In the Basket

Dorset Vegan Festival at Poole Lighthouse

YOU might feel that you can’t get away from people trying to convert you to veganism these days, but vegan food can be excellent (as long as you avoid the ersatz “bleeding burgers” and other over-processed nonsense). So why not check what’s on offer at Dorset Vegan Festival at Poole’s Lighthouse arts centre on Saturday…

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Richard Bromell to open Leigh Food Fair

THE guest opener of this year’s Leigh Food Fair and vintage and classic car show, at Leigh village hall on Saturday 20th July, will be Richard Bromell, the director of Charterhouse Auctioneers in Sherborne. The 14th annual food fair and car show, from 10am to 4pm, features many of the finest food and drink producers…

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Taste of Oz at Longleat food festival

THERE is a decidedly Australian flavour to this year’s Longleat Food and Drink Festival, on 22nd and 23rd June, celebrating the recent opening of Koala Creek. Now in its third year, the food and drink festival showcases the finest local produce while also celebrating international cuisine from around the world. Headlining the live cooking demonstrations…

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Meet Susie, the Truckle Truck

CHEESE-lovers in this area should keep a look out for this colourful little Citroen van, and make a bee-line for it the moment owner Carolyn Hopkins opens the side hatch and reveals the riches inside. Welcome to the Truckle Truck, a cheesemonger on wheels, stacked with some of the finest cheeses of this region, the…

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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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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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