Garden of England Champions
Cherry & Soft Fruit Categories
The Taste of Kent Awards 2019, organised by Produced in Kent, has begun with the first category, the Garden of England Champion tastiest soft fruit and cherry, judged at the National Cherry and Soft Fruit Show at the Kent County Show, Friday 7 July.
Judged on taste alone by both professionals from the industry and members of the public the winning varieties and growers for this year are:
Cherries – Class 60 winner Brian Piper, Filmers Farm, Loose, Nr Maidstone with the variety Carmen.
Strawberries – Class 70 winner John Myatt & Co, Mockbeggar Farm, Rochester with the strawberry variety Magnum.
Raspberries – Class 80 winner Total World Fruit with the Raspberry variety Ovation.
Blackberries – Class 90 John Myatt & Co, Mockbeggar Farm, Rochester with the Blackberry variety Incentive.
Top Fruit Categories
The winners of Produced in Kent’s Taste of Kent Awards 2019, Garden of England Champions Top Fruit Categories, sponsored by BTF Partnership, were announced at the National Fruit Show Thursday 25 October.
Produced in Kent’s panel of judges tasted over 100 varieties of apples and 13 varieties of pears from Kent growers, which were on display at the National Fruit Show, celebrating its 85th this year.
The judges were required to rank the fruits’ flavour, texture and juiciness, with the top 10 apples and top five pears going through to a second-round taste-off, before an overall winner was selected. The panel came to the same conclusion of the National Fruit Show judges on the winning apple variety this year and it was once again a Jazz apple which scooped the top prize:
The winners are:
Garden of England Champions Top Apple: Jazz – Grown by Chris Levett, Baretilt Farm, Cranbrook.
Garden of England Champions Top Pear: Concorde Pear – Grown by J L Baxter, Coxheath
For more information contact:
Stephanie Durling, Produced in Kent
Tel: 01732 853170