It’s been a truly mouthwatering experience! I’ve spent the last few weeks reading members’ descriptions of the delectable products made by small food producers in their communities, as they responded to our call for nominations for the small producer category of the prestigious Q Food Awards.
And it’s been great to hear about some of the amazing producers out there – not only their passion for the stuff they create, but also the brilliant work that many are doing to promote better standards in animal welfare and environmental responsibility, and do great things in their communities.
Our team has now been through all the entries that were put forward by members and has come up with a shortlist of ten. We’d like our Co-op members to tell us which ones they most like the sound of, so that we can give the top 5 a free entry into the awards.
Here’s the shortlist:
Granny Cool Preserves , Ramsbottom, nominated by Emma Turner, Bury, Greater Manchester. “Wonderful silky, tangy curds and marmalades to make your toast sing. Stuff to spread on your bread doesn’t get much more delicious than this. The lemon curd is simply divine!”
Ocelot Chocolate, Edinburgh, nominated by Paraskevi Dimoudi, Edinburgh.
“They make everything from scratch and they are fair. Support young and small ethical business!”
Harris Farm Meats, Strathaven, nominated by Leah Adams,Laurencekirk, Aberdeenshire.
“Vote for well bred, well looked after and extremely tasty goat, mutton, lamb and rare breed pork.”
Just Crisps, Staffordshire, nominated by Joy Taylor-Cowling,Milford, Stafford.
“They use their own home grown potatoes and rapeseed oil. They are the nicest crisps I’ve ever tasted. And the only ones I buy. Go and try them….. you’ll never buy anything else!!”
Yummy Yorkshire, Denby Dale, Huddersfield, nominated by Lorraine Dixon, Penistone, Sheffield. “Discover a taste of heaven with Yummy Yorkshire Ice Cream – a local producer employing local people.”
Lewis Pies, Swansea, nominated by Sarah DaviesTonyrefail, Rhondda, Wales. “The pies are simply amazing! Stuffed to the brim, beautiful light pastry and their customer service is excellent. We all should acknowledge and support our locally made produce. Excellent company, great local produce and fantastic service.”
Tracebridge Sourdough, Somerset, nominated by Anna Kenning, Wiveliscombe, Somerset. “Delicious, nutritious, wood-fire baked handmade bread. Skills passed on from baker to apprentices and volunteers from around the world. Support our local artisan bread makers. Eat local, buy local.”
Red Bank Cider & Wine, Bolton, nominated by Wendy Brown, Little Hulton, Greater Manchester. “The cider is really lovely and a real treat to drink and they also do extra dry prosecco.”
Rocky Head Brewery, London, nominated by Charles Runcie, Southfields, London. “A group of friends who love tasty beer set up a brewery, to have fun making the kind of beer they want to drink and hopefully find like minded people who want to buy it and drink it. “Rocky Head” is a small artisanal brewery inspired by the American Craft Brewing scene. They craft small batches of intensely-flavoured pale ale by hand, loaded with American and NZ hops.”
Marsh Pig, Norwich, nominated by Kira HarrisLowestoft, Suffolk. “They produce superb charcuterie using British products. Try it and you will love it!
I can’t wait to see which producers our members select and I will be watching keenly to see how the member-nominated entries progress through the judging process. This is a great opportunity for some small producers to showcase their amazing products, with some fantastic prizes on offer.
You can find out more about the Small Producer Awards that the Co-op is sponsoring in this year’s Q Awards here.