Tiptree's Annual Strawberry Race

Blue skies, lots of fruit and enthusiastic pickers came together for a very successful Tiptree Strawberry Race at Goldhanger on Thursday.  Many of the pickers made a huge effort to dress as stars of Hollywood creating a fun atmosphere as they started the serious role of picking the tiny Little Scarlet strawberries that will be made into Tiptree conserve.

Chris Newenham, joint managing director of Wilkin & Sons, welcomed the visiting teams, including a group of Chefs in their whites who came from the London Marriott hotel.  “The Tiptree Strawberry Race brings together pickers from the farm and other companies to raise funds for charity; this year we are supporting the Children’s Heart Federation, a national charity that does some amazing work for people we know. 

Peter Wilkin, past chairman, presented the prizes and a special award was given to Paul Brightwell marking 40 years of service on Wilkin & Sons’ farm.  The fastest picker was Ionut Ursu (from Romania) who picked 4.13k with the runner up Tsvetlu Mandalov (from Bulgaria) who picked 3.47k. 

There were prizes for glamorous costumes and interesting hats representing the stars of Hollywood.


2,300 visitors take a ride to strawberry fields

Strawberries and sunshine encouraged more than 2,300 people to visit Open Farm Sunday at Tiptree when Wilkin & Sons opened the farm gates to visitors at the weekend.  Trips to the strawberry fields on the farm trailer and Lodge’s period coaches were very popular; a great opportunity to learn about new growing systems and the range of fruit grown on the farm from the guides who gave a lively commentary. 

Tasting was an important part of the activities with a chance to try different varieties of strawberries, a huge range of preserves, cakes from the Patisserie, fruit juices and even Fruit Gin Liqueur proved extremely popular.  There were lots of photos of the piglets from Wicks Manor, a chance to talk to the local bee keeper and the farmers while the children were fascinated by an entertainer from Sainsbury’s.

“It was a great day for visitors to explore the farm and to talk food and farming,” said Chris Newenham joint managing director of Wilkin & Sons Ltd.  “Open Farm Sunday which is organised by Linking the Environment And Farming (LEAF) has encouraged farmers across the UK to open their gates so that families can see where their food comes from and we are delighted to be part of LEAF’s scheme.”

Early visitors to the farm were Liana Bridges and Barry Lewis from the BBC Essex “Quest” programme as they started their challenge to find their next location at Tiptree.


Seeking the rising stars of the bread world!

Could you be the first-ever Tiptree Patisserie Trainee Baker 2017?

If you are an apprentice baker or studying to become a baker, this is your great chance to prove yourself at the Tiptree World Bread Awards with Brook Food 2017!

Tiptree Patisserie is sponsoring a new category especially for the young up and coming stars of the baking world. “We are really delighted to support this category,” says Daren McGrath, Managing Director of Tiptree Patisserie.  

“At Tiptree Patisserie, we take the training of young people very seriously.  I feel it’s really important the Tiptree World Bread Awards have a dedicated category to recognise the hard work and talent of the sector that sits between young enthusiasts and professional bakers.


“52,000 jars of Tiptree Plum Jam will make a difference to ‘Purple 4 Polio’

Wilkin and Sons are excited to be part of Rotary Great Britain and Ireland’s ‘Purple 4 Polio’ campaign to end polio across the world, which was launched in March 2017. We have supplied 52,000 jars of Tiptree Plum jam, each made with plums grown on our fruit farm at Tiptree. We trust that Rotarians the length and breadth of the British Isles will enjoy a spot of jam on toast, or even a cream tea, whilst raising funds for the charity.

The activity was instigated by local Rotarian Nigel Dyson, who knew that Wilkin & Sons had partnered with Rotary to help eradicate polio on two previous occasions. In 2003, Ian Thurgood, Wilkin and Sons Director,  helped Rotarian Ray Burman raise $1million with a Spread & Save campaign, and in 2011 the company donated 50,000 bottles of Tomato Ketchup to Rotary International – there were lots of barbeques that year.”


National Toast Day - 23 February 

Toast, a comfort food that can be enjoyed any time of the day or night, so there will be plenty of opportunities to mark National Toast Day on Thursday 23rd May.

The Tiptree World Bread Awards, in association with Brook Foods, have been joined by Kingsmill  who are encouraging people to share their favourite toast ideas.

Hot buttered fingers of toast dipped in golden egg yolks, a great start to the day; or for those in a hurry toast and marmalade “on the go” made from a delicious wholemeal or rustic loaf cut into thick slices for toasting,  a great “host” for a generous layer of butter and Tawny Marmalade. 

More news on twitter - @WorldBreadAwards with #NationalToastDay.

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