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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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Paw-fect start for new eat:Festival year

BURNHAM-on-Sea based eat: Festivals has had a great start to 2022 with the news that they are finalists for the Dog Friendly Business of the year in the Bristol, Bath & Somerset Tourism Awards. Joint organiser Sarah Milner Simonds says: “We work really hard to make our one-day food and drink festivals welcoming for the…

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Thatchers launch community orchard project

COMMUNITY groups and charities keen to plant or extend community orchards this spring can apply for help from Somerset-based Thatchers Cider. The Somerset cider-maker’s Community Orchard Project is being launched this month, with 250 apple trees to be donated to groups either undertaking new planting this year, or looking to extend a community orchard they…

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A “gert lush” delight from Feltham’s Farm

THE ever-inventive Marcus Fergusson at Feltham’s Farm near Wincanton has produced an enticing addition to his range: a bloomy, white-rind organic cheese called Gert Lush, which came out just in time for Christmas and New Year cheeseboards. As any Somerset person knows, “Gert Lush” is a dialect phrase meaning “really lovely” (lovely as in attractive),…

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Somerset/Welsh cheese crowned British champion

THE Trethowan brothers, who make award-winning farmhouse Cheddar and Caerphilly at Hewish in north Somerset, have won the Best British Cheese award at this year’s World Cheese Awards, held at Oviedo in Spain, during the Asturias Paraíso Natural International Cheese Festival. Overall, the Trethowans’ Gorwydd Caerphilly took seventh place. The World Champion was a soft…

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Finger-printing apple varieties

SOMERSET cider-maker Thatchers, which has more than 500 acres of orchards and the largest and most diverse collection of apples used in cider making, is working with the University of Bristol on a project using DNA fingerprinting techniques to identify apple tree varieties. With many old and heritage varieties of apple trees beginning to disappear,…

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Record-breaking World Cheese Awards

THE 2021 World Cheese Awards, taking place in Oviedo, Spain, on Wednesday 3rd November, have received more than 4,000 entries from a record-breaking 45 countries. They include not only the great cheese-making nations, France, Spain, Italy, England and Switzerland, but also  India, Guatemala, Japan, Colombia, Israel and Ukraine. The 33rd annual awards are taking place…

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