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Don’t miss Queenies cupcakery at this year’s Gorgeous event.

Don’t miss Queenies cupcakery at this year’s Gorgeous event.

Gorgeous autumn weekend

Ironbridge will be getting Gorgeous this October with an exhibition of the region’s finest crafts and foods.

The Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust and The Shropshire Guild of Contemporary Craft are bringing together a mix of some of the finest craftspeople  for the Gorgeous Exhibition which takes place over the weekend of October 9th and 10th. 

For the third year running there will also be a Food Hall filled with a range of delicacies from across Shropshire. 

The exhibition will be held at Enginuity, Coalbrookdale, Ironbridge, Shropshire and will include over 35 designers and makers from The Shropshire Guild of Contemporary Craft.  


The exhibitions’s food hall will feature Shrewsbury-based Bonbonniere Chocolates and Ironbridge-based Queenies Cupcakery.


Melanie Fallon, who runs the organic gourmet chocolate company, Bonbonniere Chocolates,  said: “Last year was our first time at Gorgeous. And it was fantastic for us.”


Bonbonniere, who won the prestigious Heart of England Fine Foods (HEFF) Diamond Awards for 2009 with their cardamom chocolate will be selling their mouth-watering range of fresh, handmade chocolate including ginger, luxury champagne and aromatic orange.

Queenies Cupcakery, from Ironbridge, are a new exhibitor at the fair this year. Queenies, run by niece and auntie duo Kaye and Claire Shaw opened their Ironbridge shop in April of this year and have been making between 100 -1,000 sumptuous cupcakes daily ever since. Kaye said: “We’ve been really busy since we opened, not only do we have the shop, but we also supply cupcakes as favours, as wedding cakes and we also offer a retro 1950s party service.”


Other exhibitors at this year’s Gorgeous include The Green Cow Deli and Farm Shop, Bridgnorth, Heathers Harvest, Wil’s Smokehouse and Strefford Hall.

Entrance to Gorgeous is £2.50 per person, under 12s go free. 

Further details are available from the Shropshire Guild’s website at: or the Ironbridge Visitor Information Centre on

Tel: 01952 884391 or visit



It’s show time

Burwarton Show, The Showground, Cleobury North, near Bridgnorth WV16 6RP

Thursday, August 5

This one day agricultural show has been going for more than 100 years so organisers know a winning show formula. There’s something for the whole family to enjoy, children will love the tractors, animals and fair and adults will like milling around the tradestands and supping cider.

The main ring features constant entertainment including The Band of the Scots Guards and The Bob Hogg Sheep Dog Display.

Tel 01746 787535 for details



Clare Downes of Appleby’s, takes a taste of Shropshire cheese to the Americans at the New York Fancy Food Show.

Clare Downes of Appleby’s, takes a taste of Shropshire cheese to the Americans at the New York Fancy Food Show.

Cheese in the Big Apple

Shropshire cheese has been making its mark on the Big Apple, thanks to Whitchurch cheesemakers Appleby’s.

Clare Downes of Appleby’s travelled to New York with British cheese marketing specialists Neal’s Yard Dairy.

The three-week trade visit to the USA included two days at the New York Fancy Food Show and tastings of Appleby’s Cheshire and Double Gloucester to customers at cheese chops across America.

As a result, Appleby’s  can be found in many specialist cheese shops and delicatessens across the country.

Clare was delighted with the visit’s success and the warm welcome they received in the US.

She said: “We were made to feel so welcome and were met with excellent hospitality everywhere we went in America. The reception to Appleby’s Cheshire and Appleby’s Double Gloucester was very positive. It was good to see specialist British food products being enjoyed by the Americans.”

For more information contact or telephone 01939 290399



Ludlow Food Centre butcher John Brereton just can’t stop smoking.

Ludlow Food Centre butcher John Brereton just can’t stop smoking.

The Food Centre butchers who just can’t stop smoking

The butchery team at a Shropshire food centre have been spending a great deal of time and effort smoking behind the building.  John Brereton and his team at the Ludlow Food Centre have acquired a surprisingly healthy smoking habit by spending time developing a range of smoked meat products.  In just the last four months John and his team have worked on smoking a huge array of smoked meat including local, free range chicken and duck, estate reared venison, Gloucester Old Spot pork and even locally sourced trout.   

John says: We started by smoking our own bacon and its grown from there.  We are now working on more unique smoked meat such as spiced turkey breast, pastrami and even smoked garlic.”

The Food Centre invested a small amount of money in a hot smoker with the view of smoking a small range of meats to increase the product range their butchery offered.  John had found it difficult to find the variety of smoked meat locally and so decided that it would be best to try himself with meat from the Food Centre’s, Earl of Plymouth Estate.   

John says: “We use Oak chippings and meat from the Estate whenever possible but it’s the attention to detail that makes the difference.  We smoke chicken differently to pork and have tailored the process to get the right length of time and heat for each product.  This means that we keep the moisture in the meat whilst still achieving a rich smokey flavour. Everyday is different, we are always having to make allowances for the change in weather such as heat or humidity to get the best product.” 

To keep things seasonal John’s next release will be smoked mackerel that is just coming in to season again now and will hopefully be available at the Ludlow Food Centre soon.  

Ludlow Food Centre, Bromfield, Ludlow SY8 2JR
Telephone: 01584 856000

Tea (or lunch) in the park at Saturday’s Newport Show

FOOD fans will find plenty to set their tastebuds tingling at this year’s Newport Show, staged in the picturesque surrounding of the Chetwynd Deer Park on July 10.

The huge Food Hall will once again be a showcase for the region’s finest foods and will provide plenty of opportunity to ‘try before you buy’ samples.

