Take this as your tip-off to keep February light on plans as Exmoor’s annual food festival returns for another month-long celebration of rural dining
When it’s wintry outside, it can be hard to summon the momentum to iron something smart, brave the outdoors and visit your local independent restaurant. But what if all the best venues in the region joined forces to entice customers out of the house with a whole month of bespoke events and bargain menus? Now that’s worth shedding the dressing gown for.
Masterminded by the people behind Exmoor 4 All, Exmoor Food Fest promotes and supports the fantastic restaurants on and around the moor and enables local foodies to eat their way across the region for less. Throughout February, participating venues offer specials deals including set menus from as little as a tenner.
And it’s not just bargain suppers up for grabs. The celebrations include one-off events such as the Official Launch at Kentisbury Grange (January 28), the Winter Feast at Horner Farm (February 22), The Best of Game at The Anchor Inn in Hillfarrance (February 27) and the Taste Exmoor Food & Drink Fair at Porlock Village Hall (February 29 – March 1).
Exmoor favourites such as La Petite Bouchée, Foxes Hotel, Exmoor Distillery and The Harbour Gallery and Cafe (with more to be confirmed) are all getting involved, so it’s the perfect opportunity to strike some of the area’s top foodie destinations off your hit list.
Visit the Exmoor Food Fest website to keep up-to-date on what’s coming up.
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