Cotswold Gold is honoured to have been announced as winner of three awards at the Taste of Gloucestershire Food & Farming Awards 2015 – ‘Food or Drink Producer of the Year’, ‘Young Farmer of the Year’ (Charlie Beldam) and ‘Best Local Producer’.
The awards ceremony took place during a black-tie 3 course dinner hosted by Phil Vickery MBE and Claire Carter (BBC Radio Gloucestershire) at Cheltenham Racecourse on 20th October 2015 and was attended by over 300 guests. The event was organised by The Gloucester Citizen, Gloucestershire Echo and Stroud Life with main sponsors Creed – the foodservice company.
The Taste of Gloucestershire Food & Farming Awards, now in its fifth year, celebrates the quality and diversity that makes the county of Gloucestershire so special. Winning three main categories is a huge accolade for Cotswold Gold who prides itself on supporting British farming and local, sustainable food production.
Whilst producing highly desirable and healthy products, Cotswold Gold is aiming for zero waste production which it achieves through selling its by-product for cattle feed and re-using waste oil for biodiesel.
Charlie Beldam, (Founder & Director of Cotswold Gold) says, ‘It is fantastic to receive such notable recognition from both the food and farming industry for what we are doing with Cotswold Gold. I am passionate about the product we produce, how we produce it and how it fits with the wider community of customers, chefs and fellow food producers. There is a wealth of entrepreneurial spirit in both the food and farming industries in Gloucestershire and I am hugely proud to be a part of it’.
Food or Drink Business of the Year: Sponsored by Cambray Catering Recruitment
Winner: Cotswold Gold
Young Farmer of the Year: Sponsored by Royal Agricultural University, Cirenceter
Winner: Charlie Beldam
Best Local Producer: Sponsored by Creed Foodservice Ltd.
Winner: Cotswold Gold
Other awards categories celebrated the best pubs, eating out establishