Showing posts from June, 2014


The Spiced Pear Hepworth has been nominated as ‘Readers’ Restaurant of the Year’ for the North East by the new Waitrose Good Food Guide 2015 – which puts it in the top 10 places to eat in the country.
The stylish restaurant, tearoom and cocktail bar was voted for by members of the public to become one of the UK finalists in the prestigious Good Food Guide Awards– beating off competition from some of the most renowned restaurants in the region.
The Spiced Pear’s head chef/owner Tim Bilton and his wife Adele said it was hard to put into words how delighted they were.
‘To have won the North East heat and be one of just 10 finalists across the UK is phenomenal – we have been striving for this for years and to get a listing in the Good Food Guide just one year since opening is brilliant,’ said Tim.
‘What makes us even more proud is that we got through thanks to our customers. While all awards mean a great deal, this means more than most because it’s on their recommendation. It’s a real honour …

Foodies Are SORTED: Tesco Partners With SORTEDfood, Europe's Largest Cooking Community On YouTube

Tesco has partnered with SORTEDfood, one of the world's largest social media cookery channels, to help inspire a new generation to fall in love with cooking and food.  The partnership, which is a media first, will showcase Tesco’s passion for food.
SORTEDfood has over 800,000 subscribers on its YouTube channel, with over 4million monthly views. With many video recipes the result of the SORTED community's suggestions or requests, engagement levels are the highest of any food based YouTube channel.
Originally school mates, Ben, Barry, Jamie & Mike now dedicate all their time to running the channel where they release video recipes every few days to share with everyone from first time cooks to passionate foodies. Simple recipes are complemented with a heavy dose of entertainment, and tips or twists are often suggested by the community.
Tesco’s first content will focus on cooking with everyday essentials and products where prices are down and staying down.  This is one of the area…

Get that Mexican Menu Vibe with Jarritos – Brand New to the UK!

Mexican cuisine is thriving in the UK, whether that is in the form of street food, dedicated Mexican restaurants or on the menu at the local pub. And, whilst diners are becoming more and more familiar with the cuisine, they have been left wanting when it comes to the drinks with which to accompany it. Thankfully, that is about to change with the arrival from Mexico of Jarritos Sodas. Designed to shake up your beverage menu and add some real, natural flavour to your soft drinks, Jarritos is the perfect accompaniment to a Mexican meal or to simply be enjoyed as a drink on its own.
Already the most popular soft drink in Mexico, with over 60 years’ experience, Jarritos knows exactly what makes customers tick and have thus developed their products to attract people of all ages. An excellent addition to your drinks menu, Jarritos sodas are made from 100% natural sugar in the heart of Mexico, giving them a truly authentic feel and are both low in sodium and cholesterol. They are also made wit…


illy issimo, the Italian-style ready to drink range of chilled coffee, is to feature in its first UK sampling campaign.
The highly targeted sampling, part of a European-wide ‘Live Intense Tour’, will focus on London during mid-July, targeting on the move consumers in high footfall locations in central London.
Over 10,000 bottles of illy issimo will be sampled, enabling people to enjoy illy’s unique 100% Arabica coffee blend and intense Italian espresso experience.
Working in partnership with Samsung and using its Galaxy K zoom smartphone to capture the intensity of people’s lives, illy issimo brand ambassadors will be encouraging on the move consumers to feature in a time-lapsed video dedicated to each city, including London, by having their photograph taken in front of a branded backdrop.
Victoria Hughes, Brand Manager at Euro Food Brands Ltd, sole UK distributor of illy issimo, comments: “In a campaign that reflects the brand essence of ‘Live Intense, Live Issimo’ new communication camp…


JACK LINK’S, the world’s leading meat snacking company is about to embark on its first national sampling campaign in the UK that visits 13 locations across two weeks and reaches over 100,000 consumers.
The JACK LINK’S Ford F-650 Super Duty Truck will be touring the country from 17 August 2014 and consumers will have the opportunity to have their picture taken with Sasquatch, the brand’s mascot.
Shane Angus, Brand Manager at Euro Food Brands, distributor of JACK LINK’S comments: “The campaign highlights the adventurous spirit and the unique personality of the brand and will reinforce its position as a delicious high protein meat snack.
“It will accelerate demand for JACK LINK’S by providing consumers with a fun and memorable interaction with the brand.
“Meat snacking is continuing to grow in popularity and JACK LINK’S is experiencing double digit growth year on year. We believe this sampling campaign will encourage this growth even further and ensure JACK LINK’S is front of mind for consum…

Breathe Life Into A Blend At The Scotch Whisky Experience

Whisky fans have the chance to create their own unique blend with the launch of the new Blend Your Own session for groups visiting Edinburgh’s Scotch Whisky Experience.
The art of blending whisky is an extremely complex practice and this new offering will unlock the often mysterious world to connoisseurs and novices alike. The opportunity to blend whiskies is not widely available and the five-star attraction’s highly trained team will impart the skills required to create a blend, before allowing amateur blenders the chance to create their very own Scotch Whisky.
Suitable for whisky loving groups of ten or more, the participants will receive a small bottle of their blend to take home, as well as a certificate of blending.
Susan Morrison, director and general manager of The Scotch Whisky Experience said: “If distilling whisky is a complex science, then blending is the true art of our industry.  Over the years, many of our visitors have quizzed us on the processes involved in creating a ble…

Bin The BBQ And Celebrate Summer At A Banquet

FOOD lovers looking for an alternative to scorched sausages and burnt burgers this summer are being invited to swap the ‘barbie’ for a banquet.

