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29 January 2015

Great Glen Charcuterie launches new chorizo


Great Glen Charcuterie has added a new chorizo to its line of charcuterie products.
The chorizo is made with a mixture of Wild Scottish Venison and Scottish produced Pork.

Jan Jacob Baak, Great Glen Charcuterie's director said:
"We wanted to expand our Venison & Pork range. The already well received Venison & Pork salami has now found a little brother in a full flavour packed Venison & Pork Chorizo. This new product in our Venison & Pork range adds a distinct variation to the already award winning pure venison chorizos. Working closely with local farmers to source the best of Scotland’s quality pork we have created a new exiting product that will please many of our customers." 
The Venison & Pork chorizo is made with the same high quality ingredients and unique preserving techniques that makes Great Glen Charcuterie products stand out. Over the years they have won many awards and this new product is sure to be another winner.

The chorizo is ready to eat but especially good to use in cooking and soon, some new recipe cards will be available to provide customers with inspiration.

Great Glen Charcuterie is based in the rugged Highlands of Scotland. 

They use sustainably sourced local wild venison and Scottish pork to produce a range of award winning pure venison and venison based charcuterie. 

Other products made include delicious salamis, chorizos, pepperonis, bresaola and smoked venison.
Great Glen Charcuterie is available from independent retailers 

and their online store.

UPDATE!: Read our review of this product

To find out more about Great Glen Charcuterie, visit their page on 
The Artisan Food Trail here

28 January 2015

Smooth smoky oil slips into the AFT Approved list


Over the past few years we've become big fans of cold pressed rapeseed oil and it has become an important staple in the kitchen.

Many British farmers have seen the benefit of growing the crop not only for animal feed but also as a gourmet ingredient for human consumption.

There are now a number of cold pressed rapeseed oil producers from all over the UK, each offering the opportunity to have your very own local supplier.
However they are not all the same in terms of taste, the region in which the rape is grown affects the flavour, much like olive oil or wine takes on the character of the locale. The influence of the soil type and climate gives each oil its own flavour profile, something which the French refer to as 'terroir'.

Cold pressed rapeseed oil is also the perfect carrier for other flavours and Yare Valley Oils produces an oak smoked variety on their Norfolk farm.
Oak chips are dried and smouldered to produce an infusion which results in a creamy and smoky flavour. The colour is a wonderful deep gold and the aroma is rich and immediately noticeable.


Although we find the flavour perhaps a little overpowering for simple salads, the oil really comes into its own when used to roast potatoes, vegetables or in marinades. The smokiness lasts throughout the cooking process adding an extra dimension.
It also makes the most amazing mayonnaise especially with a little chilli added.

The oil can bought online from the Yare Valley Oils website or from any of these stockists.

We are pleased to award Yare Valley Oils our 'Artisan Food Trail Approved' status for 

their Oak Smoked Extra Virgin Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oil .


To find out more about Yare Valley Oils visit their page on The Artisan Food Trail here.

9 January 2015

Grow Your Business in Food and Drink


Last month we met up with the Food and Drink Federation to discuss a few options about how we could work together to offer members of The Artisan Food Trail further benefits.
We're pleased to say that after an interesting chat over coffee, that the FDF has agreed to offer our members a discount to attend a selection of its events/seminars.

The first of these events is 'Grow Your Business in Food and Drink' on 10th February 2015 at the Food and Drink Federation's headquarters in Covent Garden, London.

If you are just starting out with your own business in food and drink, or have been up and running for a while but want to maximise your potential, don’t miss this essential event from the Food & Drink Federation.

Hear advice from the experts in identifying shopper trends, breaking into food service and retail, business planning and finance, getting your brand noticed and making sure your products are legal and stay on the shelves.

Registration opens at 9am and the full programme can be viewed on
The Artisan Food Trail website here

The full day event costs just £50* per delegate
(*not inclusive of VAT and please note that FDF operates a cancellation policy for events).

AFT members receive a discount off of all FDF events until December 2015 (excluding the FDF Awards and President's Dinner), so please contact
The Artisan Food Trail before booking if you are a member and do not have your discount code.

Members and non-members can register and book for this event,
here on the FDF website.

We, The Artisan Food Trail, will be attending this event ourselves, so we look forward to seeing you there.