In the Basket

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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Every little helps as Tesco supports Somerset food

SUPERMARKET giant Tesco and tourism and designation organisation Visit Somerset joined forces at the store’s Shepton Mallet superstore to launch a six-week “Buy Somerset” campaign to celebrate and promote the county’s food and drink producers this sum There was also an opportunity for shoppers to meet Somerset and Exmoor food producers, including Newton House Gin,…

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South west indies in Shop of the Year final

FOUR independent retailers from the South West are among the 42 businesses shortlisted in the Guild of Fine Food’s Shop of the Year 2018. The four shops are shortlisted in the categories for Best Delicatessen and Best Farm Shop or Garden Centre with Food Hall. The awards are run by the Gillingham-based Guild of Fine…

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New food event at Castle Cary

SATURDAY, 12th May, is Somerset Day, and it is also a new date in  Somerset’s food and drink calendar with the first Castle Cary Cheese and Cider Market at the Market House in Castle Cary, from 4 to 9pm. Local producers include Tom Calver from Westcombe Dairy doing his brick toasties, Bridge Farm Cider, Renegade…

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New networking event for South Somerset

THE first meeting of a new bi-monthly networking group for local food and drink producers will be held at the Westlands Leisure Complex in Yeovil on Monday 3rd April from 10am to noon. The aim of the new group is to promote regional food and drink, supported by funding from the Championing British Food Tourism…

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Oranges are the only fruit

FRIENDS who have come to visit have twice recently brought pots of their own newly-made marmalade – quite the nicest present. What prat suggested marmalade was no longer a popular taste? Shaftesbury-based chef and cookery writer Philippa Davis bought her Seville oranges when they came into the shops in January and then got busy catching…

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