Food NI Members Seeing Stars at 2020 Great Taste Awards

Dozens of Food NI members have brought home dozens of stars at this year’s Great Taste Awards including 2 prestigious 3-star awards for Baronscourt Estate Wild Sika Venison French Rack and Hannan Meats’ Koji Pork Ribs. Abernethy Butter is used in the 3-star award winning Lemon Curd from the Little Bakehouse.

“The current pandemic may be continuing but the Great Taste stars shine brightly for Northern Ireland’s producers who, once again, have demonstrated what a talented region we are when it comes to food and drink. It is so pleasing to see their innovation, hard work and great taste acknowledged in these prestigious awards” said Food NI CEO, Michele Shirlow.

The Great Taste 2020 Supreme Champion, will be announced at the virtual Great Taste Golden Fork awards event, set to take place in October.

This year’s winners have been found through a combination of remote judging and socially distanced judging sessions, after the lockdown began just one week into the schedule. This necessitated a swift and comprehensive reinvention of the Great Taste process to ensure that robust judging standards were maintained and the quality of feedback was not compromised, all in time to provide a much-needed boost for food and drink producers during the all-important Christmas period.

Take a look at this years winners:

Two Stars

En Place Foods’ Islander Kelp Salsa Verde &Shio-Koji Black Garlic Ketchup; Morelli’s Cherry Ice Cream Cherry Variegato & Sicilian Pistachio Ice Cream; Maud’s Sea-Salted Pistachio and Roasted Piemonte IGP Hazelnut Ice Creams; Rooney Fish’s Millbay Oysters; Baronscourt Estate’s Wild Sika Venison Loin; Hannan Meats’ Miso Marinated Bone-in Pork Belly, Miso Cured Bone-in Bacon Belly, Pork Loin Spice Rack, Smoked Bacon Rack & Sugar Pit Bacon Ribs; Quails’ Fine Foods 28 Day Himalayan Salt Aged Sharing Sirloin; Burren Balsamics Black Garlic infused Balsamic Vinegar of Modena; Carol’s Stock Market Vegetable Stock; Annie’s Delights’ Rhubarb and Ginger Jam; Granny Shaw’s Fudge Factory’s Irish Sea Salt Tablet; Ann’s Pantry of Larne Stout Wheaten & Speltmeal Soda; Clandeboye Greek Style and Natural yoghurts; Deli Muru Spiced Sugar Snap biscuits; Ispini Charcuterie Mace Coppa; The Buchas’ Do Hoptimist Kombucha;  SD Bells Ethiopian Sidamo G1 Anasora Coffee, China White Jasmine Dragon Phoenix Pearls & Pu Erh Tea; Thompson’s Irish Breakfast Tea; Kilmegan Apple Juice; Hercules Brewing Company Yardsman Pineapple Haze NE IPA & Yardsman Tropical American Rye Ale.

1 Star

Islander Kelp Pesto; Amazin Grazin’s gluten-free Wheaten Bread; Deli Lites Kitchen Vegilanties Mexican Style Rebel 3 Bean Burrito Box; Mash Direct Carrot and Parsnip Mash; Yellow Door Vegan Beetroot Wellington, Pear and Vanilla Gateaux & Sticky Pear Tart; Cloughbane Farm Shop Lasagne, Henderson Food Group’s Thai Green Chicken Curry & Chocolate Brownie Pudding; Morelli’s Irish Black Butter, Pralines & Cream & Salted Caramel Ice Creams;  Dale Farm Mullins Vanilla and Mullins Salted Caramel Ice Creams & Dromona Extra Mature Cheddar; Maud’s Poor Bear’s Delight Ice Cream; Lough Neagh Fishermen’s Co-operative Society Ltd’s Smoked Lough Neagh Eel; Castlescreen Farm Grassfed Dexter Beef Burger, Grassfed Dexter Beef & Vegetable Roll; Baronscourt Estate’s Wild Sika Venison Burger; Hellbent Boerewors; Hannan Meats’ Black Pudding,  Porchetta da Pietro and Miso Marinated Cote de boeuf, Cote de Boeuf Steak, Cinnamon Bacon and T-Bone Steak; Kennedy Bacon Dry-Cured Streaky Bacon; Prep House Southwest Sauce and Whiskey Sauce; Long Meadow Apple Cider Vinegar; Burren Balsamics Wild Garlic Infused White Condiment of Modena and Blueberry infused Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, Onion Jam and Balsamic Salt and Balsamic Sugar; Scrabo Cottage Irish Sea Kelp & Mushroom stock; Clandeboye Mango and Nectarine Greek Style Yoghurt; Carol’s Stock Market Beef Stock; Cavanagh Free Range Eggs; Glenballyeamon Free Range Eggs; Blackfire Foods’ Hot House Sauce; En Place Shio-Koji Black Garlic BBQ Sauce; Deli Muru Cucumber Pickle and Rhubarb & Ginger Jam; YAHI Granola; Erne Larder Irish Bacon Jam; Irwin’s Muffins and Rankin Selection Fruit Loaf; Meadow Farm Shop Stout Wheaten Bread; Ashvale Farm Shop Irish Wheaten Bread & Baileys Cheesecake; Forest Feast Peeled Williams Pear; Tayto Cinema Sweet and Sweet and Salty Popcorns; The Bucha’s Dog Lightning McGreen’s Kombucha; Suki Tea Iced Raspberry & Vanilla Tea, Lady Lemon, Mango Tango, Mince Pie, Sparkling Black & Peach Teas; SD Bell China Tea with Liquorice and China Tea with Lemon & Lemon Peel; Thompson’s Signature Blend and Punjana tea bags; Troughtons Premium Tonic water and Orchard Twist Sparkling Apple; Long Meadow Sparkling Apple Juice & Blossom Burst Cider; Crawford’s Rock Kombu Peppermint Tea; Noisy Snacks’ Corn Red Curry & Coconut Flavoured Snacks; Ispini Charcuterie’s Stout & Molasses Lomo;  Kilmegan Wild Elderflower-Infused Cider; Whitewater Brewing Helles Lager;  Armagh Cider Company Sweet Craft Cider; McCracken’s Irish Pale Ale; Yardsman Craft Lager, Northbound’s Brandywell Brew not bottle conditioned & 08 Kolsch Style – not bottled conditioned; Erin Grove’s Pineapple Lemon and Ginger Preserve, Tomato and Red Pepper Chutney & Spiced Apple Chutney; Rich Sauces Vayo Pesto Mayonnaise & Vayo Caesar Dressing.