The Food Section

Explore the Somerset Food Trail

SOMERSET is home to some of the finest and most innovative food producers in the country. From traditional farmhouse Cheddar to milk-based vodka, the county has so much to offer. Some of these outstanding products will be showcased at this year’s Somerset Food Trail Festival, from 15th to 24th July. The food trail is an…

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The spirit of cider – in Ukraine

APPLES and the drinks we make from them have an ancient history, buried deep both in the wild fruit forests of Kazakhstan and in European myths and legends. There is something irresistible and indomitable about our mutual relationship. Here’s a story from Ukraine, via the American food website and newsletter Broken Palate. It is both…

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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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George Egg is in the shed

GEORGE Egg has whipped up a rather successful career with his comedy cookery shows, but now his doctor has told him to change his diet. What is he to do? Find out when Artsreach brings him to Dorset for three dates, 25th to 27th March. George’s family have banned him from using the kitchen and…

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A palate for spices

THERE was a time when the only spices in the average kitchen were nutmeg, pepper (usually white and finely ground) and possibly cinnamon. Names such as baharat, sumac or zaatar were, literally, foreign to the average British cook. Tastes and cooking knowledge have moved on hugely and nowadays, in part thanks to inventive and inspiring…

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Everything you need to know about sea salt

HALEN Mon, the producers of arguably the world’s finest sea salt, now have a cookbook – Sea Salt: A Perfectly Seasoned Cookbook, by the founders of the Anglesey-based business, the Lea-Wilson family. The Lea-Wilsons’ lives have centred around sea salt – making it, perfecting it and travelling the world selling it – for more than…

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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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