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GREAT TASTE AWARD WINNERS 2018
Great Taste has announced the Great Taste stars of 2018. Amongst them were several local producers, including Exchange Coffee Company, from Blackburn, Clitheroe and Skipton, Mrs Kirkham’s Lancashire Cheese, Preston, and Anderton’s Ribble Valley Butchers, Clitheroe. Out of 12,500 products to be judged, Choc Amor of Lancashire was awarded a 2-star Great Taste award for its Brown Butter and Nibs in a rich 45 per cent milk chocolate and a 1-star award for its Tonka Bean in 61 per cent dark chocolate. Choc Amor was one of the biggest winners in Lancashire and the only chocolatiers to win a coveted 2-star award.
UK’S FIRST VEGAN PROTEIN BAR
NutreeLife, based in Ribbleton, is celebrating the launch of its new vegan protein bar range into the UK snack market. Using superfood ingredients including turmeric and charcoal, the Live Well range is available to purchase on Amazon and in selected stores over the next six months. The healthy sweet treat range includes the Recovery Bar, which is a spiced clementine flavour and includes anti-inflammatory ingredient Turmeric; the Detox bar, featuring blueberry and charcoal; the Wellbeing bar, flavoured with toasted pistachio, cacao and chlorella; and the Energy Boost bar, made using a combination of pink guava and beetroot.
ICONIC FISHERGATE CLOCK RESTORED
Bistrot Pierre, Preston’s new French restaurant, has lovingly restored Fishergate Baptist Church’s 19th-century clock, bringing it back to life for the first time in many years. Local hero, Greg Dunnings, performed the official switch-on of the clock, after being nominated by his childhood friend in the restaurant’s search to find the city’s most deserving community hero. Following an injury from an IED, Afghanistan veteran Greg returned home and set up the Preston’s Strongest Man competition for the armed forces charity, after which he became a teacher, wheelchair basketball coach, and won a gold medal at the Invictus Games.
RESTAURANTEUR SETS SIGHTS ON HOMETOWN
Dean Wilson has opted for his hometown of Lytham as the next site for expansion of the national award-winning Olive Tree Brasserie brand. Closely following the opening of the Greek/Mediterranean restaurant in Cheshire’s prestigious Stockton Heath, Dean is now aiming to open another large venue, able to seat up to 110 diners, on Dickinson Terrace. Dean, who has a 10-year legacy of generating modern, fresh, Greek-inspired cuisine, said opening in Lytham’s restaurant hub and foodie quarter was a dream come true. Excited to open the doors, he hopes the restaurant will be up-and-running this Autumn.
HOSPITALITY AWARDS LAUNCHED
An awards programmed has been launched to recognise the stars of Lancashire’s hotel and hospitality industry. The inaugural Lancashire Hospitality Awards will champion and reward the top performers in the county. The top 10 finalists will undergo an interview in front of a select panel of judges, after which the final five will be selected and a winner chosen amongst them. Twelve awards will be up for grabs, the deadline for entries is 5th October 2018. Winners are announced on 12th October. The awards night will take place on Friday 1st February 2019 at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool.
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