Sandford Orchards triumphs at Taste of the West Awards
Devon’s Sandford Orchards and its St Louis dry hopped cider has continued its trophy winning run by claiming the Supreme Champion Product award at this year’s Taste of the West Awards.
The unusual cider, which is made using local apples and American hops, was crowned at a ceremony held in The Great Hall at Exeter University on 13th September.
The ceremony saw a host of hospitality businesses, retailers and producers from the South West pick up awards.
Somerset’s Keen’s Cheddar took trophies for both Champion Cheese (mature raw milk cheddar) and Champion Dairy (whey butter).
Devon-based Hillside Foods also won two – Champion Pickle and Champion Snack – for its blackberry infused mini pickled onions and gluten-free Sicilian wild fennel & cheese nibbles.
Among the other Champion products were the soft Dorset salami from Capreolus Fine Foods (Cured Meat), Early Rivers Prolific Plum Jam from The Artisan Kitchen (Preserve – Jam) and Jack Ratt Lugger Rum made by Lyme Bay Winery.
Bristol flatbread bakery Step and Stone won the award for Best Newcomer, Conker Spirit claimed the Best Branding trophy and Denhay Farms was named South West Producer of the Year.
Darts Farm in Devon was named Best South West Farm Shop while the fishmongers at Greendale Farm Shop, near Exeter, took the title for Best Specialist Retailer/Delicatessen.
The Taste of the West Awards have been running for over 25 years and the annual programme rewards the very best food and drink from across Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire.
This year over 1,000 products and 330 hospitality and retail establishments entered the awards. At today’s ceremony, the overall winners of each of the 12 hospitality and retail classes were announced, followed by the champion products from each of the 25 product categories.
Sandford Orchards’ St Louis dry hopped cider also won the Golden Fork from the South West at Great Taste 2017.