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GREAT TASTE BOOK 2021-22

GREAT TASTE 2021-22

DISCOVER A WHOLE WORLD OF AWARD–WINNING FOOD & DRINK

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INSIDE: A SELECTION OF STAND-OUT PRODUCTS FROM THE LATEST ROUND OF JUDGING


THE FUTURE OF CHILI IS NOW MULTI-AWARD-WINNING HOT SAUCES – HANDCRAFTED WITH <3 IN AUSTRIA

WITH THANKS TO OUR SP O TOM’S HOT SAUCES combine different fruits with selected chilis, spices and high quality vinegar, ensuring a unique and fruity taste. All products are extremely versatile and open a world of culinary possibilities. Only pure fruits used – no additives – no additional sugar! TOM’S HOT STUFF already won TWO world champion titles at the world famous SCOVIE AWARDS in New Mexico and the HOT PEPPER AWARDS in New York, as well as several other prizes. A must-have for every hot sauce fan out there! COME AND JOIN THE HOT SIDE OF LIFE!

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WELCOME TO GREAT TASTE

BAKED GOODS & READY MEALS

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BEERS & CIDER

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BISCUITS, SNACKS & CEREALS

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CHARCUTERIE & CURED MEATS

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With winners from more than 100 countries, Great Taste is, quite simply, a showcase for the best food and drink in the world.

CHEESE & DAIRY

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CHOCOLATE & CONFECTIONERY

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To help readers find information easily, we have arranged a wide selection of the 2021 award winners into categories, listed here on the right. Interspersed with these pages of factual information, we present profiles of the regional and national winners of Golden Fork awards, giving insight into what it takes to become the best of the best.

COFFEE

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FREE-FROM

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FRESH MEAT

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HONEY

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ICE CREAM & SORBET

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JAMS & PRESERVES

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OILS, VINEGARS & DRESSINGS

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PICKLES, CHUTNEYS & SAUCES

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SMOKED FISH & SEAFOOD

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SOFT DRINKS & MIXERS

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THIS BOOK PROVIDES an opportunity for discerning readers to discover and locate the tastiest food and drink that is available for purchase in Britain and Ireland. It is a treasure trove of excellence across a broad range of products and culinary ingredients.

To read this is to embark on a journey of Great Taste discovery. Happy hunting!

SPIRITS, LIQUEURS & COCKTAILS 89

TURN TO P86 TO READ ABOUT THE 2021 SUPREME CHAMPION

STORECUPBOARD

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TEA ETC.

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Editor: Michael Lane Art Director: Mark Windsor Photography: Richard Faulks (Product images and features), Layout: Richard Charnley Photography production: John Loasby Profile Writer: Lynda Searby Production: Sophie Brentnall, Claire Powell, Meredith White Advertising: Sam Coleman, Sally Coley, Ruth Debnam, Becky Haskett Publisher: John Farrand Published by Guild of Fine Food Ltd, 23b Kingsmead Business Park, Gillingham, Dorset SP8 5FB UK t: +44 (0)1747 825200 © The Guild of Fine Food Ltd 2021. Every effort has been made to ensure the details contained in the listings are correct. The Guild of Fine Food cannot accept responsibility for errors or omissions. Reproduction of whole or part of this publication without the publisher’s prior permission is prohibited. The opinions expressed in articles and advertorials are not necessarily those of the editor or publisher.

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GREAT TASTE 2021 IN NUMBERS

Established in

1994

14,113 products entered in 2021 from 108 countries Socially-distanced judging took place over days at four venues, including Guild HQ in Dorset and the Guild of Fine Food’s London home, No. 42 Southwark Street, SE1

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355 judges blind-tasting

1.5% 218

awarded a Great Taste 3-star – Extraordinarily tasty foods – less than 2% of products were awarded a 3-star each year – don’t leave the shop without buying it!

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8% 1,138 awarded a Great Taste 2-star – Above and beyond delicious – less than 10% of entries achieved this rating

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28.5% 4,027

awarded a Great Taste 1-star – A food that delivers fantastic flavour. 28.5% of entries achieved this rating this year

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ABOUT GREAT TASTE

THE GREAT TASTE accolades have been awarded each year since 1994. Entries go through a rigorous judging procedure to discover the very best. This year saw a record of more than 14,000 entries that were blind-tasted by 355 judges over 86 judging days. Standards were high and more than half the entries did not get an award, although detailed written feedback from the judges will help them to do better next time. A Great Taste 1-star was given to 4,027 entries which satisfied the judges that their product delivered fantastic flavour. Another 1,138 entries got a 2-star award for food or drink that was deemed to be above and beyond delicious. The top 3-star rating went to just 218 products that were considered so extraordinarily tasty that the advice is “don’t leave the shop without buying it!” Every product went to be assessed by at least two tables of socially-distanced judges. To achieve a 3-star rating, products

need unanimous support from at least five tables. You are at liberty to disagree with their findings, but you cannot deny the independence and expertise of the judges. Regardless of branding and packaging, each product was judged according to its texture, appearance, composition, aroma and taste. The judges included food critics, chefs, restaurateurs, retail buyers, cooks, producers, food writers, journalists and social media influencers. Hopefully this publicity will encourage a deli, farm shop or store near you to stock the products you would like to try. If not, you will find many of them are available to purchase online via the producer’s websites included in this guide. Or you may be tempted on your travels to buy close to the point of production – at home or abroad. You can read more about Great Taste and search for the best in food and drink at greattasteawards.co.uk

All our listings direct you to the producers’ own websites. There, you can get the complete food stories, identify independent retail stockists close to you, or buy online if available.

READ MORE ABOUT THE GOLDEN FORK WINNERS

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GOLDEN FORK FROM LONDON

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Sublime Butter for Ridiculous No.55 Lobster & Crab Butter

GOLDEN FORK FROM THE SOUTH WEST 20 The Artisan Kitchen for Tropical Marmalade

GOLDEN FORK FROM EAST ANGLIA

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S J Frederick & Sons for Temple Farm Bronze Free Range Turkey

.pepper..field for Freeze-dried Green Kampot Pepper

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Morelli Ice Cream for Morelli’s Caramelised Hazelnut Ice Cream

GOLDEN FORK FROM SCOTLAND & SUPREME CHAMPION 86 J. Lawrie & Sons for Jaffy’s Mallaig Kippers

GOLDEN FORK FROM THE NORTH OF ENGLAND 100

GOLDEN FORK FROM WALES 44

Three Wrens Gin for Three Wrens Gin Apple Crumble Edition

GOLDEN FORK FROM IRELAND 56

Willy’s for Willy’s Live Apple Balsamic Vinegar

Pembrokeshire Lamb for Hogget Shoulder Carlingford Oyster Company for Louët-Feisser Select Carlingford Oysters

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GOLDEN FORK FROM THE SOUTH EAST 126 Slake Spirits for Sussex Dry Gin

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GOLDEN FORK FROM LONDON

BUILD BACK BUTTER With a price tag of £95, this super premium lobster & crab butter is Ridiculous by name and nature

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SUBLIME BUTTER | RIDICULOUS NO.55 LOBSTER & CRAB BUTTER

YOU COULD SAY that Christopher Mair is something of a double agent. Whilst his main occupation is producing flavoured butters, he is also founder of the SAS. But his weapon of choice is likely to be a steak knife and his target a ribeye rather than a bullseye. That’s because his SAS is no military operation. It is the Steak Appreciation Society, a homage to the steak clubs of the 18th century such as the Sublime Society of the Beefsteak, where lunches were accompanied by speeches, songs and lashings of port. “I read a book about this and thought it was marvellous,” says Chris. “We now have 45 members and have dined at some brilliant steak restaurants.” But it struck him that, while the quality of steak on offer has improved massively over the years, the condiments haven’t moved

❝ I CHATTED TO A COUPLE OF PEOPLE

IN MY STEAK CLUB AND DECIDED TO START MAKING FLAVOURED BUTTER.

on from “rich creamy sauces that drown out the steak”. “I chatted to a couple of people in my steak club and decided to start making flavoured butter,” he says. “Butter is a great vehicle for adding flavour to dishes. Tony, a talented chef and steak club member, helped me to take the flavours to another level of complexity.” Chris and Tillie Mair launched Sublime Butters in 2019 with flavours such as Truffle, Parmesan & Black Pepper and Béarnaise, which are now stocked by 360

independents across the country. They then went from the Sublime to the Ridiculous, when they developed a “noexpenses-spared” range of limited-edition butters, made in small batches in their home kitchen in Richmond upon Thames. Chris is first to admit that the price tag of Golden Fork-winning Ridiculous No. 55 is “ridiculous”. This is reflected in the ‘packaging’ – a butter dish that was customdesigned by a Venetian glass blower; the exclusive nature of the ingredients, which include British Isles lobster, Devon crab and caviar; and the lengthy production process. “Because this product starts with a lobster bisque, it is very time-consuming to make – it takes 26 hours in total,” says Chris. “After we won the 3-star, we had a surge in demand, which left Tony exhausted. He had to stir the bisque every two to three hours through the night, so he was getting no sleep.” However, those without £95 to shell out on hand-churned butter need not fear – the producer has elected to also sell Ridiculous No. 55 without the dish, at a slightly less ridiculous price point. www.sublimebutter.com

HOW TO USE:

Spread liberally on toast or bread, stir through pasta or melt down on a steak for a variation on ‘surf & turf’.

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BAKED GOODS & READY MEALS

★ ★ ★ EXQUISITE ★ ★ OUTSTANDING ★ DELICIOUS

JEWISH PENICILLIN ★ 1070 KITCHEN

WHAT IS IT? Chicken soup with fluffy kneidlach (dumplings) made with love, aka ‘Jewish Penicillin’, kosher and halal certified. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? This hearty soup could be warmed on a gas stove, or in a microwave. Delicious served with challa bread, and a schmear of egg and onion, or chopped liver. www.1070kitchen.co.uk

CLASSIC CARAMEL CHUNK CHOCOLATE BROWNIE ★ BLUEBASIL BROWNIES

WHAT IS IT? Simply divine! It’s a hand baked brownie with a velvety texture using Belgian caramel chocolate chunks and caramel drizzle on top. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Eat it cold as a treat or warm it for the ultimate dessert. Delicious with berries and ice cream or on its own. Sold as a retail gift box and also in wholesale trays to trade. www.bluebasilbrownies.co.uk

STICKY TOFFEE PUDDING & STICKY TOFFEE SAUCE

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BURTREE PUDDINGS WHAT IS IT? Sticky toffee pudding and sauce. “Perfection on a plate and utterly scrumptious” - comments from a Great Taste judge. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Just warm in the oven or microwave and serve with ice cream or clotted cream. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Rich Chocolate Pudding & Belgian Chocolate Sauce ★ Lemon Posset ★ www.burtreepuddings.co.uk

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CAKE ACADEMY WALES

WHAT IS IT? Stunning gluten free layered cake, lemon curd preserves, and elderflower buttercream. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Our gluten free elderflower layered cake can be used at weddings, afternoon tea and events. www.cakeacademywales.co.uk

LAVENDER AND HONEY WELSH CAKES ★ FAT BOTTOM WELSH CAKES

BAKED GOODS & READY MEALS

GLUTEN FREE, LEMON & ELDERFLOWER LAYERED CAKE WITH A LEMON CURD FILLING ★

WHAT IS IT? Purveyors of fabulously flavoured Welsh cakes, created using free range eggs, butter, and local Welsh honey. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Our Welsh cakes make a great birthday present, a thank you gift, perhaps a welcome to your holiday home... Or our “mini hearts” make great wedding favours. But sometimes they are great as a little treat just for you! www.fatbottomwelshcakes.com

HILTON MACARONS - BLACKCURRANT ★ HILTON MACARONS

WHAT IS IT? Luxurious macarons with all natural fillings using Belgian chocolate and free range eggs. Gluten free, vegetarian and handmade in Suffolk. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Pure pleasure, a perfect gift or treat for self. Delivered to your door or someone else’s. Handwritten gift messages and fully recyclable packaging. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Hilton Macarons - Hazelnut ★ www.hiltonmacarons.co.uk

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BAKED GOODS & READY MEALS

★ ★ ★ EXQUISITE ★ ★ OUTSTANDING ★ DELICIOUS

SLOW BRAISED SHORTRIB ★★★ JAMES WHELAN BUTCHERS

WHAT IS IT? Braised shortrib of Irish beef with glazed shallots, roast root vegetables, thyme and rich beef jus. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Spoil yourself with this restaurant quality product from the comfort of your own home. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Pork Lard ★ Rib Eye Roast ★ Cured Pork Belly ★ Heritage Cure Ham ★★ Homemade Meatloaf ★ Beef Shin Mac’ N’ Cheese ★ Pulled Sugar Pit Bacon Shank & Cabbage Pie ★★ Corned Beef ★ www.jameswhelanbutchers.com

VEGAN MUSHROOM AND CHESTNUT PIE ★★ JARVIS PICKLE

WHAT IS IT? Plant based creamy mushroom with chestnuts and truffle oil, encased in a delicious single-source flour pastry from Scotland. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Great for all occasions. Share with a friend, or add mash for a main course. Perfect for large or small gatherings. Easy to prepare, and with the ability to freeze they’re ideal for home or commercial use. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Beef and Ale Pie ★ Pork and Blue Cheese Pie ★★ Moroccan Lamb Pie ★ Steak and Kidney Pie ★ Spinach and Goat Cheese Pie ★★ Vegan Cauliflower Curry Pie ★★ Vegan Vegetable Tagine Pie ★ www.jarvispickle.com

MASH DIRECT MASHED POTATO ★ MASH DIRECT LTD

WHAT IS IT? Heritage home-grown potatoes, steam cooked to perfection, mashed and seasoned for flavour. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Our mashed potato is the perfect side to a family meal, Sunday roast or as a topping on a fish pie. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Mash Direct Green Cabbage ★ Mash Direct Mashed Turnip ★ www.mashdirect.com

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TENUTA MARMORELLE

WHAT IS IT? Traditional panettone with a rich limoncello cream running through the middle. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Enjoyed as it is or as a dessert with ice cream. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Lingue della Suocera with Chillies ★ Flat Bread with Rosemary from Tuscany ★ Chocolate and Pear Panettone ★ Italian Truffle Pasta Sauce ★ Bronze Drawn Slow Dried Mafaldine ★★ www.tenutamarmorelle.com

BISCOFF BROWNIE TRAYBAKE ★ THE PICKLED FIG

WHAT IS IT? Delicious rich chocolate and Biscoff brownie on a crunchy Biscoff crumb base. Rich, gooey and indulgent. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Enjoy by itself or perhaps with a coffee or hot chocolate! Available to purchase individually at the shop or by the box in multiples of 6 for delivery. www.thepickledfig.co.uk

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LIMONCELLO PANETTONE ★★★

STEAK & ALE PIE ★★ WAGTAIL KITCHEN

WHAT IS IT? Tender slow cooked cuts of beef in a smooth Lake District porter gravy, all encased in our handcrimped shortcrust pastry. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Best enjoyed by the glow of a warm fire, this classic pie goes perfectly with a side of fresh garden peas, mash and gravy. www.wagtailkitchen.co.uk

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Winner of 61 Great Taste Awards in the last 3 years Moroccan L am bT ag

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COOK has been redefining frozen food since 1997. In our kitchens we make meals just like you would at home, preparing everything by hand from carefully sourced ingredients. Our COOK shops can be found across the country and we are proud to work with hundreds of like-minded independent retailers.

