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Food and culture on the edge of Dartmoor
Ask anyone if they appreciate food and you will probably be receive a funny look and an answer in the affirmative. But to what extent do we really appreciate the food that we eat on a tri-daily basis?
We've evolved to look at food as more than just a source of sustenance. Over centuries upon centuries of human development, food has taken on a whole range of social and cultural values that make it definitely something worthy of more sophisticated appreciation.
There can be few better settings for such appreciation than the Saxon village Moretonhampstead, located around 14 miles south west of Exeter and the site of one of the early highlights of Devon's 2013 culinary calendar.
The Moretonhampstead Food Festival takes place between 9:30 and 16:30 on March 9th 2013 and will feature myriad gastronomic attractions and goings-on, including a bread-making workshop and a giant kitchen jumble, to which attendees are requested to donate whatever kitchen equipment they can.
Those interested in donating should contact either Tina on 01647 440594 or Gabby on 01647 41141. The proceeds of the Kitchen Jumble will go to Farms for City Children, a charity set up by renowned author Michael Morpurgo.
Other events featured during the festival include an open studios art trail and the "Made On Dartmoor" film competition, a chance for local filmmakers and gastropods to show what the region's culinary exports mean to them. These two events epitomise the marriage of food and culture which is the very essence of this festival.
The village itself provides another reason to visit the festival. Immortalised by R.D. Blackmore in his novel Christowell and with a rich and vibrant history stretching back over a millennium, Moretonhampstead is well worth a visit at any time of year; but with a food festival in town, there really is no excuse not to attend.