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Best Newcomer of the Year winner at the Dorset Magazine Food, Drink and Farming Awards 2015

PUBLISHED: 01:00 25 September 2015 | UPDATED: 16:03 09 December 2015

Crab Apple Catering winners of Newcomer of the Year sponsored by Pengillys: Carl Thomon and Emma Senior with Matt Rimmer ( Pengillys)

Crab Apple Catering winners of Newcomer of the Year sponsored by Pengillys: Carl Thomon and Emma Senior with Matt Rimmer ( Pengillys)

Andrew Plant/Imagine Photographic

This category was open to anyone in the food and drink industry who has started a new venture within the last 18 months.

Dorset magazine Food, Drink and Farming Awards.Dorset magazine Food, Drink and Farming Awards.

Sponsored by Pengillys

Winner: Crab Apple Catering, Swanage

Established by passionate local food fans Emma Senior and Carl Thomson, this new catering company in Swanage really impressed our readers who said: ‘Their food is excellent, simple and rustic and all locally sourced as well as handmade’. With an ethos of low food miles and sustainability, Crab Apple Catering aspires to a freshness that can’t be bought: they will make it, catch it, brew or grow it - or know someone locally that can. As well as catering for glamping, festivals, celebrations, adventure days and bushcraft workshops, they also run foraging and cookery courses.

Highly Commended: Cake by Sadie Smith, Wimborne

Sadie Smith set up her bespoke wedding and celebration cake business last June after her passion for baking was re-ignited when working as a fundraising assistant for the Dorset charity Diverse Abilities Plus, which supports her son, who is profoundly disabled. Sadie helped set up The Great Dorset Bake Sale to inspire people to get baking and still holds bake sales and cake decorating classes to raise money for the charity. She says her greatest pleasure is seeing people’s faces when they collect their cakes.

Highly Commended: Jurassic Spring, Weymouth

Set up by Weymouth-based James Farquharson, this is the first Dorset-based, Jurassic Coast sourced spring water. It falls as rain then filters through layers of ancient rock, some dating back some 250 millions years, before emerging as springs along the Jurassic Coast. Our readers loved this natural, local product which captures the essence of the area.


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