Cotswold Life Food & Drink Awards 2016: Best Local Producer/Supplier
PUBLISHED: 08:47 26 July 2016 | UPDATED: 14:51 27 July 2016
© Thousand Word Media
From local dairies and free range eggs, to fine food catering companies, the Cotswolds has some of the best local producers and suppliers in England. But who is the best?
The Cotswold Life Food & Drink Awards are one of the biggest events in the local calendar and it is hugely anticipated by the region’s food and drink industry all year round.
We champion the best local producers, suppliers and businesses that are passionate about the Cotswold countryside and the future of our local environment.
Thanks to both the nominations of the public and our well-respected judges, we have picked a winner worthy of the ‘Best Local Producer/Supplier Award’.
This year’s finalists
Phoenix Free Range, Nailsworth
Phoenix Free Range is run by Sarah and Dave and they’ve a flock of well loved, assorted poultry that lay speciality eggs (including turkey eggs). Phoenix Free Range is part of the new Cotswolds Choice brand scheme, promoting landscape-friendly local products, led by Stephen Aiano on behalf of the Cotswolds Conservation Board. Judges were impressed by the passion and enthusiasm of Phoenix Free Range. They noted their very unique product of turkey eggs and enjoyed the delicate creamy taste. They also commented on a great high welfare standard for the animals.
Ross & Ross Food, Chipping Norton
Ross & Ross host pop-up restaurants across the Cotswolds and specialise in weddings and events catering. From smoking BBQ’s to three-course suppers, bold flavours, seasonal ingredients and locally-sourced produce are at the forefront of their menus. That’s why they were chosen as our runners up for this year’s award.
Ross and Ross Food were praised by judges for their clearly recognisable brand. Judges described them as being very knowledgeable with a great understanding for the food gift market. Their products were described as having fantastic taste.
And the winner of ‘Best Local Producer/Supplier’ is…
Cotteswold Dairy, Tewkesbury
Established in 1938, Cotteswold Dairy is now a familiar business in the region – especially if you’re up at 5.30am! Not only does Cotteswold Dairy support local residents by employing over 300 staff, it’s also committed to looking after the environment and the welfare of its cows.
Judges commended Cotteswold Dairy for being a third generation family business that still upholds the values it was founded with. They noted the great real service of top quality products and the Cotteswold Dairy have been instrumental in raising the profile of many local farmers.
The Best Local Producer/Supplier Award is sponsored by Gloucester Services Farmshop and Kitchen
Were you at the awards night? Tweet us your pictures @CotswoldLife #CLFDA
Click here to view the Cotswold Life Food & Drink Award winners from 2015!