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11th Wales the True Taste Food & Drink Awards

26 Oct

The waiting was over, as last night the winners of this year’s True Taste Food & Drink Awards were announced at the Awards Ceremony held at the Food Hall, Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells. The Welsh Government said the evening ‘showcased and rewarded the best and most innovative food and drink products from Wales, and recognised excellence in the food and drink sector’. I hope everyone that attended had a wonderful evening and the Welsh Country team send their congratulations to all those who scooped an award.

Last year I struggled long and hard to be able to get the results of the TT and had so many hurdles put in my way that I felt more like a racehorse than a journalist. I even had to sign that I wouldn’t publish before Friday 00.01, which is something that I’ve never had to do before. ‘Normal people’ simply send a press release and inform the media that it is embargoed. However this year, with some personnel changes in place in wag food, and perhaps someone in wag reading and understanding welshfoodbites, I received yesterday this year’s list! It was duly embargoed, but nothing for me to sign and all this happened without my even asking! Between the two of us, dear reader, I actually wasn’t going to bother chasing wag this year, it really didn’t seem worth the effort and if wag didn’t want this information out in the media promptly, that was OK with me this year. So to receive this on Thursday morning, well, amazed couldn’t possible cover it, so I must return the amazement and shock wag, by congratulating the food and press teams for being helpful and behaving professionally and I do hope the shock isn’t too much for them. But perhaps wag food will understand that when ‘things’ go well, praise will follow, if it doesn’t, then I shall continue to shout about it, or rather blog about it, because even having to go this way, ‘things’ have improved, even slightly. Getting this information early meant that my team arranged for this to go out at 0.10 this morning to all our Best Of Welsh & Borders producers, knowing that all our producers will want to know who won what. Plus of course welshfoodbites has been able to post promptly too!

So the bulk of wag’s press release is as follows:

The best food and drink products from across Wales have been recognised at the 11th Wales the True Taste Food and Drink Awards. This year’s True Taste Champion, Robin Jones of Village Bakery, Coedpoeth, Wrexham, has urged those producers to make the most of their success. The third generation of bakers in the family, Robin recognises that many smaller operators may be reluctant to think big, but urges food and drink producers to build on their passion for what they do. He said: “There are a lot of lifestyle businesses which make excellent artisan products. But there needs to be more recognition of products which can be scaled up. That is where Wales is going to have an impact on the UK stage.”

Alun Davies, Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries, was impressed by the standard of entries in the independently judged Awards.

“Good quality, distinctive food is an emblematic part of the Welsh culture. Consumer confidence in our excellent produce is currently riding high, which is a massive achievement, especially in light of the challenges our producers have faced in recent years,” he said. I intend to build on that confidence and enable our food and drinks industries to strengthen and thrive. I am committed to doing all I can to deliver a thriving and sustainable food sector that is able to support and sustain employment and prosperity across the whole of Wales. The Welsh Government will continue to provide significant commercial benefits to Food sector businesses by enhancing their capacity to compete and achieve profitability. We can achieve that by building on the good quality, and distinctive food that is already being produced in Wales.”

Over the past decade thousands of companies have competed in the Welsh Government Awards which this year attracted some 830 entries from over 250 diverse companies.

A group of second year students from Coleg Powys’ hospitality and catering course have been brought in this year to work with the caterers to gain a rare opportunity at such a prestigious and large scale event on their doorstep.

WALES The True Taste Food & Drink Awards Winners 2012-13

LAMB

GOLD
Welsh Venison Centre
Rack of Welsh Lamb
SILVER
Capestone Organic Poultry Ltd

