Jam, cheese, beer and gin among food and drink award finalists

Tom Warner of Warner Edwards Distillery, which has been nominated for an award

Tom Warner of Warner Edwards Distillery, which has been nominated for an award

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A cider from Irchester, a jam from Thrapston and a goats cheese from Stanwick have been named as finalists in the Carlsberg UK Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards.

The awards are in their sixth year and celebrate all that is great about local produce and drink, as well as recognising excellence in the county’s restaurants, pubs and cafes, and those who work in them.

The judges had an extremely difficult task whittling down the record number of entries to nominate the finalists in five of the 16 categories.

The shortlisted finalists include Harrington Sloe Gin made by the Warner Edwards Distillery in the Artisan Local Drink of the Year category; Big Bang Theory and Starless and Bible Black, both made by the Nene Valley Brewery in Oundle, and Saxby’s Cider from Irchester in the New Local Drink of the Year category, and Honeyed Damson Preserve made by Nature’s Fayre of Thrapston. Clickers Goats Cheese of NeneView Dairy in Stanwick has been shortlisted in the New Local Product of the Year category.

The winners of all 16 categories will be announced at the awards dinner at Royal & Derngate on Thursday, October 16. For details visit www.northamptonshirefoodanddrink.co.uk.