a community of wine lovers


June 2012


We hope you enjoyed the Topsham Food Festival and of course Nello's Longest Table. A huge thanks to all who helped in so many ways, especially with the setting up and the taking down of the tables. It was a wonderful occasion with some 2600 people sitting down together to share meals of local and locally sourced foods, to toast Her Majesty the Queen on her Diamond Jubilee, and to remember a great friend of our community, Nello Ghezzo. A few people have mentioned to me that it was a shame about the weather - to be honest, I didn't even notice. Neither apparently did Isabel Webster of Sky News, who reported live from Topsham on her global broadcast that in contrast to the rest of the country, "the people of Topsham are feeling very smug as here it is wall-to-wall sunshine". Thanks for that, Isabel. I always said that Topsham enjoys a very special micro-climate and her comment to an audience around the world proves this. What is certain - and we don't need Sky News or anyone else to corroborate this - is that we do enjoy a very warm community spirit that is very special. While the weekend was very much a community effort, I'd like to pay special tribute to our own "Queen Liz" Hodges at Route 2 who so expertly orchestrated the proceedings. Thanks, Liz, it was brilliant!

Topsham Food Festival bags and tea towels
One way to remember a fantastic weekend is to purchase a commemorative tea towel or 'Shop Local' shopping bag with the Topsham Food Festival/Jubilee logo, designed by local artist Jane Cope. They make a fabulous souvenir or gift and are available for only £5 each from Route 2. All proceeds go to the Topsham Food Festival fund which is entirely non-profit with funds distributed to Force Cancer Charity, the Topsham Community Association and the Topsham Eat, Drink, Shop Local campaign.

Vino Kitchen Topsham Table - change of date
Unfortunately, due to family circumstances, the Vino Kitchen Topsham Table date has had to be changed from Wednesday June 20th to Wednesday June 27th. We apologise for any inconvenience. Our annual Topsham Table is a meal that celebrates the bounty of good things to eat literally on our doorstep, with our sourcing for ingredients even more local and seasonal than usual. What's on the menu? We're not sure yet, as we'll see what is available from Shillingford Organics, Kenniford, The Real Food Store, Darts Farm, Richards, the Fish Shed and other outstanding local producers who we regularly use. The format of our evening is the same - a set 3-course meal in the Pebblebed Cellar to accompany Pebblebed and Vino wines. Cost for the meal is £18.50 or £15 for current Club Vino members. We still have places available so if you would like to book, please email me as soon as possible marc@vino.co.uk

The next Vino Kitchen Italian Table will be on Wednesday July 25th.

Coffee roasting at Route 2 with Dave Stanton June 27th 4-8pm
As part of the Topsham Food Festival, Dave Stanton gave a coffee masterclass at Route 2, explaining everything you wanted to know about coffee (but were afraid to ask). We roasted and ground, extracted and brewed and it was a fabulous evening. Now Dave is offering the opportunity for you to roast your own coffee beans. Book a 30 min slot from 4pm onwards, choose your 250g batch of green beans from a selection of high quality Arabicas, and roast away. £10 covers your 30 minute roasting experience as well as your bag of coffee beans to take home. To book contact Route 2 info@route2topsham.co.uk

Exeter Uncorked - Wed July 25th 7.30pm Exeter Corn Exchange
Would you like to help to be part of an attempt to uncork the largest number of bottles simultaneously and so enter into the Guinness Book of World Records? Dominic Leaver of the Exeter Wine Appreciation Society is currently organising an attempt on Wednesday July 25th in the Exeter Corn Exchange. If you would like to join in, please visit www.uncorked.org.uk to register your interest. All proceeds are in aid of Hospiscare.

Best wishes to all,

Marc and Kim




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