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From popcorn to pies, cheese to chocolate tiffin and cake to curry bases, the line-up of products battling it out for culinary glory in the Carlsberg UK Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards

Chocolate and Cherry Cake with Coconut Cream – Sol Laug Havens CIC, Moulton is enough to make your mouth water!
The Awards, now in their tenth year, are aimed at celebrating all that is great about local produce and drink, recognising excellence within the county’s dining venues and rewarding those who work so hard within the culinary sector.
The latest judging session, which followed a longlisting process last month, was held at Holdenby House and saw a panel of judges including Ann Turner, Interim Principal of category sponsor Moulton College, former cookery school owner Mary Laing and Paul Maylunn from Northamptonshire Trading Standards tuck into a wide range of tasty treats vying not just for the traditional two, but three of the Awards’ prestigious titles.
That new, category – that of ‘Artisan Local Vegetarian / Vegan Product of the Year’ category – was introduced following a rise in the number of such product entries into the competition in recent years and comes thanks to the generous sponsorship of Northampton wholefood retailer, Daily Bread.


Artisan Local Vegetarian / Vegan Product of the Year (sponsored by Daily Bread):

  • Chocolate and Cherry Cake with Coconut Cream – Sol Laug Havens CIC, Moulton
  • Little Bars of Happiness (chocolate, apricot and orange) – The Happy Little Cake Company, Northampton
  • Munchable Multiseed Dippers – Most Marvellous Baking, Northampton
  • Sticky Toffee Pudding – Flo’s Kitchen, Northampton
  • The Squire; potato, cheese, spinach & onion pie – Miss Millie’s Pies (Most Marvellous Baking), Northampton
  • Vegan Peanut Butter Cookie Sandwich – Connie’s Tea Parlour at Holdenby House, Holdenby

Among the finalists to be celebrating success in being shortlisted, and for the second year running, are Ben Carter and Jess Fletcher from Northampton who set up Flo’s Kitchen in October 2016 after struggling to find delicious vegan products for themselves. They now produce a wide range of sweet and savoury products and specialise in desserts, as Ben explained: “Just because you choose to make an ethical decision such as turning vegan doesn’t mean you should have to give up on great tasting food and since we couldn’t find anything on the market to satisfy our sweet tooths, we thought we’d make them ourselves!” said Ben.
“As such a young company, being named as a finalist last year was a big boost to us as it really helped to raise our profile and we’re humbled to think that the judges were equally impressed this year by our sticky toffee pudding, which apparently they said you couldn’t tell it was vegan.
“That’s really the biggest compliment we could have possibly hoped for and now we’re keeping our fingers crossed that we can go all the way and be the first winners of this new title as we know what a massive impact that could potentially have on our business!” Ben added.

The winners and runners-up  will be decided by a second panel of judges later in the year and the results, along with those of the other categories in the competition, will be announced at the Awards Dinner taking place at Northampton’s Royal & Derngate on 7th November.
For more details on the Carlsberg UK Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards 2018/19, please visit the Awards’ website at or contact Rachel Mallows on 01933 664437 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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