Visitors to taste the very best of Dorset’s food and drink at next month’s Dorset County Show

Visitors to next month’s Dorset County Show can look forward to sampling a feast of food and drink from some of the county’s top chefs and companies.

Mark Hartstone, from the award-winning La Fosse at Cranborne, will be exhibiting at the Show and is keen for visitors to cook using locally sourced ingredients.

Mr Hartstone, who is has been at La Fosse for the past eight years, won the Dorset Magazine Food and Drink Farming Chef of the Year Award in 2015. He said many of his ingredients came from the village or surrounding area.

“We have some fantastic cheesemakers, a bakery and now a brewery that has just moved from Sixpenny Handley. I would urge people to try and shorten their supply chain between food producers and the plate and take advantage of our fantastic farmers markets in Dorset. People should also look to try their local butcher rather than their supermarket.”

“I will be spending time looking at the farmers market stands to see if I can source sustainable, local ingredients to produce some fantastic dishes at the Show including mussels in a cider sauce.”

Among the stands in the Farmers Market areas will be Leakers Bakery, The Baking Bird, Winterborne Game, Dorset Shellfish, Greens Cheese and Wotton Organic Cheese.

Bea Atkinson, from Holway Farm Cookery School, Cattistock, hoped visitors would learn about the abundance of high quality meat and game produced in the county. She plans to produce a pheasant curry and partridge salad at the Show.

“Dorset has some of the finest farmers and food producers in the country, and the Dorset County Show is an excellent opportunity for people to showcase the great products available. “

Langham Wine Estate, near Dorchester, will be exhibiting hot on the heels of their recent success in two international awards this summer.  As well as retaining the Vintners’ Trophy for Most Outstanding Wine in the annual  UK Vineyards Association awards for its Classic Cuvee Reserve 2011,  Langham Blanc de Blancs 2011 won gold in the International Wine Challenge (IWC) and gold in the International Wine and Spirits Competition (IWSC) in the Bottle Fermented Sparkling category.

Justin Langham, owner and founder, said Dorset had everything required to produce wines of the highest quality: “Chalk soils, a warm climate and long growing season.”

Jon Lavers, from the Piddle Brewery, Piddlehinton, will have a range of cask beers but also craft lagers, ciders and – following the success of its recent cocktail bar – a range of cocktails. The brewery which produces 20,000 pints a month and 18 different cask beers a year, will also have chefs producing wood-fired pizzas and a range of surf and turf dishes.

Among the other food and drink producers in the Dorset Food Hall are Ashley Chase Estate Ltd, Cerne Abbas Brewery, Dorset Blue Cheese and Soup Company and Dorset Nectar Cider.

Rebecca Cox
23rd Aug 2016 08:54:00

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