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Foodies100 descend on River Cottage Cookery School

A bright-eyed and bushy-tailed group of 52 Foodies100 bloggers visited River Cottage for a full day of cookery activities, farm tours, delicious seasonal food and blogging workshops; cue the clicking of cameras and iPhones!

The River Cottage fans in the group were quick to recognise their soda bread and butter making Chef Tutor as our very own, Gill Meller. Gill showed the group a simple soda bread recipe, encouraging them to flavour their own loaves with a range of ingredients on offer. The session gave just a snippet of what’s on offer on our bread making course.

Head Gardener Will Livingstone and Assistant Gardener Jim Budden made the most of the weather with in-depth farm tours showcasing their hard work in the kitchen garden and polytunnels.


All the while, Food Photographer Lucy Heath was busy in the Farmhouse taking groups through the do’s and don’ts of food photography.


When lunch was served, the group were clearly overjoyed with the bountiful menu:


Main Course

  • Slow cooked Park Farm Dexter beef ravioli
  • Roasted garden vegetable ragu
  • Goat’s cheese and walnut pesto with rocket and agretti
  • Sweetcorn roasted with rapeseed oil and garlic


  • Honey roasted damsons
  • Soft fennel blossom meringues
  • Orange, salted caramel and coffee ice-cream
  • Molasses crunch

There’s no doubt that the bloggers left bursting with ideas and cookery inspiration. Check out some of their blogs here:

If you’d like to enjoy a team bespoke day like the Foodies100 group, find out more...

If you’re an individual food enthusiast who wants to learn more, check out the courses we host at our Cookery School in Devon.