A taste of success

Ruth Web, from Derwent Preserves, receiving the Best Jam or Preserve award from Paul McGrath, Mayor of Beverley
Ruth Web, from Derwent Preserves, receiving the Best Jam or Preserve award from Paul McGrath, Mayor of Beverley

Two businesses in the area enjoyed a taste of success at the Beverley Food Festival and East Yorkshire Local Food Network Awards.

Derwent Preserves, in Newton-on-Derwent, won the accolade for Best Jam or Preserve, while Bracken Hill Fine Foods, in Elvington, received the Best Pickle or Chutney Award.

Ruth Webb, who runs Derwent Preserves with her husband George, is delighted that their blackcurrant jam was a winner at the event.

said: “I’m absolutely over the moon and delighted, I couldn’t believe it.

“Just me and my husband run this business. He does the gardening and I make the jams. We grow every fruit and vegetable.”

Bracken Hill Fine Foods picked up an award for its sweet red pepper relish chutney.

Co-owner of the business Peter Maycock said: “It was great to win.

“We enter the Beverley awards every year. We have won different awards for the last three or four years.

“We were not expecting to win but it’s always nice to.”

The winners of the new Beverley Food Festival and East Yorkshire Local Food Network Awards were announced at a networking supper at Beverley Tickton Grange that was attended by 180 guests.

The awards initiative is a collaboration between Beverley Town Council, East Riding Council and East Yorkshire Local Food Network and was organised by Helen Watson, Rob Farnsworth, Ed Sweeting and Mark Farnsworth. It received a record 140 nominations, 100 more than for the Network awards last year.

The evening was compered by Kate Sweeting from the BBC and Phil White from BBC Radio Humberside and the hand-made awards were presented by The Mayor of Beverley and The Chairman of East Riding Council.