Self-described as ‘The Oscars of the food world’ and the ‘epicurean equivalent of the Booker prize’, The Great Taste Awards can be commended with offering a huge boost to food and drink producers from all over the world and for giving credit when it’s due to the hard work and dedication which goes into every jar, packet and bottle of produce.
A staggering 12,634 products were entered for this year’s awards, and the judging panel of over 500 individuals, including celebrated chefs, food writers and producers, whittled them down to just over one third for the awarding.
Welsh food and drink made an impact once again this year with 177 awards awarded to producers across the country, including 15 prestigious 3-star awards.
Menter a Busnes food and drink development project, Cywain, will have a lot to smile about following the unveiling of the 2018 winners as, over the past decade, the project has mentored and worked with 36 winning producers who have generated an impressive 62 of this year’s awards.
Cywain, which supports the development of new markets for growth orientated businesses in the food and drink sector, set up workshops across the country earlier this year to help their clients get ‘Award Ready’. The aim of the workshops was to aid in preparing producers for the application process and give insight into the judging procedure of the different awards available to them, one of which being the all-important Great Taste Awards.
4 attendees of the workshops went on to claim their own, including Carmarthenshire-based ‘Seidr Y Mynydd’ who not only won an award this year, but received a 3-star award for their Keeved Cider.
Other Cywain clients, from then and now, who found themselves winners of the significant 3-star award included; Eat My Flowers of Denbighshire, Coaltown Coffee, also from Carmarthenshire, Apple County Cider from Monmouthshire, and Fire and Ice and Coedcanlas from Pembrokeshire. Coedcanlas also received one of the greatest honors of the Great Taste Awards in 2017 by winning The Golden Fork from Wales, courtesy of Food & Drink Wales.
Cywain clients, past and present, also collectively secured ten 2-star awards and a remarkable 46 1-star awards, making 2018 one of the project’s most successful years to date.
Cywain Development Manager for South West Wales, Lowri Edwards, said of this year’s awards,
“It’s fantastic to see so many Cywain clients achieving Great Taste Awards this year and it just shows the variety of high quality produce produced and processed within the food and drink sector in Wales.
The Great Taste Awards are acknowledged as a benchmark for fine food and drink and are an opportunity for businesses to market their products to wider markets. Cywain is privileged to be involved with so many clients that have achieved these awards.”
A full list of this year’s winners can be viewed at www.greattasteawards.co.uk