Your Devon and Cornwall Wedding - March/April 2023 (Issue 42)

Nearlywed The latest news from both counties DEVON-BASED PIQI LIFE LAUNCHES HEALTHY VEGAN WATER KEFIR NOW IN 750ML SIZE PiQi Life has created a delicious range of vegan, gut-friendly Water Kefir now available in a large 750ml size. PiQi Water Kefir is available in four delicious flavours: Original Fig; Grapefruit and Cardamom; Butterfly Pea Flower and the tasty Ginger and Lemon drink. Kefir is usually associated with a probiotic gut-friendly drink based on milk. However, another kefir is completely dairy free. With many people choosing to avoid dairy for health reasons, the team at PiQi Life has created sparkling fermented Water Kefir. It has all of the great gut health benefits of traditional Kefir but without dairy. PiQi’s Water Kefir is a living fermented drink made from water, kefir culture (a mixture of bacteria and yeast known as ‘water kefir grains’) and organic sugar. The fermentation process gives the product its distinctive light tangy taste and probiotic qualities. PiQi Water Kefir is lovingly brewed in small batches at the company’s premises in North Devon where they use only the finest sustainably sourced organic ingredients and uplifting botanicals. PiQi Water Kefir is never heat treated or pasteurized, helping preserve the originally intended benefits of kefir and making it a healthy, sustainable choice to processed and dairy-based drinks. PiQi was founded by long-time fermentation enthusiasts and vegan entrepreneurs Aksana Fitzpatrick and Nick Young who want to help people look after their gut health and wellbeing with a compassionate, plant-based lifestyle. “We believe that what we consume makes a difference, not just to our health, but also to our planet and all living beings. We both love ‘living’ foods and the benefits they provide to our bodies and minds. A plant-based compassionate lifestyle has been a big part of our lives and we wanted to share it, so we created PiQiWater Kefir to make it easy to enjoy the benefits of Kefir and look after your gut in a delicious planet-friendly way.” explained Aksana. PiQi won the Nourish Gold Award in 2022 for its Butterfly Pea Flower kefir water, and the Taste of the West Gold Award in 2022 for its Grapefruit & Cardamom kefir water. All PiQi kefirs are Vegan Certified by the Vegan Society. To shop, visit NEWS LUSCOMBE LAUNCH DAMASCENE ROSE BUBBLY FOR MOTHER’S DAY Celebrate Mother’s Day this spring with the new Luscombe Damascene Rose Bubbly. The jewel in Luscombe’s crown, this delicious organic drink combines damascene rose, Muscat grape juice and Sicilian lemons with sparkling Dartmoor spring water to create a delicious champagne alternative, perfect for a springtime family gathering to celebrate Mother’s Day, or a summer wedding. Damascene Rose Bubbly is a delicately fragranced drink to be enjoyed on its own in a flute and garnished with a single strawberry but also pairs perfectly with a variety of canapés or light seafood dishes such as scallops and white fish. Luscombe is proud to be the first drinks brand to have gained organic accreditation from the Soil Association and like all of the drinks in Luscombe’s range, Damascene Rose Bubbly contains no artificial additives, sweeteners or concentrates. It’s available in a box of 12 x 27cl bottles priced at £26.50 from with free UK delivery on all orders over £60. Awarded a Royal Warrant, Luscombe has been producing beautifully crafted drinks on a farm in Devon since 1975. The range now includes organic fruit juices, crushes, tonic waters and mixers plus a traditional organic Devon cider. Founder and owner, Gabriel David has become renowned for his pursuit of perfection and a strict no-compromise approach to creating an elegant and delicious multi-award-winning range of drinks that use the very finest organic ingredients and Dartmoor spring water. EDITOR’S FAVOURITE Say I do with the perfect engagement or wedding gift – the new Wedding Cake Tea from Bird & Blend, an independent, award-winning tea company on a mission to reimagine the Great British brew. The brand now offers the country’s largest range of creative blends, using a wide selection of ingredients including herbs, flowers, fruits, caramels, and chocolate. The Wedding Cake Tea is naturally caffeine-free loose tea with rooibos, coconut and rose packaged in a multi-use, fully recyclable wedding-themed tin that not only keeps the tea leaves fresh but the tin is great for the planet. As well as online, Bird & Blend retails in 14 UK-wide stores including one in Exeter, FLAPJACKERY INTRODUCES BITE-SIZED FLAPJACKS TO ITS RANGE Devon-based luxury artisan flapjack company Flapjackery has introduced flapjack bite bags to its range, perfect as wedding favours or as an addition to a dessert table. These delicious new bite-sized, gluten-free chunks of flapjacks that are suitable for vegetarians come in an array of flavours and are handmade in Devon using the finest British ingredients. They’re suitable for freezing and have a shelf life of up to eight weeks. These affordable bags of flapjack joy are perfect for those who love their flapjacks in small doses and retail for £6.50 per bag (plus postage). Order online at, or visit one of its shops in Tavistock, Plymouth and St Ives (among others). 9 LOCAL NEWS