A Live Cookery Theatre is always popular as is the chance to sit and savour purchases while taking in panoramic views of the deer park and its glistening pool from the Countryside Terrace.  

Show manager, Clare Farrell, said: “The Food Hall enjoys wonderful views across the entire showground and is a fabulous place to visit and try delicious cheeses, breads, cakes, wines, ice creams and other delicacies. 

“It hosts a wide range of small scale producers, all hand-picked for their delicious and well presented food products. It really is a gourmet’s delight and just one of the many attractions of the show.”

The show, the 101st to be staged by Newport and District Agricultural Society, was visited by more than 12,000 people last year and organisers hope to top that on July 10.

Main ring attractions include Bolddog Freestyle team providing a dare-devil display of jumps and airborne acrobatics as well as a colourful and thrilling display of horsemanship by the Knights of the Damned jousting team. 

For more information on the show call 01952 810814 or visit For tickets call  0845 467 1889.



Food festival at Green Fields

Producers and staff from Green Fields farm shop, in Donnington, Telford, are holding a summer food and craft fair this weekend.

The festival promises to be the perfect venue to pick up some great Father’s Day gifts and tasty treats from some of the regions most innovative food producers.

Local beers, wines, chocolate and hampers are bound to appeal to the discerning dad, and food will be provided by Bayston Hill butchers’ hogroast.

The festival runs from 10am until 4pm on Saturday, 19 and Sunday 20 June.

All stalls are under cover, entry is free and there is lots of free parking

Producers include: Swift’s Bakers, Hobson’s Brewery, A Pie & A Pint, Celtic Country Wines, Hindley’s Bakery, Buttercross Free Range Pork, Quintessential Cakes, Handmade Fudge, Bonbonniere Handmade Chocolates, Mike’s Pickles & Preserves, Vicky’s Jars, The Shropshire Hamper Company, Love Champagne, Ludlow Vineyard, Shropshire Granola and Frank’s Biscuits.

For more information visit or telephone 01952 677345.

Green Fields Farm Shop, Station Road, Telford, Shropshire TF2 8JY



Meet the Hairy Bikers at the Summer Good Food Show and Shrewsbury Flower Show.

Meet the Hairy Bikers at the Summer Good Food Show and Shrewsbury Flower Show.



Getting hairy in the kitchen

Hairy Bikers, Simon King and David Myers are looking forward to appearing at the Summer Good Food Show at the NEC Birmingham in June. They will also be cooking up some treats at the Shrewsbury Flower Show in August. Shropshire Kitchen caught up with them before the big event.


Any ideas on what you’ll be cooking at the NEC yet?  

Yes we will be cooking something for everybody, nice summer suppers, some spicy and some comforting.  We are cooking Thai sea bass fishcakes with a honey and cucumber dipping sauce, Salmon fishcakes with Hollandaise sauce and Asparagus and Duck Tikka wraps, with raita and salad.

What do you enjoy most about cooking live?

It is the opportunity to meet the people who watch you on the telly and make them hungry.

It must be great to meet your fans at the shows? Have you had any strange requests?

Yes, one lady wanted to put us in a paddling pool full of gravy and have us gravy wrestling.

Mum’s Knows Best has just been on our screens, looking back what was your favourite recipe to come out of this series?

Any of the curries in the programme are particular favorites as they are all well used authentic recipes that are easy and used on a daily basis, they are mega.

Can we expect another series of Mum Knows Best?

Yes we are trying to sort out filming dates at the moment.

With the focus on mums in Mums Knows Best what do you think makes the perfect foodie treat for mums?

It has to be breakfast in bed preferably cooked inexpertly by a child with a lot of love.


What TV projects do you have coming up?

After the stage show, more Mums know Best then we want to do some more filming abroad again, we are ready for an adventure.

You’ve known each other for years but with so much time being spent together working do you tend to socialise together?

Yes absolutely, we are best mates and both our partners are close friends too. We are trying to plan some fishing trips together.

Where will your travels be taking you next?

Next one for work around the UK, for pleasure Si is off to the West Coast of America and Dave is off to Thailand to eat himself stupid. We would like to do some filming in Europe, which is something that we have never done.

The Hairy Bikers will be at the BBC Summer Good Food Show which runs at the NEC, Birmingham from 16-20 June 2010.  For information and to book tickets please go to or call 0844 581 1338



The Shrewsbury Flower Show at the county town’s Quarry park takes place on August 13 and 14. The Hairy Bikers who will be giving cookery demonstrations in the Marches Food hall over both days. Visit  or telephone 01743 234050.



Regional produce on menu at Shrewsbury farm shop

Customers at Battlefield 1403 Farm Shop, Shrewsbury, will be treated to a menu full of regional food and drink as part of a week long promotion. 

The farm shop is running the promotion in partnership with HEART of ENGLAND fine foods (HEFF), the regional food group for the West Midlands, to highlight the wealth of locally produced food and drink across the area.  The promotion will run from Saturday 22 – Friday 28 May. 

There will be a special menu each day in the Sparrow’s Café incorporating a range of different regional ingredients and a number of products will also be available to buy in the farm shop.  Among the products there will be offerings from Shropshire producers Wenlock Spring, Church Stretton, Alternative Meats, Wem, Buttercross Farm Foods, Market Drayton and Hobsons Brewery, Cleobury Mortimer.  

Neal Harris, HEFF Marketing Executive, will be carrying out product sampling on Saturday, May 22 to launch the promotion and will be on hand to talk about the products and the work HEFF does to raise awareness of regional food and drink across the West Midlands. 

For more information visit