The Great Taste Awards 2021 results are in, with many of the North East’s finest local producers awarded stars for their products.
Established in 1994, Great Taste is organised by the Guild of Fine Food and is the world’s largest, longest standing and most respected food accreditation scheme for artisan and speciality food producers.
Following 86 socially-distanced judging days in London and Dorset, Great Taste, which values taste above all else, has unearthed the very finest food and drink from every nook and cranny of the world. Regardless of branding or packaging, each product is judged on a level playing field, according to its texture, appearance, composition and of course taste. Food critics, chefs, restaurateurs, retail buyers, cooks, producers and a host of food writers, journalists and social media influencers are among the 355 esteemed palates to have rigorously blind tasted and judged the 14,113 entries from 108 countries, while providing detailed written feedback for the producer.
Food producers across Northumberland, Tyne and Wear and County Durham received stars at this year’s Great Taste Awards. Travelling Bee Company was among the top 2% of products, with its Scottish Heather Honeycomb Section being awarded the coveted three stars. Its Scottish Heather Honey was also awarded two stars.
Winners in Tyne and Wear also included newcomer Belle & Herbs Farm who received two stars for its Yellow Kraut and one star for its Kimchi; Black Storm Brewery for its Black Storm Pilsner, and Di Meo’s ice cream who won stars for six of its products.
In the County Durham region, Teesdale Cheesemakers were thrilled to be awarded stars for two of its products. “We’re absolutely delighted to be awarded one star for our Teesdale Blue and two stars for our Ronnie, launched last year,” says Allison Raper of Teesdale Cheesemakers. “It’s great to see the detailed feedback from the judges, as it helps us improve and is a real boost when you’re working so hard as a small business.”
Popular chilli sauce producer Screaming Chimp was also awarded one star for its Chimpotle sauce, as was McColl’s Brewery for its ‘Let’s eat pies and talk about men’s mental health’ beer, and Parlourmade Cheese for its Mordon Old Mouse cheese.
Ruth Oldfield, founder of Coffee & Kin which is based in Alnwick, Northumberland said, “I am absolutely over the moon to receive two, one-star Great Taste Awards for our DISCOVER Coffee Capsule and EXPLORE Coffee Capsule. We’re always talking about how good our coffee tastes and now we have proof from a panel of world class experts. It’s just the best news!”
Northumbrian Pantry also received good news at the Great Taste Awards, winning stars for its Hannah Glasse’s Paco Lilla, Spiced Beetroot and Apple Chutney, and Blackcurrant Jam with Juniper, while Northumberland rapeseed oil producer Baste & Bray received one star for its original Baste & Bray Rapeseed Oil.
All Great Taste 3-star award-winning products will be re-judged to find this year’s regional Golden Fork Trophy winners and the Great Taste Supreme Champion 2021. These final results will be announced at the Great Taste Golden Fork Reception on Sunday 17 October, set to be held at the Yorkshire Event Centre in Harrogate following the first day of Fine Food Show North, a trade-only exhibition organised by the Guild of Fine Food.
To see a full list of all the Great Taste 2021 winners, visit www.greattasteawards.co.uk