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Dorset Food and Arts Festival 2014 date set for Poundbury

March 24, 2014

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.



Sharpham 2011 Dart Valley Reserve leads the pack at South West Vineyard Association 2013 Awards

September 16, 2013

Sharpham Vineyard’s 2011 Dart Valley Reserve was named South West Wine of the Year at The South West Vineyard Association 2013 Awards.

Sharpham from Devon, Camel Valley from Cornwall and Furleigh Estate from Dorset all scooped gold at the awards for the region’s booming wine industry.


Camel Valley won two golds for two 2010 sparkling vintages, Annie’s Anniversary and White Pinot.
Furleigh took gold for its 2010 sparkling rose and Sharpham for the 2011 Dart Valley Reserve white wine.


Trooper Inn and Old Spot Inn up for Camra Pub of the Year as Good Beer Guide 2014 is launched

September 12, 2013

Two south west pubs, the Trooper Inn in Stourton Caundle, Dorset and the Old Spot Inn in Dursley, Gloucestershire, are in the running to be named Camra National Pub of the Year 2013.

The two pubs, named the best in Wessex and the south west regions respectively, are among 16 pubs that have made the shortlist for the accolade.


The shortlist was released to coincide with the launch of the 2014 Good Beer Guide, which reveals that despite the difficult business climate 187 new breweries have opened across the UK in the past 12 months, an increase of 14%.


British Cheese Awards wins for Cornish Yarg maker Lynher Dairies with new “Stithians” cheese and for Woolsery Cheese’s Nanette goats cheese

September 10, 2013

It seems that Lynher Dairies, the makers of Cornish Yarg, are a bit stunned with their British Cheese Award for their new cheese, Stithians.


The  2013 Best English Cheese is named after the village in Cornwall close to the dairy where it is made, but please don’t inundate them with requests – it wont be going on sale until next year!

Dane Hopkins, the dairy manager, said that it was entered into the competition essentially to gauge the opinions of the judges and see where they were with the cheese and its development.

It promptly came away with the Patrick Rance Trophy for the best English cheese, suggesting it’s pretty much there.


10th South West Chef of the Year competition – judged by Michael Caines, James Tanner, Simon Hulstone, Mark Hix, Nathan Outlaw and … are you crying yet?

August 15, 2013

It’s important you don’t get intimidated in competitions, but entrants into the 10th South West Chef of the Year competition would be allowed a whimper when they see the judging panel includes Michael Caines, Nathan Outlaw, James Tanner, Simon Hulstone, Mark Hix, Nathan Outlaw and more.

Entries are now open for the competition aimed at experienced pros, up and coming young chefs and amateur cooks.

A new class is being launched this year, the Junior Class, aimed at children aged 11 to 16.


St Austell Proper Job, Moor Revival, Cotswold Spring Old Sodbury Mild and Butcombe Bitter among awards at 2013 Great British Beer Festival

August 14, 2013

St Austell – Proper Job Moor’s RevivalCotswold Spring’s Old Sodbury Mild and Butcombe Bitter were among the winners at the 2013 Great British Beer Festival at Olympia in London.

They didn’t win the top prize of Best Beer in Britain, which went to Yorkshire brewery Elland’s 1872 Porter, but there were wins in the bottled and cask beer categories.


Late autumn should herald bumper crop of fruits and berriesf for foragers, says Woodland Trust

August 13, 2013

Autumn is set to be late this year, but when it arrives it should bring a bumper crop of fruits and berries in the countryside, according to the Woodland  Trust.


The autumn fruiting is expected to be delayed as a result of the late spring, but the recent warm weather  means wild berry crops will flourish, according to early data collected by the public the Trust’s nature’s calendar project.

The promise of a bumper autumn is good news for wildlife, which suffered in the face of exceptionally poor crops of wild fruit last year when trees and shrubs were affected by the washout summer, and then were hit by this spring’s cold snap.