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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