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Soil Association campaigns for healthier children’s food

FOOD campaigner and writer and broadcaster Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has joined the Soil Association in its Out To Lunch campaign for healthier food for children at Britain’s restaurant chains. Hugh joined Rob Percival of the Soil Association to reveal the best and worst children’s menus in a new league table ranking children’s food in 25 of…

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Apple Days at Barrington Court

THIS year’s Apple Days on 21st and 22nd October will be specially important for the National Trust staff and volunteers who manage orchards at Barrington Court, as they re-launch their apple juice and cider and celebrate a move from farmhouse cider to craft cider. The beautiful Elizabethan house and gardens of Barrington Court, near Ilminster,…

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Salcombe Gin is best Devon product

THE winner of the hotly contested Taste of Devon Best Producer award at the Food and Drink Devon  Awards was Salcombe Distilling Company, with its Salcombe Gin. The awards to the county’s top food and drink producers, hospitality businesses and speciality retailers were announced at the Deer Park Country House Hotel near Honiton, hosted by…

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918 Coffee Co goes global

AN environmentally aware Gillingham business, 918 Coffee Co, has won a major international award in the Green World campaign to find the greenest companies, councils and communities. The Green World Awards represent the pinnacle of green achievement for companies, governments and organsations around the globe. Justin and Chanel Cornelius competed against more than 500 other…

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Brett Sutton is Dorset’s chef of the year

THERE was a double triumph for multi-award winner Brett Sutton, chef-patron of The White Post at Rimpton, near Sherborne, at the Dorset magazine Food and Farming Awards. With his wife Kelly he won the Best Restaurant Award and went on  to be named Best Chef, repeating his 2016 success in the Dorset magazine awards. The…

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Apple day at Melbury Vale Winery

MELBURY Vale Winery at Shaftesbury has its first Apple Day event this year, on Saturday 21st October, from 10am to 4pm. Joseph Pestell and the team will welcome visitors with their own apples for the first Community Apple Pressing Day at Melbury Vale. If you know the apple variety this will help Melbury Vale  to…

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Double treat from Manna from Devon

THIS is both Chocolate Week and National Curry Week, and the award-winning Manna from Devon Cooking School has recipes for both. Both recipes come from the cookery school’s new book, Wood-Fired Fish & Seafood, due out in spring 2018, Manna from Devon owners Holly and David Jones have taken inspiration from a recipe from Madhur…

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Honey show comes to Castle Cary

SOUTH East Somerset Beekeepers Annual Honey Show is coming to Castle Cary for the first time this year, at the Market House on Saturday 14th October. There will be honey to try and honey to buy, information and advice on helping and keeping bees and a beekeeping display. Local school children’s art will be on…

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Savouring food and film with Screen Bites

THIS year, Dorset’s Screen Bites Food Film Festival celebrates its “Bakers Dozen,” 13 years of bringing delicious gems of world cinema to village halls around the region, with local food producers and farm shops offering tastings and sales. It’s a unique formula – not only the country’s only food film festival but believed to be…

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