Visit Exeter are launching an exciting new food and drink initiative called the ‘Exeter Food and Drink Trail’ for food and drink businesses in the Exeter and Greater Exeter area. Launched at the Exeter Cookery School, trail ambassadors Mary Quicke (Quicke’s Cheese) Jim and Lucy Fisher (Exeter Cookery School) and Karen Skerratt (Exeter Gin) were in attendance (Mitch Tonks was unable to attend), along with many local Devon food and drink producers and already signed up members eager to hear what it is all about. We were treated to some lovely Exeter Gin and Pebblebed bubbly, alongside refreshing Luscombe Tonics and some tasty canapés made by Jim and Lucy.
The Exeter Food and Drink Trail has been set up to embrace businesses that champion local produce, whether they sell, create, cook, harvest or produce it. It is hoped that the Trail will be a great resource for locals and more importantly for visitors wishing to hunt out these must go to places taking family, friends and interested groups.
It will also be a chance for members already signed up (approx. 30) to join forces within the Trail when it comes to organising food and drink celebrations which are linked to themed events. Newsletters will be sent out to the 5000 addresses already held on the database promoting events, competitions and food and drink packages. Also on offer will be seasonal tastings throughout the year, with members hosting events and businesses offering their products for media hampers. Press releases and information is being sent out to bloggers and journalists to spread the word along with attending shows such as University opening days, Food & Drink Show at Westpoint, Visit Britain Social Travel Summit, Powderham Food & Drink Festival, and a very first Chocolate Festival scheduled for 25th November at The Phoenix.
For further information about the Exeter Food and Drink Trail, or to find out about becoming a member and joining fees, or if you know of a producer, restaurant or café who you think will be interested in the Trail, please contact www.exeterfoodanddrinktrail.co.uk
Thank you to Visit Exeter for inviting us along to what I am sure will be a very exciting and tasty project which will grow as the trail spreads.