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A seafront restaurant and a micro-brewery were among first-time winners at the 10th Taste of Kent Awards.
The awards, announced at the Kent County Showground, recognise the hard work that goes into creating the very best of the Garden of England's tastes and flavours.
First-time winners included Rocksalt in Folkestone, which scooped Kent Restaurant of the Year and Herne Bay's rising Goody Ales micro-brewery, which won Best Kentish Beer for its Genesis hopped ale.
Stephanie Durling of organiser Produced in Kent thanked the thousands of members of the public for nominating, and voting for, their own favourite food and drink champions.
Shortlists from the public vote are presented to a panel of expert judges, who select the winners.
She said: "The battle for first place amongst the finalists has been hard, with a really tough decision for our judges.
"The standard of products, produce, shops, pubs and restaurants is very high and Kent is firmly becoming established as a foody destination in the UK.”
Best Kent Juice Producer, sponsored by Kent County Council
Winner: Little Stour Orchard, Margate
Finalists: Biddenden Farm Pressed Apple Juice, Biddenden; Newlands Juices, Faversham
Best Kentish Beer, sponsored by Rix & Kay Solicitors
Winner: Genesis – Goody Ales, Herne
Finalists: Farriers 1606 - Old Forge Brewery, The Farriers Arms, Mersham; Gadds’ No. 3 Ramsgate Brewery, Ramsgate
Best Kentish Cider or Perry, sponsored by Wilkins Kennedy FKC
Winner: Duddas Tun Cider - Pine Trees Farm, Doddington
Finalists: Strong Kentish Cider - Biddenden Vineyard, Biddenden; 10 ACRE Orchard cider – Little Stour Orchard, office based in Margate
Best Kentish Wine, sponsored by Investaco
Winner: Ortega 2012 – Biddenden Vineyards, Biddenden
Finalists: Bacchus - Chapel Down, Tenterden; English Rose – Chapel Down, Tenterden
Kent Artisan Food Producer of the Year, sponsored by Shopper Anonymous
Winner: Kent Fine Foods, Gillingham
Finalists: Samovar, Nonington, Dover; Simply Ice Cream, Ashford
Kent Butcher or Meat Producer of the Year, sponsored by sff
Winner: Court Farm Butchery & Country Larder, Halling, Rochester
Finalists: AJ Barkaway, Faversham; Chandler & Dunn, Ash, Canterbury
Kent Dining Pub of the Year, sponsored by Opies
Winner: The Ferry House Inn, Isle of Sheppey
Finalists: The George Inn, Molash; The Three Tuns, Lower Halstow
Kent Farmers Market of the Year, sponsored by Hadlow College
Winner: Cliftonville Farmers Market
Finalists: Rochester Farmers Market; Tonbridge Farmers Market
Kent Fishmonger of the Year, sponsored by Chapman’s of Sevenoaks Ltd
Winner: Mobile Fresh Fish & Farm Shop, Rainham
Finalists: Fruits de Mer, Broadstairs; Folkestone Trawlers, Folkestone
Kent Restaurant of the Year, sponsored by Henkelman UK Ltd
Winner: Rocksalt, Folkestone
Finalists: The Ambrette, Margate; Wyatt & Jones, Broadstairs
Kent Local Food Retailer of the Year, sponsored by NFU Mutual
Winner: Macknade Fine Foods, Faversham
Finalists: Quex Barn, Birchington; Whitstable Produce Store, Whitstable
Garden of England Champions Top Fruit, sponsored by BTF Partnership
Winner - Top Apple: Gala variety Kate Langridge, Mallions Farm, Marden
Winner - Garden of England Champions Top Pear: Concorde variety D & C Stevens, Elm
Farm, Lower Halstow
Garden of England Champion Cherry and soft fruit, sponsored by East Malling Research
Cherries – Elverton Farms, Faversham for their Merchant variety
Strawberries – Langdon Manor Farm, Faversham for their Jubilee variety
Raspberries – Newmafruit, Chartham, Canterbury for their Glen Ample variety
Kent Food, Farming and Landscape Award, sponsored by Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Winner: Court Farm, Upper Halling, near Strood
Kent Food Product Category Awards, sponsored by Shepherd Neame
Winner Dairy Class – Winterdale Shaw, Winterdale Cheesemakers
Winner Ambient Class – 10 ACRE Cider Vinegar, Little Stour Orchard
Winner Bakery & Confectionery Class – Honey Cake with Kentish Honey, Samovar
Winner Prepared Food Class – Kentish beef & vegetable pasty, SW Doughty
Winner Catering Class – Dangus beef fillet, Gribble Bridge Meats
Catering Highly Commended – Strong Wholemeal Flour, Pure Kent
Dairy Highly Commended – Chaucers Camembert, Cheesemakers of Canterbury
Best Kent Food Product, sponsored by KFF
Winner: 10 ACRE apple cider vinegar, Little Stour Orchard.
Produced in Kent Special Award
Sian Holt, Managing Director, Fudge Kitchen, Lyminge
The Taste of Kent Awards 2014 were run with sponsorship from Biddenden Vineyards, BTF Partnership, Chapel Down Winery, Chapmans of Sevenoaks, EMR (East Malling Research), Hadlow College, Henkleman UK Ltd, Kent Downs and High Weald AONBs, KCC (Kent County Council), kff (Kent Frozen Foods), NFU Mutual, Opies, Rix & Kay Solicitors, Shopper Anonymous, Shepherd Neame, sff (Stephen’s Fresh Foods), Vertex Law, part of Cripps Harries Hall LLP, and Wilkins Kennedy FKC.
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