Cumbrian food tickled the taste buds of judges at a leading competition.
County-based producers scooped a hamper of prizes at the Great Taste Awards showing the strength of the food and drinks industry in the area.
Cranstons Quality Butchers, Mr Vikki’s, If I Knew You Were Coming, Lakeland Mues, Claire’s Handmade, Dalemain Marmalades and Country Puddings were just a small handful of the 30 Cumbrian producers who were awarded three, two and star gold awards.
Philip Cranston, managing director of Cranstons, said produce from all seven is stocked in Cranston Food Halls across the county
“We are thrilled to have been awarded great taste awards for a trio of our most popular products," he said.
"It’s brilliant to see a host of Eden business be rewarded for their hard work and wonderful produce with a quality accolade such as the Great Taste Awards.
"Cumbria has a really vibrant food scene at the moment and we are proud to support local businesses such as Mr Vikki’s, If I knew You Were Coming, Country Puddings and Dalemain by stocking their products across our food halls.”
Cranstons were awarded a two star gold for their dry cured smoked streaky bacon with judges praising it for its smoky aroma, firm texture and long-lasting flavour.
The company also took awards for its Cumberland farmhouse sausage and handmade caramelised onion sausage roll.
Mr Vikki’s, of High Hesket, took awards for its Banana Habanero and Heavenly Hot Habanero chutneys while Katie Hauser, of Warcop, who runs If I Knew You Were Coming won plaudits for her classic chocolate brownie and white chocolate and cranberry cookie kits.
Dalemain Marmalade Collection’s Apple and Brandy Marmalade received a award with Country Puddings of Dacre’s creamy vanilla custard taking home a prize.
Tim Cottingham, of Wigton-based Lakeland Mues, said: “As such a young business, we are really thrilled for our muesli to be considered as award winners next to other Cumbrian giants in the local food-producer scene.
Claire Kent, of Claire’s Handmade of Fletchertown, said: “Once again, we are thrilled to have great success at the Great Taste Awards.
"The awards are the biggest and most respected in the world and Great Taste stars are highly respected seals of approval."
Katie added: “We have never entered Great Taste before, but decided to enter this year to showcase our favourite products. We are delighted."
The Great Taste Awards are held annually by the Guild of Fine Food.
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