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An authentic taste of Dorset Cider

A GROUP of young Dorset craft cider makers gathered, socially distanced of course, for a unique cider tasting in the new Hinknowle Barn venue at Rupert Best’s estate at Melplash. The Dorset Cider Apple event was a chance to taste and judge a set of single variety ciders, the culmination of a fascinating project led by…

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Rosbif of “la France profonde” in Dorset

THE French used to refer to the English as “les rosbif” – a reference to our national predilection for roast beef. It remains true that Britain – including Scotland and Northern Ireland – produces some of the world’s finest beef. But the French have some excellent beef cattle, and one of the finest breeds is…

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Not the Sturminster Cheese Festival

THERE will be a pop-up food and drink market in Sturminster Newton on Saturday 12th September, making up a little for the disappointment felt by the hundreds of people who will be missing one of the best food events of the year, Sturminster Cheese Festival. The cheese festival, which includes cookery demonstrations, cheesemakers from all…

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Something to celebrate? Have a cup of tea!

THIS is Afternoon Tea Week – a chance to celebrate a great British institution. Other nations have coffee culture or tea ceremonies, but we have a unique cultural culinary tradition of tea and cake, so between now and 16th August you should make the most of it! If you are lucky enough to live near…

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Raise a glass to the Bristol Craft Beer Festival

BEER drinkers in Bristol will raise a glass – and a cheer – at the news that the Bristol Craft Beer Festival 2020 edition will take place at the Harbourside – the first such event for the city, and possibly the entire UK, after lock-down. The festival will take place on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th…

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Feltham’s Farm wins Best British Cheese in new Virtual Cheese Awards

RENEGADE Monk, a washed rind artisan cheese made by Marcus Ferguson of Feltham’s Farm, at Horsington near Wincanton, was awarded the Best British Cheese accolade at the inaugural Virtual Cheese Awards on 18th July,. More than 300 cheeses were entered in the all-day event, which was viewed by an audience of more than 3,000, and…

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Sausage maker is first with eco-packaging

WEST Country sausage-maker Westaways has become the UK’s first meat producer to use eco-friendly packaging that can be put on your compost heap rather than adding to the nation’s waste problem. “If you walk down a meat or dairy aisle in a supermarket you will see that just about every product is wrapped in plastic,”…

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Festival support for new food businesses

THE organisers of Somerset’s award-winning eat:Festivals are inviting applications from new businesses for bursaries and development support to enable them to make their first steps into trading. The bursaries, sponsored by Thatchers Cider, are for food and drink producers who have not engaged in business start-ups to consider festival trading. The successful producers will have…

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UK’s first online jam festival

PRESERVE specialist Rosemary Jameson, the founder of the Guild of Jam and Preserve Makers, has organised the UK’s first-ever online jam festival to take place from 25th July – 2nd August. Rosie, the founder of Rosie Makes Jam and Love Jars, is based in Rutland. She has a life-long passion for jam-making and in the…

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