Producing the Goods

Rogue River Blue wins World Cheese Awards

AN organic blue cheese from a creamery in southern Oregon was named World Champion Cheese 2019 at the World Cheese Awards,  held for the first time in Italy. Rogue River Blue, chosen by the panel of judges in Bergamo, is the USA’s first champion in the international competition, organised by the Guild of Fine Food…

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Mary Quicke – Dairy Industry Woman of the Year

DEVON cheesemaker Mary Quicke has been named Dairy Industry Woman of the Year Award at the national Women in Dairy Conference, held at Sixways Stadium, Worcester. She was selected by the panel for having consistently demonstrated the core values of Women in Dairy –  to connect, share and inspire. Since taking the reins of the…

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An afternoon of apples

DORCHESTER Arts celebrates Dorset apples at Ashton Barn, Martinstown, on Sunday 6th October, from 3 to 5.30pm, with a mini-festival including music, poetry and an apple-themed afternoon tea. There will be quizzes, games, a baking competition with fantastic prizes, and music from harpist Sarah Deere-Jones and local group Jam Please! – plus cake, pies, cider…

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South West wins at National Trust produce awards

SOUTH West food and drink producers were among the top winners at the National Trust Fine Food Produce Awards, which were announced at the BBC’s Countryfile Live show at Blenheim Palace. Highlights include the overall drinks award for the traditional craft cider produced by the South Somerset Apple Juice and Cider Project at Barrington Court,…

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Cheeky charcuterie winners

NEVER heard of guanciale? Well, you really need to try this glorious charcuterie, particularly the award-winning version made by West Dorset-based Capreolus, who have just won the prize for this year’s Great Taste Charcuterie Product of the Year. The award was presented to Karen and David Richards, founders of Capreolus Fine Foods, at Rampisham, for…

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The Great Taste of sweet success

IF you find yourself on the M5 any time, the one good thing – apart from the views of the Cotswolds and the Malvern Hills – is Gloucester Services. Among the delights you will find in this farm shop-style service station are the delicious and award-winning products of Gloucester’s Artisan Kitchen, a top winner in this…

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Heritage award for Worley’s keeved cider

THE ancient art of keeving cider is alive and kicking in Somerset, with Worley’s Cider of Shepton Mallet winning the Nigel Barden Heritage Award at this year’s Great Taste Golden Fork presentation evening. The award was made for Worley’s “sophisticated, clean and homely … dry, crisp and sharp” Special Reserve, a medium 5.4% ABV keeved…

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South west triumphs at Great Taste Awards

THERE was plenty to cheer for south west food producers at the Golden Fork dinner in London when the top prize-winners in this year’s Great Taste Awards were announced – the hall of fame is headed by Bristol-based gelato makers Swoon, West Dorset charcuterie specialists Capreolus, craft cider makers Worley’s of Shepton Mallet, and specialist…

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How green is your gin?

THERE is precious little good news around these days, whether it’s the chaos in our parliamentary system or the environment. But there was an interesting report at the end of August world’s greenest gin producer. The Orkney Distillery’s HySpirits project has been granted £148,600 of funding from the Department of Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy…

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Sherborne is in good spirits

SHERBORNE has its first Spirits Festival, organised by local off-licence Vineyards, on Saturday 7th September. The event, at the Digby Memorial Hall, will be an opportunity to sample some of the great range of spirits– gins, vodkas, cider brandy, rum – being produced in this area. The festival, supported by local businesses including Liberty Fields,…

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