The Delicious Drake’s Trail – a winning combination of scenic trails, and delicious local food and drink!
The “wonderfully bonkers” Delicious Drake’s Trail event returns to West Devon this autumn, combining food, fun and fancy dress. ?
So how did this rather unique event come about?
Best described as a “food festival on the run” the Delicious Drake’s Trail is part of a growing series of popular Delicious Trail events in Devon and Cornwall. Created by former BBC journalist and event organiser Kate Treleaven who was inspired after running in the Marathon du Medoc in the Bordeaux area of France, sampling the famous wine cellars along the way. After surviving the event in 2012, Kate brought the idea back to the South Hams where she lives, deciding to place more of an emphasis on local food as well as drink she created the first Delicious Trail along the River Dart from Dartington to Dartmouth
The concept is simple, set a trail in a beautiful area, combine this with some of the finest food and drink produced with in it and you have all the ingredients for a fantastic day.
Eat, drink, run, repeat all in fancy dress whilst raising funds for a good cause. So far the Delicious Trails Events have raised over £15000 for CHICKS a Devon based charity which offers respite breaks in the countryside to kids from disadvantaged backgrounds.
The Delicious Drake’s Trail on Sunday October 2 will welcome 250 runners (fast walkers are also welcome), dressed as sporting legends and Olympic heroes, all eager to sample the great food and drink on offer along the 11.5 mile trail from Tavistock to Yelverton.
Participants will set off from Tavistock Community Sports Centre and follow the marked trail through farm land, moorland and a few country lanes. Food and drink stops are being hosted by local pubs, hotels cafés and pop-up tastings spots. At each stop runners will be treated to a mouth-watering variety of locally produced food and drink tasters including beers and ciders, savouries and sweets.
Spectators are heartily encouraged, with plenty of opportunities to support the runners at the many fabulous venues en route, which include Buckland Abbey and the House. The gastronomic tour will finish at the Moorland Garden Hotel, Yelverton who are hosting a food festival with plenty to try and buy while waiting to cheer the runners across the finish line.
Jo Smith-Scott, the organiser behind the scenes says “this is a chance for food loving runners to take a gastronomic tour of the area made famous by Sir Francis Drake. It is not a race; in fact we encourage fit walkers to participate. Everyone over the finish line wins a cookie medallion, a souvenir half pint glass and a goody bag filled with even more treats.”
The Delicious Drake’s Trail takes place on Sunday 2 October in aid of CHICKS charity.
For more information and to enter go to: deliciousdrakestrail.co.uk