Dorset Magazine Food, Drink & Farming Awards 2016: Food Product of the Year
PUBLISHED: 08:58 07 October 2016 | UPDATED: 09:14 07 October 2016
This award celebrated the dedication that went into creating mouth-watering products which put Dorset on the map. Here we announce Dorset Magazine's Food Product of the Year 2016
As their brand suggests, this small company set up by Chrissy and Karl Reigler clearly puts a lot of love into creating quality delicious condiments which one reader declared were “amazing jars full of happiness”. Their unusual range of jams, curds, jellies, chutneys and preserves impressed our readers so much that From Dorset With Love have been nominated every year, and won this category in 2014. All ingredients are either grown in Dorset or sourced from local suppliers. On this year’s roll call of honour were the lemon and passion fruit curds, the rose jelly and the real ale chutney. One reader summed up their range as: “Refreshing, bold, endearing and most importantly, they care about their product so deeply, and it shows!”
Mark Botwright of South West Garlic Farms, was our Farming Hero in 2014. He has been growing garlic on the family farm for the last 18 years, but it’s his remarkable award-winning black garlic, which has helped put Dorset on the gourmet food map. Mark is 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 been a phenomenal hit with the top chefs such as Nigella Lawson and James Martin. Mark has now created two new products - black garlic sugar and black garlic sea salt which our readers declared was “amazing”.
And the winner is…
Situated in Hazelbury Bryan, this artisan company, established by Tracey Collins, produces homemade jams, marmalades, chutneys and sauces which readers described as “innovative and delicious.” Using locally grown fruit and vegetables wherever possible, Tracey creates preserves with a unique twist such gooseberry chutney with pink peppercorns. Readers raved about her latest creations Dorset sea salt caramel spread, Dorset raspberry jam with vodka, and orange marmalade infused with Fursty Ferret. “Ajar brings the best of local produce to you in a jar!” said one reader “Blueberries from Puddletown, beetroot from Goldhill Organic and untold berries foraged from around Dorset. Tracey makes the best darn jams in the county!”
Food Product or Producer of the Year was sponsored by Bournemouth University