Ed­i­tor’s com­ment

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Down to earth

There’s a dis­tinct feel­ing of earth­i­ness about this most au­tum­nal of edi­tions, of ripeness and fruition af­ter the glo­ri­ous sum­mer of 2018. And where bet­ter to start than with our Mag­nif­i­cent Seven wine pro­duc­ers, the new part­ner­ship formed be­tween some of Kent’s lead­ing winer­ies. Rather than act­ing alone and in com­pe­ti­tion, they’re work­ing with Visit Kent and have all com­mit­ted to use their com­bined strength to cre­ate a world-class wine trail and vis­i­tor ex­pe­ri­ence in the Gar­den of Eng­land. A les­son for life if ever I heard one – stronger to­gether. See pages 29-34.

Also out there har­vest­ing the bounty is a grow­ing band of pro­fes­sional for­agers, com­mit­ted to find­ing and us­ing wild in­gre­di­ents. The key word there is ‘pro­fes­sional’ – the abil­ity to look at a piece of land and recog­nise the edi­ble from the ined­i­ble only comes with re­search and ex­pe­ri­ence, so if you’re keen on the idea of pick­ing through hedgerows for your tea, then the ad­vice is to find a pro­fes­sion­ally run course be­fore you do so. There are plenty in Kent to choose from – see pages 38-41 – and as my favourite quote in this edi­tion goes: “There are old for­agers and there are bold for­agers, but there are no old bold for­agers.”

Which brings me to our food and drink he­roes of the hour – the 33 fi­nal­ists in the 2018 Kent Life Food & Drink Awards. You meet them and read about their ex­cite­ment at be­ing nom­i­nated on pages 74-79, but take some of the credit your­selves too. With­out read­ers tak­ing the trou­ble to nom­i­nate their favourite lo­cal pub, farmshop, in­de­pen­dent re­tailer et al, we sim­ply wouldn’t have a com­pe­ti­tion.

Fi­nally, Kent is look­ing beau­ti­ful at this time of year, so if you have taken a pic­ture of a favourite view, do please send it in for po­ten­tial in­clu­sion in our ‘read­ers’ pho­tos’ sec­tion.

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