Christmas Tasting Days – week 3 Thursday – meet the suppliers

This Thursday we welcome Da Bara, Wild Cornwall, Colwith Farm Distillery, Furniss, Padstow Cheese and Lars & Margo into the store for our next Christmas tasting day

We managed to catch up with a few of these lovely suppliers to learn a little more about their story…

DA BARA

Da Bara was founded by Brothers Ben and Tim Hawkins, both long time veterans of the hospitality and catering trade and both with serious passion for home bread baking. Ben’s wife Michelle joined shortly after, adding cake to the offer. Da Bara are now well known and loved for their divine bread and delicious cakes and pastries.

This Christmas Da Bara are excited to be offering Mince pies, Ricciarelli and Stollen to their range. Pus a new Christmas treat for this year exclusively sold in Da Bara cafes and Great Cornish Food Store is their handmade Panettones. The Da Bara bakers have been away to learn the art of making Panettone and they are so proud of what they have been producing. There is a lot of thought, technical skill and huge amounts of TLC that goes into each panettone!

And of course we asked Da Bara for their top tip for Christmas…We recommend getting bread the day before you need it (save the Christmas rush!) as long as you always flash the product through the oven so it’s slightly warm when you are eating it, it will be as perfect as the time when you bought it 😊 We also suggest warming through your mince pies and serving them with clotted cream, however if you aren’t a mince pie fan this also works extremely well with our cinnamon buns!!!

FURNISS

Furniss have been crafting quality biscuits using perfected recipes since 1886 when John Cooper Furniss opened his first teashop in the centre of Truro. Furniss is now the only company in the world licensed to make The Original Cornish Fairing.™

This Christmas, Furniss is very excited to introduce the brand-new Christmas Gifting Drums available in store.

They said, ‘We believe everyone deserves a little extra sparkle in their lives this Christmas, so each of these three magical designs is embellished with metallic elements for added Christmas bling! Filled with one of three flavours of our heavenly biscuits and perfect for Christmas gifting, hampers, stocking fillers or let’s face it – just to keep for yourself!’

We asked Furniss for their Christmas top tip…Christmas is such a hectic time especially if you’re the one hosting, and that can leave you exhausted. We simply put too much pressure on ourselves. The costs too can be scary too! Why not ask your guests to each bring something, the pud, crackers, some fizz; just give them some notice and be specific! And of course, help with the clearing up!

WILD CORNWALL

Let us introduce you to Wild Cornwall, a luxury food and gift brand specialising in unusual, beautifully packaged foraged foods; ranging from sauces and condiments to pickles and liqueurs.

Inspired by nature and the seasons, all Wild Cornwall creations feature foraged, wild or heritage superstar ingredients and showcase the small scale produce of their sustainable Roseland farm.

Born out of a passion for foraging and introducing people to unusual, heritage plants, Wild Cornwall is on a mission to prove that many of the ingredients commonly imported to the UK are surplus to requirement if you look a little deeper into the hedgerows.

Why not try their beautiful new Drunken Hedgerow Jam featuring black cherries and gin soaked sloes which has been flying off the shelves?

We asked Wild Cornwall for their top tip for Christmas and they told us… Our top tip for Christmas is to make what you like to eat! Boiling up Brussel sprouts is about as useful as slaving away growing runner beans – if you don’t like to eat them, don’t bother! We prefer an array of interesting flavours and textures, with plenty of al dente vegetables to keep us feeling good three or four days into the festive carnage. 

LARS & MARGO

Lars & Margo came about when husband and wife, Peter and Mandy, decided to follow their love of good coffee and began roasting their own beans. Launching at the start of lockdown 2020, they profiled their roasting to suit customers needs for brewing at home; opting for a light to medium roast profile to bring out the intricacies of each bean variety.

They now roast to suit trade as well as domestic/office brewing which is slightly darker but still retains their original ethos. Many people are curious about the name Lars & Margo and we found out the answer: Cornish born Peter knew he was adopted at birth, so in 2017 traced his family heritage to Denmark where he found his biological mother, three sisters and ultimately his birth name – Lars. Mandy formerly owned the vintage inspired lampshade business, Margo Popped In, however decided to say a fond farewell to that specific venture when Peter was made redundant after almost 25 years. With the newfound freedom they had both acquired, they decided to go into business together and Lars & Margo was born. Beginning a new chapter, sustainably sourcing and supporting small coffee farms around the world whilst also creating beautifully hand roasted coffee from their roastery in South East Cornwall.

The Lars & Margo ethos is ‘only use what is needed’ so they recognise Christmas as very much a time for giving, but plan their products to suit year round coffee drinking. Regarding new roasts, look out for their first Kenyan coffee #00K, their next #007 and the next new spring water decaf.

We asked Peter and Mandy for their top Christmas tips… The smallest touches mean the greatest. Embrace the good and let go of the bad. Make lists of what you need to buy, do, arrange. Then return to the list a few days later and at a different time of the day – you may be surprised at what you no longer need to attend. Buy good coffee, Lars & Margo comes highly recommended!

COLWITH FARM

Colwith Farm Distillery is founded upon five generations of farming history. The story of opening the region’s first plough to bottle distillery dates to 1904, when brothers Steve & Chris Dustows’ great, great, grandfather bought a quaint little Cornish farm named Colwith. Colwith Farm is nestled five miles from the south coast of Cornwall, between the old market town of Lostwithiel and fishing port of Fowey. Since Stafford Dustow purchased this rich parcel of land, over one hundred years ago, the Dustows have tended the soils and various livestock, carving out a humble yet wholesome lifestyle which they cherish

The idea to build the region’s first ‘plough to bottle’ distillery was developed by brothers Steve & Chris in 2010. Producing premium spirits represented the perfect way to add value to the crops lovingly produced on Colwith Farm.  Since 2010, Steve has developed the plough to bottle distillery, whilst Chris, dad Mike and grandad Clive have taken the potato growing operation from forty acres to four hundred acres a year.

Steve and Chris both live at Colwith Farm with their wives and children. They are hopeful that the children may take their longstanding family business forward and excited to see what the future holds.

Colwith’s top tip for Christmas? Always keep some glassware and a bottle of vodka in the freezer for cocktails. Consider pre- batching cocktails for parties! And pop some complementary botanicals into your ice cubes and freeze to add an extra dimension to your festive drinks.

 

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