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BEER & CIDER

GALIPETTE CIDRE BRUT ★★ GALIPETTE CIDRE

WHAT IS IT? This cidre brut is a classic Breton product crafted following the tried and tested traditions of north-west France. 100% pure juice, never from concentrate. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? The traditional French process unlocks intense flavours of ripe apples and earthy fruit tannins. Perfect on its own as refreshment or pair with a meal. www.galipettecidre.com

EYTON GOLD (NOT BOTTLE CONDITIONED) ★ MAGIC DRAGON BREWING

WHAT IS IT? A golden ale with light honey aromas. Traditionally brewed using Cascade and Golding hops, and finest Marris Otter malt, creating a well balanced bitter sweet ale. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? This golden ale can be drunk on its own or with food. Goes especially well with Welsh rarebit. Best served at room temperature. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Green One (not bottle conditioned) ★ Obsidian (not bottled conditioned) ★

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SCHWARZ & WEISS ★★★ THE KRAFTY BRAUMEISTER

WHAT IS IT? Traditional Bavarian Dunkelweizen, handcrafted in small batches, available in 500ml bottles. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Perfect to enjoy by the fireside, pairs deliciously with oysters, or perhaps a finely aged parmesan. www.kraftybraumeister.co.uk

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BEER & CIDER

★ ★ ★ EXQUISITE ★ ★ OUTSTANDING ★ DELICIOUS

YOXALL ICE DESSERT PERRY 375ML ★★★ THE LOVELY CIDER COMPANY

WHAT IS IT? A rich, smooth, perfectly balanced sweet dessert perry. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Imbibe this luscious accompaniment with desserts, cheeses or… go solo! OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Yoxall Ice Dessert Cider 375ml ★★

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FILLER IN HEREVEGETARIAN

FILLER IN

COOKING NEEDS BIG BOLD FLAVOURS AND TEXTURES. GREAT TASTE HIGHLIGHTS THE INGREDIENTS WHICH HELP TO LAYER THESE FLAVOURS AND TEXTURES, TAKING YOUR HERECOOKING TO THE NEXT LEVEL.

Anna Jones, food writer and cook

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MORE WINNERS

Our Longhorn Beef and Jalapeño & Dill WIN Great Taste Awards

Winners of 53 Great Taste Awards since 2007 across complete range

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BISCUITS, SNACKS & CEREALS

★ ★ ★ EXQUISITE ★ ★ OUTSTANDING ★ DELICIOUS

ORGANIC RAW CACAO NIBS SWEETENED WITH YACON POTATO SYRUP ★★ BAMBOO STORY

WHAT IS IT? Organic cacao nibs, a great superfood with a touch of sweetness, but very low glycemic index, with organic yacon syrup from Peruvian sweet potatoes. Healthy even for diabetics. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? It is a great healthy snack straight from the pouch. Topping on ice cream, cakes, biscuits, smoothies, and yogurts. Include in granola, muesli, cereal bars, porridge. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Organic COCONUT SUGAR ★★ www.bamboo-story.com

GINGERBREAD ★

BILLINGTON’S GINGERBREAD WHAT IS IT? A heritage gingerbread biscuit, made to a secret recipe since 1817 with a blend of exotic spices and a dash of rum. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Enjoy it daringly dunked into a glass of port after dinner or with a morning coffee. It also makes a delicious cheeseboard accompaniment. www.billingtonsgingerbread.co.uk

CARAMELISED CASHEWS ★ CAMBROOK FOODS

WHAT IS IT? Cambrook’s roasted cashews, skilfully caramelised with a beautifully fine glaze, subtly sweet and very moreish. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Our handmade caramelised cashews make a wonderful snack companion to your favourite tipple or perhaps a sweet treat with your coffee. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Baked Umami Cashews ★ www.cambrookfoods.co.uk

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CHICKEE

WHAT IS IT? A healthy, fresh and vibrant hummus made primarily from British produce. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? As a dip with some veggie crudités, as a salad dressing and as a sauce for a pasta dish with some fresh veggies. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Black truffle hummus ★ www.chickee.co.uk

MATCHA GOLD ★★ EARTH RAINBOW

WHAT IS IT? Luxurious pistachio-based granola with matcha green tea, cardamom, coconut and sultanas adding a taste of the Orient. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? To start your day with a high fibre kick, or enjoy as a healthy snack on the go. Pairs perfectly with our pistachio nut mylk. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Lemon Heaven ★ Divine Lime * Coconut Acai ★ Ginger Spice ★ www.earthrainbow.co.uk

BISCUITS, SNACKS & CEREALS

SPINACH & HERBS HUMMUS ★★

CAULIFLOWER CRISPS KATSU CURRY ★ NUDIE SNACKS

WHAT IS IT? First ever cauliflower crisps using 40% fresh cauliflower, utilising sustainable wonky veg grown here in the UK. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Cauliflower crisps flavoured with katsu curry. Suitable for vegans and gluten free. Open, eat and enjoy! They don’t last long. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Cauliflower Crisps Cheese & Caramelised Onion ★ www.nudiesnacks.co.uk

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BISCUITS, SNACKS & CEREALS

★ ★ ★ EXQUISITE ★ ★ OUTSTANDING ★ DELICIOUS

ROSEMARY & SEA SALT CRACKERS ★ PETER’S YARD

WHAT IS IT? Hand-baked small square crackers made in small batches using real 16-hour fermented sourdough, cold-pressed British rapeseed oil, dried rosemary and sea salt crystals from Cornwall. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? These crackers have a delicious, short texture and are perfect paired with goats’ cheese or other soft cheeses. www.petersyard.com

SOURDOUGH BITES - WEST COUNTRY SOUR CREAM AND CHIVE ★ PETER’S YARD

WHAT IS IT? Thin, crisp, moreish hand-baked bites, made in small batches using real sourdough then naturally seasoned with West Country sour cream and chives. They contain 60% less fat than regular crisps and provide a source of fibre. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? To be enjoyed on their own as a healthier alternative to crisps or with dips. www.petersyard.com

HANDCOOKED SWEET CHILLI CRISPS ★ REAL HAND COOKED CRISPS

WHAT IS IT? Made from British and Irish potatoes, cooked in sunflower oil to create crispy golden spheres of crunchy perfection. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Great Taste judges said: ”There is really satisfying heat from these, which builds a little and makes these dangerously moreish.” The perfect partner to a hot or cold drink. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Handcooked Sea Salt ★ www.realcrisps.com

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GOLDEN FORK FROM THE SOUTH WEST This fresh, fruity marmalade, from Great Taste’s Small Artisan Producer of the Year, transports the taste buds to far-flung destinations

THE PANDEMIC DOESN’T have many silver

linings, but one positive to come out of it is Sarah Churchill’s Tropical Marmalade.

I MISSED MY HOLIDAYS IN THE SUN DURING LOCKDOWN; THIS MARMALADE WAS A RESULT OF DREAMING OF EXOTIC AND SUNNIER PLACES.

The vibrant citrus marmalade is an expression of The Artisan Kitchen founder’s longing for sunnier climes while locked down in Gloucester. “I missed my holidays in the sun during lockdown,” she says. “This marmalade was a result of dreaming of exotic and sunnier places to travel. I love to develop new products and strive to elevate flavours to a whole new level.” Raising the bar on a product like

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marmalade, which uses established production methods and just a few simple ingredients, is a tall order, but The Artisan Kitchen has succeeded in creating a complex, sweet and tart preserve that captures the essence of tropical fruit. Sarah says the secret is in the quality and quantity of the raw ingredients. “I use the finest, freshest fruit, as this is the most important aspect of all our food production,” she says. “I also make sure my marmalade has an exceptionally high fruit content and generous soft peel.” Her Tropical Marmalade is packed with fresh Moro blood oranges, pink grapefruit, limes, lemons, pineapple and passion fruit. Sarah hand-cuts and juices the fruit, then soaks the rinds and fruit pieces for 24 hours in the juice. The following day she cooks the fruit with sugar in traditional heavy copper Maslin pans. “It’s a simple process that creates a mouth-watering fruit marmalade,” she says. As the name on the label suggests, this is a true artisan product – each pan makes enough marmalade for just 11 jars and Sarah does all the preparation and cooking on her own. “I wish I could clone myself sometimes,” she admits. The way business is going, she will soon need a double. Over the last 18 months, online orders have soared and Sarah is in the process of developing a new e-commerce platform to support this growth. It’s a busy life, but Sarah says she wouldn’t have it any other way. “I love everything about the Artisan Kitchen – the peaks and the troughs. The business never ceases to surprise me even after ten years.” www.theartisankitchen.co.uk

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THE ARTISAN KITCHEN | TROPICAL MARMALADE

LADY MARMALADE HOW TO USE:

Spread generously over the top of a classic citrus cheesecake.

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CHARCUTERIE & CURED MEATS

★ ★ ★ EXQUISITE ★ ★ OUTSTANDING ★ DELICIOUS

TRADITIONAL BOSS BILTONG ★ BILTONG BOSS & JERKY BOSS

WHAT IS IT? This little showstopper is truly the most authentic biltong you can find, using a secret recipe that is steeped in history, bringing together a blend of spices including coriander, black pepper and cumin. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Eaten as a healthy snack. Fine addition to a traditional charcuterie board. Good in salads and toasted sandwiches. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Chilli and Garlic Droewors ★ Volcano Boss Biltong ★ Smokey Ghost Biltong ★★ www.biltongboss.co.uk

DRIED “BEEF CHIPS” CHILLI ★ BIOBILTONG

WHAT IS IT? A delicious, organic, RAW dried beef snack made exclusively of free-range and grass-fed BIO beef from a local Slovak farm. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? As a traditional snack, rich in proteins and low in fats and sugars, biltong makes the right companion for hikers, bikers, climbers, travellers, bodybuilders, meat lovers; it’s a unique ingredient in gourmet cooking. www.biobiltong.com

VENISON AND PORK CHORIZO ★★★ CAPREOLUS FINE FOODS

WHAT IS IT? The flavours in this chorizo are made up of 50% local wild venison (from Sika deer living on the Isle of Purbeck) and 50% free-range pork. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Our award winning chorizo is the perfect addition to a quick and easy pasta dish or a topping for your favourite home made pizza. Great also to add to a hearty casserole or stew. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): New Forest Pannage Ham ★★ Dorset Truffled Salami ★★ Dorset Soft Salami ★★★ Dorset Venison and Green Peppercorn Salami ★★ www.capreolusfinefoods.co.uk

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DELI FARM CHARCUTERIE

WHAT IS IT? A wickedly hot, soft spreadable salami made with British olive-fed Wagyu beef. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Delicious on pizza, or spread a little on fresh crusty bread with soft cheese and fresh tomato… mix a little into pasta or rice dishes to give a flavour boost or just on a plain cracker… the list is endless. www.delifarmcharcuterie.co.uk

IRISH SILVERSIDE SPICED BEEF ★

HORGAN’S DELICATESSEN SUPPLIES WHAT IS IT? The lightly salted premium Irish beef is cooked with a coating of secret spices using a traditional Horgan family recipe from 1921. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? It can be served hot or cold as part of a meat platter. It is equally delicious in crusty bread with pickles, cheese and coleslaw. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Honey Baked Ham On The Bone ★ www.horgans.com

CHARCUTERIE & CURED MEATS

BRITISH WAGYU N’DUJA ★

HAND CRAFTED DRY CURED ITALIAN STYLE PANCETTA ★ OAKPARK FOODS

WHAT IS IT? This pancetta is made from the highest quality Irish pork bellies and individually hand rubbed with salt and succulent spices. The bacon is left to mature before it is thinly sliced. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? It is the perfect addition to any meal and great tossed in a salad, on a pizza or in a tasty creamy pasta dish. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Deluxe Smoked Dry Cure Medallion ★ Glendarra Smoked Streaky Rasher ★★ Birchwood Unsmoked Honey Cure Back Rasher ★ Deluxe Dry Cure Unsmoked Half Horseshoe ★ www.oakparkfoods.ie

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CHARCUTERIE & CURED MEATS

★ ★ ★ EXQUISITE ★ ★ OUTSTANDING ★ DELICIOUS

SMOKY BBQ BILTONG ★

THE ORIGINAL BILTONG COMPANY

WHAT IS IT? Authentically cured and artisanally crafted beef snacks – Biltong. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Eaten as a high protein snack. You can use as an ingredient in cooking of pasta, quiches or as toppings / fillings on omelettes, sandwiches and salads. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Piri Piri Biltong ★ Garlic Biltong ★ www.theoriginalbiltongcompany.co.uk

SMOKED CHICKEN BREAST ★

THE WEALD SMOKERY

WHAT IS IT? Local chicken breast, hot smoked over oak logs in traditional kilns. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? A little goes a long way especially when sliced or diced and tossed into a Caesar salad or served alongside a salad. Or include in a chicken pie. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Dry Cured Free Range Back Bacon ★ Hot Roast Smoked Salmon ★ www.wealdsmokery.co.uk

FILLER IN HERE ❝ SMOOTH, RICH AND MOREISH

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It’s what we bring together that sets us apart Bishop Fleming provides ambitious food and drink businesses with collaborative insight that adds genuine and relevant value to growing businesses in our regions. We achieve this through our gained expertise from a diverse range of food and drink clients. To find out how we can help you or your business, contact flewis@bishopfleming.co.uk | 01392 448879 aappiahshippey@bishopfleming.co.uk | 01179 100253


CHEESE & DAIRY

★ ★ ★ EXQUISITE ★ ★ OUTSTANDING ★ DELICIOUS

MOZZARELLA ★ BUFFALICIOUS

WHAT IS IT? A British, raw milk mozzarella made in Somerset. It has the authentic taste and texture associated with some of the best Italian mozzarella. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Delicious in a Caprese salad, or with a squeeze of Sicilian lemon and pinch of sea salt. Perfect in any cooked dish. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Water Buffalo Bresaola ★

www.buffalicious.co.uk

BLACKSTICKS BLUE ★

BUTLERS FARMHOUSE CHEESES WHAT IS IT? Blacksticks Blue is creamy and mellow, with just enough blue bite to get your taste buds tingling! WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Add a bit of oomph to any setting – the shining star of any cheeseboard, the pick-you-up filling in a weekday sandwich, or the magic ingredient giving dinner that added edge. www.butlerscheeses.co.uk

TEIFI HALLOUMI ★★★ CAWS TEIFI CHEESE

WHAT IS IT? Organic halloumi style cheese. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? For cooking by either barbecuing, grilling or frying. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Teifi Mature ★ Teifi Seaweed ★ Teifi Heritage ★

