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South West finalists in Shop of the Year 2020

THERE are five finalists from the South West for the Guild of Fine Food’s 2020 Shop of the Year awards, an accreditation scheme which recognises and promotes excellence in independent retail. Among the 36 independent retail outlets named, five from the South West are in the running to win in the following categories: Delicatessen &…

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Drink and be merry

THE Thinking Drinkers make a boozily welcome return visit to Bridport Arts Centre on Saturday 23rd November with Heroes Of Hooch, a hilarious and intoxicating look at history’s greatest drinkers. Enjoy five free drinks as the award-winning experts reveal how alcohol has inspired pioneering explorers, politicians and painters in equal measure, from Plato and Picasso,…

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Hauser & Wirth pumpkin festival

HAUSER & Wirth Somerset will be celebrating the bounty of autumn with the annual Pumpkin Festival at Durslade Farm, Burton, on Sunday 27th October, from 11am to 4pm. Have you grown your own pumpkins, squash or gourds this year? If so, bring along your homegrown veg and enter the grand pumpkin and squash competition. Renowned…

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Somerset dairy is cream of British cheese

A FAMILY of cheese-makers based at Hewish near Weston-super-Mare took three of the top awards at this year’s World Cheese Awards, held for the first time in Italy. Trethowan’s Dairy Ltd, originally from Wales and now settled in Somerset, won Best British Cheese and Best Mature and Best Extra Mature Traditional Cheddar for their Pitchfork…

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Dorset Sea Salt Co. crystallised with sharp new look

A YEAR after winning The Seed Fund annual prize, Dorset Sea Salt Co has revealed a new look for its range of natural and flavoured sea salts. The Portland-based start-up company has spent the year working closely with Seed Fund mentors, including branding and marketing consultancy, The Collaborators, and has now unveiled a contemporary new…

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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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Rogue River Blue wins World Cheese Awards

AN organic blue cheese from a creamery in southern Oregon was named World Champion Cheese 2019 at the World Cheese Awards,  held for the first time in Italy. Rogue River Blue, chosen by the panel of judges in Bergamo, is the USA’s first champion in the international competition, organised by the Guild of Fine Food…

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A taste of Wells Literary Festival

ONE of the traditions of Wells Literary Festival is a cookery-influenced event on the last Saturday morning, with patron Caroline Waldegrave asking the questions. This year the guest on Saturday 26th October will be Guardian food writer Felicity Cloake, whose new book, One More Croissant for the Road, has been praised by fellow cookery writers…

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Mary Quicke – Dairy Industry Woman of the Year

DEVON cheesemaker Mary Quicke has been named Dairy Industry Woman of the Year Award at the national Women in Dairy Conference, held at Sixways Stadium, Worcester. She was selected by the panel for having consistently demonstrated the core values of Women in Dairy –  to connect, share and inspire. Since taking the reins of the…

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