The celebrate the bounty of top edible offerings that the Cotswolds has become famous for, The Kingham Plough has teamed up with Mixellany Limited to create the first annual ‘Cotswolds Artisan Drinks Awards’.
The awards have been specially created to reward and recognise producers’ hard work and achievements in the sector.
In total, Cotswolds’ producers, spanning counties Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Somerset, craft over 375 different alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
The Kingham Plough’s aim is to ensure that the vast array of drinks being produced in the Cotswolds has as much recognition as its food.
The evening is sponsored by The Craft Drink Co and the panel of judges includes co-organisers of the evening, award-winning drinks historian of Mixellany Limited, Anistatia Miller and her husband, Sipsmith Limited master distiller, Jared Brown.
The other two judges on the panel are Beefeater Distillery master distiller, Desmond Payne and Louis Lewis-Smith who owns The Dark Horse cocktail bar in Bath.
Each category will be judged for gold, silver, and bronze awards and all entries will also qualify for a ‘People’s Choice’ award by a panel of 50 industry experts, chefs, journalists and VIPs.
Emily Watkins, owner and chef-proprietor at The Kingham Plough, commented: “We are so excited to be launching this prestigious award. The local drinks produce has grown so much since we moved to the area 10 years ago in both quality and quantity. It used to be that there was the odd fruit wine or sloe gin at a farmers market, but now you find these amazing products on the shelves all over the country. It is about time they are recognised in their own right and not squashed into one category at a food awards.”
On May 9 2016, the top three award winners in each category will then be invited to showcase their produce at the first annual Cotswold Artisan Drinks Fair where the overall ‘Best of Show Award’ will be presented in front of the public.
The awards ceremony will take place on the evening of February 9 2016 at The Kingham Plough, which is offering a six course meal on the evening, plus a drinks and canapé reception to the public.