National Toast Day
National Toast Day will be celebrating the nation’s love of toast and all of our favourite toast toppings on Thursday 22 February 2018.
In Britain alone, we consume toast 4.7 billion times a year, with butter, marmalade, jam, chocolate or eggs - some of the most popular toppings.
So, whether you reach for a nutty wholemeal, a raisin-fuelled fruit, a deliciously soft and fluffy white, or a modest gluten free, we will be toasting the toast. In 2017 toast popped-up on the Chris Evans breakfast show when toast guru, Professor Tim Jacobs revealed his fascinating research into producing the perfect slice of toast to millions of listeners.
We all have our preferred way of making toast: a simple one click toaster, under the grill where you watch it turn from golden brown to blackened bread in seconds or for those with an open fire thick bread toasted on a toasting fork when the logs or coals are warm enough to cook but not too hot that each slice will be flamed.
Away from home, hotels seem to have an interesting problem providing “warm!” toast at breakfast when the guest wants to eat it, which varies at each table. Part of a holiday experience is overcoming the challenge of the conveyor toaster where you select from an amazing array of rustic breads and commercial sliced wrap – the bread disappears into the machine and is thrown out to you a lighter shade of pale. Put it in a second time and the result might be a much darker shade of brown and disgruntled guests behind you waiting for space on the rack!
Be a part of the big toasty debate and share your ideas and photos on Thursday 22 February tweet @WorldBreadAward with the hashtag #NationalToastDay - it could be the trendiest of mornings.
Oranges from the orchards of the Seville region of Spain arrive at Tiptree from mid-January; and the process of marmalade making was captured by a team from BBC Essex. The clip shows oranges being split by hand and the busy mini line with individual portion jars being filled, labelled before being exported to hotels across the world. The Seville oranges will be followed by: lemons, limes, grapefruit and tangerines that will be made into many other varieties of Tiptree marmalade.
Tiptree Mulberry Jelly
Our ancient mulberry trees at Tiptree provide a rather erratic crop of this rich and much prized fruit. Some years we are unable to make any conserves using the fruit, but we did have some berries last year and you may have seen them being gathered on “TV “Countryfile” when Adam Henson visited the farm.
The jam factory has just released a limited edition of a new product: a small quantity of Tiptree Mulberry Jelly, “the unique taste of the fruit in the soft texture of the jelly lets it almost melt in your mouth”.
340g jars with a rrp of £6.99, available from the Tiptree jam shop, selected retailers and online – while stocks last. To view and order this product online please click here.
Feature in 'Best Brands 2017 - 2018'
Wilkin & Sons are delighted to appear in the latest version of 'Best Brands' where our jams and gins are mentioned.
Board Changes at Tiptree
Walter Scott, chairman of Wilkin & Sons Ltd is pleased to announce that Scott Goodfellow has been appointed joint managing director as from the 1st January 2018. Scott is taking over the role from Stuart James who retired from the post at the end of December 2017.
“Scott takes over at this most exciting time in the history of our Company, I wish him every success” said Walter Scott chairman. “I’d like to thank Stuart James for the work he has done as joint managing director and previously as financial director; Stuart will continue his interest in the business as a non-executive director.
“My job is an absolute privilege. The Tiptree brand is trusted throughout the world and our singular focus remains the quality of our products,” said Scott Goodfellow. “Working at Wilkin and Sons is more like being part of a family than being in a business. There is a fabulous blend of heritage, provenance, and tradition, mixed with a surprising level of innovation and forward thinking. We have achieved steady progress over the last 133 years, and we have a strong and committed team who will continue to move the business forward. We are particularly excited about growing our core conserves business, flying the flag for exports, moving into new product categories, and expanding our Tiptree Tea Room estate.”
Scott joined Wilkin & Sons as sales manager in 2008 and was appointed sales director in 2010.
Bosworth's Tea Room, Finchingfield
The Tiptree tearoom “Bosworth’s” at Finchingfield is a lovely tea room but after three years it is now going back to the hands of a local lady. We have enjoyed playing a part in the local community: employing local people, contributing to charity events and supporting local issues and we look forward to welcoming customers to our other Tiptree tea rooms in Saffron Walden or in other parts of Essex.
New Tiptree Pop-up Shop at Southend Airport
Passengers at Southend Airport will be pleasantly surprised to see the new Tiptree Pop-up Shop, a great place to pick up a special gift before boarding. Staying with friends then take a bottle, or three, of Tiptree Fruit Gin Liqueur; children in the family then look for the special fun packs of mini jars of preserves; for the person who loves a fragrant house there are candles and diffusers.
