Producing the Goods

Apple Days at Barrington Court

THIS year’s Apple Days on 21st and 22nd October will be specially important for the National Trust staff and volunteers who manage orchards at Barrington Court, as they re-launch their apple juice and cider and celebrate a move from farmhouse cider to craft cider. The beautiful Elizabethan house and gardens of Barrington Court, near Ilminster,…

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Savouring food and film with Screen Bites

THIS year, Dorset’s Screen Bites Food Film Festival celebrates its “Bakers Dozen,” 13 years of bringing delicious gems of world cinema to village halls around the region, with local food producers and farm shops offering tastings and sales. It’s a unique formula – not only the country’s only food film festival but believed to be…

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Outdoorfood wins 2017 Seed Fund

A DORSET-based business inspired by outdoor adventures, FIREPOT by Outdoorfood, is the 2017 winner of The Seed Fund award, which includes a year of business support, branding and mentoring from the organisation’s network of food and drink industry experts. The award for business owner John Fisher was announced at the Great Taste Golden Fork Award…

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Tuck into Quicke’s Fireside Canteen

ONE of the country’s most famous cheese-makers, the multi-award-winning Devon-based Quicke’s, is collaborating with Cornish chef Ben Quinn of Woodfired Canteen, to create an exclusive collection of recipes. With all dishes featuring a generous wedge of Quicke’s cheese, now made using Cornish Sea Salt, the partnership aims to encourage a new generation to embrace outdoor…

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National award for Porter’s Perfection Vodka

WEST Dorset-based Liberty Fields is making an impact with its delicious Porter’s Perfection Vodka, created using heritage apples grown in orchards on an organic farm near Halstock. The vodka, launched less than two years ago, has just won bronze in the Vodka and Tonic Category of the 2017 International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC). Founded…

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Quicke’s cheese gets a taste of the sea

ONE of the country’s finest traditional cheesemakers, Devon-based Quicke’s have announced a collaboration with Cornish Sea Salt to give an added regional taste to their award-winning cheeses. The news follows years of testing, tweaking and maturation at Home Farm, Newton St Cyres near Exeter. A ground-breaking move in the world of cheese, the use of…

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Record stars at 2017 Great Taste Awards

THERE will be even more of those familiar gold stars on the little black labels, identifying this year’s Great Taste Award-winners. The results of the world’s most coveted food awards have just  been released, with stars for 4,347 of the record-breaking 12,336 products – including 501 for products from the south-west.. The 500-plus judges, from across…

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