THE team behind the multi-award winning eat:Festivals have curated a wide range of experiences, tours and pop-ups across the West Country until July 28.

West Country Food Adventures builds on the Mendip focused Taste the Landscape Trail last year. Delivered by Wells Sustainable Network, this two week festival aims to encourage you to meet the makers at their premises, try something new and explore the countryside.

Organsier, Sarah Milner Simonds, said: “When we chose to live in Somerset, we got to know our new home by eating and drinking our way around the county. We discovered cider makers who’d tell us the names of every tree, and bakers from dynasties of village fête-winners. Little by little we understood how remarkable and precious were the smokers, the shrimp-catchers, the charcuterers and the wine-makers, who use this unique landscape to develop our heritage of food and drink.

“It made us relish our finds more, because we knew the stories of how much skill and graft had gone into their creation. But, like Breton oysters that can only be tasted in Paris, often the best produce seemed difficult to get hold of in the place it was created.”

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Co-organiser, Bev Milner Simonds, said:”West Country Food Adventures are an invitation to get to the root of what the land is for. You can ask questions, taste test, have a go or just have a picnic and go and explore a farm. We’ve tried to make it easy to get to by bus, bike, horse or on foot. We want to extend our thanks for their support to Old Mill, The Real Farming Trust and Sedgemoor District Council.”

Some of the events include:

  • Back to Nature foraging walk at the Clavelshay Barn, near Bridgwater
  • Make your own scotch eggs at "egg central" aka Nutts Scotch Eggs in Bleadon
  • Mad Hatters Teaparty and Famous Five Picnic in Tintinhull
  • Brews, Blues and Barbeques at Pitchfork Brewery in Hewish  
  • Farm tours at West Ilkton on Exmoor and Wookey Farm near Wells
  • Tastings and tours at cider makers including Harrys Cider in Long Sutton, Dorset Nectar near Bridport and Barley Wood in Wrington
  • A tour and tasting at Feltham's Farm, the home of Renegrade Monk cheese near Templecombe
  • And new festivals in Crewkerne and Trull

For more information visit www.westcountryfoodadventures.org