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Get your votes in for Kent's food and drink heroes

PUBLISHED: 13:34 17 December 2012 | UPDATED: 22:30 20 February 2013

Get your votes in for Kent's food and drink heroes

Get your votes in for Kent's food and drink heroes

Hurry - you only have until the end of December 2012 to vote for your favourite Kentish food and drink producers

Get your votes in for Kents food & drink heroes


Following the autumn launch of the Taste of Kent Awards 2013, the main sponsor for which is Vertex Law, the organisers have reported that close to 10,000 votes have already flooded in to the online voting site (www.tasteofkentawards.co.uk) from consumers keen to back the countys food and drink heroes. The organisers of the popular food and drink awards, Produced in Kent, have reported the return of some previous winners into the current top ten of each category and the emergence of some brand new names being nominated.


According to Produced in Kent, voting has proved particularly strong this year in all the drinks categories including Best Kentish Beer, Best Kentish Wine, Best Kentish Cider or Perry and Best Kent Juice Producer, as the reputation of the Garden of England as a centre of excellence for its wine, beer, cider and fruit juice grows year on year.


Likewise voting has been especially strong this year in the Kent Butcher or Meat Producer of the Year as the county recognises the important role played by local free range meat producers and the high quality independent butchers in our local community.


Stephanie Durling, of Produced in Kent, said: We need everyone to vote for their local food and drink heroes. Those dining pubs and restaurants using local produce and Kentish drinks, artisan food producers, wines, beer, cider and juice, as well as the retailers supporting Kents farmers, fisherman and manufacturers and last but by no means least, the countys fantastic farmers markets. Dont be complacent for your favourites, get on line and cast your vote to make sure it counts and the best food and drink producers and retailers make it and become one of the three shortlisted finalists.


In addition to Vertex Law, the overall sponsor of the competition for the second consecutive year, more than a dozen other companies are sponsoring the individual categories, including brand new sponsors Shopper Anonymous who are backing Kent Artisan Food Producer of the Year, Chapmans of Sevenoaks who are on board with the Kent Fishmonger of the Year and BTF Partnership who have aligned the firm with the Best Kentish Beer category.


The sponsorship of Shopper Anonymous, BTF Partnership and Chapmans of Sevenoaks, adds to a long list of Taste of Kent Awards backers that include Biddenden Vineyards, Chapel Down Winery, Hadlow College, Kent Downs and High Weald AONBs, Kent County Council, Kent Life, kff (Kent Frozen Foods), NFU Mutual, Opies, sff (Stephens Fresh Foods), Wilkins Kennedy, Shepherd Neame and Visit Kent. The Taste of Kent Awards is also delighted to have the media support of BBC Radio Kent, insideKENT and Archant KOS Media.


Calling Kents Producers enter yourself for an award!


The popularity of the new self-nominating awards last year sees them make a welcome return that will once again give food and drink producers the opportunity to submit their products directly to an expert judging panel to win either a category in the Kent Food Product Category award or even be awarded the overall Best Kent Food Product of the Year. Full details and an application form are available on www.tasteofkentawards.co.uk.


New venue... means you can be part of it


The move of the glittering Taste of Kent Awards Dinner to the larger venue at the Mercure Great Danes Hotel, Hollingbourne on the evening of Friday 8 March 2013 has meant that more people interested in the food and drink scene in Kent can be part of this stunning evening where the winners in each category are revealed.


Tickets for the Taste of Kent Awards Dinner are 90 including a Kentish sparkling wine reception on arrival, a three-course dinner, wine, coffee, chocolates and the glittering awards night. Table discounts are available on tables of 8-10 people. Please contact Produced in Kent for details 01732 853170 or info@producedinkent.co.uk


Online voting by the public closes on Wednesday 2 January 2013www.tasteofkentawards.co.uk


Pictured: Taste of Kent Award 2012 winners celebrate their prestigious win and the new venue for 2013









































































CATEGORIES




1



Kent Butcher or Meat Producer of the Year


A retailer selling a good range of Kent produced meat. They will be required to provide evidence of traceability to substantiate this for judging.



2



Best Kentish Beer


Beer produced predominantly from hops grown in Kent at a brewery based in Kent



3



Best Kentish Wine


Wine produced from grapes predominantly grown in Kent at a vineyard based in Kent



4



Best Kentish Cider or Perry


Cider or Perry made from apples or pears predominantly grown in Kent at a business based in Kent



5



Best Kent Juice Producer


Producer of fruit juice made from made from fruit predominantly grown in Kent at a business based in Kent



6



Kent Local Food Retailer of the Year


The retailer must sell a wide range of Kent produce/products. They will be required to provide details of the suppliers and product range for judging



7



Kent Fishmonger of the Year


A retailer selling a good range of Kent caught fish. They will be required to provide evidence of traceability to substantiate this for judging



8



Best Kent Food Product of the Year


A product selected by the judging panel as the overall winner from the entries in all the Kent Food Product Category Awards



9



Kent Food Product Category Awards (5 classes in this category)


A product available in retailers and/or caterers made from Kent primary produce that has undergone a value added process over and above just being re-packaged



10



Kent Artisan Food Producer of the Year


A Kent producer who creates a handmade food product using ingredients sourced from Kent where possible



11



Kent Restaurant of the Year


The restaurant must actively use Kent produce and products where and when available and demonstrate this commitment in menus and marketing



12



Kent Dining Pub of the Year


Must actively use produce/products, beer, cider and juices when available from within Kent and demonstrate this commitment in menus & marketing



13



Kent Farmers Market of the Year


The market must be a current member of the Kent Farmers Market Association (KFMA)



14



Produced in Kent Award


This award will be presented to an individual, business, product or products as a special award



15



Kent Downs and High Weald AONB


Kent Food, Farming & Landscape Award





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