The Food Section

Trading Post among Shop of the Year finalists

THE Trading Post, much-loved by its many customers as one of the best farm shops in the region, is among the South West finalists for Shop of the Year 2019, run by the Dorset-based Guild of Fine Food. There are six finalists from the West Country for the Shop of the Year awards, an accreditation…

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Italy to host World Cheese Awards 2019

THE World Cheese Awards, run by the Guild of Fine Food, which is based at Gillingham, Dorset, will take place this year in Bergamo. It will be the first time the world’s leading cheese awards have been held in Italy. The competition, which attracts thousands of entries from cheese-makers around the world, will be held…

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A taste of mead for Valentine’s Day

THE world’s oldest alcoholic drink is the perfect accompaniment for your Valentine’s Day dinner, says Lyme Bay Winery, the West Country drinks maker which has put mead back on the off-licence shelves and the cook’s working top. Mead isn’t just a different drink; it’s a whole new drinks category. Made with honey, and believed to…

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Food and music from the detritus of war

FROME’S Cheese and Grain welcomes the London Syrian Ensem­ble for a meal and concert on Sunday 27th January, starting at  6.45pm. The musicians will also lead an afternoon workshop of Syrian music. From the detritus of war,  they create beautiful music for a wider audience, introducing the sounds of Syria through a diverse repertoire of…

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Turning the clock back

IT’s not so much a New Year’s resolution as a celebration of foodie nostalgia. Shortly before Christmas, we had a festive tea party with friends at which a range of distinctly retro treats were served alongside seasonal classics and favourites. The retro food included vol au vents – “What are vol au vents?” asked the…

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Wassail at Barrington Court

THE ancient tradition of wassailing the apple trees is celebrated at the National Trust’s Barrington Court near Ilminster on Saturday 12th January. This age-old custom encourages a good harvest in the autumn: songs are sung to bless the trees and plenty of noise is made to shoo away bad spirits. The Barrington Court event will…

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Honeybuns – second delicious cookbook

FANS of Honeybuns, the gluten-free bakery at Holwell near Sherborne, have been waiting several years for the follow-up to founder Emma Goss-Custard’s first cookbook – but it’s been worth the wait. Emma made her name with her delicious and original Honeybuns cakes, bakes and bars, all gluten-free, free of chemicals and additive, many free of…

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Flours of the world

FOOD writer Christine McFadden is giving a talk about flours of the world – the subject of her latest book – on Friday 23rd November, at 6.30pm, at the Alembic Canteen at the Literary and Scientific Institute in Bridport. The chef will be serving dishes using recipes from Christine’s book Flour (see more on this…

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Tiny family farm wins World Cheese Award

AN aged Gouda cheese, Fanaost, made by the tiny Norwegian cheesemaker, Ostegården, was named World Champion Cheese at the 31st World Cheese Awards in Bergen, Norway. Produced from a herd of just 12 cows on a farm less than 20km from Bergen, this genuinely artisan cheese rose to the top among a record breaking 3,472…

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