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Bubbling gracefully in North Dorset

NORTH Dorset vineyard Melbury Vale is hosting regular Saturday afternoon talks to introduce drinkers to its Grace and Decadence sparkling wine. Winemaker Joseph Pestell will give talks, every Saturday at 3.30pm until mid-October on English sparkling wine and production, plus a tasting of the winery’s sparkling wines. The afternoon also includes a glass of your…

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A taste of Michelin at new Bournemouth restaurant

A NEW restaurant at the Orchid Hotel in Gervis Road, Bournemouth, is bringing Michelin-star cooking to Dorset, with a menu created by head chef Jean Gysemans. The Orchid was famously Bournemouth’s first boutique hotel, and the new restaurant, No34 reflects Gysemans’ distinctive use of seasonal and local ingredients. The official opening evening began with a summery…

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The Seed Fund serves up food for thought

THREE fledgling food and drink businesses from the South West have been selected as part of The Seed Fund Academy’s Class of 2017 to benefit from an intensive educational summer programme. Hosted by a group of leading industry experts, this year’s Academy will include FIREPOT by Outdoorfood, makers of dehydrated meals for outdoor adventures from…

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Taste of the West success for Lyme Bay Winery

LYME Bay Winery has won five awards in this year’s Taste of the West Awards,  for its traditional mead and range of luxury liqueurs. The East Devon-based winery won a gold award, a silver and three Highly Commended awards for its drinks, which are produced to traditional recipes. The top gold award went to the…

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Golden haul for Traditional Free Range Eggs

THE Traditional Free Range Egg Company’s Dan and Briony Wood can really claim that their layers are “golden girls” as the ducks, hens, quails and geese have rambled, dabbled, foraged and waddled their way to Taste of the West Awards success The Traditional Free Range Egg Company scooped five Gold awards for its entire Free…

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Microbreweries on tap at Salisbury Beerex

THERE is a great line-up of music, entertainment and more than 60 beers and ciders for the 37th annual Beerex festival at Salisbury Arts Centre on 16th and 17th June, organised in collaboration with CAMRA – Campaign for Real Ale and Salisbury Rotary Cogs. There will be more than 50 beers from microbreweries around the…

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Wincanton gets baking

HOME bakers in Wincanton are practising their decorative swirls and making sure their sponges are as light as a feather in preparation for the town’s own bake off competition on 17th June. The Great Wincanton Bake-Off, at Divine Wines in the High Street,  is a fun event raising money for the Balsam Centre, a project…

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