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Great Taste awards stars to 50 countries
Following 75 days of judging and a record breaking 12,772 entries, the results of the world’s most coveted food and drink awards have been released
Having received entries from 104 nations this year, 50 of which were awarded at least one star, this global recognition of the Great Taste accreditation highlights Britain’s leading position in speciality food and drink worldwide, as uncertainty surrounding the UK’s future trade relationships continues.
With international entries increasing year-on-year, all blind-tasted alongside products from the UK, the consistent success of British producers pays testament to the exceptional quality of the nation’s food and drink. Every corner of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland is represented among this year’s stars, as artisan makers continue to shine through.
Great Taste 3-star winners from the UK include: St Andrews Farmhouse Cheddar, a buttery 9-12 month matured unpasteurised cows’ milk cheese by St Andrews Farmhouse Cheese Company in Fife; a “smooth, perfectly balanced and umami rich” Black Garlic Miso, which is produced by Craic Foods Limited in Armagh; the “clean, sophisticated and easy drinking” 4.5% ABV Keeved Bottle-Conditioned Cider, produced by Seidr y Mynydd in Cardiff; and a handmade single variety Blaisdon Red Plum Jam produced by Gloucester-based Artisan Kitchen, which uses rare, heritage, Gloucester-sourced Blaisdon Red Plums from ancient, private orchards to create a “dark and velvety” jam, which “wraps around the tongue like a blanket” and is “like eating a plum right off the tree”.
Recognised as a stamp of excellence among consumers and retailers alike, Great Taste, organised by the Guild of Fine Food, values taste above all else, with no regard for branding or packaging – all products are removed from their packaging before being tasted. The judges then savour, confer and re-taste to decide which products are worthy of a 1-, 2- or 3-star award. Of the 12,772 entries, 3409 were awarded one star, 1326 were awarded two stars and just 208 garnered three stars.
Details of this year’s winners can be found at www.greattasteawards.co.uk
The Great Taste 2019 Supreme Champion will be announced at the Great Taste Golden Fork Dinner on Sunday 1 September, to be held at the InterContinental Park Lane Hotel, London.
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