Otterton Mill celebrates Harvest Festival

OTTERTON Mill is set to host a traditional harvest celebration this Sunday (3rd October), with food and drink tastings, bread-making and harvest hymns.

Central to the day will be a demonstration from 11am by the Mill’s Head Baker of how to make the traditional harvest bread, a lammas loaf.

Lammas is an ancient harvest festival, a highlight of which was eating bread baked using flour milled from the first grain of the year. The Mill’s lammas loaf is a light loaf with a rustic crust and chewy crumb, using stoneground wholemeal flour milled at Otterton’s ancient watermill, and a mix of cereals.

Caroline Spiller said: “Following the demonstration, members of Otterton Church will lead everyone in rousing harvest hymns, in the Mill’s courtyard (from 12pm).

“Throughout the day, there will also be food and drink tastings in the Devon Food shop, and special restaurant lunchtime dishes, using the best produce of the season from local growers and producers.”

A “guess the pumpkin’s weight” competition also runs from 11am, with the winner announced after 4pm.

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