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The Taste of Kent Awards Reveals the 2024 Food and Drink Product Shortlist

Produced in Kent is delighted to announce the food and drink product shortlist for the highly anticipated Taste of Kent Awards 2024. The awards, now in their 19th year celebrate and showcase the tastiest food and drink that Kent has to offer. 

All finalists will be invited to the awards ceremony on 13th June at The Gulbenkian, University of Kent in Canterbury, where the winners will be revealed at a special ceremony. The event will feature a festival market during the day, to showcase the shortlisted products, providing attendees with the opportunity to sample the unique offerings and meet the producers. 

Nigel Barden, National Food and Drink Broadcaster and 2024 TOKA Lead Judge

The Taste of Kent Awards 2024 Shortlist: 

Kent Wine of Year
Canterbury Rose 2020, Simpsons Wine Estate, Canterbury
Oasthouse Pinot Noir, Warehorne Vineyard, Warehorne
Sparkling Ortega Demi-Sec 2021, Biddenden Vineyards, Biddenden
Wandering Wayfarer Bacchus 2022, Wayfarer Wines LLP, Woodchurch               

Kent Cider of the Year
Biddies Kentish Kiss, Biddenden Vineyards, Biddenden
Craftsman, Kentish Pip Cider, Bekesbourne
Disco, Dudda’s Tun Cider, Doddington 

Kent Savoury Bakery Product of the Year
Dark Chocolate Sourdough, Madre Margate, Margate 
Kent Potato bun, Gilda Bakery Ltd, Bishopsbourne, Canterbury
Malaysian Vegetable curry bun, Gilda Bakery Ltd, Bishopsbourne, Canterbury 

Kent Beer of the Year
1698, Shepherd Neame, Faversham
Lucky Day, Pig And Porter Ltd, Tunbridge Wells
Wild Beer Madness, Wild Beer Co, Ashford 

Kent Spirit of the Year
2022 Bacchus Dry Gin, Terlingham Vineyard, Folkestone 
Greensand Ridge Inbread Moonshine, Greensand Ridge Distillery, Tonbridge
Kentish Cherry & Hibiscus, Whitstable Harbour Gin, Whitstable 
Orange and Kent Saffron Gin, Canterbury Brewers and Distillers @The Foundry Brew Pub, Canterbury

Kent Non-alcoholic Hot Drink of the Year
Clubhouse Espresso Blend, Corban Coffee, Sevenoaks
Decaf Earl Grey, Bergamia Tea Ltd, Sittingbourne
English Breakfast tea, Corban Coffee, Sevenoaks

Kent Sweet Bakery Product of the Year
Caramel Peanut Brownie, Little Sugar Ltd, Canterbury
Pain au Chocolat, Docker Bakery, Hythe
Rhubarb & Custard Cruffin, Docker Bakery, Hythe

Kent Sweet Pantry Product of the Year
Foxes Honey, Fox and Son Ltd TA Foxes Honey, Herne Bay
Rosemary’s No Added Sugar Blackcurrant No Ordinary Jam, Rosemary’s, Maidstone
Rosemary’s No Added Sugar Strawberry and Raspberry No Ordinary Jam, Rosemary’s, Maidstone 

Kent Confectionary & Snack product of the Year
Kent Crisps Lamb & Rosemary Bridge, Kent Crisps, Canterbury
Kent Crisps Ashmore Cheese & Onion Bridge, Kent Crisps, Canterbury
Really Nice Honeycomb, Fudge Kitchen, Lyminge

Kent Cheese of the Year
Kentish Blue cheese, Kingcott Dairy, Staplehurst 
Dargate Dumpy, Cheesemakers of Canterbury, Faversham
Winnies Wheel, Cheesemakers of Canterbury & Hinxden Farm Diary, Faversham & Cranbrook
Winterdale Shaw, Winterdale Cheesemakers, Sevenoaks 

Kent Savoury Pantry Product of the Year
A Little Bit Vegan Caesar, A Little Bit Food, Canterbury
Kentish Oils Cold Press Rapeseed Oil blended with Lemon, Kentish Oil & Condiments, Canterbury 
Millers Choice Stone Ground Heritage Wheat Wholemeal Flour, Hinxhill Fields, Hinxhill, Ashford
Three Fruit Chutney with Shepheard Neame ‘Whitstable Bay’ Ale, The Wooden Spoon Preserving Company, Wye, Ashford

Kent Fish or Seafood Product of the Year
Blue Oceans Blanchbait (Panko), Blue Oceans, Ramsgate
Hythe bay Dover sole, The Boathouse Fisheries Ltd, St Mary’s Bay 
Whitstable Pacific Rock Oysters, Whitstable Oyster Trading Company, Whitstable

Kent Dairy Product of the Year
Blueberry-Lavender Jam, Meringue Swirl Ice cream, Bears Ice Cream Imaginarium, Whitstable Cinnamon Sponge, Bramley Apple Jazz, Cream Cheese Frosting Ice cream,  Bears Ice Cream Imaginarium, Whitstable 
Farm Fresh Milk, Nightingale Dairy, Alkham, Dover 

Kent Meat Product of the Year
Rolled Loin of Pork, Oink and Udder, Canterbury  
Shoulder of Lamb, S W Doughty Butchers, Doddington, Sittingbourne
Wild Fennel  Salami, Wilson’s Provisions, Canterbury 

Free From Product
Caramel Peanut Brownie, Little Sugar Ltd, Canterbury  
Lamb Merquez Sausage, Perry Court Farm, Ashford
Rhubarb & Custard Cruffin, Docker Bakery, Hythe 

Kent Non-Alcoholic Cold Drink of the Year
Biddenden Sparkling Apple Juice, Biddenden Vineyards, Biddenden, Ashford 
Root Ginger Drink, KORKO Ltd, Chatham 
Spiced Apple Juice, Chegworth Valley Limited, Maidstone

Kent Ready Meals & Prepared Food Product of the Year
Boathouse Luxury Seafood platter, The Boathouse Fisheries Ltd, St Mary’s Bay 
Cherry Bakewell Cookie Dough, More Tasty Crumbs, Folkestone
Family-Sized Steak Pie, S W Doughty Butchers, Doddington, Sittingbourne 

About The Taste of Kent Awards 

The Taste of Kent Awards is facilitated and hosted by Produced in Kent; dedicated to promoting and supporting local businesses, fostering a thriving food and drink industry, and enhancing the overall community experience. Through various initiatives and events, Produced in Kent aims to connect consumers with the best local products. 

Tickets for the festival and awards ceremony will be available from 7th May, and can be booked directly from Ticket Tailor. For more information, please visit 

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