Foodie events, markets and food suppliers at Taurus Crafts
We host regular monthly food events at Taurus Crafts. Often these events are accompanied by childrens activities, workshops, classes and courses, all listed here. For upcoming events for next month and beyond visit read the coming soon listing and there is our What's On Guide that lists this months events and activities.
Forest Food Hub

The Forest Food Hub is around the forest of dean helping to make people aware of good local, ethically produced food.

At Taurus Crafts we have always taken local food seriously. The café uses coffee roasted in Ross, milk made in Herefordshire, butter from down the road at Netherend, meats raised up the hill at St Briavels by Cowshill, cider made by the man from Aylburton, beer from Kingstone, bread and cakes from the Chocolate Bar round the corner, more cakes from Abergavenney, ice cream from the other side of the Wye and the eggs are local, some of the veg is local and the jam and marmalade are from Stroud and more.

We buy as much as possible directly as this means more goes to the producer by cutting out the middle person. We buy as much as possible organically so that we know that the producer has taken care of the land. So almost all our veg is organic and all our cans of drink are organic and those that are not locally we know there names and their values: James Gourmet Coffee, Bartonsham, Cowshill, McCrindles, Kingstone, the Chocolate Bar, Clams cakes, Brookes ice cream, Global organic, Kitchen Garden Preserves.

So join the hunt, grab a map and explore the local food treasures in and around the Forest of Dean.

Take pictures on the theme 'What you love most about food in the Forest' and enter the competition.

Read more about the food hub online

food hub event 5th september taurus crafts lydney, forest of dean

food hub event 5th september taurus crafts lydney, forest of dean
Chocolate Bar

Mark and Maren Foderingham-Thompsons have a small workshop at Taurus Crafts. Sometime you will see them at work. Always, you will be able to buy their range of handmade chocolates made with real ingredients.

It is what is says on the label! These chocolateers provide regular workshops at Taurus Crafts, you can find dates on our 'skills workshops and courses' page or via 'The Chocolate Bar' on facebook.

chocolate maling workshops lydney, forest of dean
Cowshill Farm shop at La Bodega - local and organic produce

Cowshill Farm Shop and Delicatessen at La Bodega ‘for a farm shop selection like no other’

Cowshill are offering the finest rare breed, home grown, home butchered, 100% traceable meats together with an extensive high class delicatessen selection. We will be introducing an impressive range of the best local produce including; organic vegetables, cheese, bread, poultry and more.
Much of La Bodega’s existing range of continental cuisine, vegetarian foods, preserves, bread, cakes, milk, butter, fresh meats, cured meats and fresh vegetables will continue.

With 30 plus local suppliers of cheese, , La Bodega offers the widest range of organic juices, ciders, wines and local artisan beers in the area.

Cowshill farm shop
Taurus Crafts Cafe and Restaurant

The food we serve is carefully sauced from local and organic suppliers. For much of the year, the vegetables come from our own market garden.
Taurus crafts whole food cafe and resturant
The Market Garden at Taurus Crafts

The market garden provides a source of seasonal fresh fruit and vegetables to the cafe/ restaurant, farm shop and produce is also sold at the regular 'CAN DO' markets that take place on the last Saturday of the month.

We also run projects and courses related to nature, sustainability and organic crop production.

Wherever possible the produce is grown to organic Demeter Biodynamic certified standards.

sensory herb garden

Native Breeds

Graham Waddington an award winning charcutier works with local producers to make a range of distinctive sausages, cured meats and black pudding.
native breeds salami
McCrindle’s Cider

A regular at Taurus Crafts, recently launched the first ever Forest Perry Methode Champenoise. McCrindle's products are available at the regular local produce markets held at Taurus Crafts and also can be purchased from La Bodega Deli.

You will see his street food around.

mcrindles cider and perry

VQ Country Wines

It was just over 25 years ago that my Uncle gave me a small fermentation bin and a very tatty, very old beginners guide to wine making book. I think he wanted me to do more with his grapes other than just eat them by the bunch full.

VQ country wines

The Parsnipship

The Parsnipship produces and sells unique and original Vegetarian and Vegan food using locally sourced seasonal ingredients primarily at farmers markets and food fairs.

vegan and vegetarian food

Madgetts Farm Chicken

Madgetts Farm’s reputation for quality free range poultry has grown from the early days when they were recognised by Rick Stein as local food heroes. Their birds arrive on the farm as day-olds and Madgetts allow them to grow slowly in the fields and yards. This means good fat cover and excellent texture and taste. They are fed on natural mixed rations with no growth promoters or other ‘additions’.

Maggie’s cheese

For the first time a forest cheesemaker produces goats cheese!

forest goats cheese

A selection of our suppliers past and present

Cowshill Farm Rare Breed Meats
Forest Meadows Vegetarian and Dairy Free Food
Mary Whittles Preserves
Aux Bonnes Choses Bread and Patisserie made the long slow way overnight
The Yellow Kitchen
Pip’s homemade meringues and scones
Mayhawk handcrafted single estate and single origin artisan 'bean to bar' chocolate bars (to be released in 2015.
Brookes Ice Cream
Organo Gold Coffee
Cake Aspirations handmade fudge
Clams Cakes
Clive and Mandy’s Eggs
James Gourmet Coffee
Madgetts Farm Chicken
Mrs Smart’s Cheese
Wye Valley Cheese: Small batch producers of ewes and cow’s milk and smoked cheese.
Native Breeds
Netherend Dairy
The Grange Garden - a range of local biodynamic produce
Sainthill’s Jersey Milk
Severn and Wye Smokery
Simon Weaver Brie
Taurus Chocolate for tea cakes, round cakes and small cakes
Taurus Crafts Market Garden

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