Harrogate, known for its famous Farrah’s Harrogate Toffee, Betty’s Café & Tearooms and more Yorkshire delicacies than you can shake a Fat Rascal at, is to host judges who will cogitate and ruminate as Great Taste lands in Yorkshire.
Great Taste judges will gather at the Harrogate Speciality Food Show, the north of England’s largest gathering of artisan and speciality food producers which takes place at the Yorkshire Event Centre on 22 and 23 June 2014. Open to the TRADE only, the show attracts buyers from far and wide who come to meet and place orders with producers – many launching products for the first time at the show.
Each of the Great Taste judges will blind-taste food and drink which has been entered into the world’s most respected food accreditation scheme and TRADE visitors will be able to see the rigorous judging process in action.
One new, but very welcome, Great Taste judge, Anne Aitken from Bramhope in Leeds, will be judging for the first time after she was offered the chance to judge following her own success in a ITV’s Lorraine baking competition with her Ginger & Orange Cherubs. Anne will join a team of experienced judges who will only award Great Taste stars to outstanding food and drink.
John Farrand, organiser of the show and MD of the Guild of fine Food explains: “Great Taste is growing each year and the Harrogate Speciality Food Show provides an ideal location for our judges to gather. Visitors to the show will be able to see just how much work goes into judging the products and how our judges work in teams to blind-taste each entry. We are also very pleased to be working with food group Deliciously Yorkshire which will be running ‘Meet the Buyer’ events alongside the main show area. This presents even more valuable business opportunities for exhibitors and buyers.”
Over 150 exhibitors will be at the show which last year attracted over 1,200 buyers ranging from delis to chefs, garden centres to farm shops, hamper companies to coffee shops, restaurateurs to publicans.
A two day event, The Harrogate Speciality Food Show programme includes: food demonstrations by respected chef Stephanie Moon, Deliciouslyorkshire@Harrogate Speciality Food Show, Cracking Christmas workshop, and finefoodlive! the Guild of Fine Food’s live, interactive theatre of teach-ins and workshops including a Dragon’s Den style event where food producers have an opportunity to pitch their products to influential food buyers from Harrods, Selfridges, Wholefoods and Booths.