A taste of the best from Wiltshire food producers
PUBLISHED: 14:02 22 November 2012 | UPDATED: 22:25 20 February 2013
Wiltshire food producers are combining inspiring innovation with a real passion for quality to satisfy our increasingly demanding and varied taste buds. This year's Taste of the West Awards has revealed some top 'taste champions'...
A tasteof thebest
Wiltshire food producers are combining inspiring innovation with a real passion for quality to satisfy our increasingly demanding and varied taste buds. This years Taste of the West Awards has revealed some top taste champions...
From Corsham-based Lick the Spoons Nut Box Selection to Bradford-on-Avon-based Hartley Farm Shops Chicken Liver Pat with Pork, Wiltshire has some of the greatest food and drink products in the UK. Ranging from the traditional to the new and highly creative, the Taste of the West Awards annually unveil the best in class for everyone to celebrate and enjoy.
Established in 1991, Taste of the West is the regional food and drink trade organisation for the South West, which works to develop the regions exceptional food and drink industry. Executing a rigorous judging process, the Taste of the West Awards put each product through its paces as professional chefs individually analyse the entries to find the very best in each category.
The standard of product entries this year has excelled and nearly 1,000 products competed for the Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards. Wiltshire has proven its prominence yet again, receiving almost 60 Bronze, Silver and Gold medals and being featured in 11 food and drink categories, highlighting the variety and quality in the county.
John Sheaves has been the Taste of the West Chief Executive since 2005 and is amazed at the sheer determination and pride the producers maintain. John said, This year, Wiltshire contestants have excelled themselves. They have been working hard in a period of tough economic pressures and have responded to the challenge by concentrating on increasing quality and innovation, when they could have easily compromised on both. They are continuing to produce excellent products and it makes me so proud to be a part of something which is obviously important to so many people.
Lick the Spoon opened for business in 2006 and has since been producing luxury handmade chocolates for all occasions, built upon years of culinary experience. Diana Short, founder of Lick the Spoon, comments, The Taste of the West Awards is one of the most highly respected awards in the food and drink industry, highlighting successful and high quality businesses and products across the South West, and we are delighted to have been shortlisted. Lick the Spoon won two out of only four confectionery Gold Awards, with its tasty Nut Box Collection and delicious Walnut Bristols.
Hartley Farm Shop has won a Gold and Silver Award for its homemade product in its first entry to the Taste of the West Awards. Tom Bowles, Hartley Farm Shops fifth generation farmer and shop manager, says, We were thrilled to win two Taste of the West Awards, particularly as it was the first time we had entered. The awards have helped to affirm our reputation for quality home-produced and homemade food, in particular for our Aberdeen Angus beef reared on the farm, and the Gold Award for our Chicken Liver Pat with Port, made in our kitchen at Hartley Farm.
John Sheaves concludes, We have a lot to be proud about. We have many thriving businesses and products within our fabulous county. Wiltshires food and drink industry is booming and with growing demand for products that satisfy lovers of food from virtually every continent, as well as a wider diversity of quality convenient foods, our regional food producers have stepped up to the mark this year with passion and pride.