Vu Online were lucky enough to be invited to the Love the Flavour Food & Drink Devon Awards last night, for its second year, to judge the websites on the 2014 shortlist. It was a great honour to be there, in the luxurious surroundings of the Exeter Golf and Country Club, and it goes without saying that the three course meal was top nosh!
We were excited to see that the companies which won the awards were a mix of well-established brands as well as up-and-comers doing great things with food and drink. James Strawbridge from ITV’s Hungry Sailors (and son of TV Presenter Dick Strawbridge) made an excellent host and his light-hearted banter kept the proceedings bouncing along.
Highlights for us included Partridge Farm Meats getting ‘best producer’ (for the second year in a row) and the reaction to the Yonder Berries’ platinum award for its Blueberry and Chilli jam, as platinum status was only given to those products awarded 100% by the judges. The latter was one of only two companies at the event to get a perfect score, the other being Bulleigh Elms Farm’s home-made fudge.
It was also great to see Hunters Brewery pick up silver awards for its Pheasant Plucker (which should have also won an award for best name) and Hunters Premium beers.
After an exciting evening we left with full stomachs and plenty of recommendations for brands to check out and places to eat, including the NoBody Inn at Doddicombsleigh which won the ‘Outstanding Achievement’ for its atmosphere and customer service.
Only 30 producers made the shortlist and all involved deserved to get recognition for the work they’re doing to get Devon recognised for its excellent food. It’s safe to say that the evening was a huge success and that it was another milestone for The Food & Drink Devon Association on its mission to make ‘Love the Flavour’ a national byword for the best in sustainable food and drink.
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