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Welcome back and thank you to all of you who have been giving me feedback on Food For Fork, it's all really helpful.
If you follow me on Instagram, you'll see I finally got myself and family down to The Newt... if you haven't been yet, now is the moment. It's simply stunning and I am obsessed with the Garden Cafe's veggie focused menu, with meats offered as sides. You'll also see I'm on the fence about Margot Henderson's The Three Horseshoes - I'd love to know your thoughts. Other instagram activity includes me rambling on about how hard it is to cook seasonly and reduce food waste, and asking if tinned veg are good or bad for people and planet.
Anyhooo... Now that Spring is in full swing and Summer is right round the corner, our glorious land is bursting to life and with that comes lots of opportunities for farm to fork adventures. Read on ...
The Main Course...
Open Farm Sunday
Farming's annual open day takes place officially on Sunday the 11th June 2023 (although some events take place on the Saturday too) and gives visitors the opportunity to learn more about British food and farming. I've selected a few events that I'm excited about but for the full line up across the UK click here.
- Dowdings > Orchard cocktails, apple and Godminster cheese themed menu, apple scented candles, and falconry!
- Bath Soft Cheese > Cows, cheese, tractors.
- Durslade Farm > Tractor tour, cows, sheep and crops. Sheep sheering & butchery displays. Sample cider, wine, honey and foraged goods.
Frome's Great Big Green Week
For the third year running, Frome is hosting its Great Big Green Week, a "celebration of community action to tackle climate change and protect nature." I've hand picked some of their food related events.
- Lo Rapitenc's special Market Menu, "espousing principles of quality, locality, low food miles, and a fair price for farmers"* Just book at table on 10th June
- Elderflower Champagne Workshop - 11th June, 2:30-6PM
- 42 Acres Land & Food Tour - 15th June, 9:30-12:00. I can personally recommend!
- This Food is Rubbish -16th June, 7-11PM**
- Ready Steady Cook with the Community Fridge - 17th June, 12-2PM
**please don't buy the last tickets, I really want to go but haven't sorted a babysitter yet!
Somerset Food Trail
Looking a little further ahead, the Somerset Food Trail returns this July (14th-30th).
Last year 8,500 members of the public visited over 190 sustainable food producers and retailers. This year, the theme is "The 30-mile Feast", which will showcase ingredients supplied by Somerset’s growing band of regenerative farmers and sustainable food producers from.
I'll be writing more about this in the next edition but here are a few of the events that have caught my eye so far.
- Meet the Buffalicious Buffalos > meet the herd, see a butchery demonstration, sample produce and maybe see the mozzarella being stretched! 29th & 30th July.
- Foraging and Fermentation with Get Pickled Somerset. 14th & 21st July.
- 2 x 30 mile feast with Queen of Cups in collaboration with Pilton Cider and CultJar. 18th & 25th July.
- The People's Picnic Party "A free, family-friendly celebration of local food and community held at organic Paddington Farm at the base of Glastonbury Tor. 30th July.
A Little Something Sweet...
In this space I add some extras that don't quite fit under the heading of Food Experiences, but that might just tempt you you read on.
Shop Local - I bang on about this a lot and thought it would be worth sharing some of the producers I love and that I buy from regularly. If you like this I can include more next time.
Markets in June
I had positive feedback about including markets - check out Somerset Farmer's Markets for a full list.
Castle Midford are really going full on with their super clubs. It's a lovely venue and the food is fantastic.
Pomona Super Club has 2 events lined up for July.
If you have enjoyed this please forward to your foodie friends and family, both local and those from further afield that might wish to visit the South West with their tasting spoons at the ready.
If you know of food experiences that I should feature in a future newsletter just hit reply and let me know!
Thank you from The Tale of a Teaspoon