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Oven gloves are off as finalists are revealed for the Carlsberg UK Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards

Judges in the Carlsberg Food and Drink Awards NNL-140407-100714001

Judges in the Carlsberg Food and Drink Awards NNL-140407-100714001

The finalists in the sixth annual Carlsberg UK Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards have been revealed ahead of the Love Northampton Food and Drink Festival.

The awards, devised by Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership (NEP) and now in their sixth year, are aimed at celebrating all that is great about local produce and drink, recognising excellence within the county’s dining venues and rewarding those who work so hard within the culinary sector.

After much deliberating, cogitating and digesting by two select panels of experts at the recent judging sessions, the shortlisted finalists in the five product and drink categories have been chosen from a record number of entries. They are (in alphabetical order within the category):

Artisan Local Drink of the Year:

Apple Juice (Cox) – New Creation Farm, Nether Heyford

Booze Hound – Gun Dog Ales, Woodford Halse

Harrington Sloe Gin – Warner Edwards Distillery, Harrington

Poachers – Vale of Welton Cider, Welton

Wild West Ale – Nobby’s Brewery, Guilsborough

New Local Drink of the Year:

Big Bang Theory – Nene Valley Brewery, Oundle

Lock, Stock and Barrel 4.0% – Frog Island Brewery, Northampton

Rose Hill – Vale of Welton Cider, Welton

Saxby’s Medium Sparkling Cider – Saxby’s Cider, Irchester

Starless and Bible Black – Nene Valley Brewery, Oundle

Artisan Local Savoury Product of the Year: (sponsored by Heygates Flour and Animal Feed)

Beetroot Chutney – Limes Farm, Farthinghoe

Brixworth Pâté – Brixworth Foods, Brixworth

Culworth Beef & Silverstone Ale Pie – Limes Farm, Farthinghoe

Potato, Leek and Stilton Pie – The Moulton Pie Company, Moulton

The Mill Race Buffin – The Blakesley Hill Cake Company, Blakesley

Artisan Local Sweet Product of the Year: (sponsored by Moulton College)

Dark Chocolate with Chilli – Belflair Chocolates, Brackley

Double Chocolate Brownie Mix Jar – Doorstep Baking, Mawsley

Gluten Free Caramel & Apple Cupcake – The Blakesley Hill Cake Company, Blakesley

Honeyed Damson Preserve – Nature’s Fayre, Thrapston

The Marathon Maker Muffin – The Happy Little Cake Company, Gt. Billing

New Local Product of the Year: (sponsored by Whitworth Bros. Ltd)

Clickers Goat Cheese – NeneView Dairy, Stanwick

Cobblers Nibble – Hamm Tun Fine Foods, Dallington

Incredible Onion and Seeds Loaf – Incredible Bakery Company, Warkton

The Marathon Maker Muffin – The Happy Little Cake Company, Gt. Billing

The Spicy Hart Buffin – The Blakesley Hill Cake Company, Blakesley

Judges included Richard Izzard, Product Development Controller at Weetabix, the Principal of Moulton College, Stephen Davies and Mike Coppock, Curriculum Manager of Hospitality and Catering at Northampton College.

Among those celebrating the news of their success is Vicky Robertson of The Happy Little Cake Company at Great Billing, whose gluten-free Marathon Maker Muffin has been shortlisted in two categories.

She said: “I’m absolutely thrilled skinny to be a double finalist and to hear the judges’ remarks that they tasted every bit as delicious as regular cakes!

“Being a coeliac sufferer myself, I have some exciting growth plans for the company, which include trying to improve the availability of yummy treats for those who are gluten-intolerant who are often faced with little or poor choice when shopping and eating out, and I really hope that this success will help to open a few doors for me!” she added.

The results were announced at the Love Northampton Food and Drink Festival, which is being staged at the town’s Guildhall courtyard on Friday July 4 and Saturday July 5, with visitors to the event being invited to sample and score all 25 finalists, as well as tuck into the other tasty offerings being provided by a host of exhibitors representing ‘Made In Northamptonshire’- the networking group set up to offer support to the county’s food and drink sector.

The winners and runners-up in all five categories will be decided by a second panel of judges later in the year and those results, along with those of the other eleven categories in the competition, will be announced at the awards dinner taking place at Royal & Derngate on Thursday October 16.

For more details about the awards, visit www.northamptonshirefoodanddrink.co.uk

 

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