Awards

2018 Awards

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 ALCOHOLIC DRINKS STALL: THE CHUBB BULLEID AWARD
Fenny Castle Vineyard

“Well branded, sensibly priced, very tasty, very knowledgeable – a family affair.”

BEST BREAD, CAKES & DESSERTS STALL: THE WELLS CHAMBER OF
COMMERCE & TOURISM AWARD
Wild Flour Cake Company

“Beautiful in looks and taste. A passionate owner, very enthusiastic.”

BEST CHEESE STALL: THE GREENSLADE TAYLOR HUNT AWARD
Wookey Farm

“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
Gilbert & Swayne

“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 COOKS’ INGREDIENTS STALL: THE HARRIS & HARRIS AWARD
Little Hollows Pasta

“Taking pasta to a whole new level. Locally sourced ingredients and delicious looking product.”

BEST FRESH MEAT, FISH & FRUIT STALL: THE HIGOS INSURANCE AWARD
The Culmstock Chilli Company

“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
Henny & Joe’s

“Lovely, clean attractive stall. Product well displayed. A knowledgeable, young stall holder. Ethical approach and good product.”

BEST PRESERVES STALL: THE CREST NICHOLSON AWARD
Hembridge Organics

“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 SNACKS & SAVOURIES STALL: THE JON THORNER’S AWARD
Step and Stone

“The ethos of Step and Stone left the judges feeling very positive. The biscuits were delicious and particularly moreish.”

BEST START-UP BUSINESS: THE COGNIQUE AWARD
The Smoke Folk

“A very enthusiastic and knowledgeable business. Family run, engaging with lovely products.” 

BEST WEST COUNTRY STREET FOOD STALL: THE NFU MUTUAL AWARD
Bioaqua Farm

“Outstanding knowledge in every element of his business and the food chain.
Highly principled and very attractive stall designed with thought.”

BEST WORLD STREET FOOD STALL: THE CHARLIE BIGHAM’S AWARD
TandooriQ

“Absolutely loved the charcoal tandoori which gave the chicken a great smokey flavour. A great job.”