Thursday, 6 July 2017

A taste of something special

They say you never stop learning and I can certainly testify to that as I have just been reading Taste Magazine; our County-wide magazine promoting local food and drink businesses and producers, venues and more. In the summer edition which has just hit the shelves of local businesses there’s some great articles. In the ‘Weird name but tasty all the same’ article I came across the intriguingly named Rumbledethumps – main ingredients potato, cabbage and onion – similar to bubble and squeak but so much more interestingly named. Another delight that caught my eye was Grassy Corner Pudding a 19th century cream dessert composed of layers of strawberries, cream and vanilla custard – sounds delicious and I am certainly going to try out before the strawberry season ends.

That’s the joy of our Taste Magazine -  lots of interesting articles all based around West Sussex and most importantly focused on the excellent food and ingredients produced and sold in this County. Throughout the County there is a range of wonderful food producers taking a real pride in the food they produce and through our Taste Magazine we are able to showcase what’s good and delicious and in doing so help the food economy. We do know that many people like to visit the county and one of the attractions is the variety and quality of food.

Cheeses, chocolates, cakes, pies are all made with care in West Sussex and of course we produce beers, sparkling wines, gin and fruit juices as well so there is something for everyone.

This autumn we will be celebrating ten years of Taste. Over the decade it has built a really strong following of readers and I was delighted recently to receive a message from one of those readers congratulating us on another excellent edition.

But some may ask why is the County Council bothering with this magazine? Well, it helps our local food and tourism economy. We hope those readers of Taste will be encouraged to buy and try some of the great food on offer.  We promote our lovely countryside, we always feature a walk – and after a walk there is nothing like visiting one of the many traditional pubs across the County.

I’ll let you in on a secret. Our next edition is a 10th birthday special and I’ve seen a sneak preview of some of the ideas going in; it’s going to be another great one.

My thanks to all the loyal readers and staff who produce this great little magazine. If you haven’t read it yet do take a look. You can pick it up on many shops and businesses throughout the county or read it online here.
Best wishes,

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