Hesper Farm Icelandic Style Skyr Yogurt

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Skyr is Iceland’s traditional dairy product – a bit like a yogurt but thicker, super-nutritious and naturally 0% fat.

Each delicious pot contains about three times as much protein as typical yogurt and is  naturally rich in calcium. With low sugar and only the best simple ingredients we can find, our skyr is virtuous as well as velvety.

We travelled to Iceland to learn how to make it. Back home at Hesper Farm, we make skyr in our purpose-built dairy, with milk from our own award-winning pedigree Holstein Friesians. Set off the beaten track, in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales, our cows enjoy a good life, outdoors in tune with the seasons.

We care about quality and are passionate about our product. We’re proud to be going our own way, being the first British farm to bring you skyr.

Hesper Farm Skyr is available in Original, Vanilla, Blueberry & Strawberry.

Available from Town End Farm Shop in 150g portion pots & 450g serving pots.

Hesper Farm, Bell Busk, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 4DU www.hesperfarmskyr.co.uk

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Grassington Food Festival

A few shots from Grassington Food Festival 2015…

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Masons Yorkshire Gins & Yorkshire Vodka

Masons Yorkshire Gin announces release of three new products in celebration of turning two.

Masons Yorkshire Gin
Soon to be in a bar near you, up and coming Masons gin announces the release of three new uniquely Yorkshire drinks in celebration of its second birthday. To be launched on World Gin day, (13th June) these include Masons with a hearty Yorkshire tea infusion, a delicate Yorkshire Lavender flavour, and an entirely new beverage all together – Masons Yorkshire Vodka.
Creator Karl says: ‘These drinks have been a work in progress for some time now, and we are extremely excited to finally share them. We really think they are something special that people won’t have had before’.
These drinks will be available for purchase from the 13th June, and alongside the traditional flavour, will be sold at various bars, restaurants, stores and food and drink fairs across the country.

Available from Town End Farm Shop, Airton

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Gregg Wallace backs ‘Leeds Food Month’


-TV presenter sampled the city’s culinary delights as Leeds launches first ‘Food Month’-

Gregg Wallace shares a pint with Northern Monk Brewery founder Russell B...

A month-long celebration of food and drink in Leeds starts today and has been given the seal of approval by one of the UK’s most famous foodie faces – the BBC’s Gregg Wallace.

The ‘Masterchef’ host visited the city to launch the inaugural Leeds Food Month and record a special film about some of the city’s best-loved food and drink destinations.

During his visit Gregg met brewers, bakers and chefs to learn more about the dynamic and delicious Leeds food and drink scene and to find out what visitors can expect during the four-week programme of food heaven.

Rola Wala and Northern Bloc in Trinity Kitchen, authentic Thai restaurant Sukhothai and independent start-ups Leeds Bread Cooperative and Northern Monk Brewery were all paid a visit by Gregg and the exuberant food-lover was delighted with what he saw.

Gregg said: “I’d heard great things about the food and drink scene in Leeds and couldn’t wait to get stuck in and try it out for myself.  I’m really impressed with everything I’ve tried in the city – but even more so with the passion of the people I’ve met.  Leeds Food Month should be a very special few weeks and from what I’ve experienced – and tasted – I’m sure that it’ll be a fantastic celebration of the food of Yorkshire.”

Behind the scenes with Gregg Wallace and Northern Monk Brewery's Russell...

Leeds Food Month kicks off with the Leeds Indie Food Festival taking place from May 7- May 24, 2015 leading into the Leeds Food and Drink Festival starting on May 22, 2015. The month then culminates in the three-day Yorkshire Food and Drink Show in Millennium Square featuring more than 100 exhibitors including some of the region’s best restaurants and producers from June 5-7, 2015.

Leeds Food Month kicks off with the Leeds Indie Food Festival taking place from May 7- May 24, 2015 leading into the Leeds Food and Drink Festival starting on May 22, 2015. The month then culminates in the three-day Yorkshire Food and Drink Show in Millennium Square featuring more than 100 exhibitors including some of the region’s best restaurants and producers from June 5-7, 2015.

