A record year for Food Rocks festival

Mark Hix (left), compere Steve Lamb from River Cottage (centre) and celebrity chef guest Mitch Tonks in the demo kitchen

LOCAL chef and restaurateur Mark Hix drew in the crowds with his seventh Food Rocks festival last weekend.

The food festival, showing off the best of local produce, rounded up another successful summer season of events in Lyme Regis.

Huge crowds packed the seafront where a host of food and drink stands were set up, including many local businesses such as Red Panda and Palmers Brewery.

Meanwhile, top names from the culinary world drew residents and visitors into the kitchen demo marquee in Lister Gardens, which also hosted two sell-out feast nights over the weekend.

Those appearing on stage included award-winning chef and food writer Mitch Tonks and local chef James Whetlor, who continues to build a reputation nationally with his company Cabrito Goat.

The festival is thought to have been the most successful yet, raising a record five-figure sum for the RNLI and Fishermen’s Mission.

LymeOnline also had a stand at the festival, where we handed out newspapers and accepted entries for our Food Rocks competitions. Congratulations to Teresa Youens for winning a £100 voucher for HIX Oyster & Fish House, and Lynne Chalk for winning a signed copy of Mark Hix’s new book.

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