In the Basket

Bridport Food Festival is back

BRIDPORT Local Food Group has announced that the town’s food festival will be happening this year , although there will be some changes necessary to allow for social distancing rules. The usual week-long event will be extended and will run from Sunday 13th to Friday 25th June. The first week will be dedicated to promoting the…

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The joys of cheese on toast

AFTER months of lockdowns, and with the gradual reopening of pubs, cafes and restaurants, we can now look forward to enjoying eating out. But it is also a chance to look back at how we all spent our time and for many it seems that Cheese On Toast was an important part of our lockdown…

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A world of chocolate in Somerton

WE were driving through Somerton, on our way back from some photography for our new book, Deepest Somerset, when we spotted a sign for a new chocolate shop. Who can resist? Well, not us. New Street leads off  Broad Street, to the east of this pretty ancient town, once the capital of Wessex. It’s a…

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Bath Vegan Market is back at Easter

THE Bath Vegan Market will be back at Easter, subject to lockdown arrangements, on Saturday 3rd April, at Bath Pavilion on North Parade Road. The market showcases many aspects of veganism including food, beauty products, pet food, clothes and seasonal delights including Easter eggs. There will be more than 80 stalls including world food caterers….

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Story Pig pop-up shop

FARMERS James and Charlotte Hull, who rear Tamworth pigs at their farm on the edge of Sandford Orcas near Sherborne, are running a pop-up shop at the farm every Saturday, from 10am to 2pm. The couple, who farm on sustainable and high welfare principles, describe the meat from their rare breed animals as “a taste…

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Shop of the year win for Bristol deli

BRISTOL delicatessen Papadeli, in Alma Road, Clifton, has won the Delicatessen and Grocer category of the Guild of Fine Food’s Shop of the Year 2020 competition. The judges were charmed with its “general ambience” and range of homemade cakes. The winners were announced at the Fodder Farm Shop and Café in Harrogate. The awards are…

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Apple Day at Castle Cary

CHEF and food writer Lucas Hollweg and his partner Lucie Reader have organised an Apple Day event in Castle Cary on Sunday 27th October, from 10.30am to 3pm. Lucas and Lucie will be making apple fritters and there will be apple pressing, cider, children’s activities, live music, cheese stalls and apple identifying. Castle Cary Apple…

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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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