Finalists revealed for food awards

THE oven gloves are off as the finalists for two regional awards have been unveiled.

Six of the 10 finalists for The Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards’ best local product and best local drink categories are from the Daventry area.

Nominated for her rapsberry cream cake, Serena Frost, who runs Meadow Cottage Cakes in Newnham, said: “It has been really exciting to be nominated. It is a recipe which I have had since childhood and it’s nice to find success with it.

“It is great to be in the final but we shall see what happens.”

She goes up against a pork pie made by Sauls of Spratton which includes chicken as one of its ingredients.

Chris Saul, director, said: “There isn’t really one food associated with Northamptonshire, and we look to try and reflect that here. I am extremely proud to be nominated for this award.”

They face competition for best local product from Brixworth Pate made by Brixworth Foods, Farrington’s balsamic dressing by Farrington Oils in Hargrave and vanilla ice cream by Northampton-based company E. Gallone.

There are three locally made drinks competing for the second award including Fleur Fields Rose wine made at the Brixworth-based vineyard.

Bill Hulme, joint owner with his wife Flora, said: “We hope to create a quality product and any recognition we get from that is good.

“It would be nice to win because there is a lot of quality in Northamptonshire.”

It has been a hugely successful first year in business for The Village Orchard in Flore, which has been topped off with an award for its medium apple juice.

The orchard’s owner Jonathan Chaplin said: “We have got a lot of apple trees in the garden and we thought we should do something with the fruit, so we made apple juice. To be recognised like this in the first year of trading is wonderful.”

Guilsborough Gold made by Nobby’s Brewery in Guilsborough is one of the other finalists.

Paul Mulliner, known as Nobby, said: “We are over the moon to be nominated for the award, it’s great to be recognised. We are up against some excellent competitors.”

They go up against Croak and Stagger by Frog Island Brewery in Northampton and steeplechase sparkling wine made by Welland Valley Vineyard in Marston Trussell.

The winners will be announced on September 1 at a special dinner hosted at Holdenby House.