Producing the Goods

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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Picklies – a deli spin on quail eggs

PICKLIES, launched at the 2018 Speciality and Fine Food Fair in London, is a new range of six different flavours of pickled quail eggs from The Pickling Shed in North Cadbury, produced by Dan and Briony Wood, of The Traditional Free Range Egg Company, from their award-winning Foraging Free free range quail eggs, laid by…

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Pipers Farm pork wins the South West Golden Fork

A DEVON farm won the South West Golden Fork in the Great Taste Awards, announced at the Golden Fork dinner at the InterContinental Park Lane Hotel on 2nd September. The Great Taste Awards recognise the very best in food and drink, and are now regarded the world’s most coveted food awards. The top regional award…

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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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