The Isle of Wight was given the top marks by the Guild of Fine Food, at the Great Taste Awards, which are also known as the Oscars of the food world. Between May and July this year, 405 judges tasted 10,000 food products from the UK, and they found that those coming from the Isle of Wight were the best.
Wild Island, a favourite of OnTheWight, received two awards, one for their BlackBerry Balsamic Dressing and Dip (2 stars) and the other for their Spiced Fig Balsamic Dressing and Dip (1 star).
Island Bakers also had a good performance in the awards. They got a star on four of their food products. They can now get a sticker proclaiming great taste on their food packaging. These were for their Classic Brownie, Lumberjack Cake, Pumpernickel, Sunflower Polenta and their Rosemary Sourdough.
Another front-runner was Wight Kitchen, which received awards for their horseradish pate, seafood crepes, smoked Mackerel, and slow cooked Lamb with Moroccan spices. Catch in Freshwater also got awards for their Proper Posh Crab Bisque.
From their Spanish Fiesta, Heritage Chocolate ice creams, and Heritage Vanilla Bean, Minghella was given 3 new Great Taste Awards stars. Minghella has a total of 77 Great Taste Awards stars for most of their products. The organisers of the Great Taste Awards have recognised that most of these foods are of high quality. The products are therefore awarded the stars by the judges to serve as a seal of approval of their quality.