Sharpham and Greendale shine at Taste of the West awards
Sharpham Cremet, a luxurious, mould-ripened goats’ milk cheese with added cows’ cream, has been named Supreme Champion Product at the annual Taste of the West awards.
The win for the soft, pasteurised cheese, made on the Sharpham Estate near Totnes in Devon, was announced to around 400 guests at an awards ceremony at Exeter University’s Great Hall.
Also among the major winners in the regional awards’ 26th year was Greendale Farm Shop in Exeter. Described by the award judges as offering “a fantastic retail experience and great value for money”, it won both the Best Butcher and Best Farm Shop title.
The Cheese Press in Torquay was named Best Specialist Retailer/Delicatessen. It draws all its stock from the West Country, including around 25 of the region’s cheeses.
The Producer of the Year trophy, which rewards exceptional achievement that will inspire other businesses, went to The Traditional Free Range Egg Co in Somerset. Run by Dan and Briony Wood, the company has helped take free range eggs beyond the commodity market, repositioning them as artisan-quality products in both the UK and international markets.
Devon producer Happy Butter was named Best Newcomer for its organic golden turmeric ghee, while Cornish Edible Insects – whose range includes mealworms, whole crickets and silkwork pupae – took the Innovation award.
Just over 1,000 products were judged in this year’s awards, which cover a region stretching from Cornwall to Wiltshire. Organiser Taste of the West is now the UK’s largest regional food group, and with a membership that also encompasses B&Bs, high-end hotels, cafés, pubs and restaurants.