A very British gift, made in the pudding room at Tiptree, is a Traditional or an Organic Christmas Pudding and you may like to add a jar of Brandy Butter. Gifts are not just for family and friends – these Essex products make a very acceptable gift for overseas business colleagues.
Mayor welcomed to Tiptree at Bond Street
Peter Wilkin, the great grandson of the founder of Wilkin & Sons, welcomed the Mayor and Mayoress of Chelmsford, members of the successful Essex County Cricket team, and guests, to the new Tiptree Tea Room, Café Patisserie and Shop in Bond Street Chelmsford this week. “We are delighted that our first city centre retail outlet is in Chelmsford and it has already exceeded our expectations.” said Peter Wilkin. “I’d like to thank everyone involved in creating this amazing building from a very basic shell. The designers, builders and our staff.”
Walter Scott, Chairman of Wilkin & Sons mentioned that he might christen the new Tea Room with a bottle of Little Scarlet Gin Liqueur, in the fashion of launching a ship. He and his family are very much looking forward to afternoon tea in Chelmsford.
It had been just over a year from the very first talks regarding the new Bond Street venue and as Scott Goodfellow, Sales & Marketing Director commented, “Having remarkable concepts on paper is hard enough, but turning plans into reality takes a huge team of people working together to produce this fantastic venue.” He thanked the staff, design consultants HMKM, contractors, and the people of Chelmsford, for their support of this new venture.
Guests from Visit Essex, Marks Hall Estate, the designers and local people were able to enjoy a gin tasting, which proved very popular. The evening concluded with the Mayor cutting the cake and saying that he was proud to have a company of the standing of Wilkin & Sons, whose products are enjoyed across the world, taking its place in this prestigious shopping area in the centre of Chelmsford; he wished them every success.
Tiptree in Bond Street is open 7 days a week where the team lead by Jenni offers waitress service breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea upstairs, in addition to a takeaway coffee, sandwich and cake section downstairs. Customers also have an opportunity to browse and to buy from the complete range of Tiptree preserves, gins and gifts.
Children's Heart Federation
Wilkin & Sons presented a cheque for £2500 to the Children's Heart Federation with the proceeds from the annual Little Scarlet Strawberry race. Leah Trussler and her son 'Freddie the Fighter' popped in to meet the ladies from the charity.
Accolade for Andrey
Andrey Ivanov, our farm manager, was very proud to receive the prestigious Worshipful Company of Fruiterers’ Management Award. Many congratulations.
Tiptree Raspberry Gin Liqueur Wins Award
Great recognition for the Tiptree Raspberry Gin Liqueur when it was awarded a silver medal at The Grocer Drink Awards this week. The range of Tiptree fruit gin liqueurs is proving very popular as consumers enjoy the flexibility of the gin – neat on ice, with a quality tonic or added to prosecco for a fizzy fun drink.
For a special present look at the great selection of fruit gin gift packs that can be bought online and from selected stores. To view the full range of Tiptree Fruit Gin Liqueurs please click here.
New reservoir - English Oaks Planted
Walter Scott, chairman of Wilkin & Sons, recently planted an English Oak tree as part of the landscaping plans for the land overlooking the recently dug reservoir on the farm. Tiptree is in the driest part of the driest county; maximising every drop of water through recycling and precise application is essential when there are so many fruit crops to be watered during the growing season.
Diggers have been moving the soil for several months to create this new reservoir which will provide additional storage capacity of 62,000 cubic meters. As water leaves the factory, it passes through the recycling centre on the farm and is then piped to the reservoir; when needed the water from the reservoir is further filtered before it is applied efficiently via drip irrigation directly to the roots of the plants.
“We are delighted with our new reservoir which will provide us with much needed additional water storage, enabling us to continue to grow both the range and volume of fruit on the farm,” said Chris Newenham joint managing director of Wilkin & Sons Ltd. “We really appreciate the combined efforts of Andrey Ivanov (General Manager of the Farm), Philip Stacey Contracts and their teams for creating the reservoir which has received valued support from the Rural Development Programme for England.”
As the water levels on the reservoir rise traditional reed beds will be planted on the water’s edge which should help to attract birds and other wildlife.
Tiptree tea room & shop in Bond Street – now open
Our exciting new Tiptree tea room and shop has just opened in Bond Street Chelmsford.
Our newest venue comprises of a traditional Tiptree tea room, a café patisserie and shop. The tea room offers traditional table service in comfortable surroundings, this will be open from 9 a.m. (10 a.m. on Sunday's) for coffee and breakfast, followed by light lunches and cream teas available seven days a week. For those short of time our café patisserie can offer a simple coffee and delicious pastry from our wide range of sweet treats made by our expert bakers at Tiptree Patisserie. Finally, our shop features an extensive range of Tiptree products, including jams and marmalades, fruit gin liqueurs and our luxury gift range.
Tiptree at Bond Street is located in the heart of Chelmsford city centre next to Foyles, the great book shop. Bond Street Chelmsford is an open-air shopping centre which opened in September 2016. Home to the only John Lewis department store in Essex, together with 25 luxury shops, seven riverside restaurants, a five screen Everyman cinema, open space and basement car park, Bond Street is a vibrant destination to shop, dine and relax.
Tiptree World Bread Awards
Home bakers, professional bakers, young bakers and student bakers gathered at the Tiptree World Bread Awards in Association with Brook Food to celebrate the best of bakers. This is the fifth year that bread making has been celebrated in the beautiful St John’s Church in London.
Hundreds of loaves had been entered into the different categories: white, gluten free, fruit, sour dough, flat bread and many others; each loaf was carefully judged to identify the overall winner of each class and then the overall winner of the Best Bake. Congratulations to the overall winner: Bexhill Farm Kitchen & Poppy Seed Bakery. Well done to the winner of the Tiptree Showstopper – Karma Bread for their beautiful entry “the orange blossom tree of life” and to the students from University College Birmingham who won a new category: Trainee Baker sponsored by Tiptree Patisserie - a full list of the winners can be seen on www.worldbreadawards.com.
Congratulations to all the bakers who created such a high standard of baking in the awards – well done it is great to encourage more great bakers and to encourage consumers to have a greater understanding of the range of great breads that are produced across the country.
Essex Life Food & Drink Awards 2017
A glittering evening in the lovely grounds of Braxted Park was the setting for the Essex Life Food & Drink Awards, sponsored by Tiptree. The event celebrates great food produced in Essex, fantastic establishments, from tiny tea rooms to well established restaurants, and the talented people who grow, create and serve our food.
Nominations from readers of Essex Life magazine are assessed by a series of judges and a short film of the finalists was shown to the audience. The roar of support when each winner was announced just showed the recognition and appreciation for the work of the award winners from everyone in the room.
The finalists for the Essex Life Food & Drink “Hero” were a secret and at the end of the evening Scott Goodfellow, director of Wilkin & Sons Ltd, announced this year’s winner: a man who had gone back centuries to learn about growing a much prized ingredient that used to be grown in Saffron Walden, he reintroduced the autumn crocus bulbs to the fields around the town and has been harvesting saffron for several years and now uses saffron in some innovative products: the English Saffron company.
Congratulations to all the finalists celebrating great food and good service in Essex.
“Tiptree at Snape - Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival
Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 Sept 2017
An amazing celebration of food and drink from East Anglia with a huge range of local producers, food enthusiasts and inspiring chefs will be at Snape Maltings this weekend.
The Tiptree sponsored stage provides an opportunity to watch some inspiring demonstrations from chef patrons from local restaurants and contestants from Great British Bake Off.
Look for the Tiptree stand in the marque and the Tiptree bar in the Drinks Experience area where a “mixologist” will make cocktails and “mocktails” using gin and jam on Saturday 10.30-11.30 a.m..
Enjoy the setting in this beautiful location on the edge of the reed beds beside a very special concert hall – try to look inside
Saturday 9.30am - 5pm & Sunday 9.30am - 4pm
Countryfile at Tiptree
Adam Henson, the popular presenter of BBC TV “Countryfile” visited Tiptree to film the fruits on the farm and he also looked at the innovative new growing system for strawberries. Chris Newenham, joint managing director of Wilkin & Sons, said “Adam was a joy to host, inherently knowledgeable about countryside matters, and thoroughly engaged throughout his two days with us. He appeared to develop quote a taste for mulberry juice!”
The Tiptree farm will be a small feature on BBC One “Countryfile” and will be shown on Sunday 27th August at 6.30 p.m., there are also repeats and it is available on iPlayer.”
The Little Scarlet Music Festival, Saturday 22nd July 1-7pm
After a successful Little Scarlet Festival last year, it was decided to run the event again in 2017. Saturday saw the second Little Scarlet Festival held in the Jubilee Orchard, at Wilkin & Sons Ltd., Tiptree.
