Dartmouth Food Festival Anniversary Cookbook

by Dartmouth Food Festival in Dartmouth, Devon, United Kingdom

Total raised £7,700

raised so far

141

supporters

To produce a book celebrating 20 years of the Dartmouth Food Festival containing recipes from festival chefs, stories and images.

by Dartmouth Food Festival in Dartmouth, Devon, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 30th October 2023 we'd raised £7,420 with 133 supporters in 35 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

 New stretch target

With the extra money raised we will be able to:

  • print extra books
  • donate books to local libraries, charities, schools, community groups etc   
  • fund food-based community projects

DARTMOUTH FOOD FESTIVAL - BE PART OF OUR LEGACY

Please help us raise £5000 towards creating a book to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Dartmouth Food Festival in 2024.

**IF YOU WANT ONE OF THE REWARDS, PLEASE PLEDGE BY SELECTING THAT REWARD, RATHER THAN ONE OF THE DONATION OPTIONS AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE**

WHO ARE WE?

Despite starting off small, we are now one of the most prestigious and longest running food festivals in the UK, welcoming about 20,000 visitors each October. Described as first class feast of entertainment we offer workshops, seminars, tastings, food debates, book talks, signings and demonstrations. Enticing top chefs, food writers, wine experts and educators from all over the country, the Festival also showcases and promotes over 100 of the region’s top class producers.

What many people don't realise is:

  • the team that pulls all this together are VOLUNTEERS
  • the Festival plus many of its events are FREE to enter 

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WHAT WILL THE BOOK BE ABOUT?

The book will be a compilation of recipes, tales, debates and images collected over the past twenty years, and will provide a flavour of the Festival and take the reader on a journey around Dartmouth and the land and seascapes that surround us. 

The book will be dedicated to our founding Patron Joyce Molyneux, who sadly passed away last year. Without Joyce we doubt whether Dartmouth would be the culinary hotspot it is today.

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WHAT WILL THE BOOK LOOK LIKE?

We want to produce a good quality, hard back book that will look equally good on your coffee table as on your kitchen shelf.

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Please note these pages are just a draft - the finished book may look different.

Each recipe will be professionally photographed.

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The recipes will be interspersed with montages taken from the bank of photos that have been taken at our Festivals together with profiles of people, places and producers that have supported us over the years.   

TELL ME MORE ABOUT THE RECIPES?

The book will contain 55-60 recipes in total. These will be provided by a selection of chefs, food writers, wine experts, local restaurants, cafes and community groups, all of whom have been instrumental in making the Festival the success it is today. They will include:

  • popular dishes cooked at the Festival throughout the years 
  • traditional Devon fare
  • a range of South West produce and ingredients
  • a wide variety of meat, fish, veggie, pudding and cocktail recipes      

Perhaps more importantly the recipes will be easy for you to do at home, as we believe, like the Festival itself, the book should be easily accessible to all.

SOME OF THE CONTRIBUTING CHEFS include:

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WHAT'S THE MONEY FOR?

Because the Dartmouth Food Festival is a not-for-profit event run by volunteers we don't have a huge amount of spare cash to produce a book of this quality. Although a lot of the work is being done free of charge by a small organising team we need money for:

  • professional photographer and designer
  • publishing services
  • printing the book

If we exceed our target we will be able to print more copies and donate them to local libraries, charities, schools, community groups etc. We will also fund food-related projects in local schools.

We would like to acknowledge the support of Dartmouth Town Council, Flint & Flame, Dart Marina Hotel and Coast & Country Cottages in getting the project thus far.

REWARDS

**IF YOU WANT ONE OF THE REWARDS, PLEASE PLEDGE BY SELECTING THAT REWARD, RATHER THAN ONE OF THE DONATION OPTIONS AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE**

We are offering a number of tasty rewards in return for a specific donation which as well as receiving a copy of the actual book include:

  • Getting your name printed inside the book on the roll-call of supporters
  • A Festival Priority Pass
  • The chance to experience an exclusive river trip and wine tasting with Will Lyons, wine writer and expert with The Times
  • A VIP Festival pass
  • The chance to attend our exclusive Launch Party

Every penny helps, so please pledge whatever you can - even a few pounds will be useful to us. 

