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KENT YOUNG CHEF / TASTE OF KENT AWARDS

Taste of Kent Awards 2017 winners revealed

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The winners of Produced in Kent’s Taste of Kent Awards have been revealed today (Thursday 9 March), after being recognised as Kent’s ultimate food and drink champions at this year’s black tie event, which was held at the Kent Event Centre, Kent Showground, Detling.

Stephanie Durling of Produced in Kent, comments: “We would like to congratulate the winners and all the finalists. This year’s awards have once again attracted thousands of vote from across the county and beyond and the results were once again extremely close.

“The people of Kent have chosen the flavours, products, produce and venues they have enjoyed the most over the last 12 months. The awards not only highlight the finest produce the county has to offer but, for the winners, the awards are the ultimate stamp of approval from their customers and confirmation of their food and drink excellence.”

Erica Dennett, Partner at Cripps, said: “At Cripps we are stalwart supporters of the local food and drink industry and are proud to have been the main sponsor of the Taste of Kent Awards for the sixth year running. The quality of this year’s finalists has been very impressive.”

Stephanie Durling adds: “We would like to thank everyone who nominated and took the time to vote. It’s fantastic to see just how much people appreciate the produce of Kent. We would also like to thank Jason Freedman owner of Curiously Kentish for preparing an exciting Kentish dinner for us again this year and students from Mid Kent College. We would also like to extend our thanks to the Kent Event Centre and the Showground for their valuable support.

Phil Cornish, Senior Agent at NFU Mutual Ashford & Tenterden – Sponsors of the dinner reception said: “We are thrilled to have been part of the largest gathering of Kent’s food and drink producers at The Taste of Kent Awards last night. Sponsoring the Reception drinks was a pleasure and we look forward to being part of the event next year.
The contribution that food and drink make to Kent’s economy should make everyone involved with this industry proud. It was inspiring to see the diverse range of business represented from taste and flavour through to categories incorporating business contributions associated with conservation and the countryside.”

The winners in each category are:

