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Sandy Park are pleased to launch the next Network at Sandy Park event – The Food and Drink Edition.

By April 12, 2018January 26th, 2021Member News & Updates, STEMM, Transport, Why Exeter blog

Join us on the evening to celebrate all things about food and drink in the South West in partnership with Crumbs Magazine. A panel of inspirational leaders and founders from the food and drink industry will focus on what the area has to offer, its value to the regional economy and what the future might look like.

The evening will be hosted by Jess Carter, Editor of Crumbs Magazine who will be joined by the following speakers:
– Patrick McCaig, Director – Otter Brewery 
– Howard Davies, Co-Founder & Director – Salcombe Gin
– Michael Dart, Director – Darts Farm
– Lloyd Gardner, Founder & Owner – Lloyd's Kitchen & Lloyd's Lounge
– Paul Weston, National Sales Controller – Frobishers Cordials

Not only will guests enjoy samples provided by our panel the first 100 guests to arrive at the event will receive a goody bag kindly provided by the speakers on the evening.

Also in attendance to speak to guests will be Sandy Park Head Chef Craig Beacham and the Exeter Chiefs Official Strength, Conditioning and Nutrition Coach James Parkes.

Tickets are £15 and include hot food and can be purchased here –


Speaker Panel Biographies:


Jess Carter – Crumbs Magazine – Editor

When Jess isn’t writing, she’s eating her way around the region, grilling the movers and shakers of the industry and unearthing exciting developments, new trends and hot topics. Shortlisted for BSME’s Food and Drink Editor of the Year 2017, Jess also hosts talks and events, and has been known to don her chef whites to cook at pop-ups, too. 


Paul Weston – Frobishers – National Sales Controller
Paul has worked with some of the world's largest FMCG companies and in the soft drinks industry since 2006. He joined Frobishers just over 4 years ago and has extended its supply across new and emerging channels within the out-of-home sector. He is a keen lover of sport and is never far from the touchline at weekends, supporting his three children in their many sporting endeavours.

Michael Dart –Darts Farm – Director
Michael Dart is a director of Darts Farm. He joined the business in 1990 when it was a small farm shop and pick your own called “Picfresh” started by his father. Michael helped to transform the business into a nationally award-winning food and lifestyle destination with its own farm production and local artisan food at its core. Darts Farm is still a family run business and Michael works with his brothers James and Paul.  Michael is also a director of the Exeter Festival of South West Food and Drink and of Lympstone Manor Hotel.  Michael lives in Topsham with his partner Adel and their six children, George, Maddy, Josie, Kitty and Daisy and Ella

Howard Davies – Salcombe Gin – Co-founder & Director
Howard started out his career working as a management consultant, and since then has held a number of roles working in technology and marine leisure as well as starting several small businesses in a variety of sectors. Most recently Howard co-founded Salcombe Distilling Co (who produce the award winning Salcombe Gin) which has enabled him to combine his interest in the distillation of spirits, love of the coastal town of Salcombe and long held desire to create an exceptional product in Devon.

Lloyd Gardner – Lloyds Kitchen & Lloyd’s Lounge – Founder & Owner
Lloyd Gardner is 31 years old and has lived and worked in the restaurant business in Exeter all his life.  He opened Lloyd’s Kitchen 2011 which has been a great success and won the Express and Echo Business Awards for new restaurant of the year.  He has also recently opened Lloyd’s Lounge opposite Lloyd’s Kitchen in Catherine Square.  Lloyd heads up a team that is passionate about fresh, local produce, with well-crafted and consistently delivered menus. As a restaurateur he has a passion for great service with food to match and is delighted to be offering Exeter new and exciting places to eat and drink, where honestly priced food and attention to detail are key.

Patrick McCaig – Otter Brewery – Director
Eldest son of the brewery founders Mary Ann and David.  Patrick looks after the sales and marketing of Otter Brewery. He spent 12 years in a big London advertising agency working on some top UK brands (British Airways, British American Tobacco and United Distillers) which has helped the brewery develop a strong family identity (with a little bit of madness….)