insideKENT Magazine Issue 49 - April 2016 - Page 35

FOOD+DRINK AND THE WINNER IS… Taste of Kent Awards 2016 The winners of Produced in Kent’s Taste of Kent Awards were revealed at a glittering awards ceremony in March held at the Kent Event Centre, Kent Showground, Detling. Now in its 12th year, the Taste of Kent Awards, organised by Produced in Kent, promote a wide range of categories and are open to all food and drink businesses across Kent. The campaign begins each year with the soft fruit winners and continues with the commencement of public voting between September and early January which in last year’s Awards, generated nearly 14,500 votes and has been increasing year on year, clearly demonstrating that more and more consumers are buying Kent products and are interested in supporting local businesses. Stephanie Durling of Produced in Kent, comments: “We would like to congratulate the winners and all the entrants. This year’s awards have attracted thousands of voters from across the county and beyond and it is fair to say that the results were extremely close. “The people of Kent have chosen the flavours, products, produce and venues they have enjoyed the most over the last 12 months. The awards not only highlight the finest produce the county 35 has to offer but, for the winners, the awards are the ultimate s х