A brand new Great Malvern Food Festival feature for 2019 in The Glebe Cookery Theatre are ‘Talks & Tastings’, where you will have the chance to listen to incredible stories behind four fabulous local producers, sourced from right here in Worcestershire. Up to 60 food and drink lovers’ will have the opportunity to sample some amazing local produce, including favoured cheese, fine English wine and gin! Make sure you get to your seat early to avoid disappointment!
Croome Cuisine Talk & Tasting – 11:30am
Our first ‘Talk & Tasting’ will be from one of our favourite local cheese producer’s Croome Cuisine, based right in the heart of the county near Worcester.
Family-run business Croome Cuisine, based on the outskirts of Worcester, creates artisan cheeses and complementary relishes which reflect the iconic flavours of the region.
The company sources local ingredients wherever possible and combines original flavours for some delicious pairings, smoked traditionally over Oak logs. Year-round favourites like Worcestershire Hop and Worcestershire Honey & Figs, are joined by seasonal varieties such as Christmas Cake and Pershore Plum, and the delicious Rhubarb & Ginger launched this Spring. They even create Wedding Cheese Cakes for a table centre-piece with a difference.
Not surprisingly, Croome Cuisine wins many awards, namely First Prize for its Worcester Sauce & Shallots at the Nantwich International Cheese Awards and Best Food Producer in the Visit Worcestershire Awards for Excellence, both in 2018. The business is also a regular winner at the prestigious annual Royal Three Counties Show in June each year. Team members, including ‘Big Cheese’ Nick Hodgetts MD, each have their own favourite cheese, and they’re thrilled when others enjoy them as much as they do. Croome Cuisine has stockists all over the UK.
To find out more about Croome Cuisine, head over to their website.
Hussingtree Gin Talk & Tasting – 2:15pm
Our next ‘Talk & Tasting’ in the afternoon, will be a local favourite, a distillery with a new product launch from Hussingtree Gin located on the outside of Worcester.
Hussingtree Gin create distinctive premium distilled gin, inspired by the array of wonderful produce available in our home county of Worcestershire. Whilst each of the gins is different in character, you’ll find them connected by a similar trait – they’re packed full of flavour. Hussingtree Gin is proud to achieve such depth of flavours whilst maintaning a beautifully clear spirit. Family owned and run, the journey they’re on is often as important as the outcome and they’re committed to using fair trade and locally sourced produce whenever possible.
“We’re proud to be showcasing the county’s produce through our range of premium gins. By working closely with businesses and producers in the area, we’re living our ‘Inspired in Worcestershire’ promise.”
Duncan, Elaine and Richard – The Hussingtree Team.
Visit the Hussingtree Gin website for more information about their products and where you can purchase them.
Astley Vineyard Talk & Tasting – 12:50pm
Our second ‘Talk & Tasting’ is from Astley Vineyard – one of the oldest vineyards in the country, Astley Vineyard is located on the fertile plains of the River Severn north of The Malverns near Stourport on Severn.
Astley Vineyard is one of the UK’s smallest and oldest commercial vineyards, producing a range of award winning white wines since 1971. Located in the beautiful Severn Valley, just 10 miles north of Worcester, wines are produced from Bacchus, Siegerrebe, Madeleine Angevine and Kerner grapes. The Haywood family who took over the business in 2017 have built a new Tasting Room with a shop and a winery. Visitors are welcome.
To find out more about Astley Vineyard, please see their website for more information.
Lovells Vineyard Talk & Tasting – 15:40pmThe final ‘Talk & Tasting’ will be from Lovells Vineyard located in between Great Malvern and Upton upon Severn.
Lovells Vineyard is a family-run vineyard in Welland, Malvern producing award-winning English Wines. First planted in 2010, varieties include Siegerrebe, Phoenix, Orion and the classic sparkling grape varieties, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The wines are named Elgar Wines in honour of our famous local composer. Elgar Wines include Sonatina a wonderful medium-dry rosé, Promenades dry white, Elgar our classic white, March No.1 sparkling white, Ysobel sparkling pink and two reds: Elgar’s Falstaff and Elgar Pinot Noir. The wines can be found in local wine merchants, restaurants, hotels and farm shops.
Find out more about Lovells Vineyard by visiting their website.
Find out more about the Great Malvern Food Festival.
All of our ‘Talks & Tastings’ are provided by members of the Worcestershire Food and Drink Association.