Six-hundred-year-old Lumley Castle, at Chester-le-Street, is turning back the clock to 1595 with a series of Tudor feasts in the coming weeks, giving diners and partygoers the chance to enjoy a fun-filled night, Elizabethan-style.
On arrival at the castle they are led to the dungeons before being piped into the opulent Baron’s Court and seated on benches for dinner – which is authentically served on planks, by wenches and eaten with a dagger instead of cutlery.
To accompany dishes, such as sticky pork ribs and honey-baked chicken – presented on planks rather than plates - diners are served red wine and mead in earthenware goblets.
Meanwhile, in between courses, the Castle’s Lord Chamberlain entertains diners with tales of yore and local legends – including the sorrowful story of Lily of Lumley who was thrown into the castle’s well, by priests, for…

Feel Free For Gluten Free Moves Into Free From Breakfast Market

Gluten and wheat free brand Feel Free for Gluten Free are moving into the free from breakfast market with the launch of their granola and granola bars.
The new range, which will be launched at the Allergy & Free From Show in London’s Olympia on 4, 5 and 6 July, includes three types of oat free granola and three granola bars.
The granolas have been developed using a blend of buckwheat and millet flakes, avoiding oats which some coeliacs and others on a gluten free diet cannot tolerate.
Feel Free For Gluten Free’s granola comes in three varieties: honey & nut, fruit & nut, and strawberry & almond. They are sold in 340g boxes.
Sally Allister, Managing Director of Yorkshire-based Feel Free for Gluten Free, said:
“So many of the free from granolas already on the market that we tasted felt like they were lacking something. We were keen to create a granola that wouldn’t leave us feeling that something was missing.
“We also wanted our granola range to be free from oats while still h…

Quick Cakes For Busy Mums

Love the idea of making and decorating a cake for your child’s birthday but think you don’t have the time?
Mum-of-two and experienced cake decorator,  Karen Taylor, shares her tips and tricks for baking and decorating professional-looking cakes at  home in Quick Cakes for Busy Mums – the perfect kitchen companion for all those busy bakers who want to whip up amazing celebration cakes in a flash.
Now you can create cakes to be proud of to mark those all-important milestones for your family and friends. As well as birthday cakes you’ll find 13 stunning decorated cakes for a variety of special occasions such as baby showers, christenings, Christmas, Easter, weddings and anniversaries.
You will also find some lovely ideas for quick but creative party favours alongside every cake project– who could resist a troop of toy soldier cookies or a flock of rubber ducky cupcakes? Once you know how simple it is to make beautifully decorated cakes and treats for your loved ones, you’ll be hooked!
Karen …

Checkit - Free Resources To Help You Take Control Of Food Safety

Checkit - the smart, food safety technology system is supporting food businesses with free-to-access content to help build a great understanding of the challenges and issues that the industry faces, with increasingly complex food safety regulations being implemented.
FREE WEBINAR:     Improving Food Safety Control for SuppliersDate: June 24th 2014                                            Time: 3-4pm BSTRegister:
This 1-hour panel discussion will look at ways suppliers can improve food safety control. Topics for debate include: ensuring compliance with new food safety standards, reducing costs and increasing productivity. Sarah Daniels - The RedCat Partnership Ltd Sarah is a Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner, Trainer and Consultant. She advises and trains both catering and manufacturing businesses on their food safety management requirements. Dr Martin Nash - Elektron Technology Martin is the product manager for Checkit…

Parma Ham Breakfast Waffles With Honey And Roasted Figs

Impress your friends this weekend with these delightful Parma Ham breakfast waffles.
Simply sprinkle sliced figs with Demerara sugar and roast until they start to caramelise.  Toast waffles and arrange on serving plates with walnuts and figs.
To serve, top the waffles with slices of Parma Ham and drizzle with honey.
Parma Ham is a Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) product and is 100% natural. The drying process that Parma Ham goes through creates a ham that is very low in fat content, with many mineral salts, vitamins, antioxidants and easily digestible proteins. This means that Parma Ham is truly a food for everyone.
Prosciutto di Parma is produced in the hills surrounding the Italian town of Parma.
The unique taste of Parma Ham is dependent on the traditional production process passed down from Roman times, carefully controlled by the Consorzio del Prosciutto di Parma.  Only hams that have passed stringent curing regulations approved by the EU can be awarded the stamp of the Ducal c…

Courgette, Parmigiano Reggiano And Crème Fraîche Soup

This light, spring soup is simple to prepare and a great way to celebrate the start of courgette season.
Fry onion, garlic, courgette and basil until softened, before adding vegetable stock and Parmigiano Reggiano rind. Remove the rind and blend until smooth. Bring the soup to simmer and stir through Parmigiano Reggiano, lemon zest, basil leaves and crème fraîche.
To serve, top each portion with crème fraîche, chopped basil, lemon zest and shavings of Parmigiano Reggiano.
Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, known as ‘Parmesan’, is one of the world’s oldest and richest cheeses - still produced today as it was nine centuries ago. Totally natural - it’s the only cheese that has such an extensive maturation which improves the nutrition, aroma and taste.
The use of raw milk and the richness of natural ingredients make this cheese a unique and superior product - It takes 16 litres of milk to produce one kilogram of cheese! The minimum maturation time for Parmigiano Reggiano is 12 months, but only when …

Origin Coffee Launching Coffee Shop On Oxford Street

Origin Coffee Roasters are launching the first Speciality Espresso Bar in Selfridge’s London Food Hall on the 29th June.
Origin Coffee are the first speciality coffee brand to have a concession in the iconic institution, joining the prestigious brands Melrose and Morgan and Daylesford Organic. The collaboration highlights the speciality coffee revolution taking over the UK.  
As well as launching their Espresso Bar, Origin Coffee are also taking over the Oxford Street window, showcasing their retail coffee boxes. Selfridges has been stocking the seasonal collection of the speciality coffee brand since April, 2014.
Tom Sobey, Founder and Director says: “We are excited to launch the Espresso Bar in collaboration with Selfridge’s. It gives customers the opportunity to taste our seasonal coffee and also purchase beans to continue enjoying at home.
He continues, “It is fantastic to be recognised by Selfridges as a brand leader in the speciality coffee market and to be the first speciality coff…

Indulge Your Inner Child with the Luxurious New Brownie & White Chocolate Ice Cream from New Forest Ice Cream

A chocoholic’s delight, the all new Brownie & White Chocolate dairy ice cream from renowned manufacturer, New Forest Ice Cream is set to become an irresistible treat on any dessert menu.
The newest launch in the ever expanding New Forest Ice Cream family is the luxuriously decadent Brownie & White Chocolate flavour. This indulgent flavour takes a trip down memory lane with the homely flavours of freshly baked brownies interspersed with pieces of real white chocolate.  The latest addition to the range is manufactured using the finest ingredients and their own traditional method developed by the brand over the past 30 years. The ice cream is formed by combining a number of quality ingredients, including fresh double cream and perfectly baked brownie chunks combined with shavings of quality white and dark Belgian chocolate throughout.
Made without the use of eggs and in a nut free environment, their newest addition is also suitable for vegetarian’s making it ideal for establishmen…

Summer With A Touch Of Glass

Food lovers across the North East are being invited to sample a new summer menu, where the origins of the ingredients are as clear as the plates they’re served on.
From today (June 23) the National Glass Centre Brasserie, Sunderland - which serves many of its meals on carefully crafted glass plates - will be offering a new array of seasonal dishes, made primarily from ingredients sourced within a 50 mile radius.
This includes a Gourmet Beef Burger, topped with hand-crafted, Northumberland cheese, a sandwich or salad with crab caught off the North Shields coast and a free-range omelette, carefully crafted using eggs from Northumberland’s Sunnyhill Farm.
A variety of breakfast options will also be available, including freshly poached or scrambled Sunnyhill eggs and a sausage sandwich boasting bangers from South Tyneside’s family pork butcher, Dicksons.
Patrick Lesca, chef at National Glass Centre Brasserie, said: “The North East is packed full of amazing producers, and this menu is all abou…

Upton Food and Beer Festival

From the 27th June 2014 to 29th June 2014
‘’Beer and food is a match made in heaven, whether it’s something simple like great BBQ and beer or more complex like Michelin-starred food and a complex artisan brew – and I’m delighted that FAB Festivals are going to be bringing those together under one roof. I’m extremely excited to be working with this event and hope to see hundreds of hungry and thirsty beer lovers there.’’ Charles Campion, food writer and critic
Line Up
Charles Campion: Food Critic, Celebrity CHEFS: RAYEESA ASGHAR SANDYS, DAREN BALE, TOM COURT, FELICE TOCCHINI, Music : Groove Manoova,
Fish Meadow, River Severn, Upton upon Severn
Festival Opening Times: 27th – 29th June 2014 Food Festival1911171_501986606576451_477442886_o
Friday  10am-7pm
Saturday 10am – 7pm
Sunday 10am – 6pm
Beer Festival
Friday 12pm – 11pm
Saturday 12pm – 11pm
Sunday 12pm – 10.30pm
Policy on Dogs Dogs are welcome at the Upton Food and Beer Festival but must be kept on a lead at all times.  Unfortunately they …