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Discover the tastiest food and drink from Kent – The Garden of England


The Taste of Kent Awards Reveals  
the 2024 Food and Drink Product Shortlist  

Produced in Kent is delighted to announce the food and drink product shortlist for the highly anticipated Taste of Kent Awards 2024. The awards, now in their 19th year celebrate and showcase the tastiest food and drink that Kent has to offer. 

The shortlist represents a diverse group of producers from across the county, reflecting a wide range of products, from artisanal cheeses and baked goods to craft beers and locally roasted coffees. “We are thrilled to recognise the outstanding talent within the local food and drink industry here on our doorstep,” said Susie Warran Smith, Chair of Produced in Kent. “This year’s shortlist showcases the remarkable diversity and quality of products that our community has to offer. It is a testament to the long hours and passion these producers have given.” 

Nigel Barden, national food and drink broadcaster and this year’s lead judge, led a panel of 23 judges, which included industry experts, renowned chefs and food writers. Kent is a really diverse and interesting county and I want that to be apparent in the products we’re tasting. For me it’s important they shout Kent,” said Nigel. The shortlist features products from across the entire county, including bakery products from Hythe, dairy products from Whitstable, coffee from Sevenoaks and cider from Sittingbourne.  

The official judging day was held at Jestic Foodservice Solution’s test kitchen in Paddock Wood, where over 220 entries were tasted by an expert panel of judges. At the judging event headline sponsor Southeastern Rail was represented by their Head of Marketing Nikki Causer, “These awards showcase the huge array of products we have here in the Garden of England, we’re excited to be involved again this year, to help highlight the very best of the region.” Product Director at Jestic, Michael Eyre, said: “We’re honoured to host the judging day here, I’ve been working in the industry for 35 years and it’s exciting to see that Kent is still leading in terms of innovation, ingenuity and fantastic flavours.” 

All finalists will be invited to the awards ceremony on 13th June at The Gulbenkian, University of Kent in Canterbury, where the winners will be revealed at a special ceremony. The event will feature a festival market during the day, to showcase the shortlisted products, providing attendees with the opportunity to sample the unique offerings and meet the producers. 

Tickets for the festival and awards ceremony will be available from 7th May, and can be booked directly from Ticket Tailor. For more information, please visit here

The Taste of Kent Awards 2024 Shortlist: 

Kent Wine of Year 
Canterbury Rose 2020, Simpsons Wine Estate, Canterbury 
Oasthouse Pinot Noir, Warehorne Vineyard, Warehorne 
Sparkling Ortega Demi-Sec 2021, Biddenden Vineyards, Biddenden 
Wandering Wayfarer Bacchus 2022, Wayfarer Wines LLP, Woodchurch  

Kent Cider of the Year 
Biddies Kentish Kiss, Biddenden Vineyards, Biddenden 
Craftsman, Kentish Pip Cider, Bekesbourne 
Disco, Dudda’s Tun Cider, Doddington 

Kent Savoury Bakery Product of the Year 
Dark Chocolate Sourdough, Madre Margate, Margate  
Kent Potato bun, Gilda Bakery Ltd, Bishopsbourne, Canterbury 
Malaysian Vegetable curry bun, Gilda Bakery Ltd, Bishopsbourne, Canterbury 

Kent Beer of the Year 
1698, Shepherd Neame, Faversham 
Lucky Day, Pig And Porter Ltd, Tunbridge Wells 
Wild Beer Madness, Wild Beer Co, Ashford 

