#DFDFA: The Winners of the Dorset Food, Drink and Farming Awards 2020

PUBLISHED: 07:40 11 November 2020 | UPDATED: 07:48 11 November 2020

The winners for the 2020 Food, Drink and Farming Awards have been announced!

The winners for the 2020 Food, Drink and Farming Awards have been announced!

The Dorset Food, Drink & Farming Awards finalists, nominated by our readers, are all local heroes in our opinion but here are the winners.

We are delighted to announce the winners of the Dorset Food, Drink & Farming Awards 2020, and what tough decisions it was. With news of further lockdown measures, it is even more important that we support local food and drink producers to keep these businesses - great and small - afloat. Due to coronavirus restrictions we have been unable to celebrate this prestigious event with our usual glittering awards dinner for all our finalists and sponsors.

We are delighted that we could still raise their profile and tell you about the fantastic things they’ve achieved through what has been a very challenging year. Our winners will have their trophy delivered by Helen Stiles, the Dorset magazine editor, when it’s safe to do. These awards were all about the local food, drink and farming heroes nominated by you, so thank you for telling us about your local heroes. And finally a big thank you to all our sponsors, they have helped the Dorset Food, Drink & Farming Awards to keep supporting local businesses. Congratulations to all our winners and finalists.

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Best Independent Food & Drink Retailer

Sponsored by NFU Mutual Wessex

WINNER:

Fruit n Two Veg, Beaminster

HIGHLY COMMENDED:

· Framptons of Bridport

· Le Petit Prince, Westbourne

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Best Farm Shop

Sponsored by Furleigh Estate

WINNER

Jurassic Coast Farm Shop, Dorchester

HIGHLY COMMENDED

· Felicity's Farm Shop, Morcombelake

· Steeptonbill Farm Shop, Milton Abbas

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Food Producer of the Year

WINNER

The Book & Bucket Cheese Company, Cranborne

HIGHLY COMMENDED

· Baboo Gelato, Bridport

· From Dorset with Love, Blandford Forum

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Drink Producer of the Year

WINNER

Barefaced Brewing, Bournemouth

HIGHLY COMMENDED

· Fountain Rock Coffee Roasters, Weymouth

· The Dorset Ginger Company, Lytchett Matravers

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Entrepreneur of the Year

Sponsored by Saffery Champness

WINNER

Alex & Emma Young, Ginger Viking, Blandford Forum

HIGHLY COMMENDED

· Keri Astill-Frew, V. Dorset Delivery, Poole

· Nigel Cox, Weymouth Fresh Fish

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Community Food/Drink Initiative Award

Sponsored by Clipper Teas

WINNER

The Old Thatch, Wimborne

HIGHLY COMMENDED

· Lizzie Baking Bird, Weymouth

· Sherborne Viral Kindness, Sherborne

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Business Collaboration Award

WINNER

Bothen Hill & Furleigh Estate, Bacchus and Asparagus, Bridport

HIGHLY COMMENDED

· Allen Valley Milk & Pamphill Dairy

· Mercato Italiano, Bridport Basket, Bridport

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Best Local Food/Drink Delivery Experience

WINNER

DarkBear, Bridport

HIGHLY COMMENDED

· Seabeats, Weymouth

· The Dorset Food Co, Blandford Forum

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Best Dining Experience To Go

WINNER

The Half Moon, Melplash

HIGHLY COMMENDED

· Brassica, Beaminster

· Truly's, Westbourne

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Chef of the Year

Sponsored by WhitePepper Chef Academy & Cookery School

WINNER

Eric Tavernier, Les Enfants Terribles, Weymouth

HIGHLY COMMENDED

· Jan Bretschneider, Restaurant Roots, Southbourne

· Brett Sutton, The White Post, Rimpton

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Dorset Food, Drink & Farming Hero 2020

Sponsored by Dorset Food & Drink

WINNER

Tom Amery

The Watercress Company, The Wasabi Company, Brace of Butchers & Naked Brace

Tom Amery has been around the Dorset food scene for a while, heading up The Wasabi Company – one of the first farms outside Japan to grow wasabi and winner of multiple Great Taste Awards – and the award-winning Brace of Butchers in Poundbury. He is also the MD of The Watercress Company, the UK’s leading watercress grower, and he has taken this locally grown product into some of Dorset’s NHS hospitals setting up fridges with grab bags of free watercress for staff. He is now working with the NHS to get this superfood onto the menu of hospitals, hospices and care facilities. Tom is an enthusiastic sustainability champion promoting the Plastic Free Dorchester campaign, and he often hosts morale boosting community events such as a lunch for carers, NHS and key workers and individuals who went the extra mile during the early days of lockdown. “He is an impressive individual who is passionate about the health benefits of watercress,” said Helen Stiles, Dorset magazine editor. “Tom is a Dorset trailblazer for all the right reasons.”

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