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Leeds Food and Drink Festival, and the fourth in association with Asda. The festival which takes place over two-weeks has something for food lovers of all ages to enjoy, including special menus, offers and events that will take visitors on a culinary tour of the city.

Thousands from across the country are expected to flock to the city to discover a whole host of gastronomic treats from gourmet dishes to brilliant burgers and everything in between. Beer experts and cocktail connoisseurs are sure to find plenty to savour too, thanks to the Leeds’ exciting and ever-growing bar scene.

Visitors can explore mouth-watering markets and enjoy special offers from some of the city’s most popular eateries and bars.  Events also include a Thai cookery class with Chaopraya, a culinary tour of Italy with Ipsum Vinoteca, and Leeds’ first pop-up wine festival Grapeful where guests can sample up to 100 wines from around the world in the stunning surroundings of Leeds Town Hall

The Leeds Food and Drink Festival will culminate in the renowned Yorkshire Food and Drink Show, taking place in Millennium Square from June 5-7, 2015.  This spectacular event is free to attend and brings together some of the most famous names from the Leeds food scene with over 20 chefs taking part.  Unique market stalls sit alongside a live demo kitchen where chefs prepare delicious fresh food for guests.

For more information on Leeds Food Month visit www.leedsfoodmonth.com to download the festival ‘menu’, or for regular updates follow @LeedsFoodFest on Twitter.

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Cooking Tips for Jersey Royals with Chef Steve Smith

Jersey Royals season has just begun, and here is our friend Michelin Star Chef Steve Smith showing how to best cook the delicious potatoes.  Steve Smith was Head Chef at The Devonshire, Bolton Abbey and is now at the Bohemia Restaurant in Jersey.

  • Crushed Jersey Royals, Olive Oil, Chopped Chives, Capers, Chopped Green Olives.
  • Boiled Jersey Royals in Herb Butter Emulsion, Chopped Shallots, Chopped Chives.

Known as the ‘Champagne’ of the potato world, they are only available until July, and have a distinct nutty flavour which is due to being grown in a mild climate, as Jersey is one of the sunniest places in the UK!

Steve has created a truly outstanding dining experience as Head Chef of Michelin star Bohemia restaurant in Jersey, with his ingredient and flavour driven tasting menus. Bohemia Restaurant boasts a stellar reputation for its first rate cuisine, and is firmly on the gastronomic map as a food-lover’s destination. Steve Smith was one of the youngest chefs in the country to achieve a Michelin star over 10 years ago, at the age of just 24.

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British Street Food Festival 2015

The British Street Food Awards 2015

The finest traders in Britain (and beyond) have been cooking up a storm to win the British Street Food Awards since 2010, but this year they’re being joined by live music curated by Universal Music, street food crazy golf, live reviews of the food pages from some of the best journalists in the country and the world’s first aroma DJ – at the British Street Food Festival.

The Festival will be setting up shop in some of the country’s most perfect ‘found’ places – and whether it’s parked up outside a Norman castle in Oxford, under a circus tent in Cardiff, by a barge of fireworks on the docks in Leeds or at a mystery location on the Cornish coast, they will all be spectacular parties, with food and live music at their heart.

This year’s dates and locations:

Heat 1: Central & East, Oxford 1-4 May
Heat 2: Wales & The West, Cardiff 5-7 June
Heat 3: Scotland & The North, Leeds 12-14 June
Heat 4: South, Cornwall 28-31 August
Final: London 25-27 September

Each location will be fed by the best street food traders from Britain and beyond, competing for the British Street Food Awards. The public will be able to buy sharing plates from each of them, and then vote for their favourites on the British Street Food app. Winners of the vote – plus a few wild cards – will then go through to compete for a life-changing prize at the finals in London in September.

