Congratulations to all the winners of the 2018 Wells Food Festival Awards. Stalls were judged by the Festival’s sponsors, using a number of criteria, including visual impact, stall holder’s knowledge and sourcing of ingredients.
The winners are listed below, together with some of the judges’ comments. Click on the names to visit their website.
BEST IN SHOW: THE OLD MILL AWARD
“It was a real joy to visit their stall. It is a new social enterprise and is run by two passionate and enthusiastic individuals.
We were so impressed by the range of products, from cheese and garlic to fish and salt, along with their sustainable sourcing and attention to detail in the smoking process. To top it all, it was a fantastic looking, cleverly lit stall.”
BEST STALLS AWARDS
BEST CHEESE STALL: THE GREENSLADE TAYLOR HUNT AWARD
“We loved the ethos and provenance. Their efforts to go plastic-free, along with their interaction with the public, made them stand out. Beautiful and delicious cheeses.”
BEST CONFECTIONERY STALL: THE PROBUSINESS AWARD
“Visually this stall was beautifully presented. The owner and chocolate maker knew exactly the source of all her ingredients and bought as much as possible locally.”
BEST FRESH MEAT, FISH & FRUIT STALL: THE HIGOS INSURANCE AWARD
“A fantastic display, full of colour. Fantastic product and very knowledgeable and very friendly stall holder.”
BEST NON-ALCOHOLIC DRINKS STALL: THE MAYOR OF WELLS AWARD
“Lovely, clean attractive stall. Product well displayed. A knowledgeable, young stall holder. Ethical approach and good product.”
BEST PRESERVES STALL: THE CREST NICHOLSON AWARD
“Fantastic concept of taking excess, unwanted produce from organic farmers to make the preserves.
It is a huge commitment for a producer to be organic, and something that should be applauded.”
BEST WEST COUNTRY STREET FOOD STALL: THE NFU MUTUAL AWARD
“Outstanding knowledge in every element of his business and the food chain.
Highly principled and very attractive stall, designed with thought.”