East Devon salad named ToTW Supreme Champion
Salad leaves grown on a small farm in East Devon have won the Supreme Champion title at the 2019 Taste of the West awards.
Natural Branscombe’s mixed salad bag triumphed over more than 1,000 products entered into the West Country food group’s annual awards, with Launceston milk producer Cornish Moo named Reserve Champion producer.
On the retail and hospitality side of the awards, Brockley Stores in north east Somerset was named Best South West Specialist Retailer while Strawberry Fields (in Lifton, Devon).
Among the other products to win awards were Cornish Cheese’s Cornish Blue Nanny (Champion Cheese), Wasabi Mustard from The Wasabi Company in Wiltshire (Champion Sauces & Accompaniments) and Worleys Cider’s Special Reserve (Champion Cider).
Devon-based charcuterie producer Good Game won with both its Tuscan Salami (Champion Cured Meat) and its Chorizo Jam (Champion Pickles & Chutneys).
Discover the full list of champions, as well as the finalists in each Taste of the West Awards category, here.
The Taste of the West awards champions were announced at a ceremony in the Great Hall at Exeter University on Thursday 12th September in front of an audience of 420.
More than 1,000 products entered this year’s awards while over 300 pubs, restaurants, cafés and shops put themselves up for hospitality awards. Some 200 judges tackle the entries.
“There was a time when the West Country food industry was confined to the production of primary products,” said Taste of the West chief executive John Sheaves. “Now the sector is home to a huge variety of food and drink products from our farmers and growers, but also from artisan and speciality food producers who have taken up the food challenge.
“This all means that consumers can now buy the most incredible range of products – all produced here in our wonderful region”.
Taste of the West is the regional food group for the South West, encompassing Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire.