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Abergavenny Arms Announces Bank Holiday Beer Festival

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The refurbished Abergavenny Arms in Frant near Tunbridge Wells is to host a four-day beer festival over the August Bank Holiday, from Friday 26th to Monday 29th August. The highlight of the event will be live music in the pub garden with a hog roast on the Sunday.
During the festival the imposing 16th century pub, which is open all day for food, will serve 18 different beers. These will include many local craft beers and guest ales from around the UK and beyond.
“For me, the final bank holiday Sunday of the summer is the best day of the year,” said pub landlord Richard Burrell.  “Party all day with no work to worry about the next morning – except for us poor pub workers.”
A popular destination for beer enthusiasts, the bar normally offers no fewer than six hand pulled ales from Kent and Sussex brewers, such as Harvey's Best, Tonbridge Coppernob, Long Man's American Pale Ale and Best Bitter, Larkin's Traditional and Dark Star's Hophead.  Also stocked is Curious Brew f…

Last Spaces Available for Kids' Summer Cookery and Art Workshops in West London

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Invigorate your child's summer holiday with a creative burst of cooking and craft at Leiths School of Food and Wine this August.
The school has joined forces with creative oasis Kite Studios to deliver a fun, educational program of activities for 7 – 11 year olds.
The cookery activities have all been designed by the Leiths chefs (and parents!) to be fun, to teach important life skills, and to subtly instil the idea that healthy food can be extremely tasty.


It's a wonderful opportunity for young, aspiring chefs to spend the day in professional kitchens learning from the school's acclaimed teaching staff.
The art sessions will see youngsters creating their own work of art at Kite Studios, an inspiring and creative space. A team of passionate teachers will guide children in techniques such as sculpture, print making, etching and painting.
Camilla Schneideman, managing director at Leiths and mother of two, said: “We all want to give our children fun, adventure, and the cha…

The HECK Full Deck: All the HECK Favourites Come Together in One Great-Value Selection Pack

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Need to feed a hungry crowd at the BBQ?  Give 'Em HECK. The fast-growing Yorkshire food company has put all of its sausages, burgers and balls into one basket and launched a great-value selection pack that's perfect for summer barbecues.
The £29.99 pack (usual price £39.50 if packs bought separately) gives you one of each of HECK's full sausage range, including their traditional pork and award-winning lower fat chicken recipes, as well as their three types of burgers (beef, square pork patties and chicken) and meatballs.
Totalling a mighty meaty 12 burgers, 12 chicken meatballs, 30 chicken chipolatas, 10 pork chipolatas and 24 pork sausages, there's enough to feed a hungry crowd of between 15 to 20 people.  Or take advantage of the £10 saving and stock up the freezer instead: a bumper pack for a real burger and banger-loving family or group of friends.
In line with HECK's healthy innovation in the kitchen, everything is gluten-free and made with farm-assured, lean…

Asian Curry Awards 2016 Open for Nominations

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JUST EAT funds ticket giveaway
Nominations for the sixth Asian Curry Awards (ACA) are now open. This year sees the awards expanded to include Turkish and Middle Eastern restaurants and takeaways for the first time. New award categories for vegetarian, curry pub, buffet and event caterer have also been created.
The ACA organiser, the Asian Curry Federation (ACF), is to give away 500 tickets for the awards ceremony, being held at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane in London's Mayfair on Sunday 23rd October 2016.
Curry lovers can nominate their favourite restaurants for The awards are open to Bangladeshi, Burmese, Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Malaysian, Middle Eastern, Nepalese, Pakistani, Singaporean Sri Lankan, Thai, Turkish and Vietnamese restaurants and takeaways.
Last year's top accolade went to Vivek Singh's acclaimed Cinnamon Club, which was named Best South Asian Restaurant (Central London).
These are tough times for ethnic restaurate…

Partnership Of Business, Retailers & Suppliers Announce Manifesto To Increase The Recovery And Recycling Of Paper Cups

