Monthly Archives: October 2015

Win A Christmas Book

Win A Christmas Book

Christmas Book

Sorry, this offer is over now. But see more special offers here

This highly original guide to Christmas is stuffed with interesting fax – we really didn’t know Champagne used to be given away for free with French wool samples – rather amusing jokes, and excellent recipes (going to try making Potato Snow this afternoon). We have three copies to give away – just fill in the form below to be in with a chance of winning. The deadline is midnight, 19 December; we’ll pick three winners out of The Taster’s hat on the 20th and send the books out immediately after.

For more about the book, see Legend Times.

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Tea For Two

Tea for Two at the Welcombe,
Stratford-u-Avon (worth £60)

Tea For Two

After the bustle of Christmas, imagine relaxing by a roaring fire with finger sandwiches, delicate pastries, open rolls, homemade scones with the finest jam & clotted cream, and Tea For Two(of course) a glass of something chilled and bubbly . . . tea for two is surely one of the best ways to recover from the festive season. We love the look of this fabulous tea, on offer at the Welcombe hotel in Stratford upon Avon, complete with roaring fire.
The Taster is pleased to offer you, dear reader, the chance to win tea for two (worth £60) in the New Year. Terms and conditions apply — for more details, see The Welcombe Hotel. Good luck!

To enter, fill out the form below. Deadline is midnight, 15 January 2016; a gift voucher will be sent shortly after to the winner. Name and home town of the winner will be published in the next issue of The Taster 

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The Taster Christmas Hamper

The Taster Christmas Hamper

Enter now! For a chance to win a really wonderful hamper full of goodies from artisan fudge to sea salt and, yes, a bottle of wine. Click on the belowChristmas Hamper Prize

Etherington’s Farm Shop, in Cornwall, is a great example of an eco-conscious food enterprise. Its poultry is free-range, its beef is pasture-fed, and many of its grocery items are created by local craftspeople. The Shop has donated this great prize — a Christmas Hamper — for whoever is drawn out of The Taster’s bowler hat on 20 December.

The hamper is a gourmet’s delight, containing Stewart’s luxury Scottish fudge; herbed lemon olives, and olives with piri-piri by Torrent; Boxing Day chutney, Christmas marmalade and pickle, plus spiced wine & rum ‘Christmas Syrup,’ all by Bay Tree; a cheeky couple of Cab Savs — and a pair of mini luxury Christmas Puddings by Great Taste award-winners, Butler’s Grove.

Just click on the above, fill out the survey and enter your name!

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River Cottage Cookery Course

20% off River Cottage
Cookery Course

River Cottage is offering readers of The Taster 20% off Fishing Courses taking place before 31 March 2016; enter ‘TASTER’ at the online checkout. Courses include:

Catch & Cook — a day out sea fishing in Plymouth, with dinner in the Canteen afterwards

Fish Cookery — with expert tuition at River Cottage itself, in Dorset

Seashore Foraging — join the River Cottage team for “an edible adventure along the beautiful Jurassic coastline”

Shoreline Fishing — join the team on the beach and learn to catch, cook and eat your own fish at the River Cottage Cookery School

To read our Editor’s account of the Catch & Cook course below, order a copy of our Autumn 2015 issue for £3 here.River Cottage Cookery Course

Terms & Conditions apply to this offer; see website for full details.

See more of The Taster’s Special Offers here

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The Taster Magazine Special Offer

The Taster Magazine
Special Offer

Subscribe to The Taster today, for yourself or as a great birthday or Christmas present for a foodie friend, for a whole year for just £10 instead of £14 including post & packaging. Offer ends 31 January 2016. If you prefer snail mail, print out the form below, fill it in and send it to us.

The Taster Magazine Special Offer

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Free Tickets Good Food Show Scotland

Two Tickets to Friday or Sunday show

The Taster has two free tickets to give away to the Good Food Show Scotland 2015, held at the SECC, Glasgow 10am-6pm Friday, or 10am-5.30 Sunday

Good Food Show ScotlandMary Berry, Paul Hollywood, Michael Roux Jr. and James Martin are only a few of the amazing chefs answering your questions, plus hundreds of culinary exhibitors, new brands, genius tips and the chance to taste piles of delicious produce. Talks, tastings and demos galore. Fill in the form below and you might win the tickets (worth £32.50) to the SECC this weekend, to join in the exciting Supertheatre environment while learning tips and tricks from the experts. For more details, see BBC Good Food Show Scotland. Good luck!

