Producing the Goods

Explore the Somerset Food Trail

SOMERSET is home to some of the finest and most innovative food producers in the country. From traditional farmhouse Cheddar to milk-based vodka, the county has so much to offer. Some of these outstanding products will be showcased at this year’s Somerset Food Trail Festival, from 15th to 24th July. The food trail is an…

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A palate for spices

THERE was a time when the only spices in the average kitchen were nutmeg, pepper (usually white and finely ground) and possibly cinnamon. Names such as baharat, sumac or zaatar were, literally, foreign to the average British cook. Tastes and cooking knowledge have moved on hugely and nowadays, in part thanks to inventive and inspiring…

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Everything you need to know about sea salt

HALEN Mon, the producers of arguably the world’s finest sea salt, now have a cookbook – Sea Salt: A Perfectly Seasoned Cookbook, by the founders of the Anglesey-based business, the Lea-Wilson family. The Lea-Wilsons’ lives have centred around sea salt – making it, perfecting it and travelling the world selling it – for more than…

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Thatchers launch community orchard project

COMMUNITY groups and charities keen to plant or extend community orchards this spring can apply for help from Somerset-based Thatchers Cider. The Somerset cider-maker’s Community Orchard Project is being launched this month, with 250 apple trees to be donated to groups either undertaking new planting this year, or looking to extend a community orchard they…

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A “gert lush” delight from Feltham’s Farm

THE ever-inventive Marcus Fergusson at Feltham’s Farm near Wincanton has produced an enticing addition to his range: a bloomy, white-rind organic cheese called Gert Lush, which came out just in time for Christmas and New Year cheeseboards. As any Somerset person knows, “Gert Lush” is a dialect phrase meaning “really lovely” (lovely as in attractive),…

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Somerset/Welsh cheese crowned British champion

THE Trethowan brothers, who make award-winning farmhouse Cheddar and Caerphilly at Hewish in north Somerset, have won the Best British Cheese award at this year’s World Cheese Awards, held at Oviedo in Spain, during the Asturias Paraíso Natural International Cheese Festival. Overall, the Trethowans’ Gorwydd Caerphilly took seventh place. The World Champion was a soft…

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Finger-printing apple varieties

SOMERSET cider-maker Thatchers, which has more than 500 acres of orchards and the largest and most diverse collection of apples used in cider making, is working with the University of Bristol on a project using DNA fingerprinting techniques to identify apple tree varieties. With many old and heritage varieties of apple trees beginning to disappear,…

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Record-breaking World Cheese Awards

THE 2021 World Cheese Awards, taking place in Oviedo, Spain, on Wednesday 3rd November, have received more than 4,000 entries from a record-breaking 45 countries. They include not only the great cheese-making nations, France, Spain, Italy, England and Switzerland, but also  India, Guatemala, Japan, Colombia, Israel and Ukraine. The 33rd annual awards are taking place…

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Three stars for Capreolus products

WEST Dorset artisan charcuterie producers Capreolus have once again received a list of two and three stars in this year’s Great Taste Awards, including the prestigious three stars for Wild Venison Chorizo and Dorset Soft Salami. David and Karen Richards, who have been creating delicious artisan charcuterie since 2009, also received three two-star awards for…

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