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In response to both the recent media attention and consumer concern over the recycling of paper cups, the Foodservice Packaging Association (FPA) and Paper Cup Recovery and Recycling Group (PCRRG) have launched an industry-wide Manifesto with the objective of significantly increasing paper cup recovery and recycling rates by 2020. The Manifesto has more than 30 signatories, representing each stage of the paper cup supply chain from raw material suppliers, cup manufacturers and retail high street brands to waste and recovery operators and paper reprocessors. A list of initial supporters and signatories is given below.
Defra has recognised the Manifesto and views it as a welcome example of industry working together. Mark Pawsey MP, Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Packaging, who has been closely involved in the development of the Manifesto and formally launched the initiative at the QEII conference centre in Westminster, said: “I'm encouraged to see industry workin…

The Engine Room Polishes Silver in Taste of the West 2016

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The Engine Room Restaurant at Poundbury Gardens near Dorchester has been awarded Silver in the Taste of the West Hospitality and Retail Awards 2016. Up against stiff competition from around the region in the Restaurant category, The Engine Room, which was described by judges as a “well patronised restaurant”, was commended for its “friendly and welcoming staff and delightful desserts.”
Cath Collins, group food manager, explains: “The kitchen and front of house team deserve a huge pat on the back for their continued hard work in achieving this accolade. Our head chef and front of house manager, Dan Vaughan, regularly takes the team to visit our local suppliers, to give them a better understanding of what is being served in the restaurant, and this really does make the difference. After seeing how the produce is made and having the opportunity to taste it, they bring this knowledge back to the restaurant so they can advise customers and give well-considered recommendations. This is a f…

The World Cheese Awards Hots Up, as Barbados' Only Cheesemaker Gets Set for San Sebastián

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As anticipation builds for the 29th annual World Cheese Awards, which is being held in San Sebastián this year as part of the International Cheese Festival, awards organiser, the Guild of Fine Food, is delighted to officially announce its first judge for 2016, Andrea Power of Hatchman's Premium Cheeses, the only cheesemaker in the whole of Barbados. The Barbadian producer's trip to the Basque Country will be sponsored by Cobblers Cove, a luxury retreat on Barbados' west coast, as part the celebrations being held to mark 50 Years of Independence for this small and proud nation.
As well as taking her place at the Kursaal Congress Centre alongside over 250 other expert judges from every corner of the globe, Andrea will also be entering her own cheese into a competition for the very first time. Taught by her father, Andrea began making cheese just four years ago in response to concerns from the island's dairy farmers about milk quotas and poor sales. In 2014, Andrea estab…

World's Hottest Chilli Pepper to Go on Sale at Tesco

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The world's hottest chilli pepper, the Carolina Reaper, will go on sale today at Tesco stores across the UK.
Carolina Reaper is the world's hottest chilli pepper It's now being commercially grown in the UK for the first time ever It goes on sale exclusively at Tesco stores across the UK from tomorrow Lovers of extreme hot food – you have been warned!
If you thought the notorious Komodo Dragon – a chilli pepper launched last year by Tesco - was hot stuff then just wait till you try the Carolina Reaper which goes on sale at the supermarket tomorrow.
It's officially the hottest chilli pepper in the world according to the Guinness Book Of Records, measuring an average 1.5 million Scoville units*.
However another independent test is reported to have recorded the heat level of the Carolina Reaper – which is being commercially grown in Bedfordshire - at an incredible, mouth numbing 2.2 million Scovilles.
To give some idea of the phenomenal heat – it is about more than 400 ti…

District House Officially Opens Its Doors

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LIVERPOOL'S newest cocktail bar, restaurant and event space, District House has officially opened its doors, creating 60 jobs.
Located on Water Street, an area of the city that is experiencing a huge surge of new food and beverage operators, the venue has capacity for up to 600 guests as an event space or 350 diners across the new cocktail lounge, restaurant and private dining mezzanine.
Operated by Know Hospitality and privately owned, more than £1m has been invested in refurbishing the venue.
Steven Hesketh, founder of Know Hospitality, said: “We're immensely proud of this new venue which has brought a beautiful space back to life. District House is completely unique in its offering for this part of the city and we have been overwhelmed by the support shown by local businesses and guests during out soft launch period.”
Founded in October 2013, The Know Collection, which includes Know Hospitality Management Services, Know Property & Facilities Management Services and Kn…

Speciality & Fine Food Fair Goes East - Fresh Montgomery to Launch the UK's Biggest Gourmet Trade Show in Asia

