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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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Ukraine and the World Cheese Awards

IT may not seem a big deal, in the general scheme of devastated lives and shattered towns and cities, but the impact of the appalling Russian invasion of Ukraine stretches into many areas of life. Even food awards. This year’s 34th annual World Cheese Awards were due to take place in the war-torn country, and…

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A slice of old Dorset life

ACTOR, singer and historian Tim Laycock and musician Phil Humphries join the Ridgway Singers and Band, and members of the William Barnes Society, for the 2022 Tea with William Barnes at the Exchange at Sturminster Newton Exchange at 3pm on Sunday 6th March. Barnes, who is recognised as Britain’s greatest dialect poet  relished the country-dances,…

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Fly the flag for Somerset

SOMERSET Day this year is on 11th May, so with about 100 days to go, the organisers are encouraging people across the county to fly the Somerset flag and support the 2022 campaign, “Fly the Flag for Somerset – Living our Heritage.” As organiser Nigel Muers-Raby says, there is an abundance of organisations within Somerset…

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