Weetabix Food and Drink Awards: First course winners announced
The results were announced at a virtual online awards celebration hosted by Royal and Derngate.
The first course of categories in the annual Weetabix Northamptonshire Food and Drinks Awards were announced on Thursday night (November 12) at an online virtual event hosted by Royal & Derngate.
The competition, which is now in its twelfth year, aims to celebrate 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.
The awards had to move online this year after being delayed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
The results in presentation order are as follows:
Artisan Local Product of the Year (sponsored by Heygates Flour and Animal Feed):
GOLD: Giardiniera – Nakasero, Northampton
GOLD: Sweet Potato Pie with Spinach and Tomato – Sol Laug Havens CIC, Moulton
SILVER: Extra Apricot and Pineapple Jam – Green Kitchen Preserves, Northampton
SILVER: Fiorentina Beef Ribs – Squisito Butchers & Provisions, Yelvertoft
BRONZE: Apple and Fig Chutney – Friars Farm, Northampton
BRONZE: Basic [email protected] – Brooklyn Brownie Co, Northampton
BRONZE: Mango Caramel Popcorn – What’s Poppin’, Northampton
BRONZE: Nettle Ice Cream – Ganders Goat, Cottingham
Artisan Local Vegetarian / Vegan Product of the Year (sponsored by Daily Bread):
GOLD: Giardiniera – Nakasero, Northampton
GOLD: Salted Vanilla Popcorn – What’s Poppin’, Northampton
SILVER: Habanero and Red Onion Relish – Bite Me Spices, Northampton
SILVER: Lime Pickle – Papa’s Dhaba, Northampton
SILVER: Savoury Vegetable Pie – Sol Laug Havens CIC, Moulton
BRONZE: Chocolate and Courgette Cake – Sol Laug Havens CIC, Moulton
BRONZE: Matcha Tea Brownies – Pure and Raw Goodies, Northampton
BRONZE: Sara’s Parmigiana – Squisito Butchers & Provisions, Yelvertoft
Founder of double gold and silver winning company Nakasero, Gita Rakundalia, said: “It’s been incredible, watching my vision for the pickle come to life, go into production and then to be sold on farm shop and supermarket shelves in such a short space of time and I’m absolutely elated to be recognised in this way among what are some incredible producers in the county.
“Tonight I am going to toast all of them as well as those who have helped and supported me on my journey so far, while I also dedicate this success to my late grandmother, my beloved Baa, who taught me everything I know!”
Artisan Local Drink of the Year:
GOLD: Blue Aurora Ice – Lutton Farm, Lutton
GOLD: Stonyfield Rosé 2016 – Stonyfield Wine, Blisworth
SILVER: Hogtopus – Hollowild Cider, Hollowell
SILVER: Perfect Pear – Healy’s of Winwick, Winwick
SILVER: Addington Garden Cider – Addington Garden Cider, Great Addington
BRONZE: Blue Aurora Dusk – Lutton Farm, Lutton
BRONZE: Blue Aurora Midnight – Lutton Farm, Lutton
BRONZE: Frogstar – Hollowild Cider, Hollowell
One To Watch (sponsored by Whitworth Bros. Ltd Flour Millers):
GOLD: What’s Poppin’, Northampton
GOLD: Whittlebury Bakery, Whittlebury
SILVER: Brooklyn Brownie Co, Northampton
SILVER: Nakasero, Northampton
BRONZE: Butler’s Pie Company, Brackley
F&B Achiever of the Year (sponsored by Howes Percival):
GOLD: Richard Gordon of The Greedy Gordons, Twywell
SILVER: Laurence Conisbee of Wharf Distillery, Towcester
SILVER: Zoe Mee of Mee Farmers, Nassington
BRONZE: Rachael Bradshaw of Hamm Tun Fine Foods Deli, Long Buckby
BRONZE: Teresa McCarthy of The Swan & Helmet, Northampton
BRONZE: Dennis Willmott of The Bell Inn, Finedon
Lifetime Achievement Award (sponsored by Howes Percival):
GOLD - Dennis Willmott of The Bell Inn, Finedon
Weetabix Sustainability Award (sponsored by Weetabix):
GOLD: Farrington Oils, Hargrave
SILVER: Blue Skies, Pitsford
SILVER: Waterloo Cottage Farm, Great Oxendon
BRONZE: Ganders Goat, Cottingham
BRONZE: The Good Loaf, Northampton
Co-owner of Farrington Oils, Duncan Farrington, said: “We were incredibly proud that our cold-pressed rapeseed oil, Mellow Yellow, was the world’s first food product to be certified as both carbon and plastic neutral back in January, so what a way to bookend 2020 than by being honoured in this way in our home county.
“We’re a small village firm of only 15 people but, like breakfast giant Weetabix, we are leaders in our brand as well as in national and global sustainability and I truly believe that, by working together to change our habits, we can all make a difference.”
A surprise announcement by the Lord-Lieutenant for Northamptonshire, James Saunders-Watson, saw five gold recipients of the ‘COVID-19 Local Hero of the Year’ award. This category recognised those who have played a vital role in supporting their communities during the coronavirus pandemic.
The winners are as follows:
GOLD: John Brownhill of Food4Heroes
GOLD: Green Acres Rural Enterprises CIC, Staverton
GOLD: Teresa McCarthy of The Swan and Helmet, Northampton
GOLD: The Red Lion, Cranford
GOLD: Wharf Distillery, Towcester
Awards director, Rachel Mallows MBE DL concluded the awards ceremony by offering further congratulations to the Awards recipients and thanking those who enabled to competition to proceed at a time when their support was needed more than ever.
She said: “Given the further pressures that every business has faced over recent months, we are all the more grateful that our sponsors re-pledged their commitment, enabling us to yet again celebrate our fabulous food and drink sector, albeit in a slightly different way this year.
‘We know how vital the impact of success in these annual accolades is, and so to be able to publicly promote those who excel and then encourage the county’s food lovers to go out and support them has been imperative for 2020.
“I now cannot wait for our second course of Awards, when we’ll be revealing the results in our remaining categories, after which I hope we’ll be able to finally go out and celebrate together – safely of course!”
The results of the remaining categories in the hospitality sector will be announced at the second course of the virtual online awards celebration at a later date, following the end of the second lockdown.
For the full list of the first course results and of the remaining category finalists, or for more information on the Weetabix Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards 2020/21, visit www.northamptonshirefoodanddrink.co.uk or call Rachel Mallows on 01933 664437 or email [email protected]
To watch the video of the first course, search #WNFAD20 on YouTube.Meanwhile for further details on how you can join the second course of the virtual Awards celebration when they are announced, follow the Awards on Facebook at @foodawards or Twitter and Instagram at @foodawardsHQ or on LinkedIn at @weetabixnfadawards.