The BBC Good Food Show Summer, are excited to welcome the winners of this year’s Producers Bursary Award Scheme to the event taking place from 16-19 June at the NEC, Birmingham. The BBC Good Food Shows, in conjunction with BBC Good Food Magazine, scoured the nation to find the country’s most outstanding artisan food and drink producers, with all entries tasted at the BBC Good Food test kitchens by a team of experts.
The BBC Good Food Show Producers Bursary Award Scheme is now in its sixth successful year rewards the most deserving, small, independent artisan producers. This year's winners come from all corners of the UK, representing the exciting and diverse nature of the artisan food and drink industry.
The winners have won an opportunity to exhibit at the prestigious BBC Good Food Show Summer, and will be showcasing alongside 350 other local and regional producers as well as everyone’s favourite big name brands, in various shopping areas throughout the Show including The Producers’ Village, Ludlow Producer Market and the brand new Chinese Pavilion. Visitors can see Mary Berry, the Hairy Bikers, Paul Hollywood, Tom Kerridge, James Martin and Michel Roux Jr. cooking live in the Supertheatre, as well as more demos, interviews and book signings from chefs and experts around the Show. Plus, every ticket allows free entry to BBC Gardeners’ World Live.
Visitors to will be able to meet taste and buy from this year’s impressive winners shown below.
Popcorn Shed from Kentish Town, London
Co-founded by first cousins Laura and Sam, who hung up their corporate ‘suits’ to turn their passion for food into a business. They wanted to choose a product that makes people smile, but also prioritise flavour and quality. They loved the idea of popcorn as it brings people together; whether that be when watching a movie, sharing with work colleagues or snacking with friends on a long car journey. After spending six months in the kitchen, they finally hit on a great recipe and made so much product they couldn’t fit it their homes, so they had to resort to the garden shed! And thus Popcorn Shed was born.
Gwynne’s Ice Cream from Loughor, Swansea
Andrew and Becky Gywenne started making ice cream in their small home ice cream maker, for friends at parties and events. They received such good feedback, they decided to sell their produce at local markets. The public loved the product, encouraging them to believe in making ice-cream as a business. They make all of their ice cream from scratch a couple of days prior to the event with everything being homemade from the cookies to the sauces.
Sauce Shop from West Bridgford, Nottingham
Started by Pam and James Digva, who were sick of putting horrible gloopy condiments in their home cooked meals. Their condiments and hot sauces are made to enhance meals without distracting from them. Their sauces stand out amongst the busy artwork of the competitive condiment category. Unlike many other sauce brands they don’t use any thickeners or stabilisers, so no starches or gums. Since winning the bursary last year their business has grown and their sauces are now stocked in over 80 shops throughout the country, including all Whole Foods London and Giffnock stores and they are soon to launch in Fenwick Newcastle.
Zantiago from Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire
Specializing in Spanish Tortilla mixes and paella kits. The owners decided that the meals on offer currently in the Spanish food sector were not good enough. So they set out to create their own range so people could cook themselves but with a helping hand from Zantiago. Their products are created in-house which is difficult and costly, but they are determined not to compromise on quality. Quite simply if they wouldn’t eat it, they wouldn’t make it.