British Street Food founder Richard Johnson says, “Everything about this year is a big step up. The music will fold around everything that we’re trying to do. There are new holes on the street food crazy golf, and the entertainment – from a secret beer/food  matching experience from Sharp’s to our highend food quiz – will blow your mind.”

Full information is available at:

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Talented game cooks sought for this year’s CLA Game Chef of the Year competition in association with The Field

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The CLA Game Fair and The Field magazine has once again launched its search for game cooks to enter its hugely popular Game Chef of the Year competition. This year’s competition is divided into two categories: amateur cooks, and professional chefs.

The semi-finals and final will be held at the 2015 event at Harewood House in Yorkshire, which is being held from Friday 31 July until Sunday 2 August. The competition is designed to find two unrecognised chefs who relish cooking with game meats and embrace the Great British Countryside through their food.

Four finalists will be chosen from entries to cook in front of a live audience in the CLA Game Fair Cookery Theatre. The competition will be judged by the editor of The Field Jonathan Young and Mike Robinson, the UK’s leading game chef and owner of the Pot Kiln in Berkshire and the Michelin-starred Harwood Arms in London.

The competition is open to chefs aged 18 years or over who are not affiliated with more than one eating establishment and are ‘unrecognised’ by the judging panel. Entrants must send in a photo, a short amateur film (no more than 2 mins) of themselves cooking, a credentials summary and a unique recipe.

Tony Wall, Director of the CLA Game Fair, commented: “We are delighted welcome back this initiative. Last year’s winner, Norfolk-based Guy Paterson, will be a hard act to follow – his pigeon breast dish is still being spoken about!”

Editor of The Field, Jonathan Young, added: “Game has never been so popular. It’s easy to cook well, extremely good value and low in cholesterol. And since we’re lucky enough in Britain to have an abundance we want as many people as possible to make it part of their normal diet.”

To enter, email your video by Friday 27 March to lucy.jenkins@cla.org.uk. For more details of how to enter visit www.gamefair.co.uk.

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Silver & Green Olives & Antipasti at Town End Farm Shop

We had a great visit to Town End Farm Shop last week from the lovely people at Silver & Green, Penrith.  They do a fabulous range of olives and antipasti and we had a great tasting in the shop, all received really well and now available on the deli counter.

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Yorkshire Butchery Course Sausage Smiles

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Town End Farm Shop

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Leeds Indie Food Festival

Leeds is set to welcome a tasty month of food and drink events, as the city gets hungry and takes on the challenge to become the UK’s Capital of Casual Dining, Craft Beer and more besides. Independent businesses are at the centre of Leeds’ foodie revolution and the brand new Leeds Indie Food Festival will be celebrating their achievements during a mouth watering two (and a bit) weeks from 7th – 24th May. The Leeds Food and Drink Festival will then take over 22nd May – 7th June to round off what is set to be a spectacular month of food and drink events across Leeds City Region.

Over 100 businesses have now signed up to #LIF15, and the Festival will play host to almost 100 events held all over the city, from restaurants, cafes and bars to cinemas, art galleries, breweries and more besides, all run by inspiring indie businesses. Festival goers can make even more of their experience with a Festival Passport. On sale now and priced £15, the Passport will give food fans access to great discounts, priority access and act as a free ticket to Leeds Feast, the Festival’s closing party at The Tetley. Festival goers can collect stamps from all the independent businesses they visit and the events they attend, competing for special rewards and exciting prizes. If that isn’t enough, it’s also a passport to exclusive Festival products like an ultimate burger from Patty Smith’s or a huge Marble Chocolate Slab from Café 164.

Today Leeds Indie Food Festival have launched their new website complete with loads of great events and tickets available to the general public. All #LIF15 events will belong to special Festival Strands, and you’ll find events falling under Dining, Beer, Wine & Spirits, Street Food and Food Culture in the recently announced listings. Passport Holders will be able to collect stamps relating to these strands, and there’ll be extra treats for those who manage to clock up one of each.

