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HRH Prince Charles not brave enough to try YumBugs

Royal couple come to Gate to Plate

We had a wonderful day at the Honiton Gate to Plate event last Wednesday. There we had our tried and tested flapjacks and cakes and some new ones for people to try; such as the superworm chilli chocolate brownie and a cranachin flapjack. Everything went very quickly and by the time we chatted with royal visitors to this inaugural event, the stand was a bit bare. We offered HRH Prince Charles some pineapple and coconut cake and some lemon, ant, and yellow courgette cake but he wasn't really ready to try edible insects in front of the cameras. He was interested in the marmalade jewelbug flapjack which is yummy but was a little taken a back when told there were whole crickets in them. We think he has been watching too much 'I'm a celebrity get me out of here' where contestants are forced to eat large raw insects. - This show gives edible insects an undeserved negative image. There are more than 2000 edible insects eaten on the planet and some of them are simply delicious. We are missing out on a lot.

The reaction of HRH Prince Charles was expected and perfectly normal due to two experiences. One is our natural learned 'yuck' response to things that we're told will make us ill, and two, we understand HRH has been offered whole insects on camera before. If he ate, them perhaps they were not to his taste and he had that experience to override also.

We did give the royal couple some Pirate Island flapjacks and some rhubarb and ginger bread butterflies so perhaps they tried those off camera in their helicopter home.  HRH Prince Charles was very warm and a pleasure to talk to, we hope they enjoyed their hamper full of local treats.

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GreenBee will be at the Honiton Gate to Plate

GreenBee will be at the Gate to Plate event in Honiton, trying out some new recipes and looking for local collaborators.

Come see, try and buy at Honiton Gate to Plate on Wednesday 18 July and meet 60 of Devon’s finest food and craft producers

Stalls will line the East Devon town’s High Street for inaugural event

Sixty of Devon’s finest food and craft producers will be lining the High Street of Honiton on Wednesday 18 July to showcase their wares at the first-ever Honiton Gate to Plate event.

The free-to-attend celebration of some of the county and district’s most outstanding businesses is a fantastic opportunity for people to come see, come try, come buy, as the traders will be bringing along samples of the highest quality local food and drink for people to taste.

From traditional fare to the most creative – there’s something for everyone to taste and buy at this huge market which organisers hope will become an annual event for the town.

From great bakes and cakes, to cheeses and cider, there’s sauces, fine honey and marmalade, organic meats and fish produce, chocolate truffles and home-made ice cream and even edible flowers to name just a few of the food businesses attending. And how about trying some children’s edible insect snack bars and seaweed too! Crafts will include a potter, a wheelwright, framed embroideries, prints and cards and hand sewn gifts for sale.

We’re expecting two very special VIPs who will be announced a few days before the event and entertainment on the day will include Honiton Town Band and the childrens’ choir from Honiton’s Littletown Primary Academy School. The event is being organised by East Devon District Council who are supported by Honiton Town Council and Taste of the West, the largest independent regional food group in the UK.

Participants include Bees Knees, Beyond Sauce Limited, Branscombe Vale Brewery Limited, Cathy’s Bake House, Celene’s Cakes & Sugarcraft, Cheesy Rinders, Chloe Morter Design, Coastal Craft Collective / Freespirit, Coffee Factory Ltd, Coldharbour Farm Shop, Common Loaf, Dalwood Vineyard, Deer Park, Denhay Farms Ltd, Devon Spotted Pig & Fine Country Lifestyle, Earl of Gravy Dumpling House, Eat the Smoke, Ebb Tides and Fancy That Caribbean Food.

Find And Foster Fine Ciders, Four Elms Fruit Farm Limited, Fowlers Farm Eggs, Frandie Macaron Ltd, Georgie Porgies Puddings Ltd, GreenBee Entomology, Hillview floristry, Honiton Chocolate Company, Janvil Dairy Goats, KLA Foods (curry pies), Littlepod Ltd, LS Apiaries, Maddocks Farm organics, Mike Rowland & Son, Natural Branscombe/In my Backyard, Norcotts Cider – CN Drinks Ltd, Norma Walton’s Little Birds, Otter Vale, Otter Valley Dairy Ltd, Porkies – Meat Products and Powderkeg Brewery.