Deadline is midnight, Tuesday 3 November; tickets will be sent by first class post to the winners on Wednesday 4 November. To enter, fill out the form below:

Sorry folks, this offer was for 2015! But we have 10 tickets to give away to BBC Food Shows in autumn 2016: to get all the details, and also a chance to win a cookery course worth £175 or a hamper stuffed with French food & drink, keep checking our Offers page or Subscribe to the magazine (a bargain at £14 per year)

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Foodie Special Offers

Autumn Offers!

See our Autumn magazine, click on any of the below and you could win:

BBC Good Food Show— A pair of tickets to any of the BBC Good Food Show festivals in Belfast, Glasgow, London or Birmingham


Lucknam Park Cookery Course  — A cookery course at beautiful Lucknam Park in the Cotswolds, worth £175


French Flavour hamper— A hamper by French Flavours, stuffed full of French food & drink

Foodie Special OffersIn addition, this season, get 20% off Swinton Park cookery courses in Yorkshire, up to 70% off Great Little Breaks holidays, 25% off pink Himalayan rock salt and salt tiles, or free delivery for all-natural and on-trend nut butters (every flavour except peanut!)

Swinton Park 20% off cookery courses

Swinton Park Cookery SchoolTake a cookery course at fabulous Swinton Park in Ripon, Yorkshire (see below), and get 20% off until the end of September. Choose from, for example, Fish & Shellfish; Thai Favourites; Seasonal Entertaining; Italian or French cuisine; Yorkshire’s Finest; or Festive Aga Cookery. All brought to you by expert chef tutors such as Stephen Bulmer, left. See or phone 01765 680900.
Offer valid until 30 September 2016. Excludes Weber, Indian, Kids, Raw Food, Fish to Dish and Chef’s Table courses. Discount applied automatically.

Swinton Park Cookery School

Gourmet Breaks

The Taster Special OfferExclusive discount for The Taster readers: £40 off any two-night stay with VIP code TASTER. Choose from our gourmet weekends, all-inclusive breaks, and destinations with afternoon tea. Redeemable at or phone 01905 792801. Just quote the VIP code “TASTER” at the online check-out or on the phone.
** All breaks are pre-paid and non-refundable unless the flexi-option is selected at checkout. VIP code TASTER is valid on all bookings until 31 December 2016, not in conjunction with any other offer

Salt slabs, tiles & ground salt

Win Foodie PrizesQuote ‘Taster25’ and get 25% discount on ALL Himalayan salt cooking slabs, ground salts, pink salt lamps and more

Non-peanut Nut Butters

Foodie Special OffersQuote ‘Taster-Nut’ and get free delivery for any order over £10

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Festival Tickets

17 May 2016 — And we’ve just had a new one, for anyone within striking distance of Caldicot Castle, Wales. Win two tickets to the Food Festival on 4-5 June: just Follow & RT us on Twitter, and be ready to provide a postal address for us to send the tickets to if your name gets pulled out of the hat. The festival includes demonstrations by the finest chefs in Monmouthshire, a Producers’ Market, masterclasses, and tutored tastings of such luscious foods as homemade breads & chocolate. Plus a Children’s Quarter and loads of food and drink, much of it local (beer brewed a mile from the festival). Finish it off with a picnic in the Castle’s glorious parklands. Good luck!

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Foodie Special Offers

Get 20% off fishing courses taking place at RIVER COTTAGE before 31 March 2016

This offer is now closed

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As part of this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight, we’re pleased to offer you a chance to win the below Fairtrade breakfast hamper, or this fab Fairtrade chocolate collection! Just fill out our reader survey below, including the code at the end, by 1 May 2016. The code is published in our print magazine, which you can SUBSCRIBE to or, if you live near one of our friends, OBTAIN FOR FREE. (Click on either pic to link to the Raw Chocolate Company or Fairtrade’s Breakfast page)

Win Taster Fairtrade Hamper Raw Chocolate

Win Taster Fairtrade Hamper Raw Chocolate

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Food Fairs in England 2016

Plan Food Fairs in England 2016 into your diary. Dates and venues do change sometimes, so check for updates. Have a good one!

This month in brief: In the season of harvests and harvest festivals, many many events are on for foodies! Notables include the original Food Fest in Ludlow; a seafood fest in Clovelly; Mark Hix’s Food Rocks fest; pears in Faversham, Fishstock in Brixham (Devon), a wine festival in Oxford and the usual sprinkling of chilli fiestas across the country. Have a good one!

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