Derwen College, near Oswestry, marks British Food Fortnight from 19th September to 4th October by launching a new range of seasonal jams and chutneys.

Using British produce, some of it grown on site, students at the college, in Gobowen, have been busy helping to produce a new range of Made@Derwen chutneys inspired by the college’s autumnal crops.

Using Derwen’s own harvest of plums, pears and apples, the college is proud to produce British fare using local ingredients.

Hospitality & Housekeeping students at the college for young adults with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) have supported Derwen Food Centre cook Tracey Southern. Between them, they have peeled, chopped, boiled and stirred to create a new Pear and Walnut Chutney, Cinnamon Scented Plum Jam, Beer Mustard and Deluxe Mincemeat.

The range will be added to current Made@Derwen favourites which include the college’s Great Taste Award-winning Raspberry Jam and Spiced Apple Chutney.

Cook Tracey Southern said: “We were keen to use the abundance of fruit we have growing in our orchard which included pears, plums and apples. I came up with some seasonal recipes which are perfect for autumn, and will make lovely Christmas presents.”

Derwen College jams and chutneys are sold in the college’s Garden Centre Shop alongside home-made cakes and bread. The shop also stocks cards and gifts, as well as seasonal plants to brighten up an autumn garden.

Derwen’s Garden Café serves up a traditional British menu seven days a week including English breakfasts, scones with butter and jam, home-made cakes and light lunches.

Derwen College offers students the opportunity to learn new skills in real work environments and to learn life skills which will enable them to live as independently as possible. Students learn skills in Hospitality & Housekeeping, Horticulture, Retail, Performing Arts or Work Skills.

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Pictured:  Sam checks out the new Made@Derwen Deluxe Mincemeat and Beer Mustard which are expected to be winners in the run up to Christmas.