The Food Section

Top ten frozen foods

THERE has been a huge increase in sales of frozen food during the Covid-19 lockdown. That’s not really unexpected as people shop for a week or more, but what is quite surprising is the top item in the list of ten products which have seen the biggest year-on-year increase, according to the frozen food specialists…

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Chutney cheers for the Cathedral

SALISBURY Cathedral celebrates its 800th anniversary this year. The celebrations began with a special service on the actual anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone on 28th April 1220 – online because of Covid-19 – and the launch of a remarkable art exhibition in the Cathedral and in the Close. They continued, the following…

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A virtual Weekend of British Cheese

FOOD festivals, like every other event, food, arts or sport, have been cancelled because of Covid-19, but a group of cheese experts and makers have got together to organise what is probably the world’s first virtual cheese festival, the British Cheese Weekender, over the early May bank holiday, from Friday 8th to Sunday 10th May….

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Mill grinds flour again

THE ancient mill on the Stour at Sturminster Newton is grinding flour commercially for the first time in 50 years, in response to the demand from home bakers during the Covid-19 crisis. Sturminster Mill, beloved of painters and photographers, dates back to the Domesday Book and was a working mill until 1970. Since then it…

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A taste of the help at hand

Updated Tuesday 28th April 6pm ONE of the joys of living in a rural area, particularly in villages or small towns, is the sense of community that you are likely to find in a crisis such as the Covid-19 pandemic. The majority of locals will know each other, and news travels fast. Most people are…

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Screen Bites support for food producers

THERE won’t be a Screen Bites Second Slice food film festival this year – thanks Covid-19 for another loss from our cultural calendar – but organiser Susanne Harding is still doing her best to support local food producers. “Obviously the Screen Bites Festival is not taking place this year (unless things miraculously change for the…

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Food Aid Support Service at Shaftesbury

SHAFTESBURY Support Group has launched a Food Aid support service to supply food boxes for people who are in urgent need. More than 100 volunteers have joined the group, including the Shaftesbury-based private chef and food writer Philippa Davis, who is providing professional help and advice. The support group has teams in place to meet…

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A helping of BEAF stew

THE adventurous Bournemouth Emerging Arts Festival, which inevitably had to postpone its live events, is continuing to support local artists and businesses, sharing their various creative and charity efforts through its new BEAF Stew newsletter. The aim of the weekly newsletter is to report good news, creative campaigns and workshops and activities online. The first…

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Independents adapt for local communities

AS part of its wide-ranging support for small retailers and producers during the Covid-19 crisis, the Guild of Fine Food has been gathering and sharing ideas from across the UK’s independent food and drink retail community. With many in the south west nimbly adapting their offerings, the Guild hopes these stories will inspire the sector…

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