Highlights from today’s listings include Dining, with Mama’s Girls Milk Bar, a Polish supper club held in Kirkgate Market, Patty Smith’s Dining Club with a screening of the film Chef, ¡Viva Shears Yard!, a takeover of Shears Yard by Viva Cuba,
Lunch spot Noonshine Café will be popping up at Tall Boys Beer Market for the whole festival and Whitelock’s, who celebrate their 300th birthday, will present a Candlelit Victorian Banquet in their brass-fronted bar.

Under the Beer strand, we have the launch of Leeds Craft Beer Crawl, LS6 Beer Festival in Hyde Park, and a mystery bus tour starting at the Cross Keys. #LIF15 will also see the opening of a new Brewery, North Brewing Co brought to you by North Bar, and a new Beer, the 822IPA presented by Northern Monk.

Wine & Spirits are well catered for with Lazy Lounge’s GINstival, a Nikka Whisky Tasting Dinner, a tour through The Art of Aperitivo with Latitude Wines, Shears Yard taking on Portobello Road Gin at Arts Café and The Decanter presenting a wine tasting with Yorkshire Wine School and Graze.

Street Food is something Leeds does brilliantly, and alongside a stellar lineup
of traders at Leeds Feast, you can check out Leeds legends Fish&, Manjit’s Kitchen and more at School Diner, in Chapel Allerton, or dance the night away at a special #LIF15 edition of Brandon Street Night Market.

It’s not all about eating, and Food Culture is on the menu too. Check out The Great Edible Art Show, the only gallery where you can eat the art, or &Totally Tutti Frutti_ ,
a special exhibition featuring Bompas and Parr and Food&_. You can learn foodie skills with Cannon & Cannon’s Meat School at Friends of Ham or check out film screenings at Hyde Park Picture House. We’re even teaming up with the University of Leeds for a series of talks, Thinking About Food.

Visit the website, pick up a passport, get your hands on some hot tickets and get hungry – https://www.leedsindiefood.co.uk/ – More announcements are expected in the next few weeks including full details of Leeds Feast.  #LIF15

Leeds Indie Food A-Z

The Arch Cafe
Art’s Cafe
Awesome Merchandise
Beacons Metro
Beat Food
Belgrave Feast
Belgrave Music Hall
Black Swan
Bompas and Parr
Brandon Street Night Market
Bánh mì Booth
Café 164
Canal Mills
Cannon and Cannon
Colours May Vary
Courtyard Dairy
The Cross Keys
Dough Boys
Friends of Ham
Further North
The Gallery at Munro House
George and Joseph
Greedy Pig
The Grub and Grog Shop
Headrow House
Holbeck Urban Village
The Hungry Bear
Hungry Sandwich Club
Hyde Park Picture House
I Like Press
Just Grand! Vintage Tearoom
Lamberts Yard
Latitude Wine
Laynes Espresso
Lazy Lounge
Le Creuset
Leeds Beckett University
Leeds Bread Co-op
Leeds Craft Beer Crawl
Leeds Feast
Leeds Juicery
Leeds Libraries
Leeds Markets
Leeds Trinity University
LS6 Beer Festival
Mama’s Girls
Manjit’s Kitchen
Mrs Athas
Noisette Bakehouse
Noonshine Cafe
North Bar
North Bar Social
North Star Coffee
Northern Bloc
Northern Monk Brew Co
Northern Monk Refectory
Northern StrEats
Oakwood Farmers Market
Opposite Chapel Allerton
Patty Smith’s
Pinche Pinche
Pure Design Consultancy
Roots and Fruits
School Diner
Sela Bar
Street Fodder
Shears Yard
Super Star DJ
Swillington Farm
Tall Boys Beer Market
Tattooed Bakers
That Old Chestnut
The City Talking
The Maven
The Pizza Bus
The Reliance
The Swine That Dines
University of Leeds
Veg Out
Viva Cuba
Wax Bar
Whip Until Fluffy
The Writing Squad
Yorkshire Wine School

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