Blas ar Fwyd have continued their Great Taste success at the 2016 awards, receiving the Gold 1-star award for five products and bringing their Great Taste total awards to thirty five. Great Taste is the world’s most coveted blind-tasting food awards, providing a trusted benchmark accreditation for artisan and speciality food producers.
In this diligent judging process taste is valued above all other aspects as each product is removed from its external wrapping to be judged by 500 palates ranging from chefs, to restauranteurs, critics, cooks, producers, writers and journalists. This years judges included TV chef and author Valentine Warner, MasterChef judge and restaurant critic, Charles Campion, fifth generation baker, Tom Herbert from Hobbs House Bakery, Great British Bake Off winner Frances Quinn and food buyers from Harrods, Selfridges, Fortnum & Mason, Harvey Nichols and Waitrose chefs.
Out of the 10,000 products to be judged, Blas ar Fwyd received awards for their Raspberry, Lemon and Strawberry Cheesecakes, Apple & Apricot Chutney and Nant Conwy Cranberry Sauce.
Judges complimented the taste, texture and quality of the produce “The cheesecake is soft, light and creamy, the biscuit base is lovely and crunchy and crumbly and has retained its integrity”, in addition to the balance of ingredients, describing the chutney as “A pleasing looking product with plump fruits and well balanced aromas. The apricots, vinegar and sugars are well cooked and work well together. Pleasant spicing.” The Strawberry cheesecake proved particularly moreish as judges commented, “We were quite reluctant to pass the dish on to the next table for further judging.”
Previous Blas ar Fwyd award winners include the 2-Gold Star winning Chicken and Welsh Ale Soup, Nant Conwy Mustard, Blackcurrant cheesecake and the highly acclaimed 3-Gold Star award winning Nant Conwy Seville Marmalade and Traditional Christmas Pudding.
“We are extremely pleased with the result, having been regular entrants at the Great taste awards it is fantastic to see a full range of our produce receiving accreditation for its taste and quality. We would like to congratulate the numerous other producers we are proud to represent at Blas ar Fwyd on also receiving Great Taste awards, it is exciting to see high quality Welsh produce receiving the recognition it deserves. We are now looking forward to showcasing our produce alongside a range of award winners at the Speciality Fine Food Fair in London this September.” Deiniol ap Dafydd, Managing Director, Blas ar Fwyd.