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Award for Dorset food writer

DORSET-based food writer Sue Quinn has won the British Food Award in this year’s Guild of Food Writers annual awards, announced at the Holland Park Theatre in London. The award related specifically to Sue’s column for the Dorset magazine. Born in Australia, Sue Quinn began her career as a news reporter in Sydney and Canberra…

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The takeaway cup that is good for the planet

ORDINARY people are often ahead of big business when it comes to environmental concerns – the vast majority of shoppers were quite happy to bring their own bags to supermarkets, despite the concerns of retailers that a small charge for plastic bags would lead to plummeting profits. Similarly, it seems to be difficult to persuade…

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Food and farming – making connections at Bristol

THE future of food and farming was explored in a lively debate at Bristol Food Connections when speakers, including Patrick Holden, the founder-director of the Sustainable Food Trust, discussed alternatives to the unhealthy trajectory of industrialised food production. The event took place at River Cottage Kitchen, and the debate was led by Peter Greig, founder…

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Bristol coffee roaster opens Bankside training centre

BRISTOL-based Extract Coffee Roasters has opened a new barista training facility in Sustainable Bankside. The space is made from locally sourced recycled materials destined for landfill. The coffee roasters used an old Covent Garden pub floor for their espresso bar, and its benches are made from leftover supplies sourced from a housing project in Victoria….

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Summer cheese tasting at Quicke’s

THERE is an invitation for cheese lovers to a summer cheese tasting at Quicke’s Farm Shop in Newton St Cyres, near Exeter on Saturday 23rd June, from 10.30am. The award-winning Devon-based cheesemaker is paving the way for garden feasts this summer with a series of tasting sessions at the farm shop. The cheese tasting, hosted…

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Bee day at Mompesson House

BEEKEEPERS will be in the garden at Mompesson House in Salisbury Cathedral Close on Saturday 16th June, for their annual Bee Day with the National Trust. Salisbury and District Beekeepers Association is a group of hobbyist beekeepers who meet regularly to discuss beekeeping matters and offer advice and support to fellow beekeepers and the public….

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Yerba mate importers are branching out

A YOUNG couple who travelled extensively in South America and returned to set up a herbal tea business at Shaftesbury are now established in Bath with their Yuyo range of organic infusions made with yerba mate. Many people wake up with a cup of coffee or tea, but in South America and some other parts…

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South west indies in Shop of the Year final

FOUR independent retailers from the South West are among the 42 businesses shortlisted in the Guild of Fine Food’s Shop of the Year 2018. The four shops are shortlisted in the categories for Best Delicatessen and Best Farm Shop or Garden Centre with Food Hall. The awards are run by the Gillingham-based Guild of Fine…

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