Three soft fruit growers from across the county of Kent celebrated as winners at The Taste of Kent Awards 2014 dinner held at the Kent County Showground on Thursday 13 March.
The category, Garden of England Champion Cherry and Soft Fruit, sponsored by East Malling Research (EMR), had three ‘crop’ winners:
- Cherries – Elverton Farms, Faversham for their Merchant variety
- Strawberries – Langdon Manor Farm, Faversham for their Jubilee variety
- Raspberries – Newmafruit, Chartham, Canterbury for their Glen Ample variety
Prof Peter Gregory, Chief Executive at EMR commented, “Each of these three winners should be congratulated for doing something very special indeed. Fruit production is very much a high-tech part of British agriculture, with management and attention to detail needed to cover everything from varietal choice and the efficient use of nutrients through to looking after the fruit once it’s been harvested. All three winners have excelled in delivering what the consumer wants.”
The winners were selected by an expert panel of judges from three finalists who were shortlisted for each award category. The shortlisted finalists received the most votes in each award category and had been nominated and voted for by members of the public.
Stephanie Durling of Produced in Kent comments: “We would like to thank the thousands of people who took the time to vote in this, our tenth year. We are especially delighted that nearly 500 local businesses across the county were nominated for the awards. The battle for first place amongst the finalists was hard, with a really tough decision for our judges. The standard of products, produce, shops, pubs and restaurants is very high and Kent is firmly becoming established as a foody destination in the UK.”