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Devon Tourism Awards 2017 - Dinner & Celebration

23 November 2017 at The Guildhall, Plymouth

The event is a Black-Tie Dinner, from 6.30 pm on Thursday 23rd November, with a locally sourced 3 course meal and plenty of wine included.

We have two guest speakers:

First guest speaker is Polar Explorer Ann Daniels.Ann Daniels

Devon resident Ann is a world record holder and one of Britain’s leading female explorers. Starting out as a mother of young triplets and without any outdoor experience whatsoever, pure hard work and belief led her to being selected from over 200 more experienced women to take part in her first North Pole expedition. From these humble beginnings, she went on to conquer the South Pole and in 2002, became the first woman in history to ski to the North and South Poles as part of all women teams. Experiencing temperatures as low as -50C and dealing with various encounters with Polar bears, she has sledge-hauled over 3000 miles, in the most inhospitable environments in the world, completing over 10 polar expeditions and surviving over 400 days on the ice.  She is living proof that good leadership, teamwork and believing in yourself does make a difference.  

Her achievements have been recognised by many bodies including the Guinness book of records and along with bringing up her four children is currently working on her next North Pole venture.

Our second guest speaker and MC is Simon Calder, Britain's leading travel commentator and known as “the man who pays his way”, which means that he pays for his own travel. Simon Calder

He began his career at Gatwick airport, where he cleaned out planes for Sir Freddie Laker and, later, frisked passengers. He then started to write travel guidebooks and travel articles.  Today Simon is Senior Travel Editor of The Independent and is known as “the man who pays his way”, which means that he pays for all his own travel. 

Simon also writes for the Evening Standard, the i newspaper,  Waitrose Weekend and BA’s inflight magazine, High Life plus a host of other publications.  Once a month, he presents the Global  Guru section of The Travel Show (BBC Worldwide and BBC2) where he answers viewers travel questions and queries.  Simon is also a regular guest on national TV, often seen on BBC Breakfast News, Good Morning Britain, ITV News, CNN and Sky News. He is often interviewed on BBC radio, particularly for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio Five.    

The menu is as follows (Vegetarian and other options are only available to those who advise by no later than 13 Nov):


  • Smoked Haddock Pate with Soft Quail Egg, Beetroot and Basil Croute
  • Wild Mushroom Pate, Beetroot and Saffron Croute (v)
  • Baskets of Home baked Breads served to the tables

Main Course

  • Duo of Pork: Honey Glazed Belly of Pork, Slow Braised Shoulder. Roasted New Potato Cake, Root Vegetable Wrap, Spiced Butternut Squash Puree, Cider Jus
  • Crusted Aubergine stuffed with Chilli and Lemon Grass, Sweet Pepper Concasse, Roasted Chickpeas (v)

Trio of Desserts

  • Dark Chocolate Mousse with Confit Lime Liquid Centre
  • Blackberry and Cinnamon Baked Alaska
  • Winter Spiced Poached Pear Crème Brulee


  • Owens Coffee and Petit Fours 

Tickets cost £67.50+VAT each, including welcome drinks, a 3 course meal with wine.  

The event starts at 6.30pm with formalities ending by 11pm (though informalities will continue thereafter!)

To book click HERE

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