Our Blog Has Moved

22 March 2017

Our blog has moved!

The time has come for our blog to be refreshed and improved so we have moved it over to our new look website.

Any new material will be added to the new one and this old (but faithful) one will no longer be updated.
It will still remain on Blogger while we transfer most of the old posts to our new blog.

Please read our new updating blog at:

7 March 2017

Three new ‘Delectables’ added to the Fudge Kitchen range

Fudge Kitchen has introduced three new varieties to add to its ‘Delectables’ range. The brittles and caramels consist of Mixed Nut Brittle, Butterscotch and Himalayan Salted Caramels.

Just like Fudge Kitchen’s fudge, these sugar confections are authentically handmade in small batches. The caramels are hand-rolled for a beautiful smooth texture and hand-stretching creates the perfect snap for their brittles.
Only the finest natural ingredients are used and locally sourced where possible.


Mixed Nut Brittle
A deep caramel brittle, hand stretched on marble counters for just the right
sweet snap, embedded with a salty, crunchy medley of walnuts, hazelnuts, almond and peanuts. Taste and texture perfection.


Butterscotch
Generous butterscotch caramel slices, smothered in thick, premium milk chocolate. An iconic British favourite brought hand worked to its zenith of creamy butteriness.


Himalayan Salted Caramels
Soft, sweet, creamy caramel perfectly balanced with a sprinkling of Himalayan salt. Each one hand rolled in milk chocolate and topped with pink Himalayan salt crystals. Three taste sensations, one sensational experience.





All are beautifully packaged making a perfect gift for a host, a coffee morning contribution or as an affordable luxury in just for yourself.

To find out more about Fudge Kitchen visit their page on 
The Artisan Food Trail here

6 March 2017

Celebrate British Pie Week 2017

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It's a time to celebrate all things encased in pastry, a true honour of what is a great British culinary institution.

This year, British Pie Week runs from 6th – 12th March and is the perfect time to get acquainted with with the pie-fect producers in The Artisan Food Trail.

Something enticing enclosed inside a crisp rich pastry shell never fails to please. A hot pie is the ultimate comfort food during winter, fresh from the oven, the contents bubbling within and when the crust is broken a sudden gush of steam delivers its appetising aromas to eager hungry diners.

A pie can be eaten cold too which of course makes it perfectly portable and just right for any picnic.
Pies can be as simple or as complicated as you wish. You don't even need a recipe – just pastry and your imagination… or you could buy one from our great artisan food producers…

Goddard's Pies make a selection of handmade pies from meat-filled including steak to chicken. There's also vegetable pies for the vegetarians too.
Delicious pork pies from Samphire are made with rare breed pork from pigs reared on their own smallholding.
The most prized beef is used in these pies from The Yorkshire Wagyu Company.
Bray's Cottage hand make all their pork pies which come in variety of tempting flavour combinations.



4 March 2017

Yorkshire Wagyu beefs up snacking

Jonathan Shepherd (left) and Bjorn Estment.
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Driffield based pedigree beef business, The Yorkshire Wagyu Company is joining the snack market with their range of biltong made from one of the world's most highly prized meats.

The biltong will be the business’s first move into the charcuterie marketplace and is in response to the growing market for heathy, high protein snacks.

© The Yorkshire Wagyu Company
The Yorkshire Wagyu Company's Biltong is made from prime cuts of grass-fed Yorkshire Wagyu that are seasoned with a home produced dry spice mix and dried in a UV cabinet that simulates the South African sunshine.

The biltong caught the attention of South African native and professional motorcycle racer, Bjorn Estment. Bjorn became acquainted with Yorkshire Wagyu through junior saloon car champion Katie Milner, who is sponsored by the beef business.

He said: "As a true lover of biltong in all its forms, I can only say a massive well done to the team for hitting the nail on the head and getting the product absolutely perfect."


© The Yorkshire Wagyu Company
The Yorkshire Wagyu Company co-founder and farmer Jonathan Shepherd said:
"We're always looking to innovate and bring new products to the market and we want as many people as possible to have the opportunity to experience the unique taste of Wagyu.

"This biltong brings something new and different to the snacking market because it is made from Wagyu that have grazed in the Yorkshire Wolds. Add to that the high protein and low carbohydrate content, you can see why it is a popular choice of snack with sportsmen and those following the paleo diet."

The initial biltong range comprises Biltong Slices, Paleo Biltong Slices, Biltong Bites and Biltong Sticks. Available online at www.theyorkshirewagyucompany.co.uk, each 50g pouch costs £4.95, including free delivery.

