Great Taste really does taste GREAT!! May 28, 2017 13:06
This week I had the pleasure of judging the Great Taste Awards along with a veritable crew of passionate foodies from producers to bloggers, writers, buyers, retailers and food critics. Some, like me, were there for the day, others were in for the duration and all delighted to be part of the process.
The Great Taste Awards are organised by the Guild of Fine Food and "are the acknowledged benchmark for fine food and drink". It has been described as the ‘Oscars’ of the food world and the ‘epicurean equivalent of the Booker prize’. Quite simply, the Great Taste logo is the sign you can trust when buying food and drink in your local, quality retailer.
I have been entering since 2013 and was invited to judge in Cardiff in 2015, but annoyingly my cancer treatment ruined my tastebuds, so being back to full health and part of the process was even more special this year.
I travelled up with my great friend Bill King, Artisan Baker and on the Tuesday night we were delighted to join the Great Taste team for a tour of our dear friends Halen Mon and their brand new purpose built Salt Cote.They produce the finest sea salt from the tidal water in the Menai Straits in Anglesey and are blessed with incredible views over to Snowdonia.
After a tour and tasting session we were indulged by the delightful Ellis Barrie and Liam of The Marram Grass. Their food was exciting, packed with drama and flavour, producing 4 courses in the tiny Halen Mon staff kitchen. It was a lovely evening, with highlights meeting the brilliantly joyful Sian Lloyd and formidable Charles Campion (actually very lovely).
Wednesday was judging day, greeted by our 2017 Judges badges.
We were allocated judging tables and the business began. I was with the brilliant Nick Crosley who has an incredible palate and the lovely Gay, a journalist and foodie from Dorset. Both took me under their wing and we had the pleasure of trying some incredible products, real shout out loud brilliance!!
In the afternoon I judged with the lovely Fanny, also a food journalist from Dorset and Stephen Stevens from Sosban & The Old Butchery, the smallest Michelin Star Restaurant in the UK and the man with THE best beard!! He is incredible and Fanny & I both agreed that we learned so much from tasting with him. His palate is exquisite, his knowledge of food is immense and no matter how much charm I laid on, his restaurant is fully booked until March 2018.
The whole day was a joy, a pleasure to taste great food, passionately produced all over this fabulous country of ours - to food producers everywhere, I salute you!!!!
Let's get Naked! April 06, 2017 16:59
We love wine and we love getting naked too – especially with Naked Wines! We’re big fans of their support for independent winemakers and producers and delighted to be a partner. So when you stock up on our jars of deliciousness and sublime Sirops, we’ll send you a £60 wine voucher to stock up on Naked Wines too. We just love a match made in heaven!
Naked Wines was launched in 2008 and since then Naked Angels have invested over £25 million in independent wine makers, getting us better wines for less money, and still get the winemaker a great deal.
Our jars of deliciousness are available with free delivery on orders over £25, and we'll send you a voucher for Naked Wines so you can celebrate Springing into Summer in sublime decadence!
Enjoy and indulge x
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BBC Radio Wales Inspiration & 10% off too January 17, 2017 14:00
The brilliant Andy Stoneley, of The Park House Restaurant in Cardiff, was on Radio Wales with Jamie Owen on Sunday talking Cocktails & Mocktails. You can listen in at about 1hr 13 min for his Secret Garden Cocktail with our deliciously award winning Blackberry Bramble Sirop,
10% off all orders in January & free delivery on orders over £25, just use code “CountryLiving2017” at the checkout and we’ll sort the rest!
We're so delighted to start 2017 with a feature in Country Living...we're giving you 10% off January 17, 2017 11:15
We're so delighted to start 2017 with a feature in Country Living Magazine, we're giving you 10% off, just use code CountryLiving2017 at the checkout for 10% off and free delivery on orders over £25, valid until January 31st 2017, while stocks last x
Thank You for 2016 December 29, 2016 10:07
As a HUGE thank you for your support in 2016, we're offering 25% off all online orders (plus free delivery on orders over £25). Just use code: ThankYoufor2016 at the checkout xxxx
Valid until the 7th January 2017 xxx
I've just had the nod, last delivery date for the BIG day.... December 12, 2016 19:46
I've just had the nod, the last delivery date for the BIG Day is Monday the 19th December....Christmas is on it's way xxxx
It's official, we are a Great Taste Producer August 09, 2016 09:40
It's official, we are a Great Taste Producer
Delighted to announce our 2016 Great Taste Award Winners July 28, 2016 08:53
We are so delighted to announce that we have won stars at this year's Great Taste Awards for our Blissfully Blackcurrant Jam that's raising money for Velindre, with the recipe from our great friend Bill King and our Lord Lambourne's Scrumpy Butter with Calvados, with apples all from Paul Gowen's family tree. We really are chuffed to bits as both of these are very special to us x