Kent Spirit of the Year 
2022 Bacchus Dry Gin, Terlingham Vineyard, Folkestone  
Greensand Ridge Inbread Moonshine, Greensand Ridge Distillery, Tonbridge 
Kentish Cherry & Hibiscus, Whitstable Harbour Gin, Whitstable  
Orange and Kent Saffron Gin, Canterbury Brewers and Distillers @The Foundry Brew Pub, Canterbury 
Kent Non-alcoholic Hot Drink of the Year 
Clubhouse Espresso Blend, Corban Coffee, Sevenoaks 
Decaf Earl Grey, Bergamia Tea Ltd, Sittingbourne 
English Breakfast tea, Corban Coffee, Sevenoaks 
Kent Sweet Bakery Product of the Year 
Caramel Peanut Brownie, Little Sugar Ltd, Canterbury 
Pain au Chocolat, Docker Bakery, Hythe 
Rhubarb & Custard Cruffin, Docker Bakery, Hythe 
Kent Sweet Pantry Product of the Year 
Foxes Honey, Fox and Son Ltd TA Foxes Honey , Herne Bay 
Rosemary’s No Added Sugar Blackcurrant No Ordinary Jam, Rosemary’s, Maidstone 
Rosemary’s No Added Sugar Strawberry and Raspberry No Ordinary Jam, Rosemary’s, Maidstone 

Kent Confectionary & Snack product of the Year 
Kent Crisps Lamb & Rosemary Bridge, Kent Crisps, Canterbury 
Kent Crisps Ashmore Cheese & Onion Bridge, Kent Crisps, Canterbury 
Really Nice Honeycomb, Fudge Kitchen, Lyminge 

Kent Cheese of the Year 
Kentish Blue cheese, Kingcott Dairy, Staplehurst  
Dargate Dumpy, Cheesemakers of Canterbury, Faversham 
Winnies Wheel, Cheesemakers of Canterbury & Hinxden Farm Diary, Faversham & Cranbrook 
Winterdale Shaw, Winterdale Cheesemakers, Sevenoaks  
Kent Savoury Pantry Product of the Year 
A Little Bit Vegan Caesar, A Little Bit Food, Canterbury 
Kentish Oils Cold Press Rapeseed Oil blended with Lemon, Kentish Oil & Condiments, Canterbury  
Millers Choice Stone Ground Heritage Wheat Wholemeal Flour, Hinxhill Fields, Hinxhill, Ashford 
Three Fruit Chutney with Shepheard Neame ‘Whitstable Bay’ Ale, The Wooden Spoon Preserving Company, Wye, Ashford 

Kent Fish or Seafood Product of the Year 
Blue Oceans Blanchbait (Panko), Blue Oceans, Ramsgate 
Hythe bay Dover sole, The Boathouse Fisheries Ltd, St Mary’s Bay  
Whitstable Pacific Rock Oysters, Whitstable Oyster Trading Company, Whitstable 
Kent Dairy Product of the Year 
Blueberry-Lavender Jam, Meringue Swirl Ice cream, Bears Ice Cream Imaginarium, Whitstable Cinnamon Sponge, Bramley Apple Jazz, Cream Cheese Frosting Ice cream,  Bears Ice Cream Imaginarium, Whitstable  
Farm Fresh Milk, Nightingale Dairy, Alkham, Dover  
Kent Meat Product of the Year 
Rolled Loin of Pork, Oink and Udder, Canterbury   
Shoulder of Lamb, S W Doughty Butchers, Doddington, Sittingbourne 
Wild Fennel  Salami, Wilson’s Provisions, Canterbury   

Free From Product 
Caramel Peanut Brownie, Little Sugar Ltd, Canterbury   
Lamb Merquez Sausage, Perry Court Farm, Ashford 
Rhubarb & Custard Cruffin, Docker Bakery, Hythe 

Kent Non-Alcoholic Cold Drink of the Year 
Biddenden Sparkling Apple Juice, Biddenden Vineyards, Biddenden, Ashford  
Root Ginger Drink, KORKO Ltd, Chatham  
Spiced Apple Juice, Chegworth Valley Limited, Maidstone 
Kent Ready Meals & Prepared Food Product of the Year 
Boathouse Luxury Seafood platter, The Boathouse Fisheries Ltd, St Mary’s Bay  
Cherry Bakewell Cookie Dough, More Tasty Crumbs, Folkestone 
Family-Sized Steak Pie, S W Doughty Butchers, Doddington, Sittingbourne  

About The Taste of Kent Awards 

The Taste of Kent Awards is facilitated and hosted by Produced in Kent; dedicated to promoting and supporting local businesses, fostering a thriving food and drink industry, and enhancing the overall community experience. Through various initiatives and events, Produced in Kent aims to connect consumers with the best local products. 


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