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Biddenden Ice Cider, THE PIG at Bridge Place, and Woodchurch Wine Estate win prestigious Taste of Kent Awards

Leading Kent food and drink producers, farmers and business such as Biddenden Ice Cider, The PIG at Bridge Place and Woodchurch Wine Estate were amongst those recognised at this year’s Taste of Kent Awards (TOKA).

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Held on Thursday 15th June at The Gulbenkian, University of Kent, the award evening celebrates food and drink excellence across the county.

Biddenden Ice Cider took home the TOKA 2023 Cider of the Year Award, with the judges commenting on the ciders lovely golden and clear colour, alongside its rich honey and intense flavour. They were impressed with its texture and found the sweetness ‘incredible’.

Woodchurch Wine Estate won the TOKA 2023 Wine of the Year Award for its Woodchurch Classic Brut 2017. The judges liked its winning balance of Gooseberry and biscuit flavour, which was enticing and pleasant.

Four special awards were given on the night including:

  • Free-From Product of the Year
  • Free-From Business of the Year
  • Sustainable Food & Drink Business Award
  • Community of the Year

The Special free-from product of the year was won by Docker Bakery for its Spiced Apple Cruffin with Miso Caramel and Candied Walnut. Nigel Barden, food and drink broadcaster and TOKA chair of judges said. “The challenge of creating vegan pastry products is not to be underestimated - especially one that requires lamination! To bring together the varied elements in this bake and to win the sweet bakery category while still being vegan makes it a winner of this special award.”

Whilst the Special Award for Community of the Year went to Fudge Kitchen. Established over 40 years ago it continues to innovate and focus on core values of Product, People and Planet. In 2022 they became employee owned, putting the future of the business in the hands of the people that work there. Charitable fundraising is at the heart of their business and they introduced paid volunteering days for every member of staff to give a slice of their time to support local causes that matter to them.

Floortje Hoette from Produced in Kent who run the awards explains “It’s been another phenomenal year for the Taste of Kent Awards, and I congratulate all of the finalists and winners, they were all extremely impressive. It’s also fantastic to have launched the very first Taste of Kent Awards Food and Drink Festival which enabled the public to sample the very best of Kent’s produce first-hand.”

The inaugural Taste of Kent Awards Food and Drink Festival was held before the awards ceremony on Thursday 15th June, and is a brand-new event for 2023, devised to showcase the county’s fabulous tradition of excellence in food and drink.

The Taste of Kent Awards (TOKA) is now in its 18th year and celebrates the tastiest food and drink of Kent. The awards shine a spotlight on the regions excellence in producing fine quality British produce.

The awards are made possible because of the generous support of TOKA’s sponsors. Southeastern, The University of Kent, Kent County Council, Brachers, Canterbury BID, Crowe UK, EKC Group, Jestic Foodservice Solutions, NFU Mutual Ashford Tenterden & Whitfield, Oxbury, Primed, Port of Dover, Shepherd Neame, the University of Greenwich, Social Enterprise Kent, Southern Co-op and Visit Kent.

For more information and the full list of winners please go to https://tasteofkentawards.co.uk

Full list of winners

Savoury Pantry

Eve’s Temptation Apple and Fig Chutney. The Wooden Spoon Preserving Company, Wye.

Sweet Pantry

Gourmet Granola. Pebble Beach Bakery, New Romney.

Savoury Bakery

Gilda Country Sourdough. Gilda Bakery, Canterbury.

Sweet Bakery

Spiced Apple Cruffin with Miso Caramel & Candied Walnut. Docker Bakery, Hythe.


The Spring Collection box. The Chocolate Pig, Birchington.


Kingcott Blue. Kingcott Dairy, Staplehurst.


Honeycomb Ice Cream. Simply Ice Cream, Ashford.

Prepared or Cured Meat

Mr. Pepper’s Sausages. Macknade, Faversham.

Fresh Meat or Poultry

Rare Breed Pork Chop. Oink and Udder, Canterbury.

Fresh Fish or Seafood

Smoked Salmon, Tankerton Smokeshed, Tankerton.

Ready to Cook

Chicken & Mushroom Pie. Yes Chef Boxes, Aylesford.

Non-alcoholic cold drink

Spiced Apple Juice. Chegworth Valley, Harrietsham.

Non-alcoholic hot drink

Maypole Blend. Garage Coffee Roasters, Canterbury.


Greensand Ridge Plum Brandy. Greensand Ridge Distillery, Shipboune.


Bishops Finger. Shepherd Neame, Faversham.


Woodchurch Classic Brut 2017. Woodchurch Wine Estate, Woodchurch.


Biddenden Ice Cider. Biddenden Vineyards, Biddenden.

Independent Retailer

Detling Community Store, Detling.

Food & Drink Market

Lenham County Market, Lenham.

Fine Dining Experience of the Year

The Sportsman, Seasalter.

Casual Dining Experience of the Year

THE PIG - at Bridge Place, Bridge.

Street Food

Funky Feast Food Bazaar, Maidstone.

Fruit Grower of the Year

Clock House Farm, Coxheath.

Farmer of the Year

Bore Place – Commonwork Organic Farms Ltd. Edenbridge.

Start Up Food and Drink Business of the Year

Ben’s Kitchen, Tonbridge.

Special Award. Free-From Product of the Year

Spiced Apple Cruffin with Miso Caramel & Candied Walnut, Docker Bakery, Hythe

Special Award. Free-From Business of the Year

Oscar & Bentleys, Canterbury.

Special Award. Sustainable Food & Drink Business Award

Ro-Gro, Sittingbourne

Special Award. Community of the Year

Fudge Kitchen, Lyminge

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