Vote if you Love Cornish Food

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To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the British Food Fortnight there is a sizzling campaign raging across the county to get us to vote for our favourite food location.

If Cornwall wins it will be good for everyone. The recognition will help to put Cornwall in the national spotlight for the food and drink we produce. It will help the small food producer, the farmers and fishermen. It will support our chefs, our restaurants and hotels and jobs in related industries for local people.

Currently the prize is being hotly contested between Lincolnshire and Cornwall, although Hampshire is not far behind and voting will close on 11th September.

So what has Lincolnshire got? Some sausages and other pork products we think.  Does that fairly compare to the wealth of food produced in Cornwall? I don’t think so, yet Lincolnshire folk are voting enthusiastically in their thousands to win. In contrast, only a relatively small foodie minority is pushing the ‘Love Cornish Food’ campaign, albeit with valiant effort.  If Cornwall’s to win it’ll only be with concentrated support from all quarters.

Does Cornwall deserve to win as Britain’s Favourite Food Spot? Cornwall Food & Drink think so.

Let’s examine the reasons: Cornish clotted cream and the traditional Cornish pasty are now protected as unique to this region as Champagne is to its. On the other hand, Lincolnshire is the largest potato, wheat, poultry and cereal producer in the UK, and undoubtedly has a fine agricultural tradition even if they are producing on a factory-like scale. Continue reading

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The white-van-man-cheese-pedlar to Cornish cooks.

Thomas Hanson

The Cheeseman's van

Hanson Fine Foods

I’m not a chef, but I do like cheese; so when Thomas Hanson came round to my home, late one winter’s afternoon, inviting me to have a peep into the back of his van there was little hesitation on my part. What beckoned was a vast chiller cabinet of cheese.

I found myself drooling ponderously over a spectacle the likes I’d never seen before. Is this what a mouse feels like in heaven? My olfactory sense, dulled by supermarket’s plastic wrapped variations on a cheddar theme, was reawakened. All the familiar Cornish favourites stacked in vast truckles of Cornish Blue and rounds of nettle-wrapped Yarg. My eyes were on stalks at a display of staggering proportions; cheeses of all sizes, from the familiars to the intriguingly untried. I was instantly drawn to the little, paper wrapped ‘Blue Horizon’ from Treveador Farm Dairy and eager to know more about a mild goat cheese from Allet.

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