Producing the Goods

Tastes of Exmoor and Somerset

SOMERSET may be best known as the home of cider and Cheddar cheese but there is much more on offer for food lovers everywhere, from Exmoor lamb to exotic ice-cream, whose products are being championed by the Exmoor and Somerset tourism group. The Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company at The Cliffs, Cheddar, is one of the…

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Devon cider wins top National Trust award

TEN outstanding farm food and drink producers from the National Trust’s south west properties together took 22 awards at the Trust’s annual National Trust Fine Farm Produce Awards, announced at BBC Countryfile Live at Blenheim Palace. For the second year running, the winner of the Overall Drinks Award for its medium sparkling cider was the…

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Free range festivities at traditional egg company

THE Traditional Free Range Egg Company, based near Wincanton, is celebrating yet more success with gold and silver awards in the 2018 Taste of the West judging and two and one-star Great Taste Awards, as Dan and Bryony Wood fly the flag for traditional free range egg farming. The company’s Free Collection received two Gold…

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A cheese odyssey to Somerset

SOME of the country’s finest cheese makers, including Montgomery and Westcombe, will be featured on a special five-day tour, Cheese Journeys, introducing cheese lovers to the unique culinary culture of Somerset. The Cheese Journeys visit in April 2019 will include cheesemarkers and affineurs, and begins at London’s historic Borough Market, including a visit to Neal’s…

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The taste of (Porter’s) Perfection

“WE’ve taken out something from Porter’s Perfection Vodka – but not the taste,” says Vicky Morland, of Liberty Fields, the West Dorset artisan drinks producer. Liberty Fields have been working on streamlining their production methods in order to meet demand for Porter’s Perfection Vodka, and the new drink is completely clear, compared with the light gold…

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Two stars for rare olive oil

EXTRA virgin olive oil produced from trees that are aged at least 500 years, in the Spanish province of Andalusia, gained two stars in this year’s Great Taste Awards. The 500anos oil by Balcon del Sur, which is available at Kimbers Farm Shop near Wincanton, is produced at Priego de Cordoba, in the heart of…

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West Country’s Great Taste three-star stars

THE West Country is renowned for its dairy produce so it’s no surprise to find that dairy products are among the three-star winners in the 2018 Great Taste Awards, with two of the top accolades going to products from Ivy House Farm near Frome and Quicke’s farmhouses cheese from Crediton in Devon. Following more than…

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The heat is on at Wimborne St Giles

WHATEVER the weather, the eighth annual Great Dorset Chilli Festival, on 27th and 28th July, in the grounds of St Giles House, Wimborne St Giles, is sure to be the hottest weekend of the summer. The specialist food festival celebrates the increasingly popular world of chilli peppers, from growing chilli plants and sampling chilli sauces,…

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A shelf-full of awards for Quicke’s

THE family-run Devon cheesemakers, Quicke’s has won ten prizes in the Artisan Cheese and British Cheese Awards and this year’s Taste of the West Awards. Additions to the Home Farm trophy cabinet are a hat trick of Golds for three Quicke’s clothbound cheeses at the Artisan Cheese Awards for the Extra Mature Cheddar, the Goat’s…

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