Paradiseloin of Organic Lamb

BRONZE

Graig Farm Organics
Roast Rump of Lamb
BEEF

GOLD
Cwmcerrig Farm Shop and Grill
Beef Sirloin
SILVER
Welsh Venison Centre

21 day Matured Welsh Fillet Steak

BRONZE
T.J.Roberts & Son

Local Welsh Sirloin Steak
PORK

GOLD
Glasfryn Farm Shop

Pork Tenderloin filled with Pork & Garlic Stuffing & Wrapped in pen Llyn bacon

SILVER
Rhug Organic Farm

Pork Shouldeb Boned & Rolled

BRONZE
Douglas Willis Ltd

FreeRange Woodland Squarecut Rind-On Boneless Belly Joint

POULTRY & GAME

GOLD
Usk Vale Poultry

Speciality Large Barn Reared Chicken

SILVER
Yerbeston Gate Farm

Rosemary Glazed Chicken Breast stuffed with Saddleback Pork and Leek sausagemeat

BRONZE
Capestone Organic Poultry Ltd

Marks & Spencer Spatchcock Poussin with Four Peppers, &AngleseySeaSalt

BURGERS & SAUSAGES

GOLD

Coity bach farm produce sweet chill sausages

SILVER

Douglas Willis Ltd

Pork, Honey & Wholegrain Mustard Sausages

BRONZE

H J Edwards – Master Butchers

Traditional Free Range Pork Sausage

OTHER ADDED VALUE MEAT PRODUCTS

GOLD
Trealy Farm Charcuterie

Merguez Salami with Welsh Lamb

SILVER
Amser Da

Porc Celtaidd mewn Seidr

BRONZE
Cnwd
Chicken Liver Parfait

MILK, YOGURT, BUTTER & CREAM – SMALL PRODUCER

GOLD

Llaeth y Llan Village Dairy

Llaeth y Llan

SILVER
Tomlinsons Dairies Ltd

Semi skimmed milk

BRONZE
Ty Tanglwyst Dairy
Ty Tanglwyst Dairy Fresh Whole Milk

CHEESE – SMALL PRODUCER

GOLD

Trethowan’s Dairy Limited
Gorwydd Caerphilly

SILVER
Caws Cenarth Cheese

Golden Cenarth

BRONZE
Caws Teifi Cheese

Caws Teifi Cheese

ICE CREAM – SMALL PRODUCER

GOLD
Mario’s Ice Cream

Luxury Brecon Honey Dairy Ice Cream

SILVER
Conti’s

Conti’s – Traditional

BRONZE
Conti’s

Conti’s Salted Caramel

MILK, YOGURT, BUTTER & CREAM – LARGE PRODUCER

GOLD
Rachel’s

Rachels Organic Fat Free Peach and Passion fruit yogurt

SILVER
Rachel’s

Rachels Organic fat Free Strawberry & rhubarb Yogurt

CHEESE – LARGE PRODUCER

GOLD
Carmarthenshire Cheese Company Ltd

Carmarthenshire White

SILVER
Milk Link, Llandyrnog Creamery
Cadog Vintage Welsh Cheddar

BRONZE
Carmarthenshire Cheese Company Ltd
Carmarthenshire Blue

ICE CREAM – LARGE PRODUCER

GOLD
Subzero
Donatella Roche

SILVER
Parisella’s of Conwy

Maple and Walnut Ice Cream

BRONZE
Forte’s Ice Cream
Classic Vanilla

Sweet products (cakes, desserts and puddings but not including confectionery)

GOLD
Forte’s Ice Cream

Raspberry Sorbet

SILVER
Parisella’s of Conwy

Passion Fruit Sorbet

BRONZE
Siwgr A Sbeis

Lemon And Poppyseed Drizzle Cake

SAVOURY PRODUCTS (NOT INCLUDING MEAT)

GOLD

Hardwick Hampers

Cheese Sable Biscuit

SILVER

Leonardo’s Delicatessen Ltd

Crab, Leek & laverbread Quiche

BRONZE

Tortoise Bakery

44 hour Walnut Sourdough

CONFECTIONERY (INCLUDING CHOCOLATE & FUDGE)

GOLD
Siocled Moethus Sarah Bunton Luxury Chocolates

Earl Grey Tea

SILVER
Pemberton’s Victorian Chocolates

Toffoc Toffee Vodka

BRONZE
Hufenfa’r Castell

Fudge sauce

NON-ALCOHOLIC DRINKS

GOLD
Brecon Carreg Mineral Water

Brecon Carreg Still

SILVER
Brecon Carreg Mineral Water
Brecon Carreg Sparkling

BRONZE
Fruitapeel

Fruitapeel Freshly SqueezedOrangeJuice

BEER, CIDER & PERRY (UNDER 10% ABV)

GOLD
The Hurns Brewing Comp Ltd

Blodwens Beer

SILVER

The Hurns Brewing Comp Ltd

Premier Ale

BRONZE

Coles Family Brewers

CarmarthenGold

WINE, SPIRITS & OTHER ALCOHOL (OVER 10% ABV)

GOLD
Condessa Welsh Liqueurs
Sloe Gin
SILVER
Penderyn Distillery

Penderyn Single Malt Welsh Whisky

BRONZE
Condessa Welsh Liqueurs
Praline Welsh Cream Liqueur
Best Added Value Product

GOLD
Claws Shellfish

Pembrokeshire Seafood Platter

SILVER
Black Mountains Smokery

Premier Welsh Smoked Salmon

BRONZE
Cnwd

SmokedWest WalesCoracle Caught Sewin

FRUIT

GOLD
Carreglefn Nursery

Kiwi Fruit

SILVER
Carreglefn Nursery

Lemon

BRONZE
Hooton’s Homegrown

Strawberries

VEGETABLES

GOLD
Carreglefn Nursery

Thai Lemon Grass

SILVER
Carreglefn Nursery

Chilli Peppers

BRONZE
Siop Fferm Llwynhelyg Farm Shop

Ceredigion Fresh Herbs

CONDIMENTS, SAUCES & CHUTNEY

GOLD
Inner City Pickle

Mostarda di Frutta

SILVER
Môn Stir Sauce

Cheeky Girl Sauce

BRONZE
Claire’s Kitchen

Raspberry Vinegar

JAMS, MARMALADE & HONEY

GOLD
Pant Glas Bach Preserves

Blackcurrant and Liquorice Jam

SILVER
Elm Tree Foods

Elm Tree Foods: Honey

BRONZE
The Preservation Society

Ravishingly Raspberry Preserve

OTHER SPECIALITY FOODS

GOLD
Claire’s Kitchen

Lemon Curd

SILVER
Blodyn Aur

Blodyn Aur Welsh Rapeseed Oil

BRONZE
The Blaenafon Cheddar Company Ltd

Free Range World Heritage Eggs

HEALTHY OPTIONS

GOLD
Subzero

Blackcurrant Sorbet

SILVER
Welsh Venison Centre

Matured Welsh Venison Striplion

BRONZE
The Edible Hedgerow Company

Welsh Fruit Leathers – Fruit Mix

SPECIAL DIETARY OPTIONS

GOLD
Munchcake Gluten Free Goodies

Gluten free Carrot and Pecan Cupcake

SILVER
Bendylegs

Supercharged Bendylegs Granola

BRONZE
Munchcake Gluten Free Goodies

Gluten Free Raspberry and White Chocolate Cupcake

Welsh Exports

GOLD
Rhug Organic Farm

Organic Lamb Beef Pork Chicken Pies Wild Venison Wild Game

SILVER

The Celt Experience Ltd

Celt Beers

BRONZE

Llanllyr Water

Llanllyr Source

Local Sourcing

GOLD
Cwmcerrig Farm Shop

SILVER
Cnwd

BRONZE
The Blaenafon Cheddar Co Ltd

CHAMPION

Robin M. Jones
The Village Bakery

Coedpoeth

Wrexham

 

 
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