Physical copies of the book will be posted out to you after the Festival in 2024 - please note we can only post to UK addresses. 

IT'S A GREAT IDEA - BUT DON'T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT

“Everything that is great about British cooking, growing, harvesting, catching, eating, and drinking is represented here for the four wonderful days of the Dartmouth Food festival every October. It is a festival that is loved by locals and visitors alike and is now a landmark event in the culinary calendar. It is a party atmosphere from start to finish and is held on the banks of the beautiful River Dart which was voted the second most desirable coastal location in the UK in a recent national poll. I absolutely love it and love being part of it, and this book will just be the icing on the cake” Mitch Tonks, Festival Patron and Restaurateur.

"I've been to dozens of food festivals, but there's none quite like Dartmouth. The bustling atmosphere and gorgeous harbourside setting act as a magnet for all that's best about the South West food scene, and how better to celebrate it than a beautiful book?"  Orlando Murrin, President of the Guild of Food Writers  

WHERE CAN I GET THE BOOK? 

If you haven't gone for one of our Reward Packages don't worry you will still be able to purchase the book in one of these places after publication in October 2024:

  • at our Festival (October 25th - 27th, 2024)
  • via our website www.dartmouthfoodfestival.com
  • in Dartmouth independent bookshops
  • in a selection of Dartmouth shops

Thank you for your support xx

Rewards

This project offered rewards

£30 or more

A tasty treat

This reward lets you hold an actual brand spanking new 1st edition book in your hands (and you can keep it too!), plus your name immortalised in the book for ever in our roll-call of important people who have helped us make this book a reality. Or you can choose to pay it forward to someone else as a gift. We would rather you pick up the book at the 2024 Festival if you can, but if not it will be posted out to you (UK only).

£10 or more

A little nibble

You'll get an e-booklet containing 8-10 recipes from the book plus a nice warm glow knowing you have helped us make this book a reality. You will receive this following the 2024 Festival.

£50 or more

The main course

Not only will you get an actual 1st edition copy of the book to love and cherish plus your name inside as a thank you for your support but your book will be signed by our Festival Patron and local restaurateur Mitch Tonks. We would rather you pick up your book at our Festival in 2024, but if you can't it will be posted out to you (UK only).

£100 or more

An extra helping

OK, now we're getting into the good stuff. For £100 you'll receive an invite to our exclusive book launch party and a limited edition commemorative Festival apron. PLUS the 1st edition of the book signed by Festival Patron Mitch Tonks, and your name immortalised in print to say thank you for supporting us. The launch party for obvious reasons will be held in Dartmouth during Festival week, October 21st - 26th, 2024.

£250 or more

A taste of Dartmouth

A Festival Priority Pass (for 2) to include : Dedicated front row seats in the Chefs' Demo Tent and Food Matters Marquee; a sample of the dishes cooked at each session attended; 1 Drinks Seminar and 1 Tasting Session of your choice; an exclusive exhibitor goody bag. All this plus, of course, a copy of the book with your name in the roll-call of supporters, an invite to our launch party (date tbc) and a commemorative Festival apron. Whew ...

£500 or more

Sip and Sail with Will Lyons, Wine Expert

Enjoy an exclusive river trip on The Fizz Boat with Will Lyons, wine expert and writer for The Times. During this 90 minute trip for 4, Will will guide you through a range of specially selected wines while you take in the beautiful surroundings and enjoy an array of delicious nibbles. To take place on October 26th 2024. Each person will also get a signed copy of the book with their name in, plus a commemorative Festival apron.

£500 or more

The Full Monty

A 2024 VIP Festival Package for 2 : Breakfast on Fri Oct 25 in Cafe Alf Resco (£40 max); Brunch on Sat Oct 26 in Smith Street Deli (£40 max); Cocktails in Browns Hotel (2 per person); Exhibitor goody bag; A bottle of limited edition Festival gin; One-off handmade ceramic platter or jug by potter Kate Dunkley; Commemorative pin badge and apron; Signed book; your name in the book; invite to launch party (held in Festival Week Oct 21st-26th 2024).

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