Ashburton Food and Drink Festival today was a treat – in its second year it had a real buzz. The sun shone on traders from local and organic farms,producers like Incredible Vegetables and Sharpham Wine and Cheese, Il Vulcano and Dartmoor Chilli Farm had some great products and knew their stuff, but they also were all talking about the importance of local connectivity.
Ashburton Cookery School, this week named as cookery school of year, gave jokey demonstrations to a packed tent throughout the day.
Ashburton has become a place where people come to shop because of the number of independent shops – and good places to eat. There is a even a graphic novel shop.
Over the summer I have joined the Ashburton Pool Cafe group set up to ensure the pool’s future – its a hidden asset to the town – an open-air pool surrounded by grass and a play area but difficult to find. Expensive for Teignbridge to fund it is only open for a couple of months and shuts tomorrow on the 9th Sept until next year. The cafe has been a way of getting more people to use the pool and has been a lot of fun. I shall miss making pizza twice a week!!!