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CHEESE & DAIRY

PLAIN GOATS’ YOGURT ★★ DELAMERE DAIRY

WHAT IS IT? Multi award-winning, silky smooth, mild tasting, plain goats’ yogurt made with British goats’ milk. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Eat it for breakfast with a fresh fruit topping, as a snack with a sprinkling of seeds, as a marinade base, or an accompaniment to curry. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Goats’ Butter ★★ Whole Goats’ Milk ★ Semi Skimmed Goats’ Milk ★ Greek Goats’ Cheese ★

www.delameredairy.co.uk

NAXION AGED KOUFOPOULOS ★

EMMANUEL V. KOUFOPOULOS DAIRY WHAT IS IT? The most traditional familial Naxian cheese from mixed seasonal milk, with punchy flavour, a salty tang, nuttiness and dry, yet smooth mouthfeel. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? A good cheese for a cheese platter, cooking, in a sauce and also over pasta. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Naxion black koufopoulos ★ Koufopoulos smoked graviera ★ Agios isidoros ★

www.tyrokomia-naxou.gr

VIVA SEMI-SKIMMED LONG LIFE MILK ★ LAKELAND DAIRIES

WHAT IS IT? A delicious, high-quality, fully traceable British long life milk from Lakeland Dairies’ family farms. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? A wholesome and delicious milk for drinks, cooking and baking. Enjoy chilled. www.lakelanddairies.com

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STONEY CROSS ★★

LYBURN FARMHOUSE CHEESEMAKERS WHAT IS IT? A very attractive young cheese with an appealing rind, with sweet and creamy flavours. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? This is very much a table cheese, with lots of complex flavours, and would be a crime to use it for anything else. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Old Winchester Extra Mature ★★ Lightly Oak Smoked ★

www.lyburnfarm.co.uk

UNHOMOGENISED WHOLE MILK ★ MEGGY MOO’S DAIRY

WHAT IS IT? A whole cows’ milk, gently pasteurised, but not homogenised, smooth, creamy and full of natural, fresh flavour. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Baristas love the flavour and stretching ability of this milk and chefs love the creaminess in sauces, custard and rice pudding. It works well in cheese-making or simply enjoy it poured. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Semi-Skimmed Milk ★ Skimmed Milk ★ Sea Salted Butter ★

www.meggymoosdairy.co.uk

1057 SCOTTISH EXTRA MATURE CHEDDAR ★ MILLBROOK DAIRY

WHAT IS IT? Premium, extra-mature, Scottish cheddar. Made in Scotland from cows’ milk exclusively from farms in Scotland. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? 1057 has a rugged, crumbly, powerful and ‘deliciously Scottish’ character, delivering a true taste of this majestic landscape. www.1057scotland.com

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CHEESE & DAIRY

★ ★ ★ EXQUISITE ★ ★ OUTSTANDING ★ DELICIOUS

NATURAL STIRRED YOGURT ★★ RACHEL’S ORGANIC

WHAT IS IT? A thick and creamy Greek-style natural yogurt that is proudly made with British organic whole milk in west Wales. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? This organic natural yogurt can be spooned over fruit or cereal, used in baking and marinades, or even served with a dessert. This bio-live yogurt is suitable for vegetarians. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Greek Style Ginger Yogurt ★ Natural Lactose Free Yogurt ★

www.rachelsorganic.co.uk

YORKSHIRE BLUE ★

SHEPHERDS PURSE CHEESES

WHAT IS IT? Mellow and creamy blue cheese, made with milk from proud Yorkshire cows. Easy to enjoy for the blue cheese beginner and connoisseur alike. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Cube and stir into warm pasta to instantly upgrade the dish with rich creamy umami flavour. Layer a slice on to a steak, or a baguette, and melt under a grill for an instant delicious topper. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Harrogate Blue ★ Bluemin White ★ Mrs Bell’s Blue ★

www.shepherdspurse.co.uk

FARMHOUSE CHEDDAR ★★

ST ANDREWS FARMHOUSE CHEESE COMPANY WHAT IS IT? Mature farmhouse cheddar made in Fife using unpasteurised milk from a single source herd of grass fed cows. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Delicious with an oatcake or savoury biscuit, washed down with a wee dram of whisky. Use it in cooking for an exceptional cheese sauce, cheese soufflé or in cheese scones. www.standrewscheese.co.uk

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Based in West Norfolk on the edge of the Fens. We are a fine food wholesaler, packing and distributing a vast range of our own health foods and other food products to farm shops, garden centres, delis and independant retailers. We pack a vast range of nuts, dried fruits, beans, pulses, cereals, herbs & spices, chocolate and yoghurt coated products, Indian and Oriental snacks, traditional sweets and much more. The Norfolk Cake Company aims to resurrect old traditional British recipes. Ingredients are sourced locally where possible. All cakes are egg-free and have a 5 month shelf life.

www.sfea.co.uk Tel: 01366 381250

Email: sales@sfea.co.uk


GOLDEN FORK FROM EAST ANGLIA Rich and succulent, Temple Farm’s slow-grown Bronze turkeys are for savouring rather than gobbling

“IT MIGHT SOUND like a cliché, but a happy

turkey makes a tasty turkey,” says Charlie Frederick, farm manager at Temple Farm, which, from his description, appears to be nothing short of a real-life utopia for the 1500 Bronze turkey chicks raised here every year. “Our turkeys have the most stress-free life a bird could have,” says Charlie. “They are reared in small flocks, on natural foods, with no additives or antibiotics, and are free-range from five weeks of age.” Temple Farm in Essex chooses slowgrowing breeds that are allowed to reach full maturity and are then “naturally finished” to layer on the fat. “It’s never a question of getting them to a certain weight and then slaughtering them,” says Charlie. Even their passage to death is a peaceful one, with the birds slaughtered on the farm. “They are not under any stress. They are not put into any cages to be transported. They just walk down to the barn.” It’s not just the rearing methods that are traditional on Temple Farm – the processing techniques are traditional too. After slaughtering, the birds are dry-

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plucked and game hung for a minimum of seven days to enhance the flavour. Mass production precludes this step, says Charlie, as birds are wet-plucked which means they have to be eviscerated straightaway. Things have been done this way on Temple Farm for 60 years, and this commitment to traditional methods is rewarded with meat that is rich, succulent and well marbled, with a natural fat layer that helps to retain moisture during cooking and produce a crispy, golden skin. The approach has also earned this fourth-generation family business a loyal base of repeat customers. “A big highlight for me is seeing familiar faces coming back year after year to collect their turkeys,” says Charlie. The last 18 months have been tough for the Frederick family, with the loss of

OUR TURKEYS HAVE THE MOST STRESS-FREE LIFE A BIRD COULD HAVE.

Charlie’s father and uncle – both of whom were partners in the business. However, Charlie and his aunt, Bo Frederick, who will be taking the business forward, are trying to maintain a positive outlook. “We would like to expand the business, rearing more turkeys and supplying more outlets across the country” says Charlie. ”We have a fantastic product so it would be great to see more people enjoying our turkeys for their Christmas dinner.” www.sjfrederick.co.uk

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CHOCOLATE & CONFECTIONERY

★ ★ ★ EXQUISITE ★ ★ OUTSTANDING ★ DELICIOUS

PRALINE BONBON ★ BELLA CHOCOLATE

WHAT IS IT? Chocolate bonbon filled with hazelnut praline ganache. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Enjoy it with your coffee, tea or just on its own. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Salted Caramel Chocolate Bonbon ★

www.bella-chocolate.co.uk

SALTED PEANUT & CARAMEL ★ GROWN UP MARSHMALLOWS

WHAT IS IT? These marshmallows are delightful bags of protein bursting with a flavour sensation that will keep you coming back for more. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Our sticky, salty-sweet caramel is topped with only the best salted peanuts, free from palm oil. Perfect for s’mores to cocktails, sharing with friends at BBQs, bonfires and fire pits. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Sicilian Lemon ★

www.grownupmarshmallows.co.uk

VEGEBEARS ★★

JUST WHOLEFOODS WHAT IS IT? Delicious fruit flavoured, reduced-sugar gummy bears. 100% plant-based, organic and made with no artificial ingredients. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Lovely little guilt-free treats with fresh fruity notes. Perfect for both adults and children looking to reduce their sugar content. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Frooty Fruits ★ Vegehogs ★ Organic Pancake Mix ★

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CHOCOLATE & CONFECTIONERY

NATURAL CBD CHEWING GUM ★ KAYA

WHAT IS IT? Plastic-free and sugar-free natural mint CBD chewing gum perfectly created to help balance the moments of stress. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Chew our minty CBD gum to help with those niggly moments of stress! www.kaya.co.uk

OH MY GUM! CINNAMON ★ OH MY GUM!

WHAT IS IT? Chic plant-based, plastic-free and sugar-free chewing gum made with biodegradable chicle and all natural cinnamon. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Simply chew it and enjoy it. www.ohmygum.com

BOMBS MAQUI & ALMOND ★ POLY N PRO

WHAT IS IT? Smooth taste of almond, hazelnut and silk soft chocolate. It’s about health, love and enjoyment. An invitation to love natural supplements made delicious. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Luxurious treats that pamper, saturate, and fight off chronic inflammation and oxidative cell destruction - all at the same time. www.polynpro.com

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CHOCOLATE & CONFECTIONERY

★ ★ ★ EXQUISITE ★ ★ OUTSTANDING ★ DELICIOUS

CARAMELLE AL TARTUFO E MIELE ★★ STEFANIA CALUGI

WHAT IS IT? Wildflower honey and truffle candies with natural aroma. Produced in Italy. Gluten free. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? On its own, perfect as a treat during the day or at the end of a meal. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Desiderio-Petali di tartufo ★

www.tartufi.it

FRESH CREAM ‘GINGERBREAD’ FUDGE ★ THE FUDGE CAN

WHAT IS IT? Fresh cream, crumbly and handmade gingerbread fudge made with British farm-assured cream, butter and sugar, vanilla, stem ginger, ground ginger, treacle and Madagascan vanilla. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? This is a versatile fudge that can be enjoyed on its own, broken up into ice cream, eaten after dinner or even used to adorn cheesecakes or cupcakes. www.thefudgecan.com

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We are delighted that Francesco coFFee Beans From pianocoFFee.com haVe Been giVen an aWard By great taste. The Judges commended the good body of the coffee with its notes of dark chocolate and light citrus finish. - A high quality Italian-style blend. - Great as espresso or with milk. - Premium high-grown Peruvian Arabica - Organic, FairTrade & Rainforest Alliance approved. - Ideal for all coffee preparation methods including bean-to-cup machines.

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COFFEE

★ ★ ★ EXQUISITE ★ ★ OUTSTANDING ★ DELICIOUS

PAPUA NEW - MILE HIGH ★★ 47 DEGREES COFFEE

WHAT IS IT? Great served either as an espresso based drink or through the filter. Expect dark chocolate and dried fruit, with a velvety crema. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? You can drink this either as an espresso based drink or through a filter. A fantastic everyday coffee. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Colombian - Supremo ★ Brazilian - Sul de Minas ★ Ethiopia Sidamo Decaf ★ www.47degreescoffee.com

No 12. ★★

BACK YARD COFFEE WHAT IS IT? A beautiful medium roast of ethically sourced Brazilian and Ugandan coffee beans. Creating flavour notes of chocolate, rich caramel creaminess, double cream and a hint of cinnamon. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? An omni roast perfect for all types of coffee – espresso, milk-based and filter. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): No 1. House Blend ★ www.backyardcoffee.co.uk

PANAMA TERROIR - LA HUELLA ★★ CAFE DE PANAMA

WHAT IS IT? 100% Panama Geisha, roasted in small batches from origin. Expect orange, peach vanilla, and jasmine notes. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Ideal for filter and cafetière. A perfect opportunity to explore a unique terroir roasted and shipped from origin. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Black Honey - La Huella ★ www.cafedepanama.com

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COFFEE HOUSE LANE WHAT IS IT? A high-end medium-dark artisan roast with notes of toffee, butterscotch and caramel, delivering a smooth yet intense coffee experience. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? An impressive, balanced espresso with bagfuls of flavour, whilst milk brings a creaminess that balances the blend. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Viking City Roast ★ www.coffeehouselane.ie

COFFEE

1690 ★★

UNDER MILK WOOD ★★ DARK WOODS COFFEE

WHAT IS IT? Our best selling espresso coffee, sourced from our producer partners in Brazil, Ethiopia and India, and roasted by hand in Yorkshire. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Perfect house espresso for independent cafes, delis, restaurants and farm shops, available in 1kg bags and hand crafted retail bags. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Common Grounds Barrel-Aged ★★ Panama La Huella “Café de Panama” Natural ★★★ Panama La Huella “Café de Panama“ 100% Geisha Honey ★★ Panama La Huella “Café de Panama“ 100% Geisha Natural ★★ Ethiopia Ardent Yirgacheffe Anaerobic Natural ★★ Colombia Mikava 100% Geisha, Carbonic Natural ★★★ Panama La Huella “Café de Panama” Black Honey (Geisha Signature) ★★ Crow Tree ★★ Panama La Huella “Café de Panama” Red Honey ★★ www.darkwoodscoffee.co.uk

FREIGHTLINE BLEND ★

FRAZER’S COFFEE ROASTERS WHAT IS IT? Directly traded high grade espresso blend. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Great for espresso machines, but can also be used across all brewing methods. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Brazil Cristais Paulistas Fazenda Bom Jesus ★ Uganda Rwenzori Kalingwe ★ Full Monty Blend ★ www.frazerscoffeeroasters.co.uk

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★ ★ ★ EXQUISITE ★ ★ OUTSTANDING ★ DELICIOUS

COFFEE

TRIANGLE SIGNATURE ROAST ★ KHANYA CRAFT COFFEE

WHAT IS IT? A single origin El Salvador Red Bourbon, smooth bright balanced acidity, sweetness and citrus fruits. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Make the perfect coffee. Works for all variations of coffees with textured milk or as an Americano. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Lucas Choice ★ www.khanyacraftcoffee.com

ROCKO MOUNTAIN ESPRESSO ★★★ MONSOON ESTATES

WHAT IS IT? A natural processed coffee where the beans are dried inside the cherry fruit. This makes for a sweeter, fuller bodied, fruity/winy chocolaty flavour. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Any brew method works really well and an espresso with milk tastes like strawberry milkshake! Try it with chocolate digestives or even with cheese and oatcakes! OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Rocko Mountain ★★ Doi Chaang ★ Granja La Esperanza Tres Dragones ★★ Sumatra Mandheling ★★ Sumatra Mandheling Swiss Water Decaf ★★★ Rwandan Kinini ★ Monte Cristo ★★ www.monsoonestates.co.uk

ORGANIC LIGHTLY CAFFEINATED COFFEE WHOLE BEAN ★ NORLO

WHAT IS IT? Lightly roasted speciality organic coffee. Smooth and full of intense, vibrant aromas while preserving more antioxidants, nutrients, and natural minerals. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? A third less caffeine to be enjoyed throughout the day. Perfect for coffee shops, restaurants, delis and at home. Available in ground, wholebean and pods. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Organic Caffeinated Coffee - Whole Bean ★ www.norlo.co.uk

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COFFEE

★ ★ ★ EXQUISITE ★ ★ OUTSTANDING ★ DELICIOUS

GRITSTONE: SEASONAL ESPRESSO BLEND ★★ SEAMOOR COFFEE

WHAT IS IT? Named after the rocky outcrops of the Dark Peak, our Gritstone blend is roasted to produce a well balanced espresso with a deep, fruity brightness and notes of apricot and caramel. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? A great choice for cafes, restaurants, and of course at home too. It’s equally delicious enjoyed as an espresso or with milk. www.seamoorcoffee.co.uk

