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At Ben’s I love using different meats to make biltong. One of my favourites is water buffalo, which I source from a local farm in Warwickshire. Their buffalo meat is fantastic and makes excellent biltong. Napton Water Buffalo are really passionate about what they do. They started life as a standard freshian dairy farm, a few generations back, but in 1999 decided to diversify into water buffalo. In 2007 they sold their remaining freshians to concentrate solely on water buffalo. They now have 240 acres of land in and around Chapel Green, Napton and have 140 milking buffalo and 100...

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On Friday I did a tasting session at The Farm in Snitterfield on the outskirts of Stratford upon Avon. The Farm opened in April this year and is a unique food destination showcasing local Artisan produce as well as promoting wholesome, home grown and sustainable food. It was set up by two local families who have a passion for real food. At The Farm you’ll find a large artisan farm shop with a wide array of local producers like Ben’s. They also have a butchers and fishmonger, baker, wine merchant, fermented foods, chilli farmer, chocolatier and florist on site. If...

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At Ben’s Biltong I am committed to doing everything I can to help the environment. From the use of local ingredients to more eco-friendly packaging, I am looking to make changes where I can. The meat used to make Ben’s biltong and droewors is all locally sourced. This not only supports local farmers, but also to ensures low food mileage. All the water used in the production of Ben’s products is also local, coming from the farm where Ben’s butchery is located. I am currently in the process of changing our packaging from single use plastic to craft paper packs....

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Later this month I’m doing the Warwick Food Festival. Warwick is my hometown and therefore this festival holds a special place in my calendar. Many people know Warwick because of its famous castle, which is a must visit, but there is so much more to see and do in Warwick. Warwick has some wonderful parks and gardens including St Nicholas Park and Hill Close Gardens. It also has some fascinating museums including the Lord Leycester Hospital, the Market Hall Museum and the combined St John’s House & Royal Warwickshire regiment Fusiliers Museums. Warwick is also lucky enough to have an...

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biltong, droewors, festivals, markets, online store -

There are three parts to the Ben’s Biltong business. There’s the wholesale element which involves the supply of biltong and droewors to butchers, farm shops, deli’s and pubs. There’s the internet side of the business, where people can buy my products online and have them delivered throughout the UK. And lastly, there’s my favourite part of the business, my market stall, which gives me a chance to meet customers and share my love of South African snack food! Now that Spring is here, I am really excited to be back at markets and festivals showcasing my range of biltong and...

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