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Viiking Invaders

Viiking Invaders

19-05-2016

Gluten free Goa Premium Beer is now available in the UK.

Distributed by Viiking Ventures, Goa Premium Beer, with a 4.8ABV available in 340ml and 650ml bottles and 500ml cans is brewed using a maize based recipe, the beer is gluten free and endorsed by the Celiac UK charity.

Marketing will be under the ‘Come Alive’ theme embracing the hedonism of the beach party offered by Goa Premium Beer.

Located in south west Indian on the Arabian Sea coast. Goa is famous for its beaches and attracts tourists from across the globe, with many discovering excellent Goa Beers, which have not been read available in the UK until now.
“The healthy living agenda has been usurped by po face kill joys with their arbitrary ‘5-a-day’ quotas and misinformation about fats and caffeine,” said Viiking Ventures director Frank Sequeira, adding, “Here’s a gluten free product which is fun.”

Commenting on its taste, Peter Grove, founder of National Curry Week said, "Goa Premium Beer at last offers curry fans a drink to go with their spicy offering that actually is imported from India unlike the other main brands. The malt taste comes through clearly when enjoyed alongside a spicy curry and as a stand alone drink.”

Portuguese colonists were lured by the weather to relocate their capital from Calicut to Goa, where they ruled for 450 years until it was annexed by India in 1961.

It was Portuguese who introduced many of the foods and spices (including chilli, cardamom, mango, tomatoes, and potatoes) now commonly associated with Indian cooking, to the sub continent from the Americas.

www.goabeer.com
 

Quality Curry

Quality Curry

12-05-2016

Owners of nearly 1,000 Asian restaurants attending were urged not to buy cheap and up their game in terms of health, hygiene, nutrition and quality, if they want to survive amid changing consumer tastes. The ‘Nutrition and Hygiene’ road shows were hosted in Bristol and Edinburgh, by the Asian Catering Federation’s (ACF) in association with JUST EAT.

Renowned chef Cyrus Todiwala, stressed the need to produce healthier dishes, demanded by today’s diners. He focused on the importance of using quality produce; abandoning the use of harmful food colourings and corn oil, and lowering salt and sugar usage. The co star of BBC TV’s ‘Incredible Spice Men’, urged the industry “Don’t buy cheap!”, to move away from the temptation of competing on price and to raise standards instead. Cyrus assured guests the British public will pay more for better quality.

JUST EAT UK MD Graham Corfield, gave an insight into the takeaway industry, worth £9 billion to the UK economy and supports over 220,000 jobs. Sharing details on local online consumer habits, popular cuisine and dish choices, Corfield showed that the demand for healthier choices had grown by 64% in the UK.

Ahead of Gluten Awareness Week (9th – 15th May), nutritionist Ruth Tongue said there is a sharp trend toward lo carb – hi protein foods, with 3.8m people in the UK describing themselves as ‘part vegetarian’. 22% of the public claim to have a food allergy or intolerance. Gluten free diets are becoming mainstream, with 15% of the population already avoiding food with gluten. Although traditional Indian diets are low in fat, high in fibre and rich in fruit and vegetables, many takeaway meals in the UK are unhealthy.

Hygiene experts Ashvini Pancholi-Dhillon and Amanda Catling from National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) explained how to maximise ‘Scores on the Doors’ when environmental health officers carry out hygiene inspections. Despite having a perfectly spotless premises, with excellent food safety practices, establishments can score as low as 1 out of 5 (the lowest is 0), if paperwork is not kept in order. Although at the moment it is only compulsory to display ‘Scores on the Doors’ ratings in Wales, the industry expects the requirement to be extended to the rest of the UK around the end of the year.

With growing numbers of diners checking hygiene ratings on their smart phones on the Food Standards Agency site before using restaurants and takeaways, it is essential for owners to maximise their score.

Gluten-free Goa Premium Beer was served at the events.

acfederation.org
just-eat.co.uk
goabeer.com
food.gov.uk
ruthtongue.com
NSF.org
cafespice.co.uk


 

Best Before

Best Before

11-05-2016

Former EastEnders actor Goldie, who played gangster Angel Hudson, is one of the headliners for this year's Whitstable Oyster Festival (21st-31st July), which takes place when native oysters are out of season. The DJ, actor and producer, who has sold more than three million records worldwide, will be performing on Friday 29th July. Tickets cost £12

The Whitstable Oyster festival, which started in 1985, attracts c80,000 people to the town.

Events include the Landing of the Oysters, the oyster eating challenge, a mud tug of war, a street parade and outdoor cinema screenings, with a glittering firework display closing the festivities.

The festival is based on the service of thanksgiving held by fisherman which took place around the feast day of St James Compostella, a tradition dating back to Norman times.

This year's festival will also include a second harbour food fair and visitors will be able to sample food over two weekends 23rd-24th and and 30th-31st July from stalls located at the harbour's west quay.

whitstableoysterfestival.co.uk
 

Seaside Giant

Seaside Giant

06-05-2016

Thanet Council has given the green light for JD Wetherspoon to breathe life back into the Grade II Royal Victoria Pavilion on Ramsgate seafront.

A “giant” 600 square metre pub, expected to open in summer 2017, will extend over two floors. Contractors are now on site and the pub chain will create at least 70 full and part time jobs as a result of the £4.5m scheme.

The pavilion, built in 1903, has stood empty since Rank Casino relocated Westwood in 2008 and has fallen into a state of disrepair.

Wetherspoon has suggests the venue could be shared with other businesses, as the pub will not occpy the entire building. These could include local food markets, shops or cafes.

"It is to be regretted that so many of the building's original features have been allowed to be removed or sealed up, including dormer windows, circular rooflight on the terrace, circular dome and colonnade to main entrance. Consideration must be given to the principle of restoring some of these features in the entirety of the proposals," said Wetherspoon in a statement.

jdwetherspoon.com
 

Proper

Proper

03-05-2016

A new 22-seater restaurant, serving "proper, fresh food" from northern Italy, has opened in Tunbridge Wells.

La Follia, on Monson Road, is run by Sara Velutti and her partner Antonio. They cook in an open kitchen at the back of the intimate restaurant.

"We want to be everything – coffee shop in the morning, lunch spot, bar, family restaurant," said Ms Velutti, who added,"I am thinking maybe we will do nibbles for the evening, for people who want to come and drink a glass of wine."

Regional cooking varies widely Italy. Ms Velutti is from the north of the country, near Milan, an area famous for its risotto.

The restaurant takes over from the site of Max's Genuine Italian.

 

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