Finalists in farming and product classes revealed

 The finalists for the Taste of Kent Awards Kent Farm Diversification Award and the Kent Food Product Classes have been announced by Produced in Kent, Monday 10 February 2020.

Kent Farm Diversification Award, sponsored by South East Farmer Magazine.

Finalists are:
Hinxden Farm Dairy, Cranbrook
Lower Ladysden Farm, Goudhurst
Owlett Fruit Juice, Lamberhurst

The Kent Food Product classes, sponsored by: Shepherd Neame

Judging took place 5th February at The Old Brewery Store, Shepherd Neame in Faversham

Finalists are:

Kent Food Product Classes – Ambient Campbell’s Chutneys, Erith Amaretto & Plum Jam
Karimix, Selling Kentish Tomato Chutney
Kentish Oils, Bridge Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oil
Morghew, Tenterden Rapeseed Oil
North Downs Real Food, Lenham Beef Dripping
Kent Food Product Classes – Dairy The Cheesemakers of Canterbury, Dargate Ashmore Farmhouse
Hinxden Farm Dairy, Benenden Crème Fraiche
Kingcott Dairy, Staplehurst Kingcott Blue
Kent Food Product Classes – Bakery & Confectionery The Bakehouse at 124, Tonbridge Apple Bun
The Bakehouse at 124, Tonbridge Apple Sourdough
Speciality Breads, Westwood nr Margate Huffkin
Kent Food Product Classes – Prepared Foods North Downs Real Food, Lenham Traditional Biltong
The Speedy Snail, East Peckham Celeriac and Apple Soup
The Speedy Snail, East Peckham Kentish Blue Cheese and Broccoli Pasta Bake
Kent Food Product Classes – Specialist Alcoholic Drink Canterbury Brewers and Distillers, Canterbury Smuggler Sam’s Spiced Rum
Marourde, Mereworth Mead Spritz
Marourde, Mereworth Rose Spritz
Kent Food Product Classes – Specalist Non-Alcoholic Drink Nim’s Fruit Products, Sittingbourne Edible Tea – Pineapple & Kiwi
Spadework, Offham Elderflower Cordial
Spadework, Offham Rhubarb Cordial
Tickleberries, New Ash Green Aronia Berry Juice

Floortje Hötte at Produced in Kent comments: “Once again during this year’s competition, we have had a truly amazing level of participation and support from farmers and food and drink businesses here in Kent. Judging the product classes is very difficult as the standard of entries is very high but the judges have chosen their finalists and we look forward to seeing who is crowned the winners next month.”

In an unprecedented judging result, several tied scores have meant more finalists in some of the classes this year.

Shepherd Neame’s Head Development Chef Simon Howlett said: “We were very impressed by the high standard of this year’s entries and it was extremely hard to pick out the winners in each category, let alone the overall champion!

“All entrants should be extremely proud of their submissions. It is a fantastic showcase of the amazing wealth of produce on offer in the ‘Garden of England’.”

Jamie McGrorty, commercial manager and publisher at South East Farmer comments: “Despite having only launched as a new category at the 2019 Taste of Kent Awards, the number and standard of entries received for the 2020 Farm Diversification of the Year Award has far surpassed our expectations. All nominees demonstrated an untiring passion for local produce and are clearly all champion ambassadors for Kent’s agricultural community. It was incredibly difficult to choose just three finalists, but judges felt that Lower Ladysden, Hinxden Farm Dairy and Owletts had all taken ambitious and creative approaches when looking for ways to adapt and diversify a traditional farming business. All have recognised the importance and opportunities for farmers and growers to build and develop closer relationships with consumers and, above all, all three had shown pure determination to see their agricultural businesses survive through financially challenging times.”

The winners of each class will be announced at the Taste of Kent Awards black-tie awards dinner on Thursday 5 March 2020 at the Kent Events Centre.

The prestigious ‘Kent Food Product of the Year’ Awards (sponsored by HSBC) is chosen from the winners of each class and announced at the dinner.

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