To find out more about The Yorkshire Wagyu Company visit their page on The Artisan Food Trail 

3 March 2017

New look website for The Artisan Food Trail

The Artisan Food Trail originally launched in March 2011 and since then has grown considerably as new members have joined and the digital world has moved forward.

Wanting to offer a better user experience for website visitors as well our members and to make the website responsive keeping up with current technologies, we have given it a complete overhaul.

A cleaner page layout with large images along with functional information panels helps to better showcase each food and drink producer featured on
the site.
Comprehensive menus and content give detailed information on the services offered by The Artisan Food Trail and the recipe section, again, with bigger images, serves to inspire and inform.

We have also included an online application form for prospective members which will make things a lot simpler all round.

The website was designed and built by husband and wife team Graham and Lisa Childs, – both the founders of The Artisan Food Trail and owners of the design company, childsdesign.

We admit it has taken a long time to finally get the website completed and there are still some tweaks to be done and new content to be added.
Building a website from the ground up is a lengthy process (especially one as big as ours) and it's surprising how much more you learn when doing something like this.

We are still in the process of building the members' area and when fully functioning it will allow new members to pay for their subscriptions online and existing members can renew in the same way while getting access to exclusive content, amongst other things.

If you have already seen the new website you may have noticed that we have a shop coming soon. We're very excited about this as visitors will finally be able to buy artisan food and drink direct from our members.

Got a spare moment?
Have a look around our new website www.artisanfoodtrail.co.uk

13 February 2017

Blossoms Syrup Special Offer: 50% off Pomegranate and Grenadine varieties

Blossoms Syrup have kindly offered Artisan Food Trail supporters 50% off their 100ml bottles of Pomegranate and Grenadine Syrups up until the end of February.

This would be the perfect opportunity to try them for the first time to discover how good the syrups taste. We reviewed them a while ago and were impressed enough to give them our Artisan Food Trail Approval.

Visit the Blossoms Syrup website and place your order online entering the relevant codes at the checkout to receive your 50% discount.

Feb50 for 50% off Pomegranate
Feb50Gren for 50% off Grenadine

Blossoms Syrup is all completely natural and made with real fruit and can be used in in so many ways, not only for drinks. Try drizzled over desserts, in marinades or even on your morning porridge.

If you'd like to try these delicious and versatile products place your order today on the Blossoms Syrup website here.

This offer ends 28th February 2017

9 February 2017

The networking event for the food sector

Artisan Food Trail partner, Roythorne's Solictors are holding another networking event aimed specifically for the food industry.

  • Date: Tuesday 28 March 2017
  • Time: 07:30 - 10:00am
  • Place: Future Business Centre, Peterborough United Football Club, London Road, Peterborough PE2 8AL

Previous Food Business Breakfasts have attracted over 100 delegates each time and we can highly recommended registering to attend this FREE event.

Whether you are a producer, supplier or advisor this is good for:

  • Make new contacts with other delegates and develop your food network
  • Speaking to like-minded people from the sector
  • Finding new customers – bring some samples as there will be plenty of room to display them!
  • Exchanging information – bring some brochures!

Guest speaker
The event will be joined by guest speaker, Paul Kenward, managing director of British Sugar. He'll talk about the story behind the business, how it works with British farmers, sugar as fuel as well as ingredient and how British Sugar is evolving to meet the market, regulatory and political challenges it faces.

Register by 21st March to secure your place
Register here

Further information can be found on the Roythornes website

8 February 2017

Smoked salmon leaps ahead

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After having been impressed with J Lawrie & Sons (Jaffy’s) kippers we looked forward to tasting their Oak Smoked Salmon.
Even though smoked salmon can be found just about everywhere in the large stores, these days, it is still no less a luxury. There are cheaper versions but paying a little extra is definitely worth it to enjoy a better product.

Photo: © J Lawrie & Sons
Jaffy’s produce their smoked salmon in the traditional way using a special recipe cure including dark rum and Demerara sugar. You may expect these flavours to be strong but the curing process is sensitive leaving only a trace of delicate sweetness to the fish. It enhances rather than overpowers.

We love the texture too. There’s no hint of sliminess, only the natural oils, making it agreeably unctuous, moist and creamy.
The thickness of the slices is just right, thin enough to fall into folds on the plate but thick enough to enjoy the supple meaty texture that just melts in the mouth.

The fish is smoked over slow-burning oak chips taken from sherry casks which have previously been used to keep fine malt whiskies. The aroma is gentle and the flavour of the smoke very subtle resulting in smoked salmon that is extremely enjoyable.

We are pleased to award J Lawrie & Son (Jaffy's) our 'Artisan Food Trail Approved' status for their Oak Smoked Salmon.





