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19 gongs for Cumbrian producers at national Great Taste Awards

12 August 2015

Cumbrian food and drink producers picked up 19 gongs at the Great Taste Awards.

Mr Vikki’s, at High Hesket between Carlisle and Penrith, was top performer with seven awards including the maximum three-star accolade for its banana habanero.

The judges said: “This handmade rich banana sweet pickle is full of fruit but lives up to its hot billing and isn’t for the faint-hearted.

“The texture is spot on and the combination of sweet banana and chilli leaves a marvellous lingering heat in the mouth.”

Other Cumbrian winners were Country Puddings, Cranstons, Cumbrian Sausage, Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding, Hawkshead Relish and Hawkshead Brewery.

The awards, established in 1994 by the Guild of Fine Food, have been described as the “Oscars of the food world” and the “Epicurean equivalent of the Booker prize”.

Judging took place between March and July when 400 food experts spent 49 days blind-tasting samples in teams of four or five.

The haul of awards by Cumbrian producers underlines the strength of the county’s food and drink sector.

Mr Vikki’s also collected a two-star award for its tamarind chipotle, and one-star for its scotch bonnet and salted caramel fudge, garlic pickle, Max’s urban ketchup, handmade chilli jam, and tomato and nigellaCORR chutney.

Country Puddings, of Flusco near Penrith, won two stars for its “near perfect” sticky ginger pudding and one for its sticky toffee pudding.
It was the seventh year in a row that the firm’s products have been selected.

Owner Lynne Mallinson said: “Gaining accolades and awards like this for our business is always great news.

“It not only shows us that we are doing something right and that people love our puddings, but it also gives the small team who make all our puddings the recognition they deserve.”

Hawkshead Relish received two stars for its ripping raspberry curd and one for its hot onion and red pepper relish, and one for its Westmorland chutney.

Other winners, each collecting one star, were: Cranstons of Penrith for its pork and apple pie; Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding Co for its sticky ginger pudding, sticky banana pudding, sticky toffee sauce, and summer fruit pudding infused with elderflower cordial; Cumbrian Sausage Co, of Milburn, for its traditional Cumberland sausage; and Hawkshead Brewery for its Windermere pale ale.

The regional supermarket Booths, which has seven stores in Cumbria, won one star for its salted caramel ice cream, its mincemeat, British free-range bronze turkey, and its unsmoked Yorkshire back bacon.

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