KEEN foodies from across Somerset are being invited to a free tasting day next weekend at Rumwell Farm Shop, near Wellington, to help officially kick off the countdown to Christmas.

The award-winning farm shop is hosting a ‘Taste of Rumwell’ event on Saturday, October 28, from 9 am to 4 pm.

Partner Anne Mitchell said: “We would love it if people joined us on Saturday when we will be hosting our free tasting event featuring many of our finest products, as well as those from a selection of our suppliers, too.

“We will be showcasing our own homegrown and reared produce, as well as our ‘Made at Rumwell’ range and some of our 2023 Taste of the West award-winning products.

“To add to this, we will be welcoming many of our suppliers on site, too. Admission is free.”

The event will be held in the new Rumwell Orchard extension and includes stalls hosted by the farm shop’s gluten free kitchen, deli, bakery, jam kitchen, and butchery teams, as well as stands featuring many of its top suppliers and producers.”

Ms Mitchellsaid: “Among those attending are House of Sarunds Confectionery, which makes wonderful chocolates, Heritage Charcuterie, Dryad Gin, which is a new small-batch gin made on the Quantocks, and Devon farm cider makers Sandford Orchards.

“Tolchards, which supplies our Rumwell Orchard bar, will be bringing some prosecco and potentially some other alcohol drinks for people to sample, too.

“Our award-winning café team will also be providing samples of hot chocolate and our bakery will be offering tasters of its mince pies, Christmas cake, and rock cakes.

“Come along and sample some sweet and savoury products and chat to the teams who make them to find out more.

“It promises to be a wonderful day of tastings, which will be a great preamble to our official countdown to the festivities.

“Hopefully, we will be able to give you plenty of ‘food for thought’ when it comes to planning your festive spread whether you are hosting on December 25 or doing the Boxing Day buffet.

“Bring your little ones and they can have a go at decorating a pumpkin or ghost-shaped biscuit to take home for Halloween, £2 per biscuit with proceeds to our charity of the year Age UK Somerset.”

Rumwell Farm Shop is an independent, family-run business which was originally a potato store, where David and Anne Mitchell began selling their potatoes and free-range eggs at the gate more than 25 years ago.

David and Anne’s sons, James and Jack, are now also involved in the business, as well as their wives, Sophie and Donna.