Producing the Goods

A yuletide truckle from Quicke’s,

CHRISTMAS is a time when most cheese-lovers enjoy some special treats, whether it’s a great Stilton (with or without port) or one of the country’s finest traditional Cheddars, for which we are spoiled for choice! Among the best are the three great Somerset traditional farmhouse Cheddars, from Keens near Wincanton, Montgomerys of North Cadbury and…

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Somerset dairy is cream of British cheese

A FAMILY of cheese-makers based at Hewish near Weston-super-Mare took three of the top awards at this year’s World Cheese Awards, held for the first time in Italy. Trethowan’s Dairy Ltd, originally from Wales and now settled in Somerset, won Best British Cheese and Best Mature and Best Extra Mature Traditional Cheddar for their Pitchfork…

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Dorset Sea Salt Co. crystallised with sharp new look

A YEAR after winning The Seed Fund annual prize, Dorset Sea Salt Co has revealed a new look for its range of natural and flavoured sea salts. The Portland-based start-up company has spent the year working closely with Seed Fund mentors, including branding and marketing consultancy, The Collaborators, and has now unveiled a contemporary new…

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Rogue River Blue wins World Cheese Awards

AN organic blue cheese from a creamery in southern Oregon was named World Champion Cheese 2019 at the World Cheese Awards,  held for the first time in Italy. Rogue River Blue, chosen by the panel of judges in Bergamo, is the USA’s first champion in the international competition, organised by the Guild of Fine Food…

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Mary Quicke – Dairy Industry Woman of the Year

DEVON cheesemaker Mary Quicke has been named Dairy Industry Woman of the Year Award at the national Women in Dairy Conference, held at Sixways Stadium, Worcester. She was selected by the panel for having consistently demonstrated the core values of Women in Dairy –  to connect, share and inspire. Since taking the reins of the…

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An afternoon of apples

DORCHESTER Arts celebrates Dorset apples at Ashton Barn, Martinstown, on Sunday 6th October, from 3 to 5.30pm, with a mini-festival including music, poetry and an apple-themed afternoon tea. There will be quizzes, games, a baking competition with fantastic prizes, and music from harpist Sarah Deere-Jones and local group Jam Please! – plus cake, pies, cider…

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South West wins at National Trust produce awards

SOUTH West food and drink producers were among the top winners at the National Trust Fine Food Produce Awards, which were announced at the BBC’s Countryfile Live show at Blenheim Palace. Highlights include the overall drinks award for the traditional craft cider produced by the South Somerset Apple Juice and Cider Project at Barrington Court,…

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Cheeky charcuterie winners

NEVER heard of guanciale? Well, you really need to try this glorious charcuterie, particularly the award-winning version made by West Dorset-based Capreolus, who have just won the prize for this year’s Great Taste Charcuterie Product of the Year. The award was presented to Karen and David Richards, founders of Capreolus Fine Foods, at Rampisham, for…

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The Great Taste of sweet success

IF you find yourself on the M5 any time, the one good thing – apart from the views of the Cotswolds and the Malvern Hills – is Gloucester Services. Among the delights you will find in this farm shop-style service station are the delicious and award-winning products of Gloucester’s Artisan Kitchen, a top winner in this…

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