Food Drink Devon gears up for post-lockdown boom

Torbay Weekly

As Torbay and South Devon’s hospitality businesses throw open their doors once more, Food Drink Devon is ready to champion the finest food and drink in the county with a stunning new video and website.

Peter Gorton, award-winning chef and most recently appointed Food Drink Devon board member, said: “It has been such a challenging 12 months for our industry but we are all optimistic that there are better times ahead.

"We have worked tirelessly to support our members during the recent lockdowns and want to continue this work with a big boost for them all, as we enter a new post-lockdown era.

"We’re thrilled to be launching our new website which features our fabulous new video and shines a spotlight on the amazing produce available in our bountiful county.”

The new website features a huge directory of local producers.

Those searching for a mouth-watering meal can choose from an unrivalled selection that includes everything from world class street food to cosy cafés serving Devonshire cream teas, charming pubs matching inspirational food with local brews and innovative restaurants delivering exceptional dinners.

Food Drink Devon’s new website will be the go to site for those seeking the best food and drink around and includes news, offers, events, competitions and details of each of the growing number of Food Drink Devon members.

Board director Howard Davies, founder of Salcombe Distilling, said: “We have always represented a large cohort of members but we have been overwhelmed with new applications in the last few months.

"Having witnessed the support we have been giving to our established members and in anticipation of the potential for a huge staycation summer, our membership has surged to over 300 producers, retailers and hospitality businesses and details of each one can be found on our new website

"It is the perfect one stop shop If you are looking for a delicious meal out or want to pick up some fantastic local produce.”

The film that sits prominently on the new website’s homepage is a collaboration of new and existing footage, created by the highly skilled videographers at The Really Good Media Company and features Peter preparing dishes from produce supplied by Food Drink Devon members.

Filming took place at The Husbandry School in Bickington and their beautiful landscapes, kitchen and animals all star in the film.

Howard said: “Our new website comes hot on the heels of our recent announcement that Oz Clarke will be hosting our prestigious awards later this year and further cements our commitment to putting Devon well and truly on the foodie tourist map.”

Food Drink Devon is a not-for-profit membership organisation of food and drink producers, retailers, hospitality venues and related businesses dedicated to serving up the best produce from the county.

With a focus on quality, sustainability and provenance, Food Drink Devon’s aim is to support and promote their members and raise Devon’s culinary profile as a whole.

Some of those who provided produce, time or content for the new website include Lovaton Farm, Blakewell Fishery and Smokehouse, Sharpham Cheese, Salcombe Brewery, River Teign Shellfish, Veyseys Butchers, The Bay Tree Food Co, Sidmouth Gin, Eversfield Organic, Calancombe Estate Vineyard, Lyme Bay Winery, Luscombe Drinks, Nick Hook, Salcombe Distilling Company, Steven Haywood, Brixham Fish Market, Brixham Trawler Agents, South West Wine School, WestCountry Fruit Sales and Veggies and More.