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Eat Your Words Day 1

[This is one in a series of blog posts written by Charlotte the Intern.  Tune in daily to find out about what she’s been up to, what she has been learning about, and all of the crazy things she does as part of the Manna from Devon team.]

So the festival has started!  I can’t believe after 2 months that it’s already here and the first day has come and gone.  As with so many big events, the morning was a bit frantic, and I found myself running along the South Embankment back and forth between the Yacht Club and the Festival Bar (not for reasons you might assume) carrying things like gigantic chalkboards in the shape of wine bottles.  I was told over the course of the morning that I was looking quite windswept, which I am choosing to interpret in the glamorous sense rather than the crazy-haired way that it was almost certainly intended.

But it was amazing!  Eat Your Words went beautifully; each chat was interesting and different from the others, with speakers that were engaging, relaxed, and fun.  I loved hearing about all the different subjects, from Miranda Gardiner and David’s discussion of her new project, Cakeodyssey, in which she writes about the baking calendar, and all of the different cakes that we bake for celebrations throughout the year, to James Crowden and Natasha Bradley’s discussion of Devon cider’s incredible past, to Susy Atkins’s interview with Orlando Murrin, who gave us all the inside scoop on both the English food publishing world and the world of running upscale B&B’s in France and the UK.  Each talk was fascinating and I learned a ton.  I can’t wait to see what’s in store today!

It’s another short post today due to food festival craziness, but I’ll give a more in depth run-down of the events very soon!  Hopefully see you all down at the food festival later today, especially over at Eat Your Words!!


David and Miranda’s kick-off chat!