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Food news and views from across Hampshire - May 2014

PUBLISHED: 11:57 30 May 2014 | UPDATED: 11:57 30 May 2014

The Southern Co-operative's new IOW Foodbank collection points

The Southern Co-operative's new IOW Foodbank collection points

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A round-up of the latest food news from Hampshire

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Sausages and pies from around the county were under scrutiny from a panel of expert judges at the Great Hampshire Sausage & Pie Competition organised by county food group, Hampshire Fare.

The contest, sponsored by Dalziel, Lucas Ingredients and BPEX and supported by the New Forest Marque attracted 196 entries from 29 butchers. Categories included Traditional Pork Sausage, Speciality Pork Sausage, Charcuterie, Meatballs and Faggots, Black Pudding, Hampshire Sausage and new for this year, Young Sausage Maker.

Entrants to this year’s competition came up with some tempting and intriguing new sausage flavours including ‘Banana Split’, ‘Goat’s Cheese and Watercress’ and ‘Venison and Chocolate’; several of which came from entrants to the Young Sausage Maker category.

The competition was held at the Holiday Inn in Winchester with a panel of 12 professional judges and 12 local guest judges. They assessed the 13 categories looking at texture and structure, taste and smell, appearance and colour and ease of cutting.

An impressive 90 Gold Awards, 58 Silver Awards and 29 Bronze Awards were presented with trophies going to one winner in each category. The title of Supreme Champion 2014 was awarded to Southampton butchers, Uptons of Bassett for their Traditional Pork Sausage after they picked up 13 Gold Awards and won three categories.

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Make your own wine

Do you secretly harbour the wish to make your own wine? Local sparkling wine producer Hambledon Vineyard is now offering wine lovers the chance to step into the shoes of a sparkling winemaker for one night only, to create their very own bottle of English sparkling wine!

The evenings, priced at £66, will take place on Friday 25th July, Friday 3rd October and Friday 5th December, under the guidance of the flamboyant yet straight talking wine expert, Joe Wadsack. Joe will take guests on a journey from grape to glass, via a tasting of a range of European sparkling wines and wines from Hambledon’s very own. Budding amateur winemakers will then have the chance to create and package their very own bottle of English sparkling wine to take home and enjoy. To book your place call 02392 632358 or email events@hambledonvineyard.co.uk.

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Brewery success

Following our article on the Petersfield Beer & Cider Festival back in the February issue we can now announce that Hoptimists Brewery won Best Brew at the event with their ‘Glass Half Full’. The new six barrel brewery from Surrey was nominated by those who attended, a grand 1200 people in total. The event proved to be a great success and will be returning for 2015 from Friday 27th to Saturday 28th February.

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Food for the community

The Isle of Wight Foodbank is to benefit from 15 new collection outlets as the result of a partnership between The Southern Co-operative, its co-operative funeralcare business and The Co-operative Group.

The partnership was initiated by The Southern Co-operative as it sought to find a more viable solution to the shortage of stock for the Isle of Wight Foodbank. Last May, The Southern Co-operative (TSC) donated £1000 worth of food to match a donation from the Isle of Wight Council in response to an emergency appeal by the Foodbank. This followed a £12,500 donation to the Island’s Foodbank from TSC’s Community Support Card scheme at its Cowes store, which enabled the Foodbank to buy a new van to collect and distribute food donations across the Island.

Demands on the foodbank are increasing with 6241 people helped in 2013/14 compared with 4018 for the same period in 2012/13. The foodbank is asking for dried, tinned or packet food including cereals, tea and coffee, rice and pasta, tinned meat and fish, pasta sauces, tinned tomatoes, fruit and sponge pudding, UHT milk, biscuits and snack bars.

To find out how you can help visit www.isleofwight.foodbank.org.uk

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New cake for Romsey

Little Bee Bakery of Abbey Park Industrial Estate, Romsey has given a local twist to an old recipe with their new Romsey Porter Cake, which uses Black Jack Porter made by Flack Manor Brewery of Romsey Industrial Estate. The cake is filled and topped with an Irish cream butter frosting and comes in two sizes.Owner Melissa O’Dwyer said: “I am delighted to be able to collaborate with other local producers to create a unique cake for Romsey.” 
Try one for yourself by phoning 01794 329263.

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A fitting tribute

A new innovative home grown ale from the Flack Manor Brewery has just be released which promises to be more than just another brew. The name “Hedge Hop” was the term used by World War I pilots when they were flying low over fields and hedgerows and in this commemorative year, serves as a fitting tribute to those heroes.

Among the mix of hops used in the ale, is ‘Pilot’ and the dwarf hop varieties known as ‘Hedge Hops’, leading to the inspiration behind the name. The rich amber colour gives an indication of the complex flavours; a deep biscuit maltiness balanced with grapefruit and spicy lemon from the Pilot, Challenger and Cascade Hops.

Visit www.flackmanor.co.uk to find out where your nearest pint is.

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Full of beans

Winchester Coffee Roasters has built up quite a following over the past year and a half after tempting market goers with the aroma of fresh coffee at Winchester Market. The support of their loyal wholesale and retail customers has meant that they have now been able to move to their first commercial premises in Kings Worthy.

The business was founded by Mark Goulding in 2012, who was inspired by the high quality of the coffee he experienced when living in Australia. Determined to bring a better standard of coffee to the UK, he undertook training from one of the top roasters in Australia before bringing his own roasts to Winchester.

As well as selling their popular coffee roasts to local retailers and cafés such as Watkins and Faux and Leckford Farm Shop, Winchester Coffee Roasters open their doors to the public every Saturday. From 8.30am-12.30pm people are welcome to drop in and buy freshly roasted beans as well as try different coffees from around the world.

For customers eager to have a go at producing excellent coffee for themselves, there is a home barista course run from the barista training centre on the new premises.

Discover a world of flavour at Winchester Coffee Roasters, 4a The Foundry, Kings Worthy, www.winchestercoffeeroasters.co.uk

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