Kent Beer of the Year, sponsored by Rix & Kay Solicitors
Winner: Romney Amber – Romney Marsh Brewery, New Romney
Runners-up:
Good Life – Goody Ales, Herne Bay
Smoked Oatmeal Stout – Boutilliers, Faversham
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Kent Butcher Shop of the Year, sponsored by Stephen’s
Winner: S. W. Doughty, Doddington
Runners up:
Stour Valley Game, Chilham
C A Worgans Butchers, Canterbury
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Kent Cider or Perry of the Year, sponsored by Wilkins Kennedy
Winner: Skylark – Kentish Pip, Bekesbourne
Runners up:
Tenterden Cider – Gibbet Oak, Tenterden
Wise Owl Medium Sparkling Cider – Wise Owl, Ashford
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Kent Dining Pub of the Year, sponsored by Page & Wells
Winner: Samphire, Whitstable
Runners up:
The Ferry House Inn, Isle of Sheppey
The George, Molash
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Kent Wine of the Year, sponsored by Eurostar
Winner: Sparkling Rose 2011, The Mount Vineyard, Shoreham, Sevenoaks
Runners up:
Gribble Bridge Sparkling Wine, Biddenden Vineyards, Biddenden
Ortega, Biddenden Vineyards, Biddenden
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Kent Juice Producer of the Year, sponsored by AC Goatham & Son
Winner: Biddenden Vineyards, Biddenden
Runners Up:
The Cherry Berry Company, Bexleyheath
Nightingales (Gibbet Oak), Tenterden
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Kent Tastiest Juice of the Year, sponsored by AC Goatham & Son
Winner: The Cherry Berry Company, Bexleyheath
Runners Up:
Biddenden Vineyards, Biddenden
Nightingales (Gibbet Oak), Tenterden
Kent Local Food Retailer of the Year, sponsored by Opies
Winner: Macknade Fine Foods, Faversham
Runners Up:
Gibbet Oak Farm Shop, Tenterden
Groombridge Farm Shop, Groombridge
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Kent Fishmonger of the Year, sponsored by The University of Kent
Winner: Hollowshore Fisheries, Faversham
Runners up:
Aldington Fresh Foods, Ashford
Hales & Moore, Rainham
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Kent Food Producer of the Year, sponsored by Shopper Anonymous
Winner: Bessie’s Tea Parlour, Broadstairs
Runners up:
Crossways Pigs, Sissinghurst
MightyFineThings, Faversham
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Kent Restaurant of the Year, sponsored by Thomson Snell & Passmore
Winner: The Corner House, Minster
Runners up:
The Mulberry Tree, Boughton Monchelsea
Saltwood on the Green, Saltwood
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Kent Farmers’ Market of the Year, sponsored by Hadlow College
Winner: Tonbridge Farmers Market
Runners Up:
Cliftonville Farmers Market
Shipbourne Farmers Market
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A wide range of products have also been entered for the Kent Food Product Classes Awards, sponsored by Shepherd Neame. These classes are not open to public vote and products are submitted by the businesses to an independent expert panel who then select an overall winner.
Ambient Class
Winner: Spicy Apple Chutney – Heidi Jane Preserves, Farningham
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Bakery & Confectionery Class
Winner: The Captain’s Crackers Kentish Ale & Rosemary – The Zingiberi Bakery, Herne Bay
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Dairy Class
Winner: Cowslip Butter – The Cheesemakers of Canterbury
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Prepared Food Class
Winner: Steak & Stilton pie – Kentish Mayde, Biddenden
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Speciality Drinks Class
Winner: Special Edition Cold Pressed Coffee – Saltwood on the Green, Saltwood
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Other awards presented at the dinner but which are not open to public voting, are:
Kent Young Food & Farming Entrepreneur of the Year – sponsored by Create with Impact
Winner: Danielle Usherwood, Sandwich
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Kent Countryside Award, sponsored by Kent Downs and High Weald AONBs
Joint winners: Ottinge Court Farm, Elham and Bore Place, Edenbridge
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Garden of England Champions – Soft Fruit, sponsored by Kent County Agricultural Society
Winners:
Total Berry Runwood Green Farm, Langley, Maidstone – Raspberry, Paragon variety Produced in Kent Taste of Kent Awards 2017, Kent Events Centre, Kent County Showground. Picture: www.matthewwalkerphotography.com
Robert Boucher & Son, Sittingbourne – Strawberry, Jubilee variety Produced in Kent Taste of Kent Awards 2017, Kent Events Centre, Kent County Showground. Picture: www.matthewwalkerphotography.com
A C Hulme & Son, Canterbury – Cherry, Georgia variety
Garden of England Champions – Top Fruit, sponsored by BTF Partnership
Winners:
Bardsley Farms, Staplehurst – Apple, Rubens variety Produced in Kent Taste of Kent Awards 2017, Kent Events Centre, Kent County Showground. Picture: www.matthewwalkerphotography.com
Farmcare, Highland Court Farm, Bridge – Pear, Conference variety Produced in Kent Taste of Kent Awards 2017, Kent Events Centre, Kent County Showground. Picture: www.matthewwalkerphotography.com

This year’s awards are run with sponsorship from Cripps (Main Sponsor), AC Goatham & Son, Biddenden Vineyards, BTF Partnership, Create with Impact, Eurostar, Hadlow College, HSBC, High Weald AONB, Kent County Agricultural Society, Kent Downs AONB, Kent Farmers Market Association, Moor’s, NFU Mutual Ashford, Opies, Page & Wells, Rix & Kay, Shepherd Neame, Shopper Anonymous, Stephen’s, Thompson Snell and Passmore, The University of Kent, Wilkins Kennedy and with the support of Kent Event Centre, InsideKent and South East Farmer.

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