The Taste of Kent Award winners are announced

Taste of Kent awards from the ‘Produced in Kent’ organisation have seen a couple of food producers from Faversham emerge as finalists this year. After a whopping 14,500 votes, businesses that have secured podium finishes have been announced in all categories. From Faversham, the finalists are Dargate based and previous ‘Taste of Kent’ award winner ‘The Cheesemakers of Canterbury’, and ‘Macknade Fine Foods’.

Kent Artisan Food Producer of the Year nomination has gone to ‘The Cheesemakers of Canterbury’ who bagged the previous year’s Kent Food product of the Year prize for Canterbury Cobble cheese. Macknade Fine Foods has been nominated for ‘Kent Local Food Retailer of the Year’. Taste of Kent prize winner will be decided upon by mystery shoppers, diners and an independent judging panel, and announced on March 8, Friday.

The Taste of Kent award short lists feature more than 30 food retailers, producers and business owners from Kent, in addition to a couple of food production players from Doddington. S W Doughty has been nominated as year’s top butcher in Kent. Pine Trees Farm has had double success, securing nominations in the categories of Best Kent Juice Producer and Best Kent Cider (for its product Duddas Tun).

Jane Bowyer, proprietor of ‘The Cheesemakers of Canterbury’ remarked, “Winning the Taste of Kent award is special. But bagging the Kent Food Product of the Year – the Food Service class is extra special. The appreciation for our products is deeply satisfying. Teresa Bullock deserves the entire credit for making the Canterbury Cobble project such a huge success, that too after 3 years of inputs.”