To find out more about J Lawrie & Sons (Jaffy's) visit their page on 
The Artisan Food Trail here.

Photo: © childsdesign

2 February 2017

You’ll simply love Simply Ice Cream's Champagne Sorbet on Valentine’s Day

Simply Ice Cream has created a special Champagne Sorbet which is a delicious treat for lovers to enjoy on Valentine’s Day.

The sorbet is delicately flavoured with a light texture, a hint of Champagne bubbles and pleasantly sweet finish. It is the perfect dessert for any special occasion and as part of the Valentine’s Day celebrations, a number of Kent’s finest establishments will be serving Simply Special Champagne Sorbet on their Valentine’s Day menus.

To find out more about Simply Ice Cream visit their page 
on The Artisan Food Trail here

30 January 2017

Buy from Yorkshire Wagyu online

© The Yorkshire Wagyu Company
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Gourmet beef and award-winning pies from The Yorkshire Wagyu Company are now available outside of Yorkshire thanks to its new online shop.

Following a successful pre-Christmas test launch, The Yorkshire Wagyu Company has now gone live with a range of beef, burger and pie boxes.

The online shop came about In response to a high number requests from people who have tasted Yorkshire Wagyu at shows and wanted to cook it
at home.

As well as selling meat products, gift vouchers are also available in £25 and £50 denominations which are redeemable online.

To help you get the most from your Yorkshire Wagyu purchases, the website has a recipe area containing everything from simple dishes to more involved hearty meals.

Online prices start at £108, including free delivery, for a box of 24 gourmet Yorkshire Wagyu burgers. A monthly beef box subscription costs £135 and contains a selection of six steaks, one roasting joint, four gourmet burgers, two 500g packs of mince and two 500g packs of stewing steak.

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Experience the wonder of wagyu. 
Shop online now

To find out more about The Yorkshire Wagyu Company visit their page on The Artisan Food Trail here.

27 January 2017

Shetland Air-Dried Salt Cod from Thule Ventus

Thule Ventus is now taking orders for their Shetland Air-Dried Salt Cod to be delivered in time for Easter 2017.

Available in two pack sizes of 50g or 250g which can be ordered direct from the Thule Ventus online store.

Each pack contains cuts of the finest skinned and boned cod fillet making it the perfect choice for trying out in a variety of dishes – salt cod is very good for fishcakes.

Read more…

To find out more about Thule Ventus visit their page on The Artisan Food Trail here.

25 January 2017

A taste of Mallaig – kippers win AFT approval

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Jaffy’s Mallaig Kippers have already won a raft of food accolades and now it is their chance to be put through The Artisan Food Trail approval process.

J Lawrie & Sons (affectionately known as Jaffy’s) has been curing and smoking fish for over 60 years from their premises in Mallaig on the west coast of the Highlands of Scotland.
Thanks to them for sending a box of some of their products for us to taste the real flavour of traditionally smoked fish.

Kippers were once the lifeblood of Mallaig and entire trains would leave the town with their precious cargo bound for the rest of the United Kingdom and even mainland Europe.
As the years have passed things have changed and Jaffy’s remains the only traditional kipper yard there.

Everything is done in the time-honoured way from curing to smoking, always being mindful of sustainable and ethical practices.

Photo: © J Lawrie & Sons (Jaffy's)
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The kippers are made from the finest Scottish herring which are split and pickled in Jaffy’s secret recipe brine before being slowly kiln-smoked over oak wood shavings. The wood used is something special too, taken from old sherry casks which are infused with aromas of fine malt whisky.

The thirty foot brick kiln is powered only by the wind drawing up the
smoke allowing it to swirl around the fish to penetrate and preserve with it wonderful flavour.

Our kippers arrive vacuum packed in pairs. They are a good size and even through the plastic you can see they are plump and juicy.

Unlike those little fillets that come packed complete with a pat of butter, these still look like fish, complete with heads, tails, fins and skin on. There’s no doubting their freshness and quality as the skin glints with a silvery gleam gently burnished gold from the smoking. The colour is entirely natural – no dye used here.

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On releasing the kippers from their packaging the smell is gloriously smoky and inviting.
To cook, we remove the heads and tails and grill briefly, basting with some melted butter.
The flavour is rich and creamy with a satisfying salty tang and lingering
smoky aftertaste.

These kippers taste so good that they would be good eaten at any time – for the bold, at breakfast and substantial enough for dinner too.

We are pleased to award J Lawrie & Son (Jaffy's) our 'Artisan Food Trail Approved' status for their Mallaig Kippers.


To find out more about J Lawrie & Sons (Jaffy's) visit their page on The Artisan Food Trail here.

Photo: © childsdesign