Festivals and Feasts
Gill Meller’s cooking is a product of his surroundings. Hailing from Lyme Regis, on the border of Dorset and Devon, he takes inspiration from the landscape, his locality, and the amazing farmers, growers and fisherman that produce the ingredients he uses. His food is humble and un-showy, yet inspiring, spell-bindingly beautiful, and truly delicious. His debut book 'Gather' showcases 120 recipes inspired by the landscapes in which he lives and works, The Financial Times are rating it as one of the best books of 2016.
At the 2016 Castlewood Wine Festival Gill cooked a feast of local lamb and roe deer over a wood fire complimented by an array of seasonal smoked vegetables. Culminating in a fennel and Castlewood NV jelly with elderflower and lemon ice cream with pumpkin seed crumble.
Food Rocks. Each year, Mark Hix hosts his annual Food Rocks Festival in Lyme Regis. The festival started as a vision of Marks’ to host an event which showcases the very best food, produce and suppliers from Lyme Regis and surrounding areas. We bring our Castlewood Cocktail bar to the beach, give demos in the food tent during the day and providing the welcome drink for the infamous 'Crab and Mackerel Supper Club'. All in aid of the RNLI, the Fishermen’s Mission and Blue Marine Foundation (BLUE), it's a cracking weekend.
Award-winning Wilderness Festival combines live music, contemporary arts and an array of theatre, craftsmanship and dining experiences. We were lucky enough to launch the Castlewood Hix Reserve Cuvée at this event, which HIX has been a part of for the previous four years.
Every vintage, just 500 bottles are selected from the cellar at Castlewood Vineyard, destined for the Hix Reserve Cuvee's. Once selected, they are only released at Mark's discretion.
Over the four day festival, HIX served the Reserve Cuvee's with classic favourites such as Glenarm Estate sirloin steak paired with Dorset Blue lobster in a feast style, creating an interactive dining experience.