DECAF ESPRESSO ★★

STEWARTS OF TRENT BRIDGE LTD WHAT IS IT? All of the zing, none of the sting! Caffeine free, full bodied blend of Fairtrade and organic beans. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Brew, drink, repeat! Delivers a full-bodied, smooth brew without the caffeine hit. Ideal for all brew methods espresso or filter. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Sunset Espresso ★ www.stewartscoffees.co.uk

COLOMBIAN MOUNTAIN WATER DECAF COFFEE ★★

TWO DOGS COFFEE ROASTING COMPANY WHAT IS IT? An excelso grade, mediumbodied coffee with notes of biscuit and peanut, decaffeinated by the totally natural Swiss Water method. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Enjoy after lunch onwards for a full coffee taste, but none of the caffeine. Can be brewed hot or cold for an equally enjoyable drink. www.twodogscoffeecompany.com

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COFFEE

HOUSE ROAST NESPRESSO-COMPATIBLE CAPSULES ★ UESHIMA COFFEE COMPANY

WHAT IS IT? Japan’s favourite coffee at the touch of a button. Nespresso® compatible aluminium capsules, filled with rich and perfectly balanced, Rainforest Alliance certified coffee. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Enjoy as an espresso just as it is, or add a dash of milk to experience the taste of Japanese coffee culture at home. www.ueshimacoffeecompany.com

BOLIVIA | VILLA ROSARIO ★★ VOYAGER COFFEE

WHAT IS IT? Part of a range of ethically-sourced, single origins and specialty coffee blends packed in 100% compostable packaging. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Brew as an unusual and satisfying filter or espresso and expect zingy strawberry starburst notes with a syrupy maple sweetness. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Breakfast Tea ★ Ethiopia | Beloya ★ Citrus Rooibos Tea ★ www.voyagercoffee.co.uk

RWANDA BLUEBERRY CANDYFLOSS ★ WHITE ROSE COFFEE ROASTERS

WHAT IS IT? Arabica coffee from Rwanda, natural processed it has strong blueberry, candyfloss, chocolate and mango fruit flavours. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Perfectly enjoyed brewed with a Hario Drip or Aeropress, this coffee shines its best using filter brewing methods. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Ethiopian Limu Natural ★ www.whiterosecoffeeroasters.co.uk

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GOLDEN FORK FROM WALES There’s more to sheep’s meat than spring lamb, as Pembrokeshire Lamb’s melt-in-the-mouth hogget shoulder demonstrates

IT’S OFTEN SAID that things were better in the good old days, and Pembrokeshire Lamb was started by Steve and Kara Lewis as an experiment to test this theory. “We weren’t sure whether it was our nostalgia or sentimentality, but the lamb we were buying didn’t taste the same as we remembered from our childhoods,” says Steve. “So we thought we would see what we could do by rearing and preparing the meat properly ourselves. The big question was: would it be as good as we remembered?” In 2012, they secured the tenancy of Fferm Wernllwyd in Haverfordwest. They were not coming at this as newbies – both Steve and Kara are from families with a long history of farming. Steve has a degree in agriculture and has worked in many shepherding roles, while Kara has a degree in Animal Behaviour and Welfare and a flair for flavour. Their ambition was to use their combined experience to rear Welsh lamb with a superior flavour and high welfare and sustainability credentials. The duo also wanted to inspire

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consumers to try new ways of cooking lamb and to discover the eating quality of more mature animals, notably hoggets aged 12-24 months. “As a population, we are way too fixated on spring lamb,” says Steve. “There is much more to lamb and there is a lot of quality in hogget that we have overlooked.” “Hogget has a completely different flavour to lamb. It is richer and deeper and has more intense meatiness compared to the sweetness of lamb. Hogget takes on additional flavours really well and this elevates the meat to another level.” The flavour of hogget even varies throughout the season, according to Steve. “The natural variation in the grasses and herbs available to the sheep throughout the year leave subtle differences in the finished flavour.” All of Pembrokeshire Lamb’s animals are reared on the farm, where they enjoy

HOGGET HAS A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT FLAVOUR TO LAMB. IT IS RICHER AND DEEPER AND HAS MORE INTENSE MEATINESS.

a pasture- and forage-crop-rich diet as they mature naturally into hoggets. The meat is then hung to age further with a local butcher to ensure that the intensity of flavour can develop. So, going back to the original question: yes, the meat really can taste as good as they remember it. www.pembrokeshirelamb.co.uk

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LOVE MEAT TENDER

HOW TO USE:

Keep it simple with mash and homemade gravy, or add Middle Eastern spices and serve in a flatbread with salad for a posh kebab.

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FREE-FROM

★ ★ ★ EXQUISITE ★ ★ OUTSTANDING ★ DELICIOUS

LAMAI THAI - STIR-FRIED STRING BEANS AND JACKFRUIT IN THAI CURRY SAUCE ★ ★ BUONO

WHAT IS IT? Vegan stir-fried juicy string beans with marinated, crisp and chewy jackfruit in fragrant traditional Thai curry sauce. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Ready to eat in under five minutes in the microwave. It’s totally vegan! OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Midweek Sunday - Coffee Almond Brittle ★ Lamai Thai - Green Curry with Jasmine Rice ★ www.buonogroup.com

SELF-RAISING WHITE FLOUR ★ FREEE

WHAT IS IT? A blend of naturally gluten free flours, this is the perfect substitute for regular self-raising flour. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Make delicious gluten-free cakes, muffins, scones and more. Follow a specific gluten-free recipe or use with a regular one, just add a little extra liquid. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Doves Farm Organic White Spelt Flour ★ Doves Farm Organic Strong White Bread Flour ★ Doves Farm Organic Coconut Flour ★ Doves Farm Organic KAMUT® Khorasan Wholemeal Flour ★★ Doves Farm Organic Dark Chocolate Chips ★ www.freee-foods.co.uk

SALTED MACA MILLIONAIRE ★★ GREEN + GRAINY

WHAT IS IT? A sweet and lightly salted cake-bar made from healthy wholefoods. A decadent treat free from gluten, dairy and refined sugar. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Enjoy as you would a slice of cake with your favourite cuppa! These plant-based treats make a great midmorning snack or after dinner bite. www.greenandgrainy.co.uk

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CHERMOULA PASTE/SAUCE ★★ KARIMIX UK

WHAT IS IT? A rich blend of Middle Eastern spices and fresh herbs with lemon. Dairy, wheat and glutenfree. Accredited vegetarian. Mild heat. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Marinade, stir fry, stew, BBQ or a sauce over fish, seafood, or meat. Mix in with mayonnaise or hummus as a dip/drizzle over roasted vegetables. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Teriyaki Wasabi Sauce ★ Rogan Josh Curry Paste ★ www.karimix.com

ORIGINAL PURE CHEESE CRISPS ★★ MONARCHS CRISPS

WHAT IS IT? Oven baked keto snacks, made entirely from cheddar. Ideal for low carb, paleo and vegetarian diets. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Deliciously tangy and crunchy, for easy dipping, garnishing soups and salads or pairing with drinks. Enjoy a low carb lifestyle, guilt free! OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Piquanté ★★ Garlic and Oregano ★ www.monarchscrisps.co.uk

TAHINI BROWNIES ★

NINE TEA CUPS BAKERY WHAT IS IT? Plant-based gluten-free fudgy brownies swirled with jewels of tahini and speckled with chunks of sesame biscuits. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Available in celebration size or tea time treat size packs, these brownies are perfect for sharing or keeping to yourself! www.nineteacups.com

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JEWELLED CHRISTMAS CAKE ★★ WILDBERRY BAKERY

WHAT IS IT? A rich, moist, generously fruited cake adorned with vibrant, glistening candied fruit, not to mention its spicey, citrus and boozy flavour. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? This cake is perfect to slice and eat with a cup of tea, however, alternatively, serve warm with a dollop of freshly whipped cream. www.wildberrybakery.com

❝ GREAT TASTE

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FRESH MEAT

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STORNOWAY BLACK PUDDING ★★ CHARLES MACLEOD

WHAT IS IT? This multi-award-winning black pudding is made with Scottish oatmeal to give a unique texture and the moist deep flavour is a result of high-quality ingredients and fine balance of seasoning. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Essential in a traditional breakfast or a perfect accompaniment to a range of savoury ingredients such as scallops, chicken, beef and pork. www.charlesmacleod.co.uk

28-DAY DRY AGED ORGANIC RIB OF BEEF

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EVERSFIELD ORGANIC WHAT IS IT? Beautifully marbled, 28-day dry aged organic grass fed British rib of beef on the bone from regenerative farming. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Exceptionally tender, best cooked low and slow so it’s melting off the bone, or flash roasted so it’s pink and juicy in the middle. www.eversfieldorganic.co.uk

FREE RANGE BRONZE TURKEY

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HERB FED WHAT IS IT? A truly free range slow grown bronze turkey, fed a unique fresh herb diet. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Quite simply the delicious centrepiece of your festive feast! OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Free range Rooster ★ www.herbfedpoultry.co.uk

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FRESH MEAT

MATURED RIB OF BEEF ★★★ ISLE OF MAN MEAT COMPANY

WHAT IS IT? A juicy full bodied and sublime rib of beef. Delicately marbled for buttery deep flavour, expertly butchered and prepared. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Perfect for slow roasting, especially with mustard, garlic, salt and thyme to create a delicious crust. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Short leg of lamb ★★ Shoulder of lamb ★ Shoulder of pork ★ Rib eye steak ★ Belly Pork ★★ www.iommeats.com

PORK SIU LOONG BUN ★ ORIENTAL FOOD EXPRESS

WHAT IS IT? These mini juicy buns with a silky skin, generously filled with premium pork and a mouthful of delicious soup. Lovely bite-sized Chinese soup dumplings. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Place into the steamer and steam for 15 minutes, or heat some oil in a frying pan then fry them for about 10 minutes. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Beef and Tomato Dumplings ★ Lamb and Leek Dumplings ★ www.kungfufoods.co.uk

HOGGET SHOULDER ★★★ PEMBROKESHIRE LAMB

WHAT IS IT? Grass-fed and sustainable hogget shoulder from our family farm in North Pembrokeshire. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Perfect for a family gathering, simply slow roast to create a real show-stopper whilst you enjoy your time together. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Brown Sauce ★ Indian Style Kebab Rub ★ Pembrokeshire Lamb Shoulder ★★ Mutton Shoulder ★★ The Signature Burger ★ Mutton Mince ★ www.pembrokeshirelamb.co.uk

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FRESH MEAT

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YORKSHIRE BREAKFAST CHIPOLATA ★★ SWALEDALE BUTCHERS

WHAT IS IT? A deceptively simple, delicious sausage, classically spiced with black pepper, nutmeg and mace. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Adored by children and adults it makes a fantastic breakfast item, also perfect for the BBQ or homemade sausage rolls. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Merguez Sausages ★★ www.swaledale.co.uk

CUMBERLAND SAUSAGE ★ THE CHOPPING BLOCK

WHAT IS IT? Traditional hand-crafted sausage that is peppery in taste, coarse in texture and presented in a coil. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? We feel our sausage is best served simply in the classic dish of ‘bangers and mash’ or straight in a bun! OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Westmorland Sausage ★ www.thechoppingblockpenrith.com

LONGHORN LEAN STEAK MINCE ★ TORI & BENS FARM

WHAT IS IT? Outstanding, sustainable, traceable and delicious beef mince. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Best seasoned with a little salt and pepper, cooked on a medium grill pan, four minutes each side. Serve in a tasty brioche bun with a homemade red slaw and melted cheese to taste, with a crispy salad. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Lamb Leg ★ Longhorn Tomahawk steak ★★ Lamb Shoulder ★★ www.toriandbensfarm.co.uk

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Martins Meats are immensely proud to have been awarded three 3-star Great Taste awards again this year! This year’s awards are for our Longhorn Rolled Topside Joint, Rolled Sirloin Steak and Ribeye Steak! Specialising in 30-day + aged Longhorn beef and Gloucester Old Spot pork, reared in the Cotswolds, Martin and his team take pride and care in the vital processes required to produce the UK’s finest quality meats.

Order Online today or give us a call www.martinsmeats.com 01242 621493


HONEY

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SUMMER BLOSSOM BRITISH HONEY ★ BEES & CO.

WHAT IS IT? Created by native British honeybees located near gardens full of summer blooms, a showcase of pure, raw, traditional summer honey. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Use in drinks, spread on savouries, drizzle on desserts, cooking recipes, healthier sugar replacement or when feeling under the weather. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Special Edition Echium Honey ★★

www.beesand.co

MÊL CILGWENYN - GOWER SALTMARSH WILDFLOWER HONEY ★★ CILGWENYN BEE FARM

WHAT IS IT? A raw honey packed with flavour with an exciting journey of complex floral, citrus, herbal then a saline finish and 100% carbon neutral. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Wonderful on its own with a spoon, on toasted bread or to accompany cheese or pancakes. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Mêl Cilgwenyn - Cambrian Mountains Heather Honey ★ Mêl Cilgwenyn - Brecon Beacons Uplands Wildflower Honey ★★

www.bees.wales

RAW BUCKWHEAT HONEY ★ DEUKES

WHAT IS IT? Like a brooding summer storm, buckwheat honey is unusually dark, almost red, with a delicate, spicy aroma. The flavour is lovely with a smooth mouth-feel, gliding over the palate. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Drizzle over pancakes, waffles and ice cream as an alternative to maple syrup. Add it to marinades for meat and fish dishes, or layer with tangy cheddar, stilton or smoked cheese on crackers with nuts and seeds. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Raw Acacia Honey ★★

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HONEY

TOCA ORGANIC HONEY ★★ MIELES ANTA

WHAT IS IT? Raw, organic, high mountain honey, with a forest and dried fruit aroma and a taste of roasted chestnuts, sultanas and thyme. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Delicious on its own and the perfect accompaniment to creamy cheese, desserts and as an elegant ingredient in cocktails and the most gourmet pairings. www.mielesanta.com

CLEAR DEVON HONEY ★ STONE’S HONEY

WHAT IS IT? Multi-award-winning Devon wildflower runny honey. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Delicious in smoothies, drizzled over Greek yogurt or simply smothered over toast, this honey provides a natural, but subtly floral, sweetness. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Soft Set Devon Honey ★

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GOLDEN FORK FROM IRELAND

THE OYSTER CATCHERS One of Ireland’s natural treasures, Carlingford oysters have found their way on to menus around the globe

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CARLINGFORD OYSTER COMPANY | LOUËT-FEISSER SELECT CARLINGFORD OYSTERS

WHEN PETER LOUËT-FEISSER and his wife Anna arrived on Irish shores in the late 1960s in a wooden sailing boat they had built themselves, little did they know that the world was to become their oyster, or rather that oysters were to become their world. A few years later, a broadcast on BBC Radio 4 inspired Peter to start his own oyster farm in Carlingford Lough, an inlet in County Louth whose A-classified waters are rich in nutrients and minerals carried down in mountain streams from the limestone and granite of the Cooley and Mourne ranges. “These nutrients mix with the interchange of cool tidal waters to produce specific conditions that encourage a unique cocktail of algal and plankton species,” says secondgeneration oyster farmer Kian Louët-Feisser. “This is what imparts the unique flavour of a Carlingford oyster.”

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PERFECT OYSTER … IT’S EASY TO GROW AN AVERAGE OYSTER, BUT WHERE’S THE PLEASURE IN THAT?

