A north Pembrokeshire company was among some of the most innovative, imaginative, and original food and drink in Pembrokeshire celebrated at this year’s Pembrokeshire County Show.
The Pembrokeshire Produce Mark Awards were presented on Wednesday by Councillor Tom Richards, Chairman of Pembrokeshire County Council.
The awards recognise county businesses, which excel in providing or sourcing local food and drink.
The Pembrokeshire Produce Mark scheme has more than 300 members, which are verified to ensure that the products they sell or use are made in Pembrokeshire.
Firstleaf won a Best New Product award for its exciting new venture – Botanic Handcrafted Chocolates.
The Brynberian-based Edible Flower producer was set up by Derek Lewis a decade ago initially as a specialist micro leaf salad business (which won a True Taste of Wales Gold in 2009).
The company, which practices responsible growing and does not use pesticides or excessive energy, now concentrates on high quality Edible Flowers sending out thousands across the UK every season.
It has now started on a new venture putting its home grown plant flavours such as Fennel, Lemon Verbena and Lavender into botanic chocolates.
Plants are hand harvested and flavours captured using traditional techniques, while they also forage locally for tasty berries and nuts to complement their home grown range.
“Our batches are small and some flavours only have a short season – but that’s what makes them special,” said Catherine Palmer of firstleaf.
Its web site – www.botanicchocolates.co.uk goes live this month.
The Gourmet Pig delicatessen in Fishguard, was awarded Best Use of Pembrokeshire Produce in a Retail Outlet.
The delicatessen was set up in Fishguard in 2011 by Ray and Jemma Lerwill, who wanted to support local produce and make people aware that good quality local food need not be expensive.
The Manor Town House in Fishguard, a small four star B&B run by the Sheldon family, was awarded Best Use of Pembrokeshire Produce in an Hospitality Establishment.