Bath Blue wins at World Cheese Awards

Posted November 21, 2014 by davidtwilcock
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Bath Blue, a classic blue veined cheese made by The Bath Soft Cheese Co, has scooped the top award at the World Cheese Awards.
It pipped 2,600 cheeses to triumph in London, with Canadian judge Louis Aird describing it as “poetry; like a river of cream over rocks, a perfectly balanced blue cheese with long, long lingering flavours.”
The final Supreme panel of judges, representing nations including Australia, USA, South Africa, Brazil, New Zealand and Canada, concurred, awarding the Bath Blue the highest score of the final judging stage.
Graham Padfield, managing director of The Bath Soft Cheese Co, said: “This is truly fantastic news. It’s a huge privilege to be the winner and we can’t quite believe that we are now the makers of the World Champion Cheese. This gives us great confidence for the future as we have just invested in a new dairy building and we were taking a leap of faith, but this award confirms that we are getting our cheese right and that is a wonderful endorsement.”
The cheese is made without any mechanisation and the milk comes from our herd of 160 organic cows.
Over 250 cheese experts from 26 nations travelled to London Olympia to judge in the space of a single morning. The final judging panel of top-name global experts – including Cathy Strange of Whole Foods Market in the US, Suzy O’Regan of Woolworths Foods in South Africa, Ros Windsor of London’s Paxton & Whitfield and Kris Lloyd of Australian artisan cheese-maker Woodside Cheese Wrights – then tasted a shortlist of 16 cheeses to select the 2014 World Champion.
The World Cheese Awards, now in its 26th year, returned to London for 2014 after a three-year run at the BBC Good Food Show at Birmingham’s NEC.
Organised by the Guild of Fine Food, this year’s event drew entries from 33 countries including New Zealand, Canada, South Africa, Mexico, Argentina and Brazil.

Rick Stein and Nathan Outlaw lead line-up at Padstow Christmas Festival in Cornwall

Posted November 19, 2014 by davidtwilcock
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Celebrity chefs Rick Stein, Paul Ainsworth, Nathan Outlaw, Angela Hartnett, Mitch Tonks and Mark Hix will face the public as they perform their skills at this year’s Padstow Christmas Festival.


The four-day festive fiesta from December 4 – 7 sees chefs and local producers take over the streets around the town’s harbour for an event that includes 64 cookery demonstrations and workshops.

This year it includes a head-to-head cook-off between Phil Vickery and Brian Turner on Saturday December 6, presented by Fern Britton, aka Mrs Vickery.

Event organiser Tina Evans said: “This is our biggest event to date with more than 40,000 visitors expected to join us for the festival.

“Alongside a packed schedule of demos, we’ll have a spectacular fireworks display, lantern parade, Narnia-inspired grotto, activities for children, pop-up food stalls and live music.”

More information and a programme of events can be found at

Penpont Brewery’s Creation ale wins Society of Independent Brewers’ (SIBA) award

Posted March 25, 2014 by davidtwilcock
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Penpont Brewery‘s latest beer, Creation pale ale, has won two Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) awards.


The light golden beer from the brewery in Altarnon, in east Cornwall, won a gold award in its product class and a silver in the overall Champion Keg Beer competition.

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Dorset Food and Arts Festival 2014 date set for Poundbury

Posted March 24, 2014 by davidtwilcock
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The Dorset Food and Arts Festival will take place at Queen Mother Square square in the heart of Poundbury on Saturday August 2, the weekend closest to the late Queen Mother’s birthday.


This year’s event will celebrate local food and drink and artistic creativity in Dorset.

Organisers Dorset Food and Drink, Dorset Farmers’ Markets and the Duchy of Cornwall will also be working with the New Hardy Players, the Dorchester Community Play and Screen Bites, Dorset’s food and film festival.

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Extra day added to TorqEat festival in May

Posted March 22, 2014 by davidtwilcock
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Organisers of the TorqEat festival in South Devon have added an extra day to the 2014 event on the May bank holiday weekend.

The festival will take place on May 3 and 4 in Torquay’s Harbourside and Cary Gardens after last year’s one-day event attracted 5,000 visitors.


The line-up is led by Simon Hulstone, chef proprietor at Torquay’s Michelin starred restaurant The Elephant.

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Archaeologists discover 100-year-old St Austell Brewery beer at St Piran site in Cornwall

Posted March 22, 2014 by davidtwilcock
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Archaeologists unearthing the secrets of St Piran’s Oratory in the shifting sands at Perranporth, Cornwall have discovered a bootle of local beer more than 100 years old.


The green bottle of Walter Hicks ale from St Austell Brewery is thought to date from around the time of the encasement of the oratory in 1910.

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Smokin! Fussels Fine Foods up their oil

Posted March 20, 2014 by davidtwilcock
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Fussels have added a different flavour to their Somerset rapeseed oil by smoking it.


The Westcountry maker has taken its award-winning and hyphen-conducting Extra-Virgin Cold-Pressed Rapeseed Oil and given it treatment usually reserved for fish, meat and cheese.

The result, they say, is “a delicious oil, with a subtle smoky flavour and aroma which is perfect for roasting, frying, baking, marinating and dipping”.

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