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Lincolnshire Life October 2018 - Digital Copy


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Lincolnshire Life October 2018 - Digital Copy

I had the opportunity to celebrate a bumper harvest last month when I visited the Somerby Vineyards near Barnetby. Oenologist, Edward Templeman explained to me that the weather conditions this spring and summer have been ideal for the vines and this has the potential to be a vintage year.

Somerby Vineyards are kindly sponsoring the drinks reception for guests at the Lincolnshire Life ‘Taste of Excellence’ Food, Drink and Hospitality Awards which are taking place at The Engine Shed Lincoln on 1st November. If you have not booked tickets yet, details are on page 86 where you can also read the full report of my visit to the vineyard.

Our farming supplement includes the latest news from the county’s Young Farmers and news of the upcoming Machinery Show while Kate Chapman has written about the Askefield Project, a charity registered with Care Farming UK, which offers programmes for those who would benefit from the therapeutic use of farming practices. Read more on page 110.

Autumn always prompts a change of not only my wardrobe but also my appetite. Comfort food is called for and Sam Owen of Salted Orange has supplied three recipes which include a winter parsnip soup with bacon and vanilla. Nikki Bawn, in her Boggle Lane kitchen, has focussed on ‘mother’ sauces. Master these and Nikki promises we can deliver plates of food from zero to hero in minutes. I will be testing this out on hungry guests soon. 

Finally we have begun our countdown to the festive season with the first of our Christmas Gift Guides. There are a wealth of local, independent businesses in the county which offer not only a brilliant array of ideas for giving and celebrating but also back this up with the traditional values of service and customer care. Let us inspire you to shop local and take the strain out of festive shopping.

This is also the time of year when our admin team are busy with new subscriptions to Lincolnshire Life, The Lincolnshire Poacher and Good Taste Lincolnshire. They make ideal presents which give pleasure throughout the year. Order at or call us on 01522 527127.

Enjoy a wonderful October.