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luscombe_drinksLuscombe Drinks, the leading soft drinks producer, is guaranteed to add some sparkle to your Valentine's Day with the launch of new 'his and hers' drinks, Passionate Ginger Beer and Damascene Rose Bubbly. Made on a farm in Devon, these delectable drinks are a serious alternative to a glass of wine or beer for the discerning drinker, during a romantic candlelit dinner for two or a cosy night in at home by the fire.
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manna_from_devon_ovenWith an impressive 150% rise in the number of students attending their wood fired ovens courses this year, Manna from Devon Cooking School has seen a dramatic increase in aspiring professionals attending their 'Cooking with a Wood Fired Oven' course in Kingswear, South Devon. The great resurgence in wood fired ovens' popularity has taken place over the past few years, with innovative new mobile units available designed for all weather and environments with enhanced reinforcing.
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Taste of the West meets DEFRA

The Conservative Rural Affairs Group - Connecting Government and the Countryside - Export Markets beckon for regional foods.

Britain is missing out on potentially huge export earnings by not developing and promoting speciality regional foods. The warning has come from the chairman of CRAG – the Conservative Rural Affairs Group - which is launching a campaign to revive the UK’s flagging regional food sector and crank up overseas sales. Devon farmer Richard Haddock says in large parts of the UK locally-produced food and drink is still under-promoted and difficult to buy, while many so-called producers’ groups exist only in name.

Now CRAG is launching a new initiative in a bid to bring the rest of the country up to what it calls the ‘gold standard’ set by Taste of the West, which operates in the six south-west counties. The campaign will get underway on Thursday (December 9) with a meeting at Westminster attended by Defra Secretary Liz Truss and representatives of regional food organisations.

Among them will be John Sheaves, chief executive of Taste of the West, formed from a loose association of county-based producers groups 23 years ago and now the leading supply chain co-operative for the South West's food and drink industry.

 

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tsad christmas image wvWhat could be a better way to start, or perhaps finish, your Christmas shopping than browsing The Shops at Dartington’s magical fourteen on-site shops?  Brimming with Christmas cheer, and selling a wide range of truly exceptional ‘one of a kind’ gifts, The Shops at Dartington is certain to bring joy to all this Christmas with their enchanting Christmas Fair on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st December.  
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Callestick at Christmas

callestick_xmas_bombeWith the tea room closed and the chilly weather, winter for us at Callestick Farm is a period of staff holidays, routine jobs and maintenance – but nonetheless plenty of ice cream is still being lovingly produced and sent out to our customers! The Christmas Pudding ice cream is proving very popular again this year. We have to admit it’s a struggle in the office not to polish off a tub each week – but we must resist so there’s enough for all of you to have! Who could resist Brandy infused fruits and golden toasted almonds in rich and luxurious Brandy ice cream?!  Not us! Try it for yourself and see that we’re not wrong!
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