British Food Fortnight: South West

Posted on: 09 September 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves

This year's event is set to be the biggest yet with activities ranging from the wild to the practical.

13th September - 12th October: Local Food & Drink Festival, South Gloucestershire

A festival of events across the area celebrating the range of food and drink produced locally. Includes the opportunity to go on brewery tours, farm visits, bakery tours and cookery demonstrations. Telephone 01454 863 883 to learn more.

20th September: Bath Ales Brewery Tour

See where real ales such as Gem and the organic brew, Wild Hare, are made. Tour includes free tasters. Booking required. Bath Ales, Units 3-7 Caxton Business Park, Tower Road North, Warmely, email or call 01454 868004 for more information.

20th September - 5th October: Whitehall Garden Centre Celebrates The Best Of The West Country & Britain

In addition to the tastings and promotions that will be on offer, there will be two free talks: the first, on 24th September, will be on milk and the second, on 25th September, will be given by a local beekeeper on honey and products made from it. Contact Steven Okden Howell on 01249 730204 for more details.

21st September: Salisbury Food Drink Festival

The historic market square will be filled with a wealth of local producers, demonstrations and entertainment, drinks tent, and, in the run-up to the food fair, additional activities currently being arranged including a specially themed food tour. Email or go to for more information.

22nd September: Hobbs House Bakery Tour

Visit this award winning local bakery, established in 1986, for a tour including light refreshments. A family run business where three generations work alongside each other. Maximum 15 people - booking essential. Hobbs House Bakery, Unit 6, Chipping Edge Estate, Hatters Lane, Chipping Sodbury, email or telephone 01454 868004 for more information.

26th September - 28th September: The Cornwall Food & Drink Festival 2008

The fifth year of the festival promises to be bigger and better than ever: more than 60 Cornish producers, cookery demonstrations; Chef’s Tables and Funky Foods for Kids are amongst the draws for three days of free activities. For more information see for more details.

27th September - 5th October: South Somerset Food Festival

A celebration of the excellent local produce with a week of diverse events and delicious Somerset menus. Food and drink have always been associated with this area, from the traditional smoked eels prized for centuries to award winning cheeses and, of course, the famous cider! Contact Vicky Hayward-Evans on 01935 462 684

27th September: Tour of Manor Farm, Bitton

The Hawking family has farmed at Manor Farm since the 1930s. The farm has seen many changes and now combines conservation and farming, selling produce in its farm shop. See Gloucester Old Spot pigs and meet farmer David Hawking, or take a guided walk to find out about the history of the farm. Manor Farm, Bitton, Upton Cheyney, email or call 0117 932 4161 for more information.

27th September: Community Farm Open Day, Kingswood

Come and see a cider and perry press in action and watch pole lathing at Kingswood's community farm. Tour the farm and see goats, chickens, ducks, pigs, sheep and cattle. Grimsbury Farm, Grimsbury Road, Kingswood, email or call 01454 865 877.

27th September: Levels' Best Market Place at Montacute House

This market specialises in food grown/produced on the Levels’ and Moors of Somerset, includings such delicacies as Salt Marsh Lamb, Cider, local fruit and veg, gourmet pies, cakes and preserves and much more. Contact: Elaine Spencer-White or Carole Fox on 01458 241401 or see for more information.

28th September: Open Day At Two Farms In Drayton, South Petherton

The farmers at Honey Pot Farm and Flaxdrayton Farm have teamed up for a invigorating day on their farms. A tour of Honey Pot Farm kicks off at 11.30 and includes some apple pressing. A walking tour of Flaxdrayton Farm leaves Honey Pot Farm at 2pm. Contact Christina on 01458 224 618 for more information.

28th September: Camphill Communities Biodynamic Garden Visit, Thornbury

Visit the beautiful, biodynamic certified gardens set in historic parkland. A farm with rare breed animals, a working horse and gardens producing fruit and vegetables for use by the school. Camphill Communities, Sheiling School, Park Road, Thornbury, email, call 01454 412 194 or visit for more information.

1st October - 31st October: Devon & Cornwall Celebration Of Food 2008

Final plans are still being made and there is plenty of time for foodie businesses in Devon and Cornwall to get involved. For Cornwall, call Joanna Raines on 07967 017 531 or for Devon call Charlotte Pusey on 01271 859 185 for more information.

4th October: Cotswold Spring Brewery Tour

Brewer Nik Milo will show you where Codrington Codger and Olde English Rose are made. Cotswold Spring Brewery, Dodington Ash, Chipping Sodbury – see for further information.

5th October: Harvest Festival Service, Frome

As part of Frome Area Christians Together (FACT)'s Hope '08 activities, the Harvest Festival Service will be linked with British Food Fortnight and support local farmers.

5th October: The Forest of Dean’s Food Showcase

Thousands flock to the Forest of Dean to meet local food producers. Contact Amanda Smith by email at for more details.

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