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Cooking from Cary

HOW will you remember the pandemic? For some, the memories will be terrible, even sadly tragic. For some traumatic. For everyone it’s been a life-changing experience. And it has brought out the best in some people and some communities. Take Castle Cary, for instance. In March 2020, as the coronavirus really hit and the country…

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Dreaming of a place in the sun?

WE can’t travel to our favourite places, thanks to Covid-19, but we can still dream. Take a virtual tour of some of Europe’s most beautiful areas and finest vineyards, courtesy of Property Guides online, which has drawn up a  list of ten top locations for wine. Stunning landscapes and fascinating history often go hand-in-hand with…

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Dartmoor Whisky launches new single malt

WHETHER you’re looking forward to a Christmas gathering with the permitted number of your nearest and dearest or raising a glass on Burns Night, the new Ex-Sherry Cask Single Malt from Dartmoor Whisky should hit the spot. Distilled at the old town hall in Bovey Tracey, the gateway to Dartmoor, and aged in an Oloroso…

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Story Pig pop-up shop

FARMERS James and Charlotte Hull, who rear Tamworth pigs at their farm on the edge of Sandford Orcas near Sherborne, are running a pop-up shop at the farm every Saturday, from 10am to 2pm. The couple, who farm on sustainable and high welfare principles, describe the meat from their rare breed animals as “a taste…

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Farm Shop and Deli Awards 2021

THE search is on to find the best local food retailer in the South West, with the launch of the Farm Shop and Deli Awards 2021. Local food retailers including butchers, bakers, greengrocers and farm shops have been among the lockdown heroes during the pandemic. Over the last few months there have been so many…

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Longleat grape harvest

A TEAM of pickers has been hard at work harvesting more than three tonnes of grapes from the Longleat Estate’s vineyard, located in the walled kitchen garden. There are more than 4,500 vines; producing a mix of Bacchus, Orion, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes. Up to ten volunteers have been taking part in the annual…

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Great Taste award for Capreolus

CAPREOLUS, the West Dorset-based artisan charcuterie producers, have added this year’s Golden Fork for the South West to their long list of Great Taste Awards from previous years. David and Karen Richards, who live and have their production base at Rampisham, won three gold Great Taste stars and went on to take the regional Golden…

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World Cheese Awards put back to 2021

THE World Cheese Awards, run by the Guild of Fine Food based at Gillingham, will not be taking place this year at Ovideo in the Spanish province of Asturias. The competition has been postponed to 2021, because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Guild has decided to extend Oviedo’s tenure as host city into 2021, and…

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Dairy stars in Great Taste Awards

THE West Country’s dairy heritage was to the fore in the list of three star winners in the 2020 Great Taste Awards, run by the Guild of Fine Food, based in Gillingham, north Dorset. The top products in the world’s most trusted food and drink awards included cheese, yogurt, cream and curd. Single stars were…

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