Hugh on board for organic awards

Campaigning celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall will be handing out the Organic Food Awards at the annual Soil Association Organic Food Festival in Bristol, on Saturday 11 September.

The Soil Association’s Organic Food Awards, now in their 22nd year, claim to showcase the very best in organic food and drink, and recognise how individuals and companies are contributing to the renaissance in organic, local and seasonal food.

Fifty-eight expert judges – including chefs, restaurateurs, food writers and nutritionists – tasted over 600 different products in 12 categories at a four-day tasting marathon, hosted at the Duke of Cambridge organic pub in London.

Organisers said that judging in all categories was by blind tasting and all products were judged on taste, smell, texture and appearance.

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall said: “It is a pleasure to be handing out the Organic Food Awards this year to such devoted and deserving producers. And, of course, most of all I look forward to sampling their fantastic produce.”

Geetie Singh, judge and owner of the Duke of Cambridge, added: “The Organic Food Awards are a celebration of great organic food that is produced sustainably and to the highest welfare and environmental standards, food that has top-quality provenance and an interesting story to tell.”

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