Producing the Goods

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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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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