“Oysters are a truly wonderful species to grow,” he says. “They take on and reflect beautifully the locale. You literally taste in your mouth what you see with your eyes.” When an oyster is in prime condition the uppermost gill takes on a rich creamy hue caused by reserves of glycogen. This imparts a sweet flavour that beautifully complements their briny saltiness. Also, the adductor muscle has a delicate nutty flavour reminiscent of raw scallops.

Over the years, the family has observed how different growing conditions and husbandry techniques enhance these characteristics, and annually sets itself the goal of growing better oysters than the previous year. Peter, now 83, still goes out at 5am to catch the early morning low tides and tend to the oysters. Nevertheless, growing exceptional oysters is still a challenge, according to Kian. “Growing excellent oysters is like trying to catch smoke in your hands. It’s really elusive and even if you repeat what worked in previous years, the weather or nature may conspire to confound your efforts.” This year, though, all the elements have aligned, earning the Mullatee company a Golden Fork for its premium Louët-Feisser Select oysters. These are the very best oysters to come out of these waters, accounting for 10% of the farm’s overall production. “With our Louët-Feisser Select Carlingford oyster we are trying to nurture the perfect oyster that our body of water in Carlingford can sustain,” explains Kian. “It’s easy to grow an average oyster, but where is the pleasure in that?” www.carlingfordoystercompany.ie

HOW TO USE:

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ICE CREAM & SORBET

MOCHI ICE LITE BITE - MANGO ★ BUONO

WHAT IS IT? Fresh vegan mango frozen dessert wrapped in chewy mochi dough. Using monk fruit we are able to reduce the sugar without compromising the taste! WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Ditch the spoon and sink your teeth in this bite-sized goodness. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Mochi Ice Lite Bite - Chocolate Banana ★ Mochi Ice Lite Bite - Strawberry ★ www.buonogroup.com

ACAI BERRY SORBET ★

GLASTRY FARM ICE CREAM WHAT IS IT? Sweet and tangy acai berry sorbet, low sugar and fat, high fibre and antioxidant rich. Suitable for vegans. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Perfect for a refreshing dessert to cleanse the palate. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Sea Buckthorn & Goji Berry Sorbet ★ www.glastryfarm.com

POOR BEAR’S DELIGHT ★ MAUDS ICE CREAMS

WHAT IS IT? A rich dairy vanilla ice cream with lashings of our own honeycomb (cinder toffee) and the signature ice cream flavour in Mauds extensive range. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Stick a flake in it! Best served on a fresh waffle cone with a classic ‘99 flake. Equally good on its own or as part of a dessert. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021):

Biscottino ice cream ★ Almond & Cherry Bakewell ice cream ★

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ICE CREAM & SORBET

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CARAMELISED HAZELNUT ICE CREAM ★★★ MORELLI ICE CREAM

WHAT IS IT? Made using double cream and Piedmont hazelnuts, we have swirled in caramelised hazelnut nibs and a salted caramel variegato. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Enjoy on its own or as a luxury affogato with an espresso coffee poured over. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Sicilian Pistachio Ice Cream ★ Clotted Cream with Strawberries Ice Cream ★ Clotted Cream with Lemon Curd Ice Cream ★ Brown Butter Bourbon Ice Cream ★ Clotted Cream with Amarena Cherry Ice Cream ★★ Mango Sorbet ★ www.morellisices.com

GELATO LUSSO BOURBON VANILLA DAIRY ICE CREAM ★★ SUNCREAM ICE CREAM

WHAT IS IT? Soft and creamy bourbon vanilla ice cream flecked with natural vanilla pods. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Serve in a delicious waffle cone, with a warm waffle, or with your favourite dessert. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Gelato Lusso Rum Raisin Dairy Ice Cream ★ Premium Dairy Free Mango Sorbet ★ www.suncreamicecream.com

FILLER MOUTHWATERINGLY GOOD. WE CANNOT FAULT THIS!

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JAMS & SWEET PRESERVES

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THREE FRUIT MARMALADE ★★ CAKEBOLE ORCHARD

WHAT IS IT? A delicious tangy marmalade with a lovely rich colour made from Seville oranges, ruby grapefruit and lemons. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Wonderful on hot buttered toast or crumpets, or blitz with white wine and a little soy sauce to use as a glaze for baked ham. www.cakeboleorchard.co.uk

PASSION FRUIT & MANGO ALL BUTTER CURD ★★ COTTAGE DELIGHT

WHAT IS IT? A curd that combines exotic passion fruit and mango that bursts with creaminess and tropical fruit flavour. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Ideal to add a twist to baked scones, cheesecakes or indulge over hot buttered toast. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021):

Juicy Blackcurrant Whole Fruit Jam ★ Morello Cherry Whole Fruit Jam ★ Seville Orange Thick Cut Marmalade ★ British Bramley Apple Sauce ★ Classic Cheese Maker’s Pickle ★ Katsu Curry Paste ★ Tikka Masala Curry Paste ★★ The Great British Pantry Bloody Mary Ketchup ★ Kickin’ Carolina Reaper Sauce ★ Fiery Caribbean Sauce ★ Roast Garlic & Red Pepper Dressing ★

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ORIGINAL PANDAN ★★★ MADAM CHANG’S KAYA

WHAT IS IT? Artisanal sweet Malaysian coconut curd with the aromatic flavour of pandan leaves. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Kaya is traditionally and most commonly enjoyed on generously buttered toast with a hot cup of coffee. It can also be used in baking and patisserie, or as a sauce over pancakes or ice cream! www.madamchangs.co.uk

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JAMS & SWEET PRESERVES

FINE CUT MARMALADE ★ MRS BRIDGES

WHAT IS IT? A traditional, tangy marmalade made with sweet oranges from Seville, this product is perfect with an orange taste that lasts. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Perfect addition to the breakfast table, added to your baking or even as a glaze for meat. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021):

Mackays Blueberry and Blackcurrant Preserve ★ Mackays Lemon and Lime Marmalade ★ Mackays Chilli Jam ★ Mrs Bridges Chilli Jam ★

www.mrsbridges.co.uk

CACAO & HAZELNUT CRUNCHY SPREAD ★★ NATURYA

WHAT IS IT? Delicious cacao and hazelnut superfood spread that supports energy and immunity. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Perfect by the spoonful or as a chocolatey twist for pancakes, toast, porridge and smoothies. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Organic Hot Chocol’ha ★ Cashew & Hazelnut Smooth Spread ★ Overnight Oats Cacao Maca ★ Overnight Oats Coconana Chia ★★ Overnight Oats Berry Buzz ★ Chia+ Chocolate ★ Chia+ Coconut ★ GUT FEEL Original ★

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BLACKCURRANT JAM ★★★ STOKES SAUCES

WHAT IS IT? Blackcurrant extra jam - brimming with real blackcurrants, simmered to perfection for a full fruit flavour and a rich texture to savour. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Spread it on to fresh baked scones; spoon over vanilla ice cream; add intense fruity flavour to rice pudding. Enjoy. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021):

Spiced Green Tomato & Apple Chutney ★ Pomodoro ★ Sweet Chilli Sauce ★ Sweet and Sticky BBQ Sauce ★★

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JAMS & SWEET PRESERVES

★ ★ ★ EXQUISITE ★ ★ OUTSTANDING ★ DELICIOUS

APRÈS APRICOT ★★★

THE CANNING UNDERGROUND WHAT IS IT? A silky jam featuring pink-blushed Tilton apricots, glacéed apricots, and crème de noyaux. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? We like to eat this golden jam with a wee spoon, enjoying a bit of sunshine while pondering our existence in a weary world. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Tributary Cherry ★ Pelosi Plum Gin ★★ The Tao of Marmalade ★ Yuzu You, Dr. Fauci ★ Braveheart ★★ Slouching Towards Bitterness ★

www.thecanningunderground.com

KESAR MANGO PULP ★ TOP OP FOODS

WHAT IS IT? Kesar mango pulp. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Kesar mango pulp is widely used in preparing mango drinks, nectars, jams, marmalades and delicious milkshakes. It can also be enjoyed as mango dessert. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Niharti Extra Virgin Olive Oil ★

www.top-op.com

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Copper to support immunity Manganese to fight fatigue Omega-3 to balance cholesterol levels

Manganese to fight fatigue High Protein Copper & Vitamin C for immunity Beta-Glucan – helps lower cholesterol


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.PEPPER..FIELD | FREEZE-DRIED GREEN KAMPOT PEPPER

KAMPOT PEPPER MIGHT be the most expensive in the world, but that doesn’t mean that its farmers are well paid. According to Lukáš Hejtmánek, cofounder of .pepper..field, there are about 300 small, family-run farms in Cambodia at the mercy of larger, foreign-owned farms. “They have no choice but to sell to the big farms for a lot less than the market price or face having no market for their product,” he explains. Determined to do something about this situation, Lukáš, his cousin, David Pavel, and their girlfriends, Lenka Trchalikova and Klara Dohnalova, started exporting the pepper. “We wanted to help these farmers find a market for their pepper,” says Lukáš. Trading directly with the farmers, .pepper.. field pays the price officially set by the Kampot Pepper Promotion Association. This gives farmers enough to pay for farm maintenance, health care and school fees for their children. However, in order to make exporting viable, the .pepper..field’s founders needed

❝ IF YOU COMPARE REGULAR

DEHYDRATED PEPPER WITH OUR FREEZE-DRIED PEPPER, IT’S LIKE TASTING A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT PRODUCT.

a way of capturing the aromatic essence of fresh green Kampot pepper in an extended shelf life format. Using freeze-drying techniques, they were able to preserve the original flavour profile.

“The main difference between freezedrying and dehydrating the peppers is that freeze-drying is done at lower temperatures. This preserves the shape and the flavour notes,” says Lukáš. “If you compare regular dehydrated pepper with our freeze-dried pepper, it’s like tasting a completely different product. Ours is much more like fresh pepper. It begins with salted notes that give way to juiciness when crushed in the mouth, followed by heat.“ He explains that the reason not all pepper is preserved in this way is because it is much more expensive than conventional drying. 50kg of fresh pepper only yields 25kg of freeze-dried product, plus the freeze-drying process is complex and time-consuming. “Our process takes three days from start to finish. It involves three phases and we had to precisely set up each stage to get the desired final product.” Although this Prague-based start-up only launched in 2018, due to logistical issues caused by COVID, it is only just getting going. This year has seen it launch into Germany, France, Ireland and Italy. And the next stop is the UK. www.pepperfield.uk

HOW TO USE:

Add directly to pasta, steak or a pepper sauce to add gentle heat.

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OILS, VINEGARS & DRESSINGS

★ ★ ★ EXQUISITE ★ ★ OUTSTANDING ★ DELICIOUS

COLD PRESSED RAPESEED OIL ★★ BELL AND LOXTON

WHAT IS IT? Cold pressed rapeseed oil, grown, pressed and bottled on the family farm. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? A versatile oil perfect for all your culinary needs, such as stir-fries, roasting, dressings, drizzling and baking. Makes perfect roast potatoes every time. www.bellandloxton.co.uk

VEGAN BLACK TRUFFLE MAYONNAISE ★ BESAUCY

WHAT IS IT? Vegan black truffle mayo, like a mushroom on a power trip, creamy textured with intense rich truffle flavour using quality ingredients. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Use our mayos as an ingredient as well as a condiment. Stir through pasta, add to risotto, blend into soup, smother on your burgers and sandwiches. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Vegan Garlic Mayonnaise ★

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ORIGINAL GHEE ★ GHEE APPÉTIT

WHAT IS IT? Ghee is a gold standard cooking fat derived by clarifying butter over a slow flame. Ghee is an ancient Ayurvedic superfood, known to have gut healing and immune boosting benefits. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Ghee can be used for daily cooking, sautéing, spreading, frying and baking. Anything that an oil can do, ghee can do and better. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Morel Pâté Ghee ★★

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HEMP WHOLE FOODS WHAT IS IT? Cold pressed extra virgin hemp seed oil. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Our beautiful cold pressed hemp seed oil is the perfect accompaniment to your cooking. Sizzle, drizzle, dunk & dress to add another level of flavour to any dish. www.hempwholefoods.co.uk

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HEMP SEED OIL ★

WHAT IS IT? This balsamic, unlike any other, comes from a very slow cooking of late-harvest apple must in order to retain all the aromas of sweet freshness. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Assemble delicious salads and play with flavours in all your culinary creations with our range of vinegars and balsamics. Simple and classic. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Aged Apple Cider Balsamic ★ Red apple cider vinegar ★

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ORGANIC WHITE SESAME OIL ★★★ THE WASABI COMPANY

WHAT IS IT? A supremely delicate oil with a wonderfully complex and intriguing flavour of roasted sesame seeds, the epitome of fine sesame oil. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? The indulgent yet clean nutty, toasty, sesame flavour makes an ideal dressing for steamed vegetables, salad and sashimi without overpowering. www.thewasabicompany.co.uk

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WHAT IS IT? A spicy tomato chutney made with chilli, ginger and garlic. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? This is a flavoursome chutney that would go well with cheese and curries alike! OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Aubergine Chutney ★ www.ajar-of.co.uk

ONION MARMALADE RELISH ★ APLEY FARM SHOP

WHAT IS IT? Traditional relish with a tangy, chunky twist. Pairs perfectly with meat and cheese with a really good balance of sweet and sharp notes. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? A classic marmalade for a perfect accompaniment for cold meats and cheese. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Smoked Streaky Bacon ★ www.apleyestate.co.uk

PICKLES, CHUTNEYS & SAUCES

SPICY TOMATO KASUNDI CHUTNEY ★★

KIMCHI HOT SAUCE ★★ AYE PICKLED

WHAT IS IT? A handmade, smoky hot sauce, blended with our house vegan kimchi to create a full-bodied outstanding flavour. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Add it to tacos, mix through scrambled eggs, serve with fried chicken or dunk your pizza crusts in it. The possibilities are endless. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Kimchi ★★ www.ayepickled.com

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PICKLES, CHUTNEYS & SAUCES

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CARROT, ORANGE AND GINGER RELISH ★ BODLON

WHAT IS IT? A soft fresh and zingy carrot, orange and stem ginger relish, vibrant in colour with a hint of heat. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? The perfect accompaniment with blue or other strong hard and soft cheeses, great with charcuterie or even spread on warm buttered toast for breakfast. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Sweet Chilli Asian Glaze ★ www.capitalcuisine.co.uk

CHIPOTLE ★

CONCHITA’S CHIPOTLE WHAT IS IT? An honest and authentic sweet and smoky chipotle sauce that is unexpected and distinctive among commercial chipotle products. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Due to its multidimensional qualities of sweet and smoky, it is not limited to spice and heat lovers. It can also be enjoyed as a condiment, marinade or culinary ingredient. www.conchitaschipotle.com

AFRICAN LEMON CHILLI SAUCE ★ DR TROUBLE

WHAT IS IT? Africa’s finest all natural chilli sauce. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? This pairs well with chicken and can be used as a condiment as well as an ingredient. Two tablespoons in your favourite butternut soup will take your meal to the next level. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Double Oak Smoked Sauce ★ www.drtroublesauce.co.uk

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GREEN SAUCE ★★ FORGOTTEN FOODS

WHAT IS IT? A zesty salsa verde packed with fresh green herbs and punchy umami flavours. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? This sauce is incredible with fish or meat, use it as a marinade or sauce to enhance any dish or plate. www.forgottenfoods.co.uk

