In the Basket

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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Merely creative

MERE gets creative over the weekend of 9th and 10th September with two days showcasing the range and talents of local people, from woodworking to quilting, sculpture to millinery. Displays and activities are spread around the town, with the principal venues at the Grove Building and the Lecture Hall, and other exhibits will be at…

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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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Follow your Goldhill meat from field to fork

CHILD Okeford-based Goldhill Organics has become the first online delivery company in the country to offer customers information about the provenance of the meat in their meat boxes. The information about the provenance and sustainability of their meat is provided through an innovative food traceability software application. Goldhill and its supplier Blackmore Vale Butchery are…

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Aphrodite’s golden fruit is the apple of Philippa’s eye

I WILL admit I go through obsessional phases with certain foods. Looking through my October menus, despite there being a broad range of occasions – think Jewish New Year to partridge shoot suppers – there has definitely been a leaning towards one particular ingredient. Pomegranates, anchovies, star anise, honey, caraway, venison are some of the…

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