The Food Section

Celebrating Jo Yeatman with food and music

THIS year’s Dorset Food & Arts Festival at Poundbury was a tribute to Jo Yeatman, secretary of Dorset Farmers Markets and a key member of the festival committee, who died in May. The main tribute to Jo, who was involved with the festival from the start in 2012, was a cookbook, The Dorset Food &…

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Food and farming take centre stage at Melplash

MELPLASH Agricultural Show, this year on Thursday 24th August, is a real celebration of food and farming in West Dorset, and this year’s programme promises some mouthwatering treats. Well known as one of the region’s finest one-day shows, Melplash has remained close to the farming community and the show organisers are among the supporters of…

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Tuck into Quicke’s Fireside Canteen

ONE of the country’s most famous cheese-makers, the multi-award-winning Devon-based Quicke’s, is collaborating with Cornish chef Ben Quinn of Woodfired Canteen, to create an exclusive collection of recipes. With all dishes featuring a generous wedge of Quicke’s cheese, now made using Cornish Sea Salt, the partnership aims to encourage a new generation to embrace outdoor…

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National award for Porter’s Perfection Vodka

WEST Dorset-based Liberty Fields is making an impact with its delicious Porter’s Perfection Vodka, created using heritage apples grown in orchards on an organic farm near Halstock. The vodka, launched less than two years ago, has just won bronze in the Vodka and Tonic Category of the 2017 International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC). Founded…

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Quicke’s cheese gets a taste of the sea

ONE of the country’s finest traditional cheesemakers, Devon-based Quicke’s have announced a collaboration with Cornish Sea Salt to give an added regional taste to their award-winning cheeses. The news follows years of testing, tweaking and maturation at Home Farm, Newton St Cyres near Exeter. A ground-breaking move in the world of cheese, the use of…

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Record stars at 2017 Great Taste Awards

THERE will be even more of those familiar gold stars on the little black labels, identifying this year’s Great Taste Award-winners. The results of the world’s most coveted food awards have just  been released, with stars for 4,347 of the record-breaking 12,336 products – including 501 for products from the south-west.. The 500-plus judges, from across…

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Tastes of the seaside on the Jurassic coast

A RESTAURANT with rooms that welcomes sandy feet, windswept dogs and weather-beaten walkers who have worked up an appetite is now tempting visitors and locals with a new cliff-top ice cream bar. The Seaside Boarding House in Burton Bradstock is a foodie destination with a timeless feel, and an amazing location with the dramatic panorama…

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Flower power at The Queens Arms,

FROM pansies to parsley, roses to rosemary, the summer menu at the award-winning Queens Arms in Corton Denham, near Wincanton, is blooming with fresh flavours and floral flourishes from the pub’s kitchen garden. New head chef, Steven Mesher, is working closely with the gardening team, visiting the plot on a weekly basis with owners, Jeanette…

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