SHITO AROMATIC CHILLI SAUCE VEGAN ★★ JUST ‘COS CATERING

WHAT IS IT? Shito - a much-loved Ghanaian vegan, aromatic, delicious, rich and spicy chilli sauce with colourful array of warming spices, and aromatic undertone flavours of Africa. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Used for absolutely anything from slapping on bread to topping over even disastrous cooking attempts. It always saves the day. Toss it with rice, noodles, couscous or use as a dip. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Fresh and Fiery Green Scotch Bonnet Chilli sauce ★ www.justcoscatering.co.uk

RUBY KRAUT ★

LOVING FOODS FERMENTED WHAT IS IT? Organic red cabbage and beetroot sauerkraut, fermented for three weeks and flavoured with cinnamon and cloves. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Our Ruby Kraut can be eaten as a side dish with most meals, and is a great addition to salads and sandwiches. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Hibiscus & Lime Kombucha ★ www.lovingfoods.co.uk

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PICO SAUCES

WHAT IS IT? A fiery and delicious chilli sauce that celebrates the notorious Naga ghost pepper, with spices, garlic and onion. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Enjoy it straight or mixed into mayonnaise or yoghurt to make a milder dip - perfect for sandwiches, a burger spread or accompanying an appetiser. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Varanasi Tamarind Chutney ★ www.picosauces.com

BREAD AND BUTTER PICKLES ★★ THE FERMENTATION STATION

WHAT IS IT? Your pantry staple pickled gherkin, sour, tangy and moreish. Pickled in a mustard seed, turmeric and chilli brine. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Perfect on any cheese board or comforting toastie. Got to be paired with your classic burger. Use any leftover brine to pickle yourself or add a tart drizzle to a soup. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Tepache ★ www.thefermentation-station.co.uk

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NAGA GHOST PEPPER SAUCE ★

KOREAN SAUCE ★★★

THE RANDY’S SAUCE COMPANY LIMITED WHAT IS IT? It is a sweet and sticky sauce with a mild kick of heat, packed full of Oriental flavours. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Perfect to use as a dip or relish, or just slather on chicken, BBQ meat and vegetables, fries, sausages and salads to add a delicious twist to your favourite dishes. www.randyswingbar.co.uk

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YOYO LAOS SAUCE ★ YOYO LAOS SAUCE

WHAT IS IT? Handmade in small batches combining fresh ginger, chilli and garlic for a unique and authentic south-east Asian taste. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Fabulous with fish or BBQ meat, our sauce can be used for dipping, as a marinade, added to stir-fry or salad to really spice things up. www.yoyolaossauce.co.uk

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SMOKED FISH & SEAFOOD

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PANKO BREADED SINGLE WHOLETAIL SCAMPI ★ AMITY FISH COMPANY

WHAT IS IT? These delicious meaty wholetails of Scottish langoustine come in a crispy golden panko coating. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Deep or shallow fry for four minutes, then rest for an additional four minutes out of the pan to let the amazing flavour settle. www.amityfish.co.uk

LOUET FEISSER SELECT CARLINGFORD OYSTERS ★★★

CARLINGFORD OYSTER COMPANY WHAT IS IT? Oysters grown in the A Classified waters of Carlingford Lough. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Eat raw from the half shell with cucumber mignonette or in any seafood dish. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Carlingford Oysters ★★★

www.carlingfordoystercompany.ie

COOLEY OYSTERS ★★ COOLEY OYSTERS

WHAT IS IT? Fresh Irish rock oysters, grown in Class A waters and purified to the highest standard. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Enjoy raw or cooked. Oysters are one of the most versatile types of shellfish. Whether pan-fried, grilled with chilli or raw with a drizzle of lemon, fresh oysters always make for a delicious meal. www.cooleyoysters.com

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HOT SMOKED SALMON ★★ EAST NEUK KILNHOUSE

WHAT IS IT? Premium Scottish hot smoked salmon. Flaky in texture, creamy, simply delicious to taste and melts in your mouth! WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Our hot smoked salmon is a very versatile product. We believe simplicity is key to enjoying this product, as the flavour will shine through. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Hot Smoked Trout Fillets ★ Kipper Fillets ★

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COLD SMOKED WILD BASS ★★ NESS POINT SMOKEHOUSE WHAT IS IT? Our cold smoked wild Suffolk bass, takes flavour to a whole new level. Delicately, lightly cured and smoked, perfect for risottos, omelettes, kedgeree or rarebit. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Can be eaten alone or included in any recipe requiring cold smoked saltwater fish. A premium alternative to haddock, pollack and hake with its own unique flavour. www.apassionforseafood.com

ARTISAN STYLE OAK SMOKED SALMON ★ STAITHE SMOKEHOUSE

WHAT IS IT? Traditional artisan style oak smoked Scottish salmon. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Serve it in a bagel with cream cheese and chives, as a starter with a little drizzle of olive oil, or with scrambled eggs for breakfast. www.staithesmokehouse.co.uk

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GOLDEN FORK FROM NORTHERN IRELAND

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With the addition of caramelised hazelnut nibs and a salted caramel variegato, Morelli has adapted an Italian classic for the sweet Irish palate

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MORELLI ICE CREAM | MORELLI’S CARAMELISED HAZELNUT ICE CREAM

ARNALDO MORELLI IS in business with

three siblings – Marino, Daniela and Tania – but maintains that he owns the “bragging rights” to the Golden Fork since developing a caramelised hazelnut flavour was his idea. “Hazelnut is my favourite ice cream flavour,” he says. “It is very popular in Italy, not so in Ireland, where people seem to have a sweeter tooth, preferring flavours like honeycomb and caramel. The addition of salted caramel sauce and caramelised nuts was intended to give it a toffee-sweetness that would make it more appealing.” This creation was not just a hit with the ice-cream-loving public, but also with the Great Taste judges, earning this fifthgeneration producer its first ever 3-star and a Golden Fork to boot. “We’ve entered Great Taste for 10 years

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and have had lots of 2-stars but until now, a 3-star had eluded us, so a Golden Fork was the icing on the cake,” says Arnaldo. “It is also nice to win something so prestigious in the year that we are celebrating 110 years in business.” After such a long time in business in Northern Ireland, there is not much the Morelli family doesn’t know about ice cream making, and Arnaldo is happy to share the knowledge that has been passed down through the generations of this Italian immigrant family. “Our ice cream is aged overnight in a

vat at 4°C and then quickly frozen,” he says. “When we make the hazelnut flavour, we age it for another four hours to produce a fuller flavour.” Clearly the choice of ingredients is key too. Arnaldo says he “swears by” the Irish double cream that is delivered fresh every day from the local Ballyrashane Creamery, while the hazelnut paste is made with nuts from Piedmont in Italy. Although Morelli holds fast to its smallbatch process, it churns out considerable volumes of ice cream – 900,000 litres per year. Its own shops in Portstewart and Portrush are local institutions, while scoop franchises and a strong trade in supplying retail tubs to the supermarkets have built up the Morelli empire across Northern Ireland. “We are artisans at heart, but we run a commercial company,” is how Arnaldo so neatly puts it. www.morellisices.com

HOW TO USE:

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SOFT DRINKS & MIXERS

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ELDERFLOWER & APPLE WATER KEFIR ★ AGUA DE MADRE

WHAT IS IT? Organic certified, this naturally sparkling refreshing water kefir is full of active live cultures and trace alcohol to give a fruity more complex flavour. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? An ideal invigorator in the morning, or with brunch as a tasty low-alcohol alternative. It can be enjoyed as an aperetif before supper or a digestif after. Great as a live cocktail mixer. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Remedio Naturale ★ www.aguademadre.co.uk

ELDERFLOWER CORDIAL ★ BELVOIR FARM

WHAT IS IT? Naturally delicious, our signature elderflower cordial is crafted with hand-picked elderflowers for a delicate floral taste. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Perfect served solo, with ice. Or add a cheeky splash to a classic cocktail/ mocktail and even to your favourite bake. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Ginger Cordial ★ Sparkling Elderflower ★★ www.belvoirfarm.co.uk

100% COLD PRESSED ORGANIC GOJI BERRY, SOUR CHERRY & APPLE JUICE ★ BIOPLANT

WHAT IS IT? 100% cold-pressed organic juice from goji, sour cherry and apple. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? This is more than juice. It is juice, food, and medicine at the same time with unmatched taste. It is a true little treasury of ingredients that have a positive influence on our organism. www.bioplant.mk

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ENGLISH DISCOVERY APPLE JUICE ★★ HILL FARM JUICE

WHAT IS IT? Single variety Discovery apple juice. The pink-hued opener of the English apple season. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Best drunk chilled or with gin and soda for a refreshing alternative to a G&T. www.hillfarmjuice.co.uk

KALE. PARSLEY. BROCCOLI. COLD-PRESSED JUICE ★ JUNIUS SPA

WHAT IS IT? Delicious and refreshing cold-pressed juice packed with nutrient-rich green vegetables, citrusy lemon and crisp apple in every handcrafted bottle. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? One of the best ways to support vibrant health is to include our chilled cell cleansing SPA juice alongside a balanced diet. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): FAB: Beetroot. Watercress. Lemon Cold Pressed Juice ★ ZEN: Turmeric Root. Lemon. L-Theanine Cold Pressed Shot ★ www.wearejunius.com

HOT GINGER BEER ★ LUSCOMBE DRINKS

WHAT IS IT? As genuine a ginger beer as you can get, even if you make it yourself. This is a well-crafted, balanced drink made with whole organic Peruvian root ginger, raw cane sugar and Sicilian lemon juice. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Luscombe’s multi-award winning hot ginger beer can be enjoyed in its purest form, poured over ice, or mixed with your chosen spirit to create your favourite cocktail. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Passionate Ginger Beer ★ Sicilian Lemonade ★ Rhubarb Crush ★ Grapefruit Tonic Water ★ www.luscombe.co.uk

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ORGANIC SPARKLING SEMILLON GRAPE JUICE ★★★ MAISON DIDIER GOUBET

WHAT IS IT? The only organic sparkling varietal “Grand Cru” juice made from the Bordeaux grape, Sémillon, that is used to produce sweet “dessert wines”. Alcohol-free, sulphite-free, no additives. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Ideal as an elegant aperitif, it is the perfect alternative to Champagne! Pairs wonderfully with cheese platters, foie gras, caviar or desserts. Enjoy chilled (2°C). OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Organic Cabernet Sauvignon Grape Juice ★★ www.didiergoubet.com

HEARTSEASE FARM FIERY GINGER BEER ★ RADNOR HILLS MINERAL WATER CO

WHAT IS IT? A fiery ginger beer with a kick of ginger and refreshing lemon. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Drink on its own or mix with some spiced rum to create a refreshing cocktail. www.radnorhills.co.uk

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SUPREME CHAMPION AND GOLDEN FORK FROM SCOTLAND At the only remaining smokehouse in what was once the busiest herring port in Europe, Jaffy’s legacy lives on

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J. LAWRIE & SONS | JAFFY’S MALLAIG KIPPERS

IT IS TEN YEARS since this smokehouse on

the west coast of the Scottish Highlands won its first Golden Fork for its Mallaig Kippers. Two more followed in 2014 and 2016. Then this year it went the whole hog – claiming a 3-star, a fourth Golden Fork and the Supreme Champion title. Had Great Taste existed in 1944, when J. Lawrie & Sons was founded by the original George Jeffrey Lawrie, or ‘Jaffy’ as he was known on the quays and harbours, there’s no doubt the smokehouse would have even more Golden Forks to its name; for this is a business that is grounded in consistency. Neither the cures nor the smoking techniques have changed in almost 80 years. As third-generation owner Jeff Lawrie puts it: “It’s about one family doing the same thing it has always done, using the same techniques.”

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GROUNDED IN CONSISTENCY. NEITHER THE CURES NOR THE SMOKING TECHNIQUES HAVE CHANGED IN ALMOST 80 YEARS.

Jeff personally selects the herring at the quayside. He chooses fish that are plump and have a high fat content, as he says this makes for more succulent kippers. The raw herrings are split and pickled in brine before being slow-smoked for 12-18 hours overnight over oak shavings from old sherry casks in a traditional brick kiln. “Combined with the delicate oils in the herring, this gentle and carefully judged

smoking process produces kippers with a delicate, buttery flavour. A lot of kippers are heavily smoked, whereas ours have a very light, smoked flavour,” he says. Much of the credit for maintaining this finely balanced flavour year-in year-out goes to Jaffy’s original technical genius – Jeff’s father (pictured here, and also called Jeff), who is now in his fifties and continues to be the master smoker. Under his stewardship, each kipper comes out of the smokehouse with the same fine texture, golden colour and smooth finish as the one before. “Our ability to maintain this degree of consistency in our flavours and processes is mainly down to our commitment to these time-honoured techniques,” explains Jeff (senior). “I am always tasting the product, making sure the salt content is correct and changing the strength of the fires according to the weather. For example, I might open different doors to adjust the draught stimulating the fires if there is a change in wind direction.” Just as Jeff (senior) was taught the craft by his father, he too has passed on the timehonoured techniques to Jeff (junior) and his siblings to ensure that the oak fires will burn at Mallaig for many years to come. www.jaffys.co.uk

HOW TO USE:

Combine the kippers with potato, leek and breadcrumbs to make fishcakes or poach them in a pan of salted boiling water.

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WHAT IS IT? A world-beater in cocktails or a traditional gin and tonic, this is an artisan gin crafted to be exceptionally smooth. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? It’s delicious served as a gin and tonic with a large pink grapefruit slice or as a classic martini with a lemon twist. www.58gin.com

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WHAT IS IT? A zesty and refreshing Margarita cocktail, with all the expected flavours exceptionally well-balanced. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Shake it awake then simply pour over ice. You’ll be transported straight to the beach!. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021):

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BATHTUB GIN ★★ ATOM BRANDS

WHAT IS IT? Award-winning craft gin, double infused for extra flavour. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Best served with premium tonic, lots of ice and an orange slice. Alternatively stands out brilliantly in a Negroni. www.masterofmalt.com/gin/ableforths/bathtub-gin

WILD STRAWBERRY & BLACK PEPPER GIN ★ BLACK LODGE POTIONS

WHAT IS IT? Premium, small batch, craft gin, conjured using entirely natural ingredients for a wicked spirit beverage - 40% ABV. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Can be enjoyed neat / with ice and also makes a superb flavoured gin and tonic, using any premium mixer. Try it if you dare! www.blacklodgepotions.com

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WHAT IS IT? We have livened up this classic cocktail by adding a splash of vermouth and orange bitters, as well as bourbon and maple syrup. Carefully crafted and handmade in Catford, London. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Pour over ice with a slice of orange. Delicious as a chilled digestif on the rocks. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Margarita ★ Bloody Mary ★ Dirty Vodka Martini ★

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Bord Bia – the Irish Food Board congratulates the 8 Irish farmhouse cheesemakers who won stars at this year’s awards. In total, 11 Irish farmhouse cheeses were awarded a Great Taste accolade in cow, goat, sheep and buffalo milk cheese categories.

