FILM: THE BEST OF THE GREAT CORNWALL FOOD FESTIVAL 2014
PUBLISHED: 11:30 05 October 2014 | UPDATED: 13:14 30 August 2017
Choose Cornish Awards are given to the best food and drink producers in Cornwall
Congratulations to the 2014 winners of the Choose Cornish Awards, which recognise their part in helping to strengthen the local economy.
Ahead of this weekend's Great Cornish Food and Drink festival, Cornwall Food & Drink gave out the awards at the stunning setting of Nancarrow Farm, a working organic farm that has recently created a beautiful events venue on site. The menu, created by chef Ben Quinn of Nancarrow Farm Kitchen, included the farm’s beef and lamb and a host of other Cornish ingredients, as well as Cornish drinks. The trophies were designed and made by local companies Cluless Fused Glass and More Creative Solutions.
'The Choose Cornish campaign is all about emphasising the value that can be generated when Cornish businesses work together, creating mutually beneficial opportunities and harnessing collective strength,' says Ruth Huxley, Director of Cornwall Food & Drink, which organised the event. 'The awards are a great way of highlighting the businesses that have adopted this ethos and are not only generating more value within the local economy but also improving its resilience and sustainability.'
The judges, a range of leading local and national figures in food, publishing, travel and the economy, were given a tough job whittling down the finalists in a total of six categories to find their champions and then selecting one of those worthy winners to be this year’s champion of champions.
The Choose Cornish Every Day Award, sponsored by Cornish Mutual, was scooped by the Cornish Food Box Company, the Truro-based shop and box scheme that uses only Cornish suppliers and goes to great lengths to emphasise the importance of choosing Cornish’ to its customers day in, day out.
The Business Collaboration Award, sponsored by Cornwall Chamber of Commerce, was presented to Polgoon Orchard and Vineyard, whose collaboration with another local business, Healthy Boxes, is not only providing a useful resource to their local community near Penzance, but increasing trade and adding a new dimension to both businesses.
In The Truly Cornish Café Trail Award, sponsored by Cornwall Food & Drink, the winner for the second year running, was Boscastle Farm Shop and Café, with the judges commenting not only on the quality of both the food and the service but their passion and commitment to Cornish produce.
The Real Cornish Breakfast Award, sponsored by Visit Cornwall, aims to promote the importance of giving the county’s visitors a memorable Cornish breakfast. This year’s winner, Woodlands Country House B&B near Padstow, was another repeat winner from 2013, described by one judge quite simply as the best breakfast I have ever eaten’.
One of the new awards for this year is The Truly Cornish Clotted Cream Tea Award, sponsored by Trewithen Dairy. The title was clinched resoundingly by The Waymarker in Constantine, a place that wowed the judges for making this quintessentially Cornish treat extra special – and truly Cornish.
The other new category is The Public Sector Award, sponsored by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership, with the aim of highlighting the potential for Cornish producers to supply the public sector. The winner was Penair School in Truro, for their flair in creating school meals that are tasty and good value yet also make extensive use of Cornish ingredients.
In selecting their Champion of Champions, the judges were looking for a business that incorporates the Choose Cornish spirit into everything they do. Their winner, impressing the judges with their steadfast commitment and continuous reinforcement to their customers of the importance of the Choose Cornish message, was The Cornish Food Box Company.
The awards would not have gone ahead this year without the key support of rail operator First Great Western, whose sponsorship has anchored the whole Choose Cornish campaign. Speaking of their involvement, Phil Edgerton, Head of Marketing for First Great Western, said, "We - and our customers - have already benefitted by choosing Cornish suppliers and producers for so many of our ingredients, and we want to work with many more. We're supporting the Choose Cornish campaign because we can see it is an initiative from which the whole Cornish community and economy benefit.”