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Celebrating Dorset food in poetry

A POEM that has been commissioned by Dorset’s rural arts charity Artsreach and Dorset Food and Drink was launched online on Monday 9th August at 11am via the Artsreach YouTube site. Dairy Cows and Dorset Knobs, a poem for the local shoppers of Dorset by Liv Torc is the culmination of a project between the…

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Double Taste of the West gold for Capreolus

WEST Dorset charcuterie specialists Capreoleus have added to their long list of awards by taking a gold double in this year’s Taste of the West Awards, the Special Edition Pannage Ham, a slowly matured, air-dried ham using rare bread pigs from the New Forest, and Venison and Green Peppercorn Salami. David and Karen Richards have…

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Seize the seasoning!

ONE of the country’s best-known and tastiest sea salts, the long-established Maldon Salt has a striking new look. The introduction of the new look comes with a call to chefs, home cooks and foodies to “Seize the seasoning”. The contemporary new design, with its trademarked diamond pattern, will start to appear on supermarket shelves from…

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New date, new venue for Bath Vegan Market

BATH Vegan Market is going ahead on Saturday 10th July, a week later than originally planned. Due to COVID restrictions, the original indoor event on 3rd July will take place at Odd Down Sports Ground. The fair showcases what the vegan lifestyle has to offer with more than 60 stalls including world food caterers. There…

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Artisan category at Frome cheese awards

THE Global Cheese Awards, part of the annual Frome Agricultural and Cheese Show, which has been held every year since 1861 (apart from 2020), will be back, on 11th September, with a new cheese section aimed specifically at artisan producers. The pandemic stopped both the show and the Global Cheese Awards as well as damaging…

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Top prize for new Somerset cheese

A NEW European-style cheese,  La Fresca Margarita, made at Feltham’s Farm near Wincanton, has won Best British Cheese at the Virtual Cheese Awards 2021 For cheese-maker Marcus Fergusson, it was his second year as supreme champion, following the success of his Renegade Monk as the best British cheese in the first Virtual Cheese Awards in…

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Looking for the Affineur of the Year

A NEW competition to find the Affineur of the Year competition has been launched by Devon-based cheesemaker, Quicke’s, and the Academy of Cheese, to help celebrate the age-old art of maturing cheese and guiding it to its full potential. Eight three-month matured 27kg truckles of Quicke’s cheddar are now in place at maturing rooms across…

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Grow your own taste of the sea

MARSH samphire – sometimes known as “the mermaid’s kiss” – has been making its salty, crunchy presence felt on restaurant and domestic tables in recent years, and now you can grow your own seashore delicacy, thanks to Wincanton-based Somerset Samphire. Samphire is already a native of Somerset, loving the salt marshes, where local farmers also…

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New video and website for Food Drink Devon

AS restaurants, pubs and other hospitality businesses in Devon open their doors again, the county’s food group, Food Drink Devon, has announced the support off wine buff and television personality Oz Clarke, and a new video and website. Award-winning chef Peter Gorton (pictured), a recently appointed Food Drink Devon board member, says: “It has been…

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