Best Food Product / Producer of the Year winner at the Dorset Magazine Food, Drink and Farming Awards 2015
PUBLISHED: 01:00 25 September 2015 | UPDATED: 15:50 09 December 2015
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Nominees for this category were companies or individuals who connected with their communities and used good quality ingredients to provide an excellent finished product.
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Winner: Chococo, Swanage
Claire and Andy Burnet have been making fine fresh chocolate gifts by hand in Purbeck since 2002. Most of their range is inspired by local ingredients including fresh Dorset cream, honey, blueberries and vodka as well as more unusual ones like Blue Vinny cheese and Dorset grown wasabi, black garlic and watercress. Readers loved their twist on traditional flavours and seasonal specials which readers said ‘delight your palette’ and they liked the fact they were constantly introducing new flavours
Highly Commended: From Dorset with Love, Milton Abbas
As the title of their brand suggests, this small company set up by Chrissy and Karl clearly put a lot of love and attention into creating quality delicious condiments. Our readers really love the jams, chutneys and preserves they make, so much so that they won this category last year. Our readers liked the fact that most of their products were vegan friendly and used ingredients, either grown in Dorset or sourced from local Dorset suppliers.
Highly Commended: South West Garlic Farm, North Chideock
Mark Botwright of South West Garlic Farms, was our Farming Hero in 2014, and has been described as a man whose Dorset grown garlic has put Dorset on the gourmet food map. He is also the country’s only producer of Black Garlic - a secret method of curing garlic based on a 4,000 year old Korean recipe that Mark discovered online and had translated. The sweet, smoky black garlic has many fans including Nigella Lawson and Mark Hix.