Bristol Good Food Awards: Local Producers Shortlist Announced

 

Saturday, March 31st sees the first day of the massive Love Food Spring Festival at the Brunel Passenger Shed at Temple Meads. In addition to the numerous stalls, demos and talks that make the festival great, the event will also play host to the judging of the “Local Producers” categories of the 2012 Bristol Good Food Awards.

The Local Producers category is sponsored by Almondsbury Garden Centre, and Saturday’s judging follows a period of voting from the Bristol public, both online and at events around Bristol. The votes have been counted, and the three producers that received the most votes in each category will take samples of their products to the Love Food Festival, where winners will be selected after a blind tasting by a panel of judges.

The judging panel is headed up by wine and food expert Angela Mount, and includes Daily Telegraph food editor Xanthe Clay, Good Food channel presenter Thane Prince, Flavour magazine editor Nick Gregory, Emily Knight of Bristol Bites, Barbora Stiess of Devilled Egg Kitchen Academy and Richard Truscott of Almondsbury Garden Centre.

Judging will take place between 10am and 12pm, with winners being announced at 2pm. Festival visitors will then also have the chance to sample the wares of the shortlisted producers.

The shortlisted names in each category are as follows:

 

Best Local Cheese

Homewood Cheeses

Bath Soft Cheese

Trethowan’s Dairy

 

Best Local Preserve

The Storecupboard

Rose Farm

Angela’s Kitchen

 

Best Local Condiment

Heavenly Hedgerows

Woodchester Fine Foods

Forage Fine Foods

 

Best Local Charcuterie

The Bath Pig

Trealy Farm

Castellano’s

 

Best Local Oils or Sauces

Bath Harvest

Upton Cheyney Chilli Company

Fussels Fine Foods

 

Best Local Bakery

Herberts Bakery

Thoughtful Bread

Joe’s Bakery

 

Best Local Cakes

La Dame Gateau

The Little Cake Stand

Beach House Bakery

 

Best Local Confectionery

Raw Chocolate Parlour

Upton Cheyney Chilli Company

Maison Lou Lou


Best Local Cider

Lilleys Cider Barn

Thatcher’s

Dick Willows

 

Best Beer

Bath Ales

Bristol Beer Factory

Wickwar Brewing Co.

 

Best Local Wine

Wraxhall Vineyard

Heavenly Hedgerows

Three Choirs Vineyard

 

There are three further categories that will be judged by written entry – Best Local Grower, Best Local Newcomer (sponsored by Love Food Festival) and Outstanding Contribution to Sustainability.

It promises to be a very exciting morning – and I’m thrilled to be on the judging panel! Good luck to all of the producers taking part!

 

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