The BBC Good Food Show team has been scouring the country since June to find Britain’s most outstanding artisan food and drink producers – and the Scottish focus has ended up well and truly on Fife.

After months of reading through applications, sorting through hundreds of samples and finally tasting them all in the Good Food test kitchen, 20 deserving winners were chosen, and each won the sought after opportunity to exhibit free of charge at the 2013 shows.

When the results were announced it became clear that three of the four winners for the BBC Good Food Show in Glasgow come from Fife – The Wee Tea Company (Dunfermline), St Andrews Brewing Company (Glenrothes) and The Little Herb Farm (Pittenweem). The other Scottish winner, The Wee Pie Company (Glencarse) is located just across the Tay in Perthshire.

The BBC Good Food Show Producers Bursary Award scheme, managed by Katy Truss, and now in its fourth year, serves to reward the most deserving, small, independent artisan producers.

To be eligible they must be less than three years old with a low annual turnover, must not have previously exhibited at a BBC Good Food Show, and be a high quality British or Irish artisan food and drink producer.

Katy Truss said that this year had seen more applications for the bursary than ever before and the quality had been incredible.

“We were looking for great tasting products, passionate producers and companies that deserve some attention. The judging team, which included BBC Good Food editors, were delighted with this year’s selection of winners and I’m sure the BBC Good Food Show visitors will be too!” 

The bursary scheme has had a significant impact on many small companies like The Northern Dough Company who recently took on a large national retailer, and Mo’s Cookie Dough which is now sold through Whole Foods.

Kate Jenkins, the owner of Gower Cottage Brownies, claims that entering the awards was the best thing she ever did for her business.

Sarah Cook, from BBC Good Food Magazine, formed part of the judging panel and commented, “I think this year the standard was the highest we’ve ever had – such a range of fantastic products, it really makes you proud to be British and part of the amazing food movements and innovations that are happening.

“It made the job particularly hard this time, but having eaten our way through every single entry in the Good Food test kitchen I think we’ve found some worthy winners.”

The BBC Good Food Show Scotland will be held at the SECC, Glasgow, 18-20 October 2013. The Supertheatre will host an array of some of the nation’s favourite chefs including Tom Kitchin and Si King, The Hairy Biker. Plus Paul Hollywood, Mary Berry and James Martin will be live on stage demonstrating some of their favourite recipes.  Sample or buy from over 100 premium brands and artisan producers this autumn.

The St Andrews Brewing Company results from the vision of Bob Phaff, of Ceres, who has created a highly popular range of bottle conditioned “real ales” Real ales have been Bob’s passion for many years, and he is endlessly fascinated by the fact that the four simple ingredients of malt, hops, yeast and water can create such a huge scope of styles, colours, aromas and tastes.

The Little Herb Farm is a small herb nursery in the Royal Burgh of Pittenweem in the picturesque East Neuk of Fife. It provides a wide-range of culinary, medicinal and decorative herbs and a growing selection of handmade herbal products, including much-loved fruit and herb vinegars. All products are handmade using The Little Herb Farm’s own herbs and local produce.

The Wee Tea Company, operated by Jamie Russell & Derek Walker, was founded in 2012 to provide tea service and tea retail solutions to the food and beverage industry, and individual customers. It also offers quality loose leaf tea direct to the door –with a mission to provide the best tea at the best price possible.

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