Finalists Announced in The Taste of Kent Awards 2014

Posted: 08 January 2014

Blog category: Awards

The finalists for the Taste of Kent Awards 2014 are announced today after a thrilling vote that saw nearly 500 of Kent’s food and drink heroes from across the county nominated by thousands of members of the public. From Biddenden to Broadstairs and from Faversham to Folkestone, the people of Kent have chosen the tastes, flavours, products, produce and venues that they have enjoyed the most over the last 12 months.

The finalists in each category are:
Best Kent Juice Producer, sponsored by Kent County Council
Biddenden Farm Pressed Apple Juice, Biddenden
Little Stour Orchard, Margate
Newlands Juices, Faversham
Best Kentish Beer, sponsored by Rix & Kay
Goody Ales – Genesis, Herne
Old Forge Brewery - Farriers 1606, The Farriers Arms, Mersham
Ramsgate Brewery - Gadds No 3, Ramsgate
Best Kentish Cider or Perry, sponsored by Wilkins Kennedy FKC
Biddenden Vineyard - Strong Kentish Cider, Biddenden
Little Stour Orchard - 10 Acre Orchard Cider, Margate
Pine Trees Farm - Duddas Tun Cider, Doddington
Best Kentish Wine, sponsored by Investaco
Biddenden Vineyard - Ortega 2012, Biddenden
Chapel Down – Bacchus, Tenterden
Chapeldown - English Rose, Tenterden
Kent Artisan Food Producer of the Year, sponsored by Shopper Anonymous
Kent Fine Foods, Gillingham
Samovar, Nonington, Dover
Simply Ice Cream, Ashford

Kent Butcher or Meat Producer of the Year, sponsored by SFF
A.J.Barkaway, Faversham
Chandler & Dunn, Ash, Canterbury
Court Farm, Halling
Kent Dining Pub of the Year, sponsored by Opies
The Ferry House Inn, Isle of Sheppey
The George Inn, Molash
The Three Tuns, Lower Halstow
Kent Farmers Market of the Year, sponsored by Hadlow College
Cliftonville Farmers Market
Rochester Farmers Market
Tonbridge Farmers Market
Kent Fishmonger of the Year, sponsored by Chapman’s of Sevenoaks Ltd
Mobile Fresh Fish & Farm Shop, Rainham
Fruits De Mer, Broadstairs
Folkestone Trawlers, Folkestone
Kent Local Food Retailer of the Year, sponsored by NFU Mutual
Macknade Fine Foods, Faversham
Quex Barn, Birchington
Whitstable Produce Store, Whitstable
Kent Restaurant of the Year, sponsored by Henkelman UK Ltd
The Ambrette, Margate
Rocksalt, Folkestone
Wyatt & Jones, Broadstairs

It is also farmers and growers who are recognised by the Taste of Kent Awards for the taste of
their produce and for those who work in preserving Kent’s unique rural landscape.
Other awards presented at the awards dinner will include:
  • Garden of England Champion Top Fruit, sponsored by BTF Partnership
  • Garden of England Champion Cherry and soft fruit, sponsored by EMR
  • Kent Food, Farming and Landscape Award, sponsored by Kent Downs Area of Outstanding
  • Natural Beauty and High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • Kent Food Product Category Awards, sponsored by Shepherd Neame
  • Best Kent Food Product, sponsored by KFF
Stephanie Durling of Produced in Kent comments: “Thousands of people once again took part in the voting this year and in this our tenth
year, we are delighted that nearly 500 local businesses across the county were nominated for the awards. Some categories in particular such as Best Kentish Beer, Kent Butcher or Meat Producer, Kent Restaurant of the Year and Kent Local Food Retailer have seen a significant increase in votes and nominations.”
“There is an exciting battle for the crown of Kent’s Restaurant of the year this year with three of Kent’s coastal restaurants nominated.”
“There are a number of businesses new to the list of finalists this year including: Newlands Juices, Goody Ales, Samovar, Chandler & Dunn, The Ferry House Inn, The Three Tuns, Rochester Farmers Market, Fruits De Mer, Folkestone Trawlers, Whitstable Produce Store,
Rocksalt and Wyatt & Jones.”
“Last years winners who are once again in this year’s top 3 include: Little Stour Orchards’ Juice, Gadds No 3, Biddenden Ortega, The George Inn, Quex Barn, The Ambrette.”
Stephanie Durling concludes: “The final winners will be revealed at a black tie awards dinner on 13 March 2014 at the Kent County Show Ground, which will be catered for by Jason Freedman of The Minnis Bar and Restaurant. For the winners, the awards are the ultimate stamp of approval from their customers and confirmation of their food and drink excellence.” Tickets are available from Produced in Kent and full details of the awards dinner and the menu are available on the website
The three finalists from each of the categories will now be further evaluated by mystery shoppers, diners and expert judging panels to find Kent’s ultimate ‘food and drink heroes’.
The awards are sponsored by Vertex Law, part of Cripps Harries Hall LLP. Pete Kenyon, a partner of the firm, says: “Kent is well known for the excellence of its food and drink and the Taste of Kent Awards are a great way to celebrate the skill and passion of those involved in the
industry. This is the third year that Vertex Law has been the headline sponsor and as a business that is committed both to Kent and its food and drink industry, we are delighted to be involved again.”
This year’s awards are run with sponsorship from Biddenden Vineyards, BTF Partnership, Chapel Down Winery, Chapmans of Sevenoaks, EMR (East Malling Research), Hadlow College, Henkleman UK Ltd, Kent Downs and High Weald AONB, KCC (Kent County Council), kff (Kent Frozen Foods), NFU Mutual, Opies, Rix and Kay, Shopper Anonymous, Shepherd Neame, sff (Stephen’s Fresh Foods), Vertex Law, part of Cripps Harries Hall LLP, and Wilkins Kennedy.