The Old Dairy Kitchen is run by Chris Onions. He is a classically trained chef from Islay, Scotland and has worked in kitchens from Australia to Norway. Before arriving at Trill, Chris spent three years in Sweden offering care and training for a variety of disadvantaged groups as part of a Care Farm Cooperative. This project provided him with a new vision and vital training on how cooking and the garden can be used for rehabilitation and practical learning. On return to the UK, Chris became sous chef and tutor at Trill’s neighbouring farm, River Cottage HQ, where the sourcing of local and organic ingredients strengthened Chris’s belief that chefs must take responsibility for the social and environmental effects their cooking has both locally and as part of the food system as a whole.
Ed and Vicky stumbled upon a crumbling cowshed near Winsham, Somerset, in 2014. With spectacular views across the Axe Valley, the 1950s concrete shed was an irresistible project, perfect for the chef and pilates teacher who had been searching for land to build a self-sufficient homestead.
Several tense months of planning applications, site visits and dowsing later, the flat in London was sold and Ed and Vicky moved to Somerset to begin their new adventure. Ed set to work on the build. With no experience beside one or two ambitious DIY projects, Ed’s passion and determination to transform the cowshed caught the attention of Channel 4’s Grand Designs. The production team thought it a mad but interesting project and followed the build for much of 2015. You can catch the show here.
One year, one wedding, four pigs, nine chickens, six ducks and a couple of sheep later and Ed and Vicky had their self-sufficient, off-grid home: Mello View. Several years on, with cows, self-catering accommodation, a toddler and another baby on the way, Mello View continues to grow and provide.
Since last year’s festival and Meller & Hix’s ‘Oh Deer’ collaboration, it has become a tradition that our banquets at Castlewood have a venison theme. ODK & Mello View are thrilled to be using our very own venison, sourced directly from our surrounding woodland and vineyard.
To start there will be a ‘Feast on the Season’ sharing platter. Featuring an array of Mello View’s home bred and reared charcuterie, home-made ODK bread and butter and sumptuous salads and dips, showcasing the delights of local Trill Farm Garden vegetables.
The main event being a tasting of Castlewood Venison, BBQ grilled tender fillets, slow and smokey marinated cuts with some exciting treats on the side. Served with a selection of seasonal vegetables and salads with unrivalled food miles. A refreshing summery dessert to finish with a classic Castlewood twist.
We are offering pre sold tickets only for this unique dining experience. Lunch will be served at 2 o'clock in the food area of the festival grounds, next to the Brewery Stage. Under the comfort of a marquee, seated on hay bales with table service.
Only a limited number of tickets are available for the ODK & Mello View feast, please stipulate any dietary requirements when ordering. Early booking is suggested, when they're gone they're gone!
These boys know how to cook pizza! Local and good friends of Castlewood Wine Festival, the Rebel Town Pizza boys used to bring their pizza oven to the festival on a JCB! They now have a more transportable version, designed and built with festivals in mind. Their authentic home-made clay oven reaches temperatures in excess of 800degrees, enabling them to cook a pizza in less than 90seconds. The extreme heat produces a crispy base but with a light fluffy texture on the inside.
Rebel Town Pizza produce all their own dough, hand stretching and throwing each individual base to create a traditional thin crust pizza. Carefully selecting only the finest of ingredients for homemade pizza sauces that are simply irresistible. Looking forward to seeing them in action!
There’s a saying in Devon that ‘if you stick your finger in the ground it will grow’. The Pig-at Combe is nestled in the Otter Valley near Honiton. A secluded mellow, honey-coloured Elizabethan gem is set in 3500 acres of lush Devonshire countryside.
The Pig will be bringing their ‘pop up’, serving a selection of their ‘Pinch of Salt’ home-grown cured meats and cheese selection. Plus some luscious Mocktails to for all those abstaining from the booze!
The Off Road Café, aka The Landy Girls are pretty much part of the furniture now at Castlewood Wine Festival. Out of the back of their converted 110 Defender they offer fabulous locally roasted and freshly ground coffee plus a selection of teas and cold soft drinks. As always they will also be providing the tastiest homemade cakes around.
Joe, Mel and recently little Teddy May come to Castlewood every year, they supply the freshest most sumptuous lobster, crab and hand dived scallops freshly landed from their boat in Lyme Regis. They say what’s grown together eats together. Given we’re just a stone’s throw from the coast of Lyme Bay our wines pair so wonderfully with Joe’s latest catch!
Look out for his fabulous stall below the wine tent and grab a lobster early before they sell out!
Habibi’s serves bright and beautiful Middle Eastern Street Food inspired by the flavours of the Calais Jungle. The word Habibi is an Arabic word meaning 'my love', and this is something that resonates through their roots. We’re looking forward to the taste of the Middle East arriving in our corner if Devon.
As always, we will be BBQing ‘to order’ succulent pork & apple burgers and traditional hot dogs made from our very own ‘milk fed’ pigs from the farm. Culminating in the infamous Castlewood log fired hog roast for that bedtime bap!