin Hosegrove, Chef director of the Ashburton Cookery School, said: 'This festival has really developed into something special. It is a great celebration of the quality of our local food producers and our top chef talent.
"Each year the whole family can enjoy great food, free entertainment and explore our vibrant town – it really is the best of Devon on display."
Some of the region's leading culinary artists gave live food demonstrations in front of crowds throughout the day.
They included head chef at the town's Agaric Restaurant, Nick Coiley, who said: "We are so lucky to live and work in this area as the array of top-quality produce is fantastic."
A festival spokesman added: "We were delighted to have the renowned culinary talents of Liz McClarnon and the Tanner brothers to entertain and inspire visitors with their unique take on how to cook the best of British ingredients in the most exciting but accessible way."