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Fiona Beckett

"I totally love the Festival - as always. It's my favourite UK food festival. Dartmouth is such a beautiful place - it always attracts good speakers, the audiences are great and it's so well run."

Fiona Beckett is an award winning food and wine writer, one of the UK’s leading experts on food and drink matching, wine columnist for The Guardian and author of 24 books on food, wine and beer.

She has been a regular contributor to many other national newspapers with weekly columns for The Times and the Daily Mail and to leading food, drink and lifestyle magazines including BBC Good Food, and Delicious. In 2002 she was voted Food Journalist of the Year by the British Guild of Food Writers and has more recently been shortlisted as the International Wine and Spirit Competition Communicator of the year and Pio Cesare Food & Wine Writer of the Year in the 2017 Louis Roederer International Wine Writers' Awards.

She is currently a contributing editor to the wine magazine Decanter and a regular contributor to

Her books include Fiona Beckett's Cheese Course (2009), Food, Wine & Friends and An Appetite for Ale (2007), Cooking with Wine (2005), How to Match Food and Wine (2002) and Eating and Drinking: an A-Z of Great Food & Drink Combinations (2000). Her latest book Winelover's Kitchen for Ryland Peters & Small will be published in October 2017. She has also collaborated with designer Helen Miller on 3 e-books on food and drink matching - 101 Great Ways to Enjoy Sherry, 101 Great ways to enjoy Cheese and Wine and 101 Great Ways to Enjoy Chocolate and Wine.

Fiona is a regular speaker and chair at industry events in the UK and internationally most recently at the Bath Literary Festival and the Terroir Symposium in Toronto and has been a judge at many prestigious food and drink awards including the BBC Food & Farming Awards, Fortnum & Mason awards and last year's Andre Simon book award. She also hosts tastings, dinners and workshops on food and wine pairing in destinations as far apart as Dartmouth and Delhi.