Take time to savour the tastes and traditions of Devon at new 'Slow Food' market

PUBLISHED: 01:01 24 January 2008 | UPDATED: 08:47 10 June 2010

DEVON'S only Slow Food market is moving to Topsham's Matthews Hall after two years at Exeter Quay and changing its day of trading from Saturday to Sundays. The first monthly market of the year is on Sunday, January 20, from 11am to 3pm, with up to 20 loc

DEVON'S only Slow Food market is moving to Topsham's Matthews Hall after two years at Exeter Quay and changing its day of trading from Saturday to Sundays. The first monthly market of the year is on Sunday, January 20, from 11am to 3pm, with up to 20 local food and drink producers attending.Freddie Dudbridge, Devon Slow Food leader, said: "Topsham has a very strong sense of community and already supports a vibrant local food economy but moving the market here opens up many more opportunities for other food and drink producers. Just being inside the hall means more comfort for everyone, especially after last summer, and we plan to be a little bit different from the usual farmers' market."With the help of Marc Millon, food writer, fine wine importer and resident of Topsham, Slow Food Devon will run series of 'Taste' workshops at every market with guest products or themes, the aim being to inform people about the provenance and production method of particular consumables. 'The more you know about the food on your fork or the wine in your glass," said Marc, 'the better you appreciate the effort, skill, heritage and even family-held traditions, which we are in danger of losing completely in this age of fast food and global markets."In addition to the taste workshop, another new innovation is an area for shoppers to take a break and enjoy some hot food or simply relax with a glass of wine, beer or cider. Younger visitors will be provided with a safe area for play and other activities to fill the time. Matthews Hall is centrally located in Topsham's normally busy High Street and easily accessible by public transport. Local traders have welcomed the new market, especially as it will bring more people to the town on a Sunday. The Globe Hotel, taking its own table at the market, intends to provide a plate of food created from produce of other stallholders in attendance on the day. Liz Hodges, proprietor, says: 'We wholeheartedly support this initiative and the concept of Slow Food and look forward to a fun market every month."Slow Food is an international movement that aims to promote small or individual producers of artisan or special regional fare. For example, in Devon you might find meat from traditional breeds like Ruby Red cattle, excellent farmhouse cheeses and clotted cream, locally brewed beer and, of course, cider. Small farmers or artisan producers often struggle to find viable outlets for their produce or to receive a fair return for their efforts, another aim of Slow Food.

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