Taste of the West Awards announce second phase of results

South West food and drink producers have once again excelled themselves, and this week Taste of the West has had the honour of awarding the second phase of Gold, Silver and Commended awards in the 2021 Product Awards scheme, title sponsored by Old Mill.

The annual Taste of the West Awards scheme, which has grown over the last two and a half decades to become the UK’s largest regional food and drink awards programme, helps food and drink businesses in the South West to thrive and succeed. The results of products entered into the first phase of judging were announced in June and today (28 July), results of products entered into the second phase of judging were announced. Next, all the highest scoring Gold award-winning products will be judged again to determine the top three products in each class. These top three products are then judged a third time to establish the overall champion product in each class. The 27 champion products then go on to battle it out for the coveted Supreme Champion Product of 2021.

Working independently due to Covid restrictions, Taste of the West judges were blown away this year by the exceptionally high standard of products from South West food and drink producers – with everything from pickles to eggs (though no pickled eggs), the quality of entries is better than ever before.

Several Dorset Food and Drink members have been awarded including the following.

Class 1 – Savoury Bakery

Lizzie Baking Bird
GOLD – Wild Garlic and Mushroom Tart
COMMENDED – Pea Ham and Potato Pasty

Class 2 – Sweet Bakery

Lizzie Baking Bird
SILVER – Peanut butter slice

Rolly’s Brownies
GOLD – Devilishly Dark Gluten Free Brownie

Class 5 – Ice cream and Sorbet

Baboo Gelato
GOLD – Vegan Chocolate Gelato, Orange Sorbet, Coffee Gelato

Class 7 – Cheese

The Book and Bucket Cheese Company
GOLD – Huxley, Huxley Fire, Shakespeare
SILVER – Hardy

Class 8 – Dairy (non cheese)

Meggy Moos Dairy
GOLD – Skimmed Milk, Dorset Double Cream, Sea Salted Butter

Class 9 – Meat and Poultry

Jurassic Coast Farm Shop
GOLD – Dry Cured Gammon Joint

Class 10 – Cured Meat

Capreolus Fine Foods
GOLD – New Forest Pannage Ham, Venison and Green Peppercorn Salami

Class 11 – Sausages

Jurassic Coast Farm Shop
SILVER – Pork Cumberland Sausages x6

Class 12 – Bacon

Jurassic Coast Farm Shop
SILVER – Unsmoked Dry Cure Back Bacon

Class 13 – Burgers, faggots and meatballs

Jurassic Coast Farm Shop
SILVER – Aberdeen Angus Burgers 4x 6oz

Class 18 – Vegan

Baboo Gelato
GOLD – Vegan Vanilla Gelato

Weymouth 51
SILVER – Dorset Fire Tonic

Class 23 – Beer

Palmers Brewery
SILVER – Palmers 200 500ml bottle, tally Ho! 500ml bottle, Dorset Pale 330ml Bottle
COMMENDED – IPA 500ml bottle, Dorset Gold 500ml bottle

Class 25 – Non alcoholic cold drinks

Palmers Brewery
GOLD – Original Ginger Beer 330ml

The Dorset Ginger Company
GOLD – Raspberry with a hint of Ginger, Rhubarb with a Ginger Kick
SILVER – 50% less sugar Strong Ginger

Class 26 – Non alcoholic hot drinks

Clipper Teas ltd
GOLD – 250 bags of Enveloped String and Tag Everyday Fairtrade Tea, 25 bags of Enveloped String and Tag Organic English Breakfast Tea, 25 bags if Enveloped String and Tag Organic Green Tea, 25 bags of Enveloped String and Tag Earl Grey Tea, 25 bags of Enveloped String and Tag Organic Lemon and Ginger Infusion, 25 bags of Enveloped String and Tag Organic Green Tea with Lemon, 25 bags of Enveloped String and Tag Organic Green Tea with Raspberry and Mint, 25 bags of Enveloped String and Tag Organic Raspberry and Cranberry Infusion
SILVER – 25 bags of Enveloped String and Tag Organic Peppermint Infusion

Overall Taste of the West has awarded 624 Gold awards, 203 Silver awards and 89 Commended awards to products made in the West Country as part of this year’s Taste of the West Awards. John Sheaves, Chief Executive of Taste of the West, commented “This year Taste of the West is celebrating its 30th anniversary and are incredibly proud to be the UK’s largest independent regional food group. Times change but our values don’t – for 30 years we have been working together with support from our members, sponsors and partners for a sustainable future in South West food and drink. The results from this year’s Taste of the West Product Awards are a true reflection of the provenance, quality and integrity that food and drink producers in the West Country have to offer.”

This year’s Awards are title sponsored by Old Mill Financial Experts, who share Taste of the West’s passion for supporting local food and drink businesses from the West Country. Phil Mills, Head of the Food & Drink team at Old Mill commented “Despite all of the challenges over the last 12 months the quality of the produce is better than ever. We have seen producers adapt in ways we would never have thought possible, ensuring that the West Country continues to lead the way in the UK food and drink industry. Old Mill are delighted to have continued our partnership with Taste of the West through which we can further support the sector as it continues to evolve.”

See the full list of winners here.

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