Local food producers dazzle in 'food Oscars'

Published on: 09 Sep 2013

Two local food producers have wowed the judges in the “Oscars of the food world”.

Rigorous taste-testing saw Lavender Jelly from Keynsham’s Heavenly Hedgerows and the fillet steak produced by Newton Farm Foods each awarded three stars in the Great Taste Awards 2013 last month - the highest accolade.

Heavenly Hedgerows’ Chris Westgate, whose Wild Plum Jam and Hawthorn Jelly were each given a star in the awards, too, said: “Because of the bad weather, much wild fruit had a poor harvest last year. So I decided to concentrate on flower jellies, and spent much time ‘perfecting’ their nuance and depth of flavour.

“In retrospect, this was the best decision I could have made.”

The fillet steak from Newton Farm Foods and Shop, proved to be a cut above for the judges, who sampled 10,000 entries across a range of categories this year.

Owners Hugh and Celia Gay said: “This is the first time we have entered the Great Taste Awards, so to have received two coveted awards was an amazing accomplishment - three gold stars for our exceptionally tasty fillet steak and one gold star for our delicious rump steak.

"We will proudly display the GTA 2013 logo, and share our joy with the local community and our loyal customers.”

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