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It is set to be one of the most hotly anticipated new launches in the trade show calendar. London's greatest gourmet trade-only event - Speciality & Fine Food Fair - is launching in Asia. The eagerly-awaited show, which also incorporates Speciality Chocolate Fair, will debut in Singapore on July 18th-20th 2017.
Run by food and hospitality experts Fresh Montgomery for the last 17 years, the two UK speciality fairs are a huge success story. Showcasing innovation from the finest artisan food and drink producers from across the globe, the two fairs are vibrant - and pivotal in unveiling new brands, and inspiring exciting trends. By launching in Asia, Fresh Montgomery and its sister company Montgomery Asia, are offering a unique opportunity for fine food and drink producers to reach new global markets.
Delivering speciality
The inaugural events in Singapore will mirror the dynamic UK concept, which draws in more than 850 exhibitors and 12,000 trade attendees each year. There will …

Top Tips for a Healthier BBQ

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The summer BBQ can be heavy on fat and calories but there are easy ways to create a healthier BBQ feast without scrimping on taste.  Try these simple tips from The Yorkshire Dietitian Vanessa Quarmby and HECK.
Fill your plate with veggies and salad. We should all be eating plenty of veg and BBQ season is the best time to eat more. Vegetables can be transformed into delicious dishes. Why not try asparagus brushed with oil or vegetable kebabs? Try peppers, mushrooms, courgettes, tomatoes and onions on skewers. They are really tasty if brushed with oil or a marinade. Corn on the cob is another delicious way of hitting your 5 a day.
Try not to burn or char food too much.  Keep turning meat over on the BBQ and remove charred portions of meat before eating; all these tips can help you reduce your intake of unhealthy substances that can form when meat is heated at very high temperatures.
Many of us these days might be a little more conscious of the food we eat, whether for general health or…

A New Leader of the Flock!

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The Traditional Farmfresh Turkey Association has appointed their new Chairman, Jacob Sykes of Fosse Meadows in Leicestershire. Jacob is a small producer of Free Range Bronze Turkeys. He was voted in as Chairman at a recent Association Open Day, held at Tollgate Farm Poultry, Warwickshire. Philip Regan of Kelly Turkeys is the new Vice Chairman.
Jacob said, “I am delighted to take over the reins at the TFTA, Ed Hurford has done a great job over the last two years, and I aim to emulate his achievements, not least with the recent trademark of our brand, Golden Turkey. We will also be attending CountryFile Live in August at Blenheim Palace, and very much hope that both consumers and producers alike, will come along to the stand to learn more about the Association and our farming ethos.”
Once again, the Association has commissioned award-winning TV Chef Rachel Green and award-winning photographer Michael Powell to develop, style and photograph a delicious selection of leftover recipes, and…

The Bickley Brings Churrasco (Brazilian BBQ) to Chislehurst

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Popular gastro-pub, The Bickley in Chislehurst, has launched a new Brazilian hanging BBQ menu to celebrate the arrival of summer and the forthcoming Rio 2016 Olympics.
Featuring prime cuts of lamb, beef and chicken, skewered and cooked over an open fire, The Bickley then present the dish using a traditional hanging stand, accompanied by a range of mouth-watering flavoured butter, such as Spicy Bloody Mary or Smokey Chipotle, which is drizzled over the dish at the table.
This hot, hot, hot new dining trend is going down a storm with locals eager to try a BBQ with a difference and enjoy a touch of table theatre at the same time.
The menu also includes an Olympic sized BBQ carnivores platter to share, definitely a gold winner for any meat lovers out there.
Prices start from £15 and all dishes come with crunchy slaw, seasoned fries and salad. And, for the die-hard BBQ'ers, you can also enjoy a Chocolate and Fruit kebab for dessert.
For more information and to view the menu at The Bic…

Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year Zooms in for 2017

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Now open for entries, these prestigious global awards boast stellar new judges, exciting new categories and worldwide publicity for our winners. Last year's awards generated a phenomenal amount of media coverage, including BBC World News which was broadcast in over 200 countries, and our BBC online gallery generated over half a million views in just 24 hours.
Legendary chef, author and restaurateur Gary Rhodes OBE, Buzzfeed Global Photo Director Wajmah Yaqubi, Nik Powell, Director of National Film and Television School and co-founder Virgin Records and Rein Skullerud, Head, Photo Unit, World Food Programme are just a few of the luminaries on the judging panel for 2017, alongside our chair of judges, Jay Rayner, (The Guardian, Observer, BBC Radio 4, Kitchen Cabinet, Masterchef, The One Show), David Loftus, Jamie Oliver's photographer, Thomas Gerwers, Chairman, TIPA, Germany and Paul Burrows, Editor, Camera magazine, Australia.
The categories, devised to show the culture and pr…

English Wine Week Awarded IWC Consumer Campaign of the Year 2016

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English Wine Producers (EWP) are celebrating winning the International Wine Challenge (IWC) 'Consumer Campaign of the Year' for English Wine Week.

Julia Trustram Eve, Marketing Director of English Wine Producers, attended the IWC Awards Dinner and Presentation last night with EWP team members, Charlotte Marshall, who oversaw the campaign and Mags Gilbert, who supported Charlotte and Julia with the planning and logistics of English Wine Week.

“We are over the moon to win the IWC 'Consumer Campaign of the Year' and delighted that our work in introducing more consumers to English wine has been acknowledged by such a prestigious competition. We have been supported by an ever growing and enthusiastic trade and wine industry and the fact that we've managed to reach a much wider audience gives us all a huge sense of pride and achievement. I am so proud of my team and would like to thank them for their commitment and sheer energy as demand for promotional material and sup…

Tesco to Source Rainforest Alliance Certified™ Cocoa for All of Its Own Label Chocolate in the UK

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Tesco has today announced all the cocoa required for its own label chocolate products sold in the UK will be from Rainforest Alliance Certified™ sources by the end of 2018.
The retailer will also ensure the cocoa used in other Tesco UK products, such as biscuits, cakes, desserts and cereals, will be responsibly sourced by the same date.
The news follows a series of measures by Tesco designed to help build trusted and transparent partnerships with its suppliers and ensure more of its products are sourced sustainably.
Steps include guaranteed high value contracts for British potato growers, sustainable farming programmes for lamb farmers and producers of cheese, a Fair For Farmers Guarantee for fresh milk, and an extension of its partnership with the Marine Stewardship Council, resulting in the retailer offering 80 MSC-certified products to customers.
Tesco's collaboration the Rainforest Alliance and other sustainability programmes will support cocoa-growing communities, help incr…

Barbara King Announced as the New Chair of Food & Drink Devon

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Food & Drink Devon is delighted to announce that Barbara King, managing director of The Shops at Dartington, has taken over the role of chair from the beginning of July.
With years of experience in retail, as well as working with food and drink producers from across Devon, Barbara's fresh outlook will open up new opportunities for Food & Drink Devon to help shout about this dynamic and enterprising county, its producers, hospitality businesses and services.
Commenting on her new position, Barbara Kings says: “It's an honour to have been asked to step up to the role of chair of Food & Drink Devon, taking over the reins from Michael Smith, who will be a hard act to follow!  After sitting on the board of directors for almost five years, it is fantastic to see how the organisation has become a name which all those involved in the food and drink industry, from start-ups to leading Devon brands, want to be affiliated with.”  Barbara continues: “I look forward to explori…

Simply Spiffing…. We've Got a New Head Chef and by Jove Is He Good!

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Devon is renowned for its exceptional culinary gems. People travel from all over the country, and further afield, to taste some of the county's outstanding offerings. There's a new force to be reckoned with on the national food map, Devon's Deer Park Country House Hotel has just announced that Hadleigh Barrett has come on board as the new head chef.
Hadleigh, a classically trained chef in French cuisine, has a vast wealth of experience having previously worked at the luxury five-star hotel, Pennyhill Park and L'Ortolan, a gourmet restaurant run by John Burton Race.  Returning to his roots in Devon, Hadleigh was head chef at the Combe House Hotel for 14 years before joining the Deer Park Country House Hotel.
Mark Godfrey, managing director at the Deer Park Country House Hotel, says: “We're thrilled to welcome Hadleigh to the Deer Park. We have been creating something here that's truly outstanding and now we've just put the icing on the cake. Hadleigh is ex…