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Meet Susie, the Truckle Truck

CHEESE-lovers in this area should keep a look out for this colourful little Citroen van, and make a bee-line for it the moment owner Carolyn Hopkins opens the side hatch and reveals the riches inside. Welcome to the Truckle Truck, a cheesemonger on wheels, stacked with some of the finest cheeses of this region, the…

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Ancient spelt grain milled at Dunster watermill

A RARE example of a working watermill at the National Trust’s Dunster Castle has begun producing its own spelt flour, made from organic spelt grain grown by Sharpham Park near Glastonbury. Visitors will be able to see the fully operating 18th-century watermill in action on the first Wednesday of every month, and other selected dates…

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Lyme Bay fizz is the People’s Choice

LYME Bay Winery was chosen alongside Waitrose’s Leckford Estate Brut 2013 as the nation’s favourite fizz at the recent People’s Choice Wine Awards (PCWA) ceremony at The Comedy Store, Manchester. The competition, which is only in its second year, is growing rapidly, with triple the number of entries this year than last, as an increasing…

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Trading Post among Shop of the Year finalists

THE Trading Post, much-loved by its many customers as one of the best farm shops in the region, is among the South West finalists for Shop of the Year 2019, run by the Dorset-based Guild of Fine Food. There are six finalists from the West Country for the Shop of the Year awards, an accreditation…

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Italy to host World Cheese Awards 2019

THE World Cheese Awards, run by the Guild of Fine Food, which is based at Gillingham, Dorset, will take place this year in Bergamo. It will be the first time the world’s leading cheese awards have been held in Italy. The competition, which attracts thousands of entries from cheese-makers around the world, will be held…

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Turning the clock back

IT’s not so much a New Year’s resolution as a celebration of foodie nostalgia. Shortly before Christmas, we had a festive tea party with friends at which a range of distinctly retro treats were served alongside seasonal classics and favourites. The retro food included vol au vents – “What are vol au vents?” asked the…

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Wassail at Barrington Court

THE ancient tradition of wassailing the apple trees is celebrated at the National Trust’s Barrington Court near Ilminster on Saturday 12th January. This age-old custom encourages a good harvest in the autumn: songs are sung to bless the trees and plenty of noise is made to shoo away bad spirits. The Barrington Court event will…

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Flours of the world

FOOD writer Christine McFadden is giving a talk about flours of the world – the subject of her latest book – on Friday 23rd November, at 6.30pm, at the Alembic Canteen at the Literary and Scientific Institute in Bridport. The chef will be serving dishes using recipes from Christine’s book Flour (see more on this…

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Tiny family farm wins World Cheese Award

AN aged Gouda cheese, Fanaost, made by the tiny Norwegian cheesemaker, Ostegården, was named World Champion Cheese at the 31st World Cheese Awards in Bergen, Norway. Produced from a herd of just 12 cows on a farm less than 20km from Bergen, this genuinely artisan cheese rose to the top among a record breaking 3,472…

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Bird & Wild coffee wins sustainability award

A COFFEE company, founded in Parkstone, Dorset, in 2006, has won an award for its partnership with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. Bird & Wild was awarded the Blue Patch’s Global Impact Award for British businesses that work with international communities, creating ethical partnerships with good supply chain management. Guy Wilmot, chief…

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