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Taste of Kent Awards 2014 ceremony honours county’s

PROUD: Peter McCabe and Karen Goody of Goody Ales with sponsor Richard Cripps of Rix and Kay Solicitors
PROUD: Peter McCabe and Karen Goody of Goody Ales with sponsor Richard Cripps of Rix and Kay Solicitors

A BREWERY, a farm shop and fruit growers were named the county’s fmest at the 2014 Taste of Kent Awards last night. Herne brewery Goody Ales’ Genesis brew was crowned Beer of the Year to the delight of cofounder Karen Goody. She said:

“I’m absolutely thrilled to have won the award. We have been doing this two years now and we are really pleased. It’s all about using Kentish hops.”

Fine foods

Macknade Fine Foods farm shop in Faversham pipped Whitstable Produce Store to be named Food Retailer of the Year for the third time. General manager Finnian Dunlop said:

“It’s fantastic and a real accolade for the team as a whole and indeed our customers. It’s not even that we’re putting ourselves in for the awards, other people are nominating us. Soit’s really very flattering and we’re very grateful for it. I think it’s down to the great produce we have, the wide variety of that produce and the variety of Kentish produce we have. And it’s down to the knowledge, experience and service of our staff.”

Farmers fared well with Newmafruit in Chartham named best raspberry grower in the fruit categories. Faversham’s Langdon Manor Farm was judged to have the best strawberries and Elverton Farms’ Merchant variety were Kent’s best cherries. Also shortlisted were AJ Barkaway and Newlands Juices of Faversham and Whitstable Produce Store. Winners were announced at a black-tie dinner held at the Kent County Showground in Detling with food prepared by Birchington chef Jason Freedman from the Minnis. Stephanie Durling, of organisers Produced in Kent, said:

“We would like to thank the thousands of people who took the time to vote in this, our tenth year. We are especially delighted that nearly 500 local businesses across the county were nominated for the awards. The battle for first place amongst the finalists was hard, with a really tough decision for our judges. The standard of products, produce, shops, pubs and restaurants is very high and Kent is firmly becoming established as a foody destination in the UK. The awards were a fantastic showcase for Kent’s food, drink and farming. The Taste of Kent awards are the ultimate stamp of approval from members of the public and confirmation of food and drink excellence.”

An expert panel of judges selected from a shortlist of three finalists in each category. The shortlisted finalists received the most votes in each award category and had been nominated and voted for by members of the public.

Our winners

  • Best Kentish Beer, sponsored by Rix & Kay Solicitors
    Winner: Genesis Goody Ales, Herne
  • Best Kentish Cider or Perry, sponsored by Wilkins Kennedy FKC
    Winner: DuddasTun Cider, Pine Trees Farm, Doddington
  • Kent Artisan Food Producer of the Year, sponsored by Shopper Anonymous
    Winner: Kent Fine Foods, Gillingham
  • Kent Local Food Retailer of the Year, sponsored by NFU Mutual
    Winner: Macknade Fine Foods, Faversham
  • Garden of England Champion Cherry and Soft Fruit, sponsored by East Mailing Research
    Cherries — Elverton Farms, Faversham for their Merchant variety
    Strawberries — Langdon Manor Farm, Faversham for their Jubilee variety
    Raspberries — Newmafruit, Chartham, Canterbury for their Glen Ample variety
  • Kent Food Product Category Awards, sponsored by Shepherd Neame
    Dairy Highly Commended: Chaucers Camembert, Cheesemakers of Canterbury

Herne Bay Times, March 20th 2014

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