West Country Food & Drink Champions announced at the Taste of the West Awards ceremony 2018

Company: Taste of the West

The overall winners of this year’s Taste of the West Awards were announced today at a prestigious ceremony held in The Great Hall at Exeter University, attracting an audience of over 400 fanatic foodies. With the help of BBC television presenter Victoria Graham, a staggering 42 awards were given out to 38 South West food & drink businesses.

The Taste of the West Awards have been running for over 25 years and the annual programme rewards the very best food and drink from across Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire. They truly are regarded as a benchmark for excellence across the whole South West region. This year over 1,000 products and 330 hospitality and retail establishments entered the awards. At today’s ceremony, the overall winners of each of the 12 hospitality and retail classes were announced, followed by the champion products from each of the 25 product categories. Winners of additional awards were also revealed: Taste of the West’s South West Producer of the Year (sponsored by Porter Dodson) was awarded to Denhay Farms Ltd from Devon; the Best Newcomer Award (sponsored by The Tracklement Company) was won by Bristol producer Step and Stone; and the new Best Branding Award (sponsored by The Collaborators) went to Dorset-based Conker Spirit.

The ceremony culminated in the announcement of the coveted Supreme Champion Product Award, which this year was presented to Sandford Orchards (Crediton, Devon) for their outstanding St Louis Dry Hopped Cider. Taste of the West’s No 1 Place to Go for 2018 was awarded to New Farm Restaurant in South Petherton, Somerset.

The ceremony was attended by over 400 guests, with representatives from award-winning producers, hospitality establishments, retailers, top chefs, food writers and many others involved with and actively supporting the South West’s food and drink scene. The day began with a drinks and canape reception, which was followed by a stunning 5-course lunch, the menu of which was imaginatively created using over 60 Taste of the West award-winning products from across the region. The event really was a culinary feast to truly celebrate the fantastic quality of food and drink from the West Country, as well as the passion of those who produce, serve and sell it.

A full list of all champion award finalists and winners is available on the Taste of the West website: https://www.tasteofthewest.co.uk/awards. Please also see list attached.

Entries into the Taste of the West Awards 2018/2019 for all hospitality and retail establishments are now open. Visit the Taste of the West website to find out how you can enter your business: https://www.tasteofthewest.co.uk/business/awards

Entry forms to enter food & drink products into the Taste of the West Awards 2019 will be available on the Taste of the West website from mid-October.

For further information, please contact: John Sheaves from Taste of the West on 01404 822012 or email js@tasteofthewest.co.uk.

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