Herefordshire Flavours Festival winners

PUBLISHED: 14:35 11 November 2010 | UPDATED: 18:08 20 February 2013

Tom Oliver and partner Valerie Gibson collect the award for being top cider and perry producer from The Hairy Bikers

Tom Oliver and partner Valerie Gibson collect the award for being top cider and perry producer from The Hairy Bikers

Martin Griffiths savours this year's Food Festival

Flavour of the county

Martin Griffiths savours this years Food Festival

The 2010 Flavours of Herefordshire event at Hereford racecourse was a delicious celebration of the countys excellent food and drink.

For many of our food and drink producers and the Visit Herefordshire team who work so hard to create the event, the weekend started on the Friday evening with a dinner where this year's Creative Cooking with Local Food awards were presented. This year the guests of honour included former Coronation Street actor Sean Wilson, who was demonstrating his cheeses over the weekend and The Hairy Bikers who gave out the gongs after entertaining guests with a series of extraordinary stories and re-enactments showing how Simon King had accidentally demolished his own bathroom!

Major winners this year included Tom Oliver for his consistently magnificent cider and perry and Orles Barn which collected the coveted top restaurant award. Court House Farm won the food producers award and best retailer went for the second year running to Pengethley Farm Shop. The biggest cheers of the night came when the catering industrys young chefs collected their awards Katie Lewis from the Herefordshire College of Technology picking up the young chef of the year. Katie is one of many fine young chefs who are successfully entering the industry having done their training at the college and she could also be found confidently demonstrating her skills in front of large crowds of visitors over the weekend.

Sean Wilson is better known to many for his many years starring as Martin Platt on Coronation Street. These days he has turned his love for food into a highly successful, award-winning cheese business. His demonstrations were immensely entertaining and informative and he gave the packed audience an opportunity to compare the taste of his own cheese with that of some cheap supermarket alternatives.

Meanwhile The Hairy Bikers were giving a series of cooking demonstrations in the main marquee. Simon Kings impression of Nigella Lawson cooking duck breasts had the audience rocking, and crying, with laughter.

There was a wide series of other cooking demonstrations on offer, which included Sir Ben Gill cooking Yorkshire puddings and the excellent Claire Trumper demonstrating how to make a perfect cup of tea.

The thousands of visitors loved the opportunity of meeting the diverse range of exhibitors in the main food tent and around the Farmers Market and business seemed to be brisk.

At the Friday night dinner former NFU president and new chairman of Visit Herefordshire Sir Ben spoke passionately about the role that food and the countryside had in the promotion of tourism within Herefordshire. The success of the Flavours weekend is certainly helping that cause.


The Old Rectory
Cradley, near Malvern

Cider and Perry
Olivers Cider & Perry
The Old Hop Kilns, Moorhouse Farm,
Ocle Pychard

Drinks Producer
Wye Valley Brewery
Stoke Lacy

Tea Room
Warren Farms
Warren Farms, Warren Farm, Bringsty

Orles Barn
Wilton, Ross-on-Wye

Pengethley Farm Shop
Peterstow, Ross-on-Wye

The Three Horse Shoes
Little Cowarne, Bromyard

Best Co-operative Venture
Herefordshire Farmers
Market Group

Food Producer
Court Farm
Tillington, Hereford

Outstanding Achievement Award
Walford Court
Walford, Leintwardine

Outstanding Newcomer
Monkhide Wines

Monkhide, Carlton House,
Canon Pyon

Herefordshire Food Champion
Rachel Hicks

Young Chef in Industry
Rachel Williams, Wilton Court Hotel

Young Chef in College
Katie Lewis

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