Lancashire producers win acclaim at the 2020 Great Taste awards
PUBLISHED: 09:09 23 September 2020 | UPDATED: 12:11 29 September 2020
We look at the stories behind some Lancashire’s most famous Great Taste winners.
Following 14 weeks of judging, the 2020 Great Taste accreditations have been released, with a number of familiar brands from Lancashire featured.
Great Taste is widely acknowledged as the most respected food accreditation scheme for artisan and speciality food producers, a record breaking 12,777 different products were entered from over 100 countries.
We take a look at the history behnd some of the producers and produce that have been recognised this year.
Booths have undoubtedly been one of the flagbearers of Lancashire produce, ever since their formation in June 1847. They recently launched a campaign to support the county’s artisan cheesemakers when the industry was struggling to cope with coronavirus shutdown.
The supermarket chain has a number of products that have acheived Great Taste status including: Chocolate Coated Salted Caramel Hazelnuts, Beef Sirloin Joint with Truffle Stuffing, Medium Spiced Red Thai Vegetable Curry with Fragrant & Sticky Jasmine Rice, Brioche Bread and Butter Pudding and the classic Sticky Toffee Pudding.
Paul and Jacqui Williams launched Choc Amor in 2012 and have won a number of the industry’s highest accolades including several Great Taste Awards, Academy of Chocolate accolades and most recently two bronze awards from the World Finals of the International Chocolate Awards.
Their Dark Chocolate Coffee consists of single origin chocolate with an espresso ground coffee giving texture and flavour chew to start to breakdown the Brazilian Ipanema Coffee.
The harsh winter of 1962-63 led Philip and Dorothy McIvor to change their farming business in Twiston into what has become a famous brand seen all around the world, Farmhouse Biscuits.
The award-winning Oat Flip Biscuits are traditionally made crumbly oat biscuits based on the Lancashire flip recipe and they are stocked by many leading companies such as Harrods, Harvey Nichols, airlines, cruise lines, the Queen’s shops and Waitrose.
Rachel and Rich Trenchard’s passion for gin inspired them to distil their own creations. The first Goosnargh Gin creation was their signature gin, Chapter One, a delicate mix of botanicals from plants you’d find in the Bowland area – organic meadowsweet, yarrow and elderflower as well as traditional juniper.
They were winners of the 2019 Lancashire Life Food and Drink Awards Producers of the Year category, and now have a Great Taste award for Chapter Two Dark Skies, a nod to Bowland’s newly granted status for star-gazers. The delicately spiced, warming small batch gin, with cardamom, root ginger, aniseed and vanilla.
John and Clare Wignall run their rapeseed oil business from Standish Hall Farm, a 600 acre site on what wasonce was the home of Standish Hall, the family seat of the Standish family.
They are no strangers to accolades, the won Product of the Year at the 2017 Lancashire Life Food and Drink Awards and now four of the Wignalls Yallo products have attained Great Taste status: Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oil, Habanero Chilli Infused Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oil, Garlic & Garden Herb Infused Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oil and Lemon & Thyme Infused Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oil.
Details of this year’s winners can be found at www.greattasteawards.co.uk and a wide range of award winning products are available to buy in delis, farm shops and independent retail outlets across the county.