Producing the Goods

Three star bonanza for Capreolus

THE announcement of this year’s Great Taste Award stars brought delight and a quartet of top awards for one of Dorset’s finest artisan businesses, Capreolus, the charcuterie specialists at Rampisham. To add to the excitement for Karen and David Richards, who are celebrating the tenth anniversary of Capreolus this year, one of the products, Guanciale,…

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Silver Swift selected for Seed Fund Academy 2019

A BATH-based start-up business, Silver Swift, has been chosen as one of 14 entrepreneurs for this year’s Seed Fund Academy. Having impressed the judges with its range of spirited spritzers, Silver Swift will take part in an intensive summer programme run by top mentors from across the industry, designed to transform big ideas into big…

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Wincanton savours the flavour

FOOD businesses from Somerset and the surrounding counties will be showcasing their produce at a new one-day event in Wincanton, Savour the Flavour, at the Memorial Hall, on Saturday 30th March. The aim of the event, organised by South Somerset District Council, is to showcase and celebrate the high quality produce, producers and food retailers…

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Meet Susie, the Truckle Truck

CHEESE-lovers in this area should keep a look out for this colourful little Citroen van, and make a bee-line for it the moment owner Carolyn Hopkins opens the side hatch and reveals the riches inside. Welcome to the Truckle Truck, a cheesemonger on wheels, stacked with some of the finest cheeses of this region, the…

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Summer’s botanical bounty from Quicke’s

DEVON cheesemakers Quicke’s, based on the family farm near Crediton, have produced a new seasonal cheese, the hand-crafted Elderflower Clothbound Cheese. Combining early summer’s grass-fed cow’s milk with the elder tree’s botanical bloom, this six-month matured cheese is a joyous celebration of the land. The new cheese owes much to the ancient hedgerows that the…

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Ancient spelt grain milled at Dunster watermill

A RARE example of a working watermill at the National Trust’s Dunster Castle has begun producing its own spelt flour, made from organic spelt grain grown by Sharpham Park near Glastonbury. Visitors will be able to see the fully operating 18th-century watermill in action on the first Wednesday of every month, and other selected dates…

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Lyme Bay fizz is the People’s Choice

LYME Bay Winery was chosen alongside Waitrose’s Leckford Estate Brut 2013 as the nation’s favourite fizz at the recent People’s Choice Wine Awards (PCWA) ceremony at The Comedy Store, Manchester. The competition, which is only in its second year, is growing rapidly, with triple the number of entries this year than last, as an increasing…

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