The awards, devised by Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership (NEP), are in their fourth year and are aimed at celebrating all that is great about local produce and drink, recognising excellence within the county’s dining venues and rewarding those who work within the culinary sector.
The chosen finalists in the ‘New Local Product’ category are (in alphabetical order):
Blackberry & Rosemary Aged Balsamic Vinegar - Gourmet Spice Company, Weldon
Chocolate and Cinnamon Marshmallows - Zoe’s Biscuit Tin
Fruity Apple and Plum Chutney - The Village Orchard, Flore
The Hot Runner - The Pickled Village, Bulwick
The Jubilee Jammyboree - The Pickled Village, Bulwick
Tiramisu Ice Cream Cake - Rossi’s Ice Cream, Kettering
The shortlisted finalists in the ‘New Local Drink’ category are (in alphabetical order):
Golden Russet Apple Juice - The Village Orchard, Flore
Hart No.1 (4.1%) - Hart Family Brewers, Wellingborough
Hop Trotter - Potbelly Brewery, Kettering
Meanwhile those vying for glory in the ‘Artisan Local Product/Drink’ category are (in alphabetical order):
Dairy Vanilla Ice Cream - Rossi’s Ice Cream, Kettering
Fire Bellied Toad - Frog Island Brewery, Northampton
Flore Gold Apple Juice - The Village Orchard, Flore
Home Cured Bacon - Sauls of Spratton
Northamptonshire Bitter - Hoggleys Brewery, Litchborough
Those charged with the difficult but mouth-watering task of picking their favourites from the wonderful array of entries included Steven Saunders, a Fellow Master Chef of Great Britain and co-founder of BBC’s Ready Steady Cook.
He was joined by Holdenby House owner, James Lowther, BBC Radio Northampton’s lunchtime presenter, Helen Blaby and Rob Purdie, NEP’s Executive Director, who explained the impact that the competition is now having: “We are really beginning to see some maturity and momentum building within the Awards with a growing range of local producers who have the right ingredients, products and packaging to make us proud that they are made in Northamptonshire.
“We now have a really solid base within the local food and drink industry from which to develop our range of activities and we are continuing to constantly raise the bar to improve both product and financial performance so that we have a vibrant and growing sector.”
Northamptonshire Food Show 2012
Visitors to the Northamptonshire Food Show at Holdenby on 26th and 27th August will have their chance to taste the five shortlisted products in the ‘Artisan’ category while there will be an opportunity to sample those items vying for the titles of ‘New Local Product’ and ‘New Local Drink’ at a special event later in the autumn.
Food & Drink Awards Dinner
The winners and runners-up in all three categories will also be decided by another select panel of judges later in the year and those results, along with those of the other remaining categories in the competition, will be announced at the Awards Dinner taking place at The Wing, Silverstone on Wednesday 14th November.
Tickets priced at £80 are now available by calling Rachel at The Mallows Company on 01933 664437 or by emailing HERE
For more details on all 12 categories in this year’s awards CLICK HERE
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