Food, Earth & Community – a tasty short break in South Devon at The Sharpham Trust
Eat the world better – that’s the challenge being set by a five-day food experience dished up at The Sharpham Trust in South Devon.
What we eat (and how it gets to our plate) makes us healthier and happier, our communities more vibrant, local economies stronger, and delivers environmental benefits too.
The Sharpham Trust’s short break, from Monday 3 to Friday 7 August will be exploring how food producers local to Devon and in Transition Town Totnes are serving up answers to many of those problems.
Guests on this full-board, all-inclusive food experience will, of course, sample the fine local produce that has put the region on the dining map – including lunches, dinners and drinks.
And they’ll be staying in Sharpham House – a Grade 1-listed Georgian villa in a 550-acre estate within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the River Dart.
“Fine eating is guaranteed but this is a lot more than a gastronomic tour,” said Hal Gillmore, one of the event leaders.
“Through seeing a wide variety of local food initiatives in action and meeting the people behind them, we will explore how food holds many answers to the challenges we are facing in today’s rapidly changing world.”
This is for anyone looking for a short break exploring sustainable food practices whilst staying in a beautiful place.
You’ll want to explore ways to foster a healthier Earth through food and you’ll need to be interested in food’s role in our lives.
You don’t need to be a discerning foodie. But you’ll be taking a critical look at the position of food in our culture and society, although the emphasis of this experience is on keeping things positive, practical, fun, supportive and solution-focused.
The break includes visits to working farms and innovative food businesses on Sharpham Estate, in Totnes (home of the global Transition movement) and beyond into the rest of South Devon.
The programme includes:
- Five days on the beautiful Sharpham Estate on the banks of the River Dart in South Devon in the historic Grade 1-listed Sharpham House, built in 1765 and overlooking Sharpham Vineyard (home to our award-winning wine and cheese)
- Visits to pioneering local food & drink initiatives to hear their success stories, including Riverford Organic, the New Lion Brewery and Sharpham Wine & Cheese, and the opportunity to taste their produce
- Eating and drinking the best local food Devon has to offer
- Full-board with delicious, locally-sourced vegetarian meals
- A foraging session, guided by outdoor explorers, to gather wild food
- A visit to a traditional moorland dairy farm that still has its own milk round, and a walk on Southern England’s largest expanse of upland, Dartmoor
- All-inclusive transport links
The short break will mean getting in and out of minibuses, with some walking on rough and uneven ground, including on Dartmoor.
It is designed for anyone of average physical ability but we can adapt most activities to suit special accessibility requirements, if you give us notice.
For more information, and to book, call 01803 732542 or visit the Sharpham Trust website.
(from a press release)
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