Artisan food products are described by the School of Artisan Food, in Nottinghamshire, as “food produced by non-industrialised methods, often handed down through generations but now in danger of being lost. Tastes and processes, such as fermentation, are allowed to develop slowly and naturally, rather than curtailed for mass-production”.

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Artisan foods are crafted, usually with high-quality, locally-sourced ingredients, often using traditional methods which are sensitive to their impact on the environment.

With a rising interest in sustainability and carbon footprints with regard to food production, more and more consumers are now choosing different products to those they may previously have purchased in the supermarket. Shopping locally is important to discerning consumers who care about the quality and origins of what they eat. This all goes hand in hand with an increase in popular of artisan foodstuff, products such as cheeses, cured meats, preserves, wines and much more.

As more and more people choose quality and tradition over cost and convenience, it’s time you found out more about the wonderful artisan foodstuffs available in brilliant Britain!

Find out what’s available in your area

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Visit your local farm shops for a great way to get to try a range of locally produced artisan food. Businesses like these tend to stock items from smaller producers which can’t be found in the supermarket. As well as organically-grown fruit and vegetables, you’re likely to find a selection of unique products which will really open your eyes to what’s going on in your local community.

Choose the best of the best

If you’re interested in sampling top quality artisan food from all over the UK, not just the area you live in, a food hamper like those offered by artisan food, gift and hamper company British Fine Foods is the perfect way to do it. Whether you’re ordering for yourself or as a gift for a lucky loved one, you can either choose for yourself which products to include, or opt for a pre-filled selection. Try out the very best that Britain has to offer, all from the comfort of home.

Artisan food makes a great gift

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If you or a friend has a favourite food or indulgence, you could choose a ready-made hamper that fits in with a theme, such as the Artisan British Cheese and Port Hamper, or the Henley Fish and White Wine Hamper. Perhaps you have a taste for something that may be hard to find in a pre-filled hamper? It’s easy to put together your own – select a few locally-produced artisan products, or order online from further afield and present them nicely in a basket or box to create a unique and high-quality food gift you’d never find in the shops.