For more information on Irish farmhouse cheese, visit: www.bordbia.ie/farmhousecheese

Passion, People, Place and Pasture Irish farmhouse cheese is not just about flavour, it is also about people. Each cheese tells the story of the cheesemaker and the farm where it was made. Irish Farmhouse cheeses are produced across the country yet each cheese is an expression of its own particular part of Ireland. Lush green pastures, intelligent husbandry of livestock and sound farming practices enable the Irish cheese maker to work wonders with some of the highest quality and tastiest milk available in Europe.


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ORGANIC DOUBLE SPICED RUM ★★ BRITISH POLO RUM

WHAT IS IT? The first double spiced rum in the world. A layered, rich and smooth finish is delivered by both macerating and distilling core spices. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? We love this rum on the rocks, alongside ginger beer in a Rum Mule or indeed with cola for the ultimate Cuba Libre. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Sloe Gin Liqueur ★★

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CHESHIRE CAT MOCHA GIN ★★ CURIOUS CAT DISTILLERY

WHAT IS IT? A decadent, dark, bittersweet artisan gin, blending a rich, high-quality cocoa with the intensity of a premium roasted coffee and sweet Madagascan vanilla. Enjoy rich chocolate overtones with a velvety, smooth finish. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? One suggestion is a mocha espresso - a decadent, dark, bittersweet take on the espresso martini, turning this age old classic on its head!. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Cheshire Cat Signature Paw London Dry Gin ★★ Cheshire Cat White Rabbit London Dry Gin ★★

www.curiouscatdrinks.co.uk

CORNISH GIN ★

ELEMENTAL CORNISH GIN WHAT IS IT? This gin is a smooth and classic, dry gin made using traditional methods in the heart of Cornwall. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Elemental gin is best served with ice, a good quality Indian tonic and a twist of orange peel. Alternatively enjoy in a classic gin martini with a twist of lemon. www.elementalgin.co.uk

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FOX GINS - NORTHERN FOX DISTILLERY WHAT IS IT? The honeyberry is both tart and sweet in equal measures, making this unique gin exceedingly different to anything else. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Serve with plenty of ice in a bowl glass: a light tonic gives a more tart drink whilst an elderflower tonic brings out the sweetness of the berry. Garnish with lime. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Yorkshire Roasted Coffee Gin ★

www.foxgins.co.uk

LUXURY LONDON DRY GIN ★★ GRIFFIN SPIRIT COMPANY

WHAT IS IT? Dry gin produced in our smallbatch artisan distillery in Somerset, using traditional copper pot stills. Free from artificial flavourings. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Enjoy with ice, slice and a simple tonic of your choosing, to let the complex flavours of the 18 botanicals in the gin shine through. www.griffinspiritcompany.com

SPIRITS, LIQUEURS, COCKTAILS

YORKSHIRE HONEYBERRY GIN ★

YAN GIN ★

LAKELAND ARTISAN WHAT IS IT? Infused with over 10 botanicals, this small batch London dry gin is distinct, sophisticated but not overwhelmingly flavoured. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Simply enjoy over plenty of ice with Fell tonic water (a natural tonic water) and a slice of cucumber. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Honey Vodka Liqueur ★ Strawberry and Sarsaparilla Gin Liqueur ★ Spiced Fruit Rum Liqueur ★★ Herbaceous Strawberry Gin Liqueur ★ Rhubarb and Ginger Gin Liqueur ★★ Sloe Gin Liqueur ★ Damson Extra Jam ★★ Damson and Gin Jam ★ Sweet Garlic Pickle ★★

www.lakelandartisan.co.uk

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LONDON SPICE COMPANY WHAT IS IT? The original award-winning premium chai spiced London dry gin. Small batch produced, based on an original family chai recipe. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Smooth enough to drink neat with the sweetness of cinnamon and cardamom, warmth of ginger and black pepper distilled with Assam tea and vanilla. Alternatively great in a G&T with quality mixer and slice of orange. www.theginwala.com

AATTA GIN ★

ORKNEY GIN COMPANY WHAT IS IT? Eight times distilled London dry gin made with whole fresh botanicals, presented in a beautiful bespoke bottle. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Enjoy with Indian tonic, ice and a garnish of rosemary, or in a variety of cocktails. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021):

SPIRITS, LIQUEURS, COCKTAILS

GIN WALA ★

Sloe and Crow ★

www.orkneygincompany.com

RUM BOTHY ★★★ RUM BOTHY

WHAT IS IT? Our spiced rum is a premium, fullstrength, sweet sipping rum, hand-batched in our award-winning bothy, blending distilled and caskaged rums with spices, including saffron handpicked here in the Strathmore valley. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? With base notes of saffron, orange and mixed spice, it’s perfect on ice or in a cocktail. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Hipflask Sloe Bramble ★★

www.rumbothy.co.uk

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SHANTY SPIRIT

WHAT IS IT? An organic seaweed botanical vodka. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? This vodka can be enjoyed as a sipping spirit on the rocks and adds new dimensions to a host of classic serves such as Bloody Marys, Mules or Martinis. www.shantyspirit.com

DAMSON NEGRONI ★★★ SILVER CIRCLE DISTILLERY

WHAT IS IT? Damson infused Wye Valley gin takes centre stage in this complex yet beautifully balanced take on the classic Italian cocktail. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Simply serve over ice with a slice of orange peel to garnish and enjoy this first class cocktail in a bottle. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021):

SPIRITS, LIQUEURS, COCKTAILS

SEAWEED BOTANICAL VODKA ★

Wye Valley Gin ★ Black Garlic Vodka ★★

www.silvercircledistillery.com

MILK VODKA ★★

SOMERSET SPIRIT CO WHAT IS IT? Our distinctively smooth and creamy vodka is made using milk from Somerset’s grass grazed cows. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Our vodka is best served over ice or enjoyed with a mixer. Our vodka also works great in a number of cocktails due to the creaminess of the spirit and can be used in food dishes too. www.somersetspirit.com

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TAYPORT DISTILLERY

WHAT IS IT? A punchy, bold gin inspired by the local Tentsmuir Forest. Evergreen notes are the first to hit your nose with a slight sweetness coming from orange peel and cinnamon. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Enjoy with ginger ale or tonic and a slice of orange. Or, why not try a Scots maple sour with lemon juice, maple syrup and a slice of ginger as a garnish. www.tayportdistillery.com

HAKA - PREMIUM SIPPING RUM ★★ THE BOUTIQUE DISTILLERY

WHAT IS IT? Haka premium rum 44% ABV alcohol content. Distilled in copper stills I make myself from up-cycled materials and matured in American white oak casks. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Haka rum is well matured to produce an exceptional sipping rum or a long drink base. Profiles: oak/ripe-banana/caramel. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021):

SPIRITS, LIQUEURS, COCKTAILS

SCOTS PINE GIN ★★★

Fine Cotswold Dry Gin ★ Raspberry & Hibiscus Pink Gin ★★

www.theboutiquedistillery.com

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WELL TEMPERED WITH AN EXCELLENT SNAP

THIS ALMOST DEFIES DESCRIPTION! Judges’ comments

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GOLDEN FORK FROM THE NORTH OF ENGLAND Nick Wadeson has taken inspiration from his mother’s baking to serve up a classic pudding – in a glass

THE BOUTIQUE GIN market is a crowded space, but Cheshire distillery Three Wrens has come up with something that no-one else is making, by using the ingredients of a traditional British pudding as its key botanicals.

I AM CONSTANTLY EXPERIMENTING WITH FLAVOURS AND HOW THEY PASS THROUGH THE DISTILLATION PROCESS.

“Ours is the only apple crumble gin currently available on the market. It sits alongside our world-first Bison Grass Edition as the best-selling gin in our range,” says Nick Wadeson, who founded Three Wrens in 2019 after a career in the cocktails and spirits industry. “I think this is because of the spirit’s quality and the fact it is unusual and can’t be found anywhere else.” But that’s not to say the concept of making gin with oats, apples and cinnamon

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is new. According to Nick, these simple ingredients have long been deployed. “Oats, apples and cinnamon have been used in gin for over 200 years. We just found a new and innovative way to use them.” Three Wrens toasts the oats and steeps them in the spirit, which is then distilled with juniper, cinnamon, nutmeg and sweet orange. It then passes through a vapour basket packed with dried apple slices to extract the flavour from the fruit. “The apples are sourced from nearby orchards, and preserved in-house to last us throughout the year,” explains Nick. He says it takes patience to make, as each small batch takes three days, but the warming liquor that ensues is worth the wait. The gin has an intriguing nose, with piney juniper, rich toasted oats and crisp apple. The first sip has lots of depth with buttery notes and baked apple, while the finish is long, with subtle cinnamon and gentle spice. Three Wrens distills its gin in two copper stills – ‘Valerie’ and ‘Jill’ – in batches of 300 and 50 litres respectively. The stills are named after Nick’s mother, whose apple crumble inspired this flavour. “I am constantly experimenting with flavours and how they pass through the distillation process,” he says. “After enjoying mum’s dessert, it started me wondering if we could use the ingredients in a gin, while preserving its soul of juniper.” Valerie and Jill will soon be on the move, along with the rest of the team, into a new, larger distillery five miles down the road in Combermere. “We will have greater capacity for tastings, a big botanicals wall for visitors to choose from when distilling their own gin, and of course, a cocktail bar,” says Nick. www.threewrensgin.com

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THREE WRENS GIN | THREE WRENS GIN APPLE CRUMBLE EDITION

NORTHERN COMFORT HOW TO USE:

Serve year-round with elderflower tonic and a slice of apple, or in winter with hot apple juice and mulled spices.

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LAHSEN TARKA COOKING SAUCE ★★ AAGRAH FOODS

WHAT IS IT? Unique Kashmiri cooking sauce with pickled garlic. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Create a wonderfully authentic Lahsen curry in less than 10 minutes. A unique flavour from our own recipe. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Punjabi Marinade Spice Blend ★ Hara Tikka Marinade Spice Blend ★ www.aagrahfoods.com

GARLIC SALT FINE ★★ ANNIE’S HERB KITCHEN

WHAT IS IT? Fresh garlic and natural sea salt, dried together to preserve the distinctive warm flavour and strength of the garlic - mellows with cooking. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Season burgers, casseroles, meat or vegetarian dishes, add it to mashed or roast potatoes for an extra kick, a musthave for garlic lovers in search of well-flavoured savoury dishes. www.anniesherbkitchen.co.uk

BLACKTHORN SALT ★★ BLACKTHORN

WHAT IS IT? Made using the world’s only working

thorn tower, Blackthorn is a sustainable and mineralrich salt which tastes of the sea, but also has a mellow sweetness that elevates and prolongs flavours.

WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Blackthorn is

versatile. Used as a finishing salt, a pinch can bring out the very best of flavours. However, it is also used with great success to dry brine meat, in ferments, and for curing fish. www.blackthornsalt.co.uk

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SHIPTON MILL ORGANIC FLOUR

The Makings of Something Magnificent WINNERS OF 10 GREAT TASTE AWARDS 2021!

Seeded White Organic Flour

Soft Cake and Pastry Organic White Flour

Organic Light Rye Flour

Stoneground Organic Wholemeal Flour

Organic Wholemeal Spelt Flour

Three Malts and Sunflower Organic Brown Flour

Heritage Blend - Stoneground Heritage Blend - Wholesome Wholemeal Organic Flour White Organic Flour

Organic Traditional White Flour

Organic White Spelt Flour

Love Grains, love the soil. Our mill is powered by energy from 100% renewable sources. Find us at: www.shipton-mill.com tel: 01666 505050 Email: enquiries@shipton-mill.com IG: @shiptonmill


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RED SALTED PEPPER BERRIES 100G ★★★ BOTREE SEASONINGS

WHAT IS IT? These ripe and fully matured fresh red Kampot pepper berries are perfectly preserved in our fleur de sel. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? We’re adding these to everything!! Sprinkle on salads, add to marinades for grilled meat and vegetables. Amazing in a Bloody Mary! OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Cured Sumac 50g ★ Buffalo Ginger 50g ★★ Black Urfa Chilli Flakes 50g ★★ Ground Black Lime 50g ★ Herati Saffron 2g ★ New Harvest Turmeric 50g ★ Nile Coriander Seeds 30g ★ Royal Cinnamon 50g ★★ Silk Chilli Flakes 50g ★★ Smoked Pimenton Paprika 50g ★ Turkish Oregano Buds 15g ★★ Palmyra Flower Sugar 250g ★★ Cobanero Chilli Flakes 30g ★ www.botreefarm.co.uk

SEA SALAD SEAWEED SHAKER ★ EBB TIDES SEAWEEDS

WHAT IS IT? A blend of seaweeds, hand harvested in Devon. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? This sea salad is delicately green and peppery. Sprinkle it over soups and salads or add to fish and eggs. www.ebbtides.co.uk

MASALAWAALA TIKKA MASALA MIX ★★ EFD UK

WHAT IS IT? Masterfully blended natural spice mix to help you cook authentic, legendary and irresistible curry - just add your protein plus milk. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Masalawaala makes

cooking authentic Indian curries at home effortless. Our perfect blends of spices give you everything you need to cook a curry the traditional way, giving you the finest taste of India! www.masalawaala.com

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HOT BEETROOT KETCHUP ★★ HAWKSHEAD RELISH COMPANY

WHAT IS IT? Rich beetroot, horseradish and a kick of chilli gives heat and vibrant colour - and that certainly packs a punch. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Delicious with salmon, roast beef or with salads! OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Raspberry & Vanilla Jam ★ Salted Caramel Sauce ★ Dijon Mustard ★ BBQ Sauce ★ www.hawksheadrelish.com

FERMENTED WHOLEGRAIN NAKED BARLEY ★★ HODMEDOD’S

WHAT IS IT? Our live fermented wholegrain naked barley: tasty and succulent grains of deep malty umami flavour. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? These whole fermented barley grains are packed with rich flavour and make a delicious addition to risotto, stews, salads, breads and more. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Roasted Yellow Peas - Smoked Paprika ★ Light Buckwheat Flour ★ www.hodmedods.co.uk

SUPER NEGIN SAFFRON ★★★ HUR SAFFRON

WHAT IS IT? Premium quality saffron with an astonishing level of dryness, colour concentration and rich and aromatic depth of flavour when infused. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Used in risottos,

pilafs, and paellas. A small pinch adds brilliant color, aroma, and flavour against bland grains. In desserts, saffron can tread anywhere vanilla does, such as custards and cookies. www.hursaffron.com

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CHICKEN RUB ★ JD SEASONINGS

WHAT IS IT? Stacking up an astonishing four consecutive awards, our chicken rub has proven to be an outstanding addition to the industry. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Our popular chicken seasoning can effortlessly transform dinner time, adding lashings of flavour to recipes, meats and veggies. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Jamaican Jerk ★ Piri Piri ★ Cajun ★ Mexican Rub ★ Louisiana Creole ★ Minted Lamb Rub ★ Bbq Rub ★ www.jdseasonings.com

TRADITIONAL HILOPITES ★ MAMA IRENE PASTA

WHAT IS IT? Premium homemade slow drying traditional hilopites through bronze dies. Made with the finest durum wheat semolina, fresh farm milk, fresh eggs and turmeric. No added salt. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Would be a wonderful vehicle for everything from a meat-based sauce to cheese, or with fresh sage and butter. www.mamairenepasta.gr

ORGANIC LIGHT BROWN PLAIN FLOUR ★★★ MARRIAGE’S MILLERS

WHAT IS IT? Our nutritious brown flour combines the nutty flavour of wholemeal, with the easy handling of white flour. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? This light and tasty all-

purpose flour is ideal for making pastry, biscuits, crumbles and more.

OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Green

Organic Strong Stoneground Wholemeal Bread Flour ★★ Light Spelt ★★ Organic Light Brown Self Raising Flour ★★ www.flour.co.uk

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HE ALTHY E ATING, MADE E ASY.

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SWEET SESAME BUTTER TAHINI SAUCE ★★★ MED CUISINE

WHAT IS IT? A delicious, nutty and creamy Humera sesame spread with evocative halva accents. Combining the finest, passionately roasted sesame seeds with divine aromatic vanilla flavour. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Use it as an addition to baked goods or desserts, make a nutritious ice cream, or spread it on toast to enjoy a healthier meal. Thanks to its buttery texture, it makes a perfect base for sauces. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): 100% Medjool Date Spread ★ Medjool Date & Cacao Spread ★★ Green Zhug ★★ Preserved Lemons Paste ★ Silan Medjool Date Syrup ★ Organic Silan Medjool Date Syrup ★ Smoked Freekeh ★ www.medcuisine.co.uk

WHEATEN BREAD MIX ★ MOURNE AND BREAD

WHAT IS IT? A soda bread mix, requiring only water and oil to make a beautiful loaf. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Make and bake as per the instructions, or add other ingredients to make your own speciality. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Soda Mix ★ Wheaten Bread ★ www.mourneandbread.co.uk

PISTACHIO PESTO ★★ MY PASTALICIOUS

WHAT IS IT? Pistachio pesto is the classic pesto made with own twist, using the best ingredients and drawing on our Venetian influence.

WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Pistachio pesto is best with our fresh pastas. Add a splash of boiling water from the cooking water into a bowl with the pesto and mix together.

OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021):

Slow-cooked beef & sausage Chianti ragu ★ Reginette ★ Suppli spicy Nduja & Mascarpone ★ www.mypastalicious.co.uk

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Discover all the inspiration you need to get growing! Spectacular gardens | Plants & floral displays | Great Taste Markets Expert talks & workshops | Unique shopping | Family fun

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WHITE MISO SAUCE ★★ NOJO

WHAT IS IT? This paste has a deep, rich, sweet and savoury taste, designed to bring out the unami flavours in your creations. Perfect for veggies, meat and fish. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Add some zing to your palate with a dash of white miso sauce. A smooth and sensational addition to enhance Japanese food. Complements a healthy dish by adding a gentle sweetness. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Teriyaki sauce ★ Yuzu salad ★ www.nojolondon.co.uk

SOFT PALMYRA NECTAR ★ PALMANIA

WHAT IS IT? A natural, unrefined, vegan and amazingly delicious sweetener from wildly grown palmyra trees WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Use as a 1:1 substitute for sugar. Perfect for beverages (including coffee and tea), baked goods and other cooking recipes. www.palmania.net

GARAM MASALA ★★

RAMAN SPICE & FLOUR MILLS UK

WHAT IS IT? Crafted using our age-old family recipe, this spice blend is made from a concoction of nine different spices. They are carefully curated to achieve a perfect balance of aroma, texture and taste.

WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Whether it is used as a

seasoning or as a main spice ingredient in your dish, the garam masala is here to further enhance the flavour of your everyday Indian cuisine. www.ramanspice.co.uk

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PERSIAN PESTO ★ SABZI KITCHEN

WHAT IS IT? Gordal olives, pistachios, fresh herbs, pomegranate, garlic and extra virgin olive oil - handmade in small batches – flavours to make your belly dance! WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Persian pesto can be stirred straight through pasta for a quick and easy supper or spooned straight from the jar and slathered onto fresh crusty bread as a tasty tapenade. www.sabzi.uk

TRUFFLE PESTO ★ SACLA’

WHAT IS IT? Prized black summer truffles are combined with cheese, smooth cashews and pine nuts to create this indulgent pesto. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? The rich and robust flavour makes it the perfect accompaniment to pasta, roast chicken and scrambled eggs. A little goes a long way! OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Sal De Riso Panettone Milanese ★★ Sal De Riso Panettone Limoncello ★ Sal De Riso Panettone al Tiramisu ★ Spunzillo Whole Cherry Tomato by Italianavera ★ www.sacla.co.uk

TELLICHERRY BLACK PEPPER ★ SANTA MARIA

WHAT IS IT? This Tellicherry special extra bold is the finest black pepper from Tellicherry in Kerala, India. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Use our black pepper as an

ingredient in recipes to add flavour and spice to meats, fish, vegetables, salad dressings, soups, stir-fries, pasta, and more. www.santamariaworld.com

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KOREAN

SWEET AND

STICKY WITH A MILD

KICK OF

HEAT

RANDY’S KOREAN SAUCE IS PACKED FULL OF AUTHENTIC ORIENTAL FLAVOUR.

FUSING CHILLI, GINGER AND GARLIC WITH SESAME, SOY AND VINEGAR THIS SWEET AND SUCCULENT SAUCE CAN ADD A NEW DIMENSION TO ANY MEAL.

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RAS EL HANOUT ★

SEASONED PIONEERS WHAT IS IT? An aromatic spice blend of more than 15 herbs and spices, including rose petals and lavender. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? The perfect seasoning for your roast lamb or vegetable tagine, used as a rub or sprinkled into sauce. As used by Nigella Lawson! OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Whole Black Tellicherry Peppercorns ★ Pimenton Dulce, Smoked (Smoked Paprika) ★ www.seasonedpioneers.com

SUMAC CIRRUS BERRIES WITH NATURAL EDIBLE DEAD SEA SALT FROM THE JORDAN VALLEY ★

TERRA ROSSA

WHAT IS IT? A delicious blend of whole sumac citrus berries and Dead Sea salt crystals from the Levant – the Jordan Valley. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Sumac adds a delicious tangy and intense lemony flavour to anything it touches and is used whenever a dry citrusy flavour is sought after. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Baba’s Rashi & Dibis with Sesame Seeds ★ Zaatar & Pine Nuts Sauce with Crispy Onions ★ www.terra-rossa.com

GARAM MASALA BLEND ★

THE SINGING SPICE COMPANY

WHAT IS IT? Organic garam masala blend. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? The most important

spice blend in Indian and Pakistani cuisine. This is our very own heritage blend, ethically sourced and made using only the finest quality organic spices. www.thesingingspicecompany.com

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SIX SEED BREAD FLOUR ★★★ WESSEX MILL

WHAT IS IT? A malted seeded flour milled using wheat grown locally to the mill. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Great for baking sourdough, bread machines and hand baking. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Mixed Grain Bread Flour ★★ Wessex Cobber Bread Flour ★★ Sunflower Bread Flour ★★ Half and Half Bread Flour ★ Light Brown T85 Bread Flour ★ Onion Bread Flour ★★ Oats N Bran ★★ Tomato and Garlic Bread Flour ★★★ Strong White Artisan Flour ★ www.wessexmill.co.uk

❝ THE RIGOROUS GREAT

TASTE JUDGING PROCESS PUTS EVERY ITEM THROUGH ITS PACES WITH A HIGHLY DISCERNING GROUP OF EXPERTS. WHEN I SEE THE FAMOUS LOGO, I KNOW THAT THE PRODUCT WILL BE OF THE HIGHEST QUALITY AND WILL DELIVER EVERY PROMISE IT MAKES.

Mallika Basu, cook and food writer

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GOLDEN FORK FROM THE MIDLANDS

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WILLY’S | WILLY’S LIVE APPLE BALSAMIC VINEGAR

SERIAL ENTREPRENEUR WILL CHASE says that his latest business foray, Willy’s Wellness, reflects the stage he is at in life. “I’m 60-something and have recently recovered from illness,” he says. “Now I want to have fun making products that are good for people, which reflects my own outlook on life. The next chapter for me is fermenting.” Will says that in recent years, he has learned a lot about healthy food and has been “greatly inspired” by the gut microbiome movement. “I think fermentation is the future. It’s natural, it’s sustainable and it takes food back to how it used to be produced before modern society decided that if it wasn’t pasteurised or homogenised, it wasn’t safe.” But it was overhearing shoppers at Whole Foods Market “raving” about the benefits of

❝ I THINK FERMENTATION IS THE

FUTURE. IT’S NATURAL, IT’S SUSTAINABLE AND IT TAKES FOOD BACK TO HOW IT USED TO BE.

apple cider vinegar that sowed the seed of the idea for his third venture. “When I spoke to the buyer, he said apple cider vinegar was one of his best-selling products. I thought to myself, I’ve got 200 acres of untouched old organic orchards.” Willy’s Apple Cider Vinegar hit retailers’ shelves in 2017, and the Willy’s line-up has since grown to take in other gut-health tonics, from daily dose shots to kombucha. Will’s latest apple-based fermentation

excursion has taken the Willy’s brand into balsamic vinegar, with the development of a product that has picked up a Golden Fork just after going on sale. Live Apple Balsamic is fermented from over 48 wild apple varieties and aged for three years in French oak wine casks to add complexity. “The better the cask you buy, the better the product. Beautiful tasting wood will come out in the product. We tried all sorts before settling on Bordeaux and Burgundy casks,” says Will, adding: “But the most important thing is that it is a living culture, still ‘with the mother’.” At present, the vinegar is aged in the roof of the potato shed at the distillery but will soon be rested in the loft of a new ‘farmentary’ that is being built on the Herefordshire farm for completion by April 2022. “The new farmentary will be right in the middle of the orchards,” says Will. “I’m very excited about opening it up to the public so people can learn more about what we do.” www.willysacv.com

HOW TO USE:

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QUINTESSENTIALLY ENGLISH BREAKFAST TEA ★★ ACE TEA LONDON

WHAT IS IT? A rich, peppery and robust English breakfast tea that leaves a satisfying richness on the palate. Powerfully refreshing and satisfying. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? A full bodied English breakfast tea that’s so good you can enjoy it throughout the day. Serve with a dash of milk or a slice of lemon. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Afternoon Tea ★ Lady Rose ★ Hot Ginger Green Tea ★

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AFTER DINNER TEA ★ GREENYPEEPS

WHAT IS IT? A beautifully soothing, organic blend of fennel seeds, lime tree leaves, rose petals, peppercorns, cloves and ginger. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Infuse the pyramid bag for at least three minutes in fresh, boiled water. Sit back and enjoy the positive benefits for your body and the planet. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Revitalising Tea ★

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CACAO & COLLAGEN POWDER BLEND ★ JUSPY

WHAT IS IT? This blend combines 12 amazing quality ingredients that nourish the body insideout. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Juspy is flexible food. It can be used as a shake, in a breakfast smoothie or overnight oats, as a pre/post workout protein boost and in many healthy snack recipes. www.juspy.com

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HALMARI TEA ESTATE ★★★ TEAFIELDS

WHAT IS IT? Our bright golden tips and fine twisted black leaves showcase the beauty of loose leaf tea. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? This tea, once brewed for 3-5 minutes, produces a stunning copper liquor which boasts a fabulously rich and malty flavour. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Okayti Tea Estate ★★ Classic Earl Grey ★ Jasmine Green ★★ Chamomile Flowers ★ Red Fortune ★

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BILUOCHUN ★★ UNRAVEL TEA

WHAT IS IT? Transform your tea experience with our delicious, smooth green tea. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Perfect to gently wake you up on a chilly morning. Great to chill out with on a warm afternoon. Let your senses guide you. www.unraveltea.com

ARABIKICHA ★

WAKOEN GLOBAL WHAT IS IT? Highest grade shaded green tea powder with free shipping. Mixes easily and is great hot or iced. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Add it to a water bottle and shake it up, or add it to your recipes. The possibilities are endless! OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Asatsuyu Fukamushicha ★★ Okumidori Kamairicha ★★★ Teaet Ōsumi Yuzu ★

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WNDER SIGNATURE 69% DRINKING CHOCOLATE ★ WNDER

WHAT IS IT? Drinking chocolate from a small batch modern chocolate maker. Three ingredients and championing Guatemalan cacao in a reusable ceramic jar. WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT? Designed to melt into all types of milk including dairy-free. It has a Goldilocks quality of being indulgent, but not too sweet. OTHER GREAT TASTE AWARDS (2021): Wnder Vineyard 76% ★

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GOLDEN FORK FROM THE SOUTH EAST

THE MIXERS MARKET is awash with premium tonics to pair with gin. However, the true measure of a good gin is whether it will stand up on its own. This is the yardstick that Sussex distiller Tom MartinWells uses to judge whether his spirits have made the grade. Indeed, creating a London Dry Gin that is “good enough for sipping” was the motivation behind the development of Slake Spirits’ Sussex London Dry Gin. “The genesis of this product was my reaction to the London Dry Gin style and bringing it round to where I felt it should be,” says Tom, the self-proclaimed head dragon, forager and distiller at Slake Spirits in Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex. “A lot of modifications were needed to make it good enough for sipping neat; it was too fierce, too piney and too dry.” To make these adjustments to the London Dry Gin style, ‘Dr Tom’, who usefully has a PhD in Chemistry, combined

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column and pot distillation to remove some of the pinene from the process and make a sweeter, less dry spirit that is better suited to drinking neat. The gin is made in batches of 170 bottles via what is termed in the gin lexicon as a ‘single-shot’ distillation process. This, says Tom, results in a more rounded, complex spirit than the ‘multishot’ approach typical of mass-market producers. “Essentially, the multi-shot method involves overloading on botanicals to produce a spirit with a concentrated flavour that is then diluted to stretch it out,” explains Tom. In the traditional single-shot method, by contrast, there is no concentration or dilution. “Single-shot production is more difficult as there is no opportunity for correction; the botanicals have to be in balance from the start. It requires more skill, but it is worth the result.” For Tom, Slake Spirits is as much a portal for reconnecting with Sussex’s biocultural heritage as it is a business venture. The company’s branding is inspired by the region’s rich folklore and many of its recipes are designed around wild or locally grown botanicals, reflecting Tom’s passion

SINGLE-SHOT PRODUCTION IS MORE DIFFICULT... THE BOTANICALS HAVE TO BE IN BALANCE FROM THE START.

for foraging. “If an ingredient is abundant enough to be foraged for locally, that is what we will do. If not, and it can be grown in our climate, then we will look at growing it.”

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SLAKE SPIRITS | SUSSEX DRY GIN

Science meets nature in this neat take on a London Dry Gin, inspired by the wild heritage of Sussex

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HOW TO USE:

Make a Dirty Martini by decanting chilled gin into a glass rinsed with dry white Vermouth, and adding a couple of black olives and their brine.

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Dorset Soft Salami

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Venison Chorizo

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IFEX 2022 Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast, March 29-31 www.ifexexhibition.co.uk

Taste of Dublin Iveagh Gardens, St Stephen’s Green Park, Dublin, June 16-19 dublin.tastefestivals.com

RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival Hampton Court Palace, Surrey, July 4-9 www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events

RHS Tatton Park Flower Show Tatton Park, Cheshire, July 20-24 www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events

The Game Fair Ragley Hall, Warwickshire, July 29-31 www.thegamefair.org

Spirit of Christmas Olympia London, October 31-6 November www.spiritofchristmasfair.co.uk

Taste of London Festive Edition Tobacco Dock, London, November 17-20 london.tastefestivals.com

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