Producing the Goods

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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Bird & Wild coffee wins sustainability award

A COFFEE company, founded in Parkstone, Dorset, in 2006, has won an award for its partnership with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. Bird & Wild was awarded the Blue Patch’s Global Impact Award for British businesses that work with international communities, creating ethical partnerships with good supply chain management. Guy Wilmot, chief…

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A very big cheese

A CHEESE competition that began 30 years ago with a cheese expert in North Dorset is now the world’s leading cheese event and this year, for the first time, takes place at Bergen in Norway, on Friday 2nd November, as part of the country’s new Matnasjonen Norge festival. World Cheese Awards 2018, run by the…

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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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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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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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