The main stage was the focal point, constructed from two green Tiptree lorries, with 6 local bands performing to a crowd of 1000 enthusiastic fans. The line- up of bands was a diverse range of sounds; Wax Colour, Vince Petchey, The LBC Collective, The Witch Kids, The Lucky Strikes & The Landed.
A “busk stop” presented budding musicians with the opportunity to show off their talent, by signing up on the day to sing along, accompanied by local band Sound Mirrors.
The musical event received financial support from Colchester Borough Council, as it is a local community festival. All ticket proceeds will be donated to the chosen charity Colchester Hospitals Charity, to raise money for their Cancer Centre.
Gunpowder Gertie entertained the younger visitors in her brightly coloured and fun children’s area, while adults could enjoy a Fruit Gin Spritzer or two from the bar.
Meelyhoops entertained the crowds and encouraged all ages to try hoola-hooping, whilst youngsters played in the strawberry maze.
The main stage was opened by our competition winner local 16 year old singer-songwriter Tom Child.
The heavens opened briefly during the afternoon, but the crowd took it in very good spirits and carried on as necessary with British Summertime weather!
Joint Managing Director Chris Newenham thanked everyone who attended on the day and those who helped to organise the event raising valuable funds for Colchester Hospitals Charity “Despite the rain, it was a wonderful day, and we are delighted that so manyfrom the local community came to enjoy themselves.”
NEW Tiptree English Rhubarb Gin Liqueur
TIPTREE SPONSORS THE GAME FAIR 28-30 July 2017
Try a snifter of new Tiptree Rhubarb Gin Liqueur at the Game Fair
Tiptree are first time sponsors of this year’s Game Fair on 28-30 July at the magnificent Hatfield House. Scott Goodfellow, director of Wilkin & Sons said, “We are delighted to sponsor The Game Fair and to have the opportunity to provide a great tasting and shopping experience for visitors. We hope they’ll enjoy a snifter of the latest addition to our Tiptree Fruit Gin Liqueur range, English Rhubarb. It’s made with Timperley Early Rhubarb from the Tiptree Farm, and London Dry Gin from Hayman’s. We have been working with the Lord’s Taverners charity on a ‘Tip’s and Tav’s Bar’ in the village green area of the fair. Be sure to pop over for a Fruit Gin Royale or perhaps a Tipsy Tiptree Cream Tea. Everything in moderation, mind!”
The new Tiptree English Rhubarb Gin Liqueur is part of a recently introduced range of Fruit Gin Liqueurs; Little Scarlet Strawberry, English Raspberry and English Damson, that are proving to be extremely popular. Rhubarb is the first crop of the year on the Tiptree farm in Essex where the Wilkin family have been farming since the 1800s. Is rhubarb a fruit or is it perhaps a vegetable? Either way, Tiptree English Rhubarb Gin Liqueur offers a distinctive sweet, yet tart combination with a clear taste and beautiful hue.
Tiptree Fruit Gin Liqueurs are very versatile - sip straight over ice, add your favourite mixer for a Fruit Gin Fizz, celebrate by adding a dash to prosecco or champagne for a Fruit Gin Royale, or get creative with cocktails. They make a great gift too and are available in fine independent stores or via www.tiptree.com
Special show offers can be found at the green Tiptree Farm trailer where our new Tiptree Reduced Sugar Jams can also be tasted for the first time.
Time for tea on National Cream Tea Day 30th June
The Cream Tea Society is encouraging everyone to get together and enjoy a fabulous cream tea for National Cream Tea Day on Friday 30th June; visit any of the Tiptree tea rooms and try their special CTD scones and help raise funds for charity. Sharing a cream tea is a great way to meet friends and family.
To celebrate this quintessentially British tradition The Cream Tea Society will be showcasing “The Art of Cream Tea” with a commissioned piece of Cream Tea art by the incredibly talented, Emily Ponsonby http://www.emilyponsonby.com Emily’s painting is on display at Partridge’s, 2--5 Duke of York Square, London, SW3 4LY and it could be yours, it is being auctioned via https://www.givergy.com with proceeds going to Marie Curie, closing 9 p.m. on the 30th June.
Great British Bake Off’s star Nancy Birtwhistle is this year’s Cream Tea Ambassador. Nancy has developed a delicious Lemon and Caraway scone recipe to help celebrate National Cream Tea Day in style, view the recipe here.
The Cream Tea Society brings cream and jam together through its founders: Rodda’s of Cornish clotted cream fame and Tiptree preserves.
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.