Win a luxury Chilterns hamper- worth over £350!Published on November 2, 2017
There’s a food revolution taking place in these hills and we want to celebrate it! The Chilterns is now home to an abundance of wonderful food & drink producers, so we thought it would be a great idea to pull together a Christmas hamper filled with delicious local goodies and give YOU the chance to win it in a prize draw.
The contents of the hamper have been generously donated by Chilterns producers themselves, and we’d like to thank them all for their support. It’s all mouth-wateringly good, and the winner will certainly be thrilled!
For your chance to win, please click here.
Each entry costs £5.00. The funds raised will help us in our ongoing work of conserving and caring for the Chilterns.
Here’s what’s in the hamper – plus some background on each of the local producers who have contributed…
Auberge du Chocolat; 3 bars of special Christmas chocolate (milk, white & dark)
A unique artisan family business with a passion for chocolate, ice cream and fudge. Anne and Ian Scott have been making chocolate in the Chilterns since 2005. Now based in Chesham and firmly established as a maker of premium luxury chocolate, awards have come flooding in. They also run workshops, parties and corporate events.
Tring Brewery; 3 Bottles of Pale Four (Winner of our 2017 Craft Beer Award)
Tring Brewery has been making beer for 25 years. Now established at Dunsley Farm, they’re well known for their unusually named beers (including my all-time favourite tipple, Side Pocket for a Toad), which all have strong connections with Chiltern events, myths and legends. Their beers are available from the brewery shop and many good local pubs.
Nettlebed Creamery; 2 Bix cheeses
Nettlebed Creamery makes Bix and St Bartholomew cheeses using milk from Merrimoles Farm. A fully organic operation since 2001, the farm’s fortunate cows graze on grass and clover leys enhanced with herbs such as chicory, plantain and yarrow. The end product is so good that last year specialist cheese website www.cheeseschap.com named Bix cheese as one of the best five new cheeses in the UK.
Blossoms Syrup; a bottle of sloe syrup
Based at Beacon Bottom, near Stokenchurch, Blossoms describe their products as ‘uniquely British and a bit French’. Designed with cocktail making in mind, the syrups are 100% natural with no added colourings, preservatives or aromas. They’re available in nine delicious flavours and are made using the highest quality raw ingredients. The result is an explosion of natural flavour. A perfect accompaniment to our Chiltern Society gin!
The Chiltern Candle Company; a Winter Spice scented candle
So whilst this isn’t strictly food, it smells delicious! Inspired by the Chiltern countryside, each candle is individually made using premium soy wax, 100% cotton wicks and a combination of all-natural essential oils that are carefully combined with cosmetic-grade fine fragrance oils. Stylishly presented in locally sourced packaging, each candle is truly unique and will cast an atmospheric light on dark December evenings.
PE Mead; 4 bottles of cold pressed flavoured rapeseed oil
The Mead family has been farming in the Chilterns since 1860. They first made Chiltern Cold Pressed Rapeseed oil at Wilstone Great Farm in 2009 and have since extended the collection to include a range of infused oils, salad dressings, barbecue sauces and mayonnaises. Their oils have won many national food awards and were even featured on a recent episode of the BBC’s Escape to the Country.
Chiltern Natural Foods; honeycomb bites and a bag of granola
Based in High Wycombe, Chiltern Natural Foods manufactures hand-roasted, healthy flavoured nuts and seeds and a range of whole grain, no salt, no wheat, low sugar granolas. Their mission is to make premium foods – including many gluten-free products – which are all natural but still taste great.
Chiltern Charcuterie; a pack of sliced beef bresaola
From their curing kitchen on a small farm in North Dean, Chiltern Charcuterie produces award-winning salamis and air-dried meat products. Made from free-range pork, grass-fed beef and lamb, as well as ethically sourced venison, all their meat is sourced from local independent farms. An award winner at the 2016 Great Taste awards, their charcuterie brings a taste of the continent to the Chilterns.
Marlow Cheese Company; Bucks Blue and Cygnet cheeses
Reputed to be Buckinghamshire’s first ever cheese maker, Marlow Cheese was launched in 2016. Cygnet, Bucks Blue and Regatta are their flagship products, all made using delicious whole milk from Lacey’s Dairy. Now on sale at many leading farm shops including Peterley Manor, and at Rebellion Brewery, Marlow Cheese has even been spotted on the menu at Michelin-starred local restaurant, The Hand and Flowers.
Dizzy Bee Kitchen; a bag of quinoa & pecan gluten-free granola
Set up three years ago by Nicky Halloran, Dizzy Bee Kitchen produces healthy, additive-free granolas packed with nutritious ingredients such as lucuma, pumpkin, sunflower, chia, hemp, seeds, flax seeds, nuts, quinoa, oats and bran. A winner of five Great Taste awards, Nicky still makes all her granola by hand.
