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Great Tastes of the South West

THE results of the 2022 Great Taste Awards, organised by the Guild of Fine Food, based in Gillingham, include 529 Great Taste star products from the south west. From blood orange marmalade to hot and cold smoked salmon and kimchi, the awards demonstrate the amazing variety and creativity of food producers around the region, the…

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Take the Somerset Food Trail

THE Somerset Food Trail, a ten-day festival celebrating the county’s farms, landscapes, people and places, and the best of locally produced, delicious and sustainable food, runs to Sunday 24th July. It is described as a “farm-to-fork showcase that puts the spotlight on Somerset’s smaller-scale, more regenerative farmers and artisan producers, and the stores, cafes, pubs…

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Cheese awards moved from Kyiv to Wales

THE 2022 World Cheese Awards, organised by the Gillingham-based Guild of Fine Food, will take place in Wales at the beginning of November.  This year’s awards were due to be held in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, but the Russian invasion has inevitably made that impossible. The decision to relocate to Wales is supported by the…

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Capreolus in Waitrose

AWARD-winning West Dorset-based charcuterie makers Capreolus are launching their Great Taste Award-winning products from the British Charcuterie range into Waitrose stores. David and Karen Richards have been creating their award-winning artisan charcuterie since 2009, supplying to trade, retail and the general public. They and their small team at Rampisham follow timeless artisan techniques inspired by…

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Stars headline Big Jubilee Lunch

BRISTOL-based singers and performers including Lady Nade and Phil King will be taking to the stage on College Grain for Bristol’s Big Jubilee Lunch on Sunday 5th June, a partnership between the cathedral and local community groups. This year’s Big Lunch is celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. It will be a full day free event,…

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Planted Country at Stourhead

SUSTAINABILITY is at the heart of a new show which is being held in the walled garden at Stourhead, the National Trust’s house and grounds near Mere in Wiltshire, over the weekend 29th April to 2nd May. Planted Country will include talks, workshops, exhibitions, and stands, with a particular emphasis on brands which champion sustainable…

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Explore the Somerset Food Trail

SOMERSET is home to some of the finest and most innovative food producers in the country. From traditional farmhouse Cheddar to milk-based vodka, the county has so much to offer. Some of these outstanding products will be showcased at this year’s Somerset Food Trail Festival, from 15th to 24th July. The food trail is an…

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The spirit of cider – in Ukraine

APPLES and the drinks we make from them have an ancient history, buried deep both in the wild fruit forests of Kazakhstan and in European myths and legends. There is something irresistible and indomitable about our mutual relationship. Here’s a story from Ukraine, via the American food website and newsletter Broken Palate. It is both…

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