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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Cornwall’s St Austell Brewery launches Tribute with something Extra

Posted March 12, 2014 by davidtwilcock
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St Austell Brewery in Cornwall has launched Tribute Extra, a bigger and bolder version of its top-selling Tribute beer.


The new 5.2% ale will go on sale in 500ml bottles after gaining what the brewer said was a “growing cult following” when released as a limited-edition seasonal ale.

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Rock Oyster Festival on Camel Estuary in Cornwall announces 2014 date

Posted March 12, 2014 by davidtwilcock
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Rock Oyster Festival is set to return to the millionaire’s playground on the banks of the bivalve-friendly Camel Estuary in Cornwall this summer on Saturday July 12.


The festival is now in its fifth year and returns to the idyllic grounds of Dinham House, near Wadebridge, as a midsummer celebration for all the family with music, entertainment and, of course, oysters.

And for the first time this year, the festival will include a farmers’ market.

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Healeys launches new Cornish Gold “crafted” Cyder

Posted March 11, 2014 by davidtwilcock
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Cornish “cyder” maker Healeys has launched Cornish Gold, a new 4.5% draught cider.

It is the Perranporth company’s latest tie-up with St Austell Brewery, with whom they made the first Cornish whiskey for centuries, which was first bottled in 2011.


Healeys hopes the beer, whose tap architecture looks a little like Castlemaine XXXX to me, will be on sale in 150 bars and pubs by July.

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