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Cotswold Life Food & Drink Awards 2016: Food Product of the Year

PUBLISHED: 08:54 26 July 2016 | UPDATED: 14:46 27 July 2016

Cotswold Life Food & Drink Awards Food Product of the Year Nelson Loaf by The Artisan Baker, Stroud, sponsored by Royal Three Counties Show

Cotswold Life Food & Drink Awards Food Product of the Year Nelson Loaf by The Artisan Baker, Stroud, sponsored by Royal Three Counties Show

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It's hardly surprising that there's such good food coming out the Cotswolds - the entire region is stuffed full of beautiful local ingredients, and there's a real passion for creating good, honest food. Despite the multitude of delicious products on offer, there is one that has shown itself to be a cut above the rest…

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 Food Product of the Year’ Award…

This year’s finalists

Baked Cheesecake, Windrush Valley Goat Dairy, Windrush

One of this year’s runners up is Oxfordshire-based Windrush Valley, an award winning goat dairy that was established in 2002. Their famous baked cheesecake is made from fresh, soft Pedigree British Saanan goat’s cheese and it comes in a variation of sizes.

Judges praised the look and exciting taste of the Baked Cheesecake -saying it played with the senses slightly being made from goat’s cheese. The product is very well established being made for 12 years and is sold at farmers markets and specialist food outlets.

The baked cheesecake can be purchased by the slice and you’ll find Windrush Valley at several local farmers’ markets.

West Country Cider Seville Orange Marmalade, The Artisan Kitchen, Gloucester

The Artisan Kitchen are passionate about what they do. They only use the very best natural ingredients that are of the highest quality. That’s why they were nominated as a finalist for ‘Food Product of the Year’.

West Country Cider Seville Orange Marmalade impressed judges with the informative, premium packaging. The taste was said to be delicious and the product is said to have a great Gloucestershire feel.

Their West Country Cider Seville Orange Marmalade is a thin cut marmalade made with organic avemaria Seville oranges, sugar and finished with a dry west country cider from local Gloucestershire producer Severn Cider. Delicious.

And the winner is…

Nelson Loaf, The Artisan Baker, Stroud

Established in early 2012, The Artisan Baker is the brainchild of experienced Pastry Chef, Ori Hellerstein. Born in Israel, Ori developed a love with food after growing up helping in his mother’s delicatessen.

Ori moved to the Cotswolds in 2012 where he fulfilled his dream of opening The Artisan Baker in the heart of the region.

The wonderful Nelson Loaf contains six different types of seeds plus oats and a small amount of organic flour, making it quite unique. It contains a little bit of molasses that gives it a slightly sweet taste. We recommend eating it with some smoked salmon and cream cheese, or lashings of butter.

Judges commended Nelson Loaf for its great taste as it is and when toasted. They also admired the fact the recipe is based on a South African bread and named after Nelson Mandela. Overall it was described as being unique and like nothing they had tasted before.

The ‘Best Food Product of the Year’ Award is sponsored by Royal Three Counties Show

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Click here to return to our list of 2016 winners!

Click here to view the Cotswold Life Food & Drink Award winners from 2015

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