Flavours Festival awards dinner
PUBLISHED: 11:40 19 February 2013 | UPDATED: 22:19 26 February 2013
TV presenter Jules Hudson, Herefordshire's newest resident celebrity, revealed the winners of the prestigious allpay Flavours of Herefordshire Awards 2013 at an awards dinner in atmospheric Lyde Court near Hereford
TV presenter Jules Hudson, Herefordshires newest resident celebrity, revealed the winners of the prestigious allpay Flavours of Herefordshire Awards 2013 at an awards dinner in atmospheric Lyde Court near Hereford.
Gold accolades were presented in 11 categories and the winners were intrigued to receive their individually crafted plaques made from the same oak timber used to make the Hereford Bull the replica Wye Trow seen in the Jubilee Pageant.
The Flavours of Herefordshire Awards, now in its 14th year, celebrate the best of food and drink in the county. Encouraging up-and-coming talent there were awards for young chef in industry, won by Tom Evans from the Sun Inn, Winforton and young chef in training, won by Kelly Tipton and Benjamin Dean from Herefordshire College of Technology. The accolade Herefordshire food and drink prodigy went to Katie Rolfe from The Trumpet Corner Art Studios and Tea Room at Trumpet Crossroads, near Ledbury.
Gold awards for Herefordshire food and drink products in the drinks, non cider category went to Townsend Farm Pure Apple Juice made by Mark and Lesley Andrews at Townsend Farm, Bosbury and to Discovery Juice made by Simon and Hannah Day at Once Upon a Tree, Putley, Ledbury. In the cider category three gold awards were given to Once Upon a Tree, for its Blenheim Superb, Marcle Ridge and Carpenters Croft ciders.
Tim and Nicki Gilbert from Court Farm, Tillington carried off the award for fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables and Neil Powell Butchers 21 day dry aged carvery rib of pedigree Herefordshire beef also gained a gold award.
Following on from competitions that took place during the allpay Flavours of Herefordshire festival last October, king of pies was awarded to Hereford Butchers and sausage of the year went to Noggins Farm, Much Marcle.
There were two gold awards for best steak, going to White Haywood Farm Restaurant, Craswall and butchers Glyn Slade Jones, Kington. The Simply Herefordshire category sought the best plated meal in a seated dining area reflecting all things Herefordshire. Gold was awarded to The Three Horseshoes Inn, Little Cowarne, Bromyard; The Old Rectory, Cradley and Walford Court, Walford, near Leintwardine. In the Gourmet Herefordshire category the top prize went to The Mill Race, Walford, near Ross-on-Wye.
Anthony Legge from Legges of Bromyard and Jo Hilditch from British Cassis at Lyonshall each received recognition as a Herefordshire Food and Drink Ambassador.
For more information: www.flavoursofherefordshire.co.uk
Photographs by Gavin Crilly and Thomas Evans