“We’re delighted to be a winner in the Great Taste Awards for 2016!
Great Taste, the world’s most coveted blind-tasted food awards, which celebrates the very best in food and drink, has announced Hockey’s Farm Shop has been selected out of out of 10,000 products to be judged! We were awarded a 2-star Great Taste award for our British Lop Pork Sausages and another 2-star award for our British Lop Hand of Pork. The judges particularly enjoyed the `succulent and tender meat` and the `creamy, full of flavour crackling` on the Hand of Pork. The sausages were equally well received with their `good texture and pork flavours that develop on the palate…..meaty sausages with good natural casings`.
Judged by over 500 of the most demanding palates, belonging to food critics, chefs, cooks, restaurateurs and producers as well as a whole host of food writers and journalists, Great Taste is widely acknowledged as the most respected food accreditation scheme for artisan and speciality food producers. As well as a badge of honour, the unmistakeable black and gold Great Taste label is a signpost to a wonderful tasting product, which has been discovered through hours and hours of blind-tasting by hundreds of judges.
Since we bought Hockey’s Farm in November 2013, we have all worked tirelessly and are absolutely thrilled with how the farm looks now and with our host of awards, especially the Great Taste Award recognition for our own British Lop pork. This past year has been a great success for us; hard work, a good team, long hours and wonderful support from our customers has brought us to this point. The New Forest Food & Drink festival runs for a week from the 31st October. Each weekday at noon Nathan, our butcher, will be demonstrating sausage making, followed by some delicious tastings! In our café, there will be a specials` board celebrating all that is good from our local area. Of course, as usual, you can wander around the farm later too!
Recognised as a stamp of excellence among consumers and retailers alike, Great Taste values taste above all else, with no regard for branding and packaging. Whether it is bread, honey, salami or cereal being judged, all products are removed from their wrapper, jar, box or bottle before being tasted. The judges then savour, confer and re-taste to decide which products are worthy of a 1-, 2- or 3-star award.
There were 10,000 Great Taste entries this year and of those products, 141 have been awarded a 3-star, 878 received a 2-star and 2,520 were awarded a 1-star accolade. The panel of judges included; TV chef and author, Valentine Warner, MasterChef judge and restaurant critic, Charles Campion, fifth generation baker, Tom Herbert from Hobbs House Bakery, and Great British Bake Off winner, Frances Quinn; food buyers from Harrods, Selfridges, Fortnum & Mason, Harvey Nichols and Waitrose and chefs including, James Golding, chef director of THE PIG Hotels, and Kevin Gratton, chef director of HIX Restaurants. These esteemed palates have together tasted and re-judged the 3-star winners to finally agree on the 2016 Top 50 Foods, the Golden Fork Trophy winners and the 2016 Supreme Champion.
Great Taste 2016 will reach its exciting finale on Monday 5 September, when the world of fine food gathers at the Royal Garden Hotel in London to find out the Golden Fork winners for each region at an Awards Dinner, with the final applause reserved for the Great Taste Supreme Champion 2016. We’re keeping our fingers (and trotters) crossed!”