Topsham slow food market

PUBLISHED: 11:56 18 December 2008 | UPDATED: 10:12 10 June 2010

DEVON'S only Slow Food market, which moved to Topsham at the beginning of the year, will celebrate 12 months of successful trading with a Festive Christmas Market.

DEVON'S only Slow Food market, which moved to Topsham at the beginning of the year, will celebrate 12 months of successful trading with a Festive Christmas Market.

There will be more than 20 local food and drink producers attending, offering artisan breads, an array of the freshest, just picked vegetables, a special 2-year old vintage mature cheddar, locally farmed meat at the market on Sunday, December 21, from 10.30am until 2pm.

One of the highlights of the market will be the opportunity to taste and purchase local Topsham resident Frances Nieduszynska's own new season Tuscan extra-virgin olive oil, produced with the assistance of Topsham friends who travelled to Castagneto Carducci for this year's olive harvest.

This is being offered for sale with all proceeds going to the Matthews Hall Modernisation Appeal.

Marc Millon, market co-organiser and food and wine writer, said: "This is an amazing opportunity to taste and purchase new season Tuscan olive oil which is a very special seasonal treat.

"This remarkable oil, made from the olives hand-harvested from Frances' own trees, is very pure and natural, unfiltered so cloudy, and with a fresh aroma and peppery finish that is just sensational.

"Toast a slice of Emma's sourdough bread or Nick May's sun-dried tomato, then rub with a cut clove of garlic, and drizzle over some of this very special oil for a taste that brings together Tuscany and Devon most deliciously.

"The taste is even better knowing that every bottle sold will help our local community."

A regular feature of each Slow Food Devon Topsham Market is the 'Slow Food Taste Workshop' that adds an interactive and sometimes educational element to the monthly proceedings.

For December, food writer Natacha Du Pont de Bie will be running another children's taste workshop on chocolate truffle making. The children will be able to make their own chocolate truffles to take away as a gift for a parent or to hang up on the Christmas tree.

In addition to market stalls, the Slow Food Devon Topsham Market has its 'Café Slow' area where market goers can relax over a plate of food such as homemade pasties or hot soup (Antonia's Kitchen) a spicy Lao stew or homemade pork and apple burger (Natacha's Market Kitchen), or a taste of fish stew or soup (Seafares Products), washed down with a glass of cider, beer or wine.


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