Skyr’s the limit for Taste Awards champion

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THEY are the leading lights of the region’s unrivalled food and drink scene, and they all assembled in one place last night for the grand finale of an exhaustive search for the very best in Yorkshire.

After months of entries, blind taste tests and careful deliberations, the winners of the Taste Awards 2015 have been revealed.

Sam Moorhouse from Hesper Farm near Skipton, with Victoria Robertshaw from Keelham Farm Shop who stocks his skyr.

Sam Moorhouse from Hesper Farm near Skipton, with Victoria Robertshaw from Keelham Farm Shop who stocks his skyr.

The annual celebration of the region’s food and drink industry, organised by The Yorkshire Post and Deliciouslyorkshire in association with Asda, attracted more than 300 entries and culminated in a black tie awards dinner at Pavilions of Harrogate.

It was a night to remember for Yorkshire Dales farmer Sam Moorhouse, whose attempt to diversify his dairy business has paid off. His Icelandic-inspired skyr recipe, using milk from his dairy cattle, saw his Hesper Farm Skyr, Blueberry Skyr, named the Taste Awards 2015 Supreme Product.

Awards night hostess, Judy Bell, chairwoman of Deliciouslyorkshire, said: “The quality of the produce and standard of the businesses that entered the categories this year has without a doubt been of the highest standard so far.”

Category winners included Staal Smokehouse for Best Fish and Seafood, Bert’s Barrow for Best Fresh Produce and Anna’s Happy Trotters for Best Prepared Meat.

For a full report of all the winners, see a special pull-out in The Yorkshire Post this Saturday.