Chiltern Ridge – 2 bottles of apple juice
‘Pure 100% apple juice with nothing added’ is the credo behind this Chartridge-based, family run business. Their juice is now available in many local farm shops, as well as Budgens supermarkets. In addition to producing their own juice, they will press your apples into a delicious pasteurised juice. Their farm shop also sells pork and lamb, and they even have on-site B&B accommodation.
Chess Valley Lamb – £50 voucher
Chess Valley Lamb is part of Chess Valley Livestock, which was set up by Scott Horton and Paul Jennings in 2012, moving to Raans Farm in Amersham in 2013. They sell their delicious fresh lamb directly to the public and to many local high-end restaurants. Their £50 gift voucher means that the lucky winner of our hamper will have the chance to enjoy some of the best lamb available in our region.
Chiltern Society Gin
Specially created for us by local distillery, Wayfinders. You’ll enjoy a true taste of the Chilterns with every sip!
Chiltern Brewery – Christmas pudding made with Lord Lieutenant’s Porter
Another local business with an enviable nationwide reputation, Chiltern is the oldest independent brewery in the region. A family-run business located on an old working farm at Terrick, the emphasis has always been on producing natural, wholesome beers using the best British malt and hops. Their excellent farm shop features many products made using Chiltern beer.
Daws Hill Vineyard – Sparkling Apple Cider & a vineyard tour voucher
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a drop of something fizzy, and at Daws Hill Vineyard in Radnage they specialise in making it! Founded in 2004, it now produces a range of brut and rose sparkling wine, and an excellent bottle-fermented sparkling cider. International awards have included a bronze medal, won at the prestigious Effervescents du Monde competition in France.
Jim and Jules Big Adventure – a selection of chutneys and preserves
This husband and wife team have been making chutney since 2008. Their ‘big adventure’ began when they needed to raise money to fund their wedding and chose chutney-making because Jim’s parents had a massive apple tree on their farm! Jim and Jules now make a range of chutneys and piccalilli. Their apple chutney is a personal favourite of mine and makes a great glaze for pork.
Jolly Brew – English Breakfast Tea Bags
After being made redundant in 2014, Greg Hassell turned his hand to tea and decided to concentrate on creating blends that were a little different, with the emphasis on Britishness. Having recently opened its first shop in Thame, Jolly Brew now works with a team of specialist tea blenders to create more than 50 blends.
R&B Honey – a jar of honey
R&B honey is produced in the idyllic countryside location of Lacey Green. With its abundance of sprawling fields and hawthorn hedgerows, their honey bees love nothing more than to seek out the richest pollen from the wealth of wild flowers and shrubs on offer before returning to their hives for the important task of honey production.
Salty Dog – a selection of crisps
Based at their Salty Towers HQ in Chesham the Salty Dog company produces exceptionally crunchy hand-cooked crisps. They also make delicious popcorn and flavoured nuts.
Gruntled – selection of pork crackling snack bags
Gruntled is a sister company of Salty Dog crisps, based just outside of Chesham. Their pork crackling is cooked twice to make it lighter than traditional scratchings. It’s also seasoned with completely natural flavours.
Seedlip; 1 bottle of Garden 108
Seedlip are proud creators of the world’s first non-alcoholic spirit. Their spirits are entirely free sugar and calorie free! They harvest the finest ingredients to capture ‘nature’s true spirit.’ ‘Garden 108’ is flavoured with pea, hay, spearmint, rosemary & thyme botanicals. Enjoy with tonic.
Peaches & Cream – a packet of milk chocolate fudge
Victoria from Thame started her company in 2014. She produces homemade fudge using all natural ingredients. The wonderful array of flavours on offer includes Clotted Cream, Toffee Apple and Salty Caramel.
Beechwood Fine Foods– one jar of jam
Beechwood is a farm shop and cafe in Frogmore Street, Tring. One of the star products in their excellent range is their Wild Bramble and Bramley Apple jam, homemade by the shop’s owner Sarah. Their other locally sourced produce includes fresh bread, cakes, hand-raised pork pies and a nice range of cheeses.
Rebellion Brewery – 6 bottles of Rebellion Lager
This highly successful brewery was established in 1993 to ensure the continuation of traditional brewing in Marlow after the closure of Wethereds. Since then, Rebellion has gone from strength to strength. Their ales like Smuggler and Roasted Nuts are widely available in many local pubs and their own brewery shop and now they have created Rebellion Lager to add to their fantastic range of beers.
TuTu Delicious – White Chocolate Ice Bear
TuTu Delicious is a family run artisan chocolate shop in the heart of Oxfordshire. Located in the small town of Watlington they make and sell high quality chocolates which have won Great Taste Awards.
Malt The Brewery – 1 bottle of Starry Nights, a tour of the brewery & 2l of your choice of ale.
Brewing since 2012, this brewery is set in the heart of the Chilterns in Great Missenden. They pride themselves on their use of quality natural ingredients, and traditional brewing methods.
Chilterns Food Magazine – latest edition
Chilterns Food Magazine is a seasonal magazine dedicated to showcasing the very best of local food here in the Chiltern Hills. It is produced by a group of young and passionate local people.