Events Archive - 2010
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A foraging adventure in the New Forest.
An Apple A Day...Heritage Apple Event
Summer Strawberry Evening, Friday 11th June 2010.
On the 11th June 2010, a group of members and friends of Slow Food Solent visited Durleighmarsh Farm, which offers a huge range of top quality fruit and vegetables throughout the season, for a farm tour and strawberry taste test.
Alison Grange gave us a guided tour of the beautifully located pick your own farm on a glorious evening, telling us all about the different varieties of fruit and vegetables, how they are grown and the traditional farming methods used on the farm. After the tour, we had a blind taste test of Strawberry varieties; Symphony and Eros from Durleighmarsh were compared with supermarket bought Elsanta and Spanish berries. It certainly was a very enjoyable and relaxing way to end the week!
The all important taste test results
Most (but not all) agreed that Symphony was the superior berry in terms of appearance, smell, taste and also juiciness. We were all surprised to find that the ubiquitous supermarket variety, Elsanta (which accounts for approximately 80% of strawberries eaten in the UK), performed better than expected...still only in 3rd place, but some people preferred it's slightly tart flavour over the Symphony berries. Personal preference clearly plays an important role though, and even the Spanish strawberries which placed last were the favourite of one guest.
Symphony (Durleighmarsh): Appearance = 7.25, smell = 5.17, taste = 7.00, juiciness = 6.92. Overall = 65.83%
Eros (Durleighmarsh): Appearance = 6.75, smell = 3.67, taste = 5.92, juiciness = 6.83. Overall = 57.92%
Elsanta (Supermarket): Appearance = 5.92, smell = 3.58, taste = 4.83, juiciness = 6.00. Overall = 50.83%
And in pitiful last place
Spanish (Supermarket): Appearance = 5.42, smell = 3.83, taste = 3.17, juiciness = 2.83. Overall = 38.13%
(each variety was scored out of 10 on appearance, smell, taste and juiciness, then averages for each, plus an overall average percent score, were calculated)
Slow Food Solent's first event: Local Produce dinner and "open kitchen" at Greens restaurant and bar, Wickham. Wed April 21st 2010.
Slow Food Solent hosted its first event at Greens restaurant and bar in Wickham on Wednesday April 21st.
Greens, who have received a Local Produce award from Hampshire Hospitality for their use of high quality local produce, put together a special Local Produce dinner menu for the event. In addition, they offered us the unique experience of an “open kitchen” where guests were invited to visit the kitchen, watch the food being prepared and ask the chef any questions about the provenance of the food and how it is being prepared. Highlights were watching our smoked chicken starter being smoked over hickory wood chips, and the giant profiteroles cooking in the oven!