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There aren't many things to look forward to in January. With it being the longest month of the year, and certainly the most lack lustre - most of us find ourselves hibernating in the comfort of our own homes as we count down the days until February.

Luckily for me the last few weeks have been filled with some exciting new ventures, foodie explorations and rekindled friendships. I had also penciled in my first Afternoon Tea with friend and fellow blogger, Tara Smith (@taraskitchen75) as an end of the month sweetener.

If you're local to Exeter and socially savvy, you'll probably already be familiar with Tara. Lover of vintage trinkets, cats and all things delicious, this lady hosts pop-up events from her house every couple of months - inviting guests near and far to sample produce from nearby suppliers and recipes from the superhost herself.

Although this may not seem like a revolutionary concept to big city dwellers, Tara's events (along with others) have sparked the beginning of a creative wave in Exeter - offering people more from their conventional weekend activities.

So, the format goes like this. After securing a seat via Tara's online reservation process (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook), you're welcomed into her home for approximately three hours of homemade treats, socialising and general cosiness. Whether you're vegan, gluten free, dairy free of flexitarian (like myself), all dietary requirements are catered for - meaning no part of the afternoon is compromised. With finger sandwiches, cheese scones, sweet scones, cakes, tarts and macarons to choose from - no stomach space will go unfilled. There is also ample tea and fizz on standby for rare moments of chewing inactivity.

Guests will also find next to their custom-made table setting, a complimentary goodie bag to enjoy on departure (just incase you hadn't filled up enough during the event).

Foodie friendship aside, I'd highly recommend booking onto one of Tara's events for yourself. Every edible (and inedible) item on display has been lovingly curated by the lady herself, with an intimate environment to enjoy them in. There is a suggested donation of £20 per head, but considering the time and effort invested - it's definitely worth it.

For more information about Tara's upcoming events, or to try some of her recipes for yourself, visit her website.

Lastly, thank-you to all the local contributors for making my first TBK experience truly delicious.

Sharpham Vineyards

Exploding Bakery

Liberty Loves

Shillingford Organics

Quickes Cheese

Hendrik's Kitchen

Langage Farm

Dartmoor Honey

Macarons by Sabine

The Plymouth Tea Co.


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