FOOD+DRINK Taste of Kent Awards 2016 cont. Best Kent Food Product of the Year Winner: The Captain’s Crackers, Cracked Black Pepper & Sea Salt – The Zingiberi Bakery, Herne Bay Sponsored by HSBC Kent Countryside Award Large - Hush Heath, Staplehurst Small - Hollin Root Farm, Cranbrook Sponsored by Kent Downs and High Weald AONBs Kent Juice Producer of the Year Winner: Chegworth Valley Juices, Harrietsham K ent Dining Pub of the Year Winner: The George Inn, Molash Garden of England Champions – Top Fruit Finalists: King and Queen, East Malling The Kings Head, Wye Sponsored by Page & Wells Pears – Concorde by David Stevens, Lower Halstow Apples – Cameo by Newmafruit, Chartham Sponsored by BTF Partnership Kent Food Producer of the Year Winner: AMC Foods Limited, Manston Garden of England Champions – Soft Fruit Finalists: Samovar Foods, Aylesham Thomas Cookie Co., Maidstone Sponsored by Shopper Anonymous Kent Produced in Kent Award 2016 Cherries – John Myatt & Co, nr Rochester Strawberries – John Myatt & Co, nr Rochester Raspberries – John Myatt & Co, nr Rochester Sponsored by East Malling Research There were a number of winners who were new to the list of finalists including: C.A. Worgans Butchers, Googies, Hinxden Farm Dairy, Hollin Root Farm, Hush Heath, John Myatt & Co, Kentish Pip, Paramour Pie Club, Peter’s Produce, Rochester Farmers’ Market, Romney Marsh Brewery, The Goods Shed, Alexandra Auger, The Zingiberi Bakery and Matthew Kearsey-Lawson. Last year’s winners celebrating again this year include AMC Foods, Anno Distillers, Chapel Down, Chegworth Valley, Hudson’s Fish, L. Stevens & Son, Newmafruit, and The George Inn. Finalists: The Cherry Berry Co., Bexleyheath Nightingales (Gibbet Oak), Tenterden Sponsored by AC Goatham & Son Winner: Matthew Kearsey-Lawson – in recognition of his commitment to Kent food and drink. 38 This year’s awards are run with sponsorship from Cripps LLP (Main Sponsor), Biddenden Vineyards, BTF Partnership, East Malling Research, Eurostar, AC Goatham & Son, Hadlow College, HSBC, Hush Heath Estate, Moors, Opies, Page & Wells, Rix & Kay, Shepherd Neame, Shopper Anonymous, Stephen’s, Thomson, Snell and Passmore, The University of Kent, Wilkins Kennedy FKC, High Weald AONB, The Kent Downs AONB, Kent Event Centre, and insideKENT Magazine.