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North East food producers get top marks at Eat! Gold Awards

A double handful of the region's food and drink makers are celebrating after being given gold awards

North Chocolates Eat! gold award ginger and fennel bar
North Chocolates Eat! gold award ginger and fennel bar

Ten of the region’s finest food and drink producers have been awarded coveted Eat! Gold Awards.

The accolades are presented annually to local artisan producers taking part in Eat’s! popular Food Heroes Market in Newcastle.

More than 60 products were entered for this year’s awards from cheese to chutney and bangers to brownies.

The judging panel made up of Lisa Liddell from the festival’s official sponsor, Port of Tyne, Anna Eyres from Sage Gateshead, Carol Bell from Newcastle Gateshead Initiative and chef Sam Storey, had the difficult task of crowning the top 10 products.

The sought after gold rosettes went to North Chocolates’ ginger and fennel bar; Northumberland Cheese Company’s Nettle cheese; Brocksbushes’ gluten-free chocolate brownie; Peelham Farm’s gluten-free chorizo sausages; Vallum Artisan Hub’s corned beef slice; Eliza Pepperpot’s whisky marmalade; Geordie Banger Co’s Geordie banger; Tyne Bank Brewery’s mocha milk stout; Chirnells Farmhouse Kitchen’s fruit malt loaf and Yummy Things’ spicy apple chutney.

Simon Preston, EAT! Newcastle Gateshead’s festival director, says: “The Food Heroes Market and Gold Awards are always a highlight – it’s a showcase for the region’s food and drink producers and a chance to reward the very best products with a prestigious gold rosette.

Bev Stephenson of North Chocolates with her Eat! gold award
Bev Stephenson of North Chocolates with her Eat! gold award

“We would like to congratulate all of the winners on their success. The standard of food and drink in the running was, as always, incredibly high so winning a Gold Award is a superb achievement.”

Most of the producers that won awards are members of Tasteclub – now part of Newcastle Gateshead Initiative – which promotes and sells high quality food and drink from the North’s independent producers.

Tasteclub’s Jo Atkinson, says: “The list of winners proves the wide variety of food and drink that our region excels at, including tasty gluten-free products.

“Some of the winners are well-established and local household names, whereas others are relatively new to the Great North’s food and drink scene, which just shows the terrific balance of heritage brands and exciting start-ups we have in our membership and the region as a whole.”


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