First time entrants win big at Taste of Kent Awards
A BUTCHERS based in the Stour Valley has won one of the biggest prizes at this year’s Taste of Kent Awards, after entering for the first time. Daran Byrom and Stephen King, the owners of Stour Valley Game, were named Kent Butcher or Meat Producer of the Year. The winners were recognised at a black tie dinner held at the Kent County Showground on Thursday. Mr Byrom said the win had left them both “gobsmacked”. He added:
“This was our first time entering the competition, so we never expected this.”
“We thought at first ‘well, if we make it into the top ten, that will be good’. Then, It was the top three. But even during the ceremony yesterday, I never thought we’d win, especially against two such great butchers. It was unbelievable. Even today, we just keep laughing.”
Stephanie Durling, of Produced in Kent, said:
“The awards highlight the very finest produce the county has to offer. For the winners, the Taste of Kent Awards are the ultimate accolade in the Kentish food and drink sector, but it is not just about celebrating great tasting food once a year. If we all sourced 10 per cent of our weekly groceries from Kent producers, retailers and farmers’ markets we can help to generate over £185 million for our local economy.”
The three-year-old business beat strong competition from Court Farm, near Rochester, and MB Farms near Sittingbourne. Other Canterbury district winners on the night included Goody Ales in Herne, which won Best Kentish Beer, the Chapel Down Winery in Tenterden, which won Best Kentish Wine, and Hudson’s Fish in Herne Bay, which won Fishmonger of the Year.
Herne Bay Times, March 18th 2015