The Food Section

Hanlons Brewery and Otter Vale Products win best in Devon

HANLONS Brewery, based at Newton St Cyres, and Otter Vale Products, makers of chutneys and preserves Collumpton, took the top titles in the 2018 Food Drink Devon Awards at the Highbullen Hotel Golf & Country Club. In the prestigious Taste of Devon Producer Awards, the coveted Best Producer award went to Hanlons Brewery, while Otter…

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Lyme Bay Winery’s Lugger rum named regional champion

LYME Bay Winery’s new Jack Ratt Lugger Rum took the championship in the drinks category at the 2018 Taste of the Waste Awards and has also secured a national listing with Waitrose supermarkets. Making waves with its complex spicy flavour, distinctive bottle shape and eye-catching label, Devon’s first spiced rum was recognised by the Taste…

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Picklies – a deli spin on quail eggs

PICKLIES, launched at the 2018 Speciality and Fine Food Fair in London, is a new range of six different flavours of pickled quail eggs from The Pickling Shed in North Cadbury, produced by Dan and Briony Wood, of The Traditional Free Range Egg Company, from their award-winning Foraging Free free range quail eggs, laid by…

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Top award for White Pepper Cookery School

WHITE Pepper Chef Academy and Cookery School at Lytchett Matravers, which was founded less than 10 years ago, has won the 2018 Food and Travel Magazine award for UK Cookery School of the Year. Launched by chef Luke Stuart in 2010, White Pepper specialises in professional chef training underpinned by internationally recognised industry qualifications. The school…

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The art of the kitchen garden

SCULPTURE by the Lakes is a uniquely beautiful sculpture park, set around lakes alongside the river Frome through Tincleton near Dorchester. Home to sculptor Simon Gudgeon and his wife Monique, it is a perfect setting for Simon’s large sculptures, but with the opening shortly of the Barn Gallery, and a winter programme of talks and…

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Wine from Oregon to Bruton

A SPECIAL event at Bruton’s At The Chapel, on Thursday 27th September, explores the wines and heritage of the Sokol Blosser vineyard in Oregon. In 1971, the Sokol Blosser family planted grapes on just five acres in  Oregon’s Dundee Hills. As one of the pioneering wineries of the region, Sokol Blosser has played a key…

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Pig tales at Eastbrook Farm

HELEN Browning is a pioneering organic farmer, chief executive of the Soil Association, and now author – her book Pig: Tales From An Organic Farm will be launched at an all-day party at Eastbrook Farm, Bishopstone, near Swindon, on 22nd September, from 11am to 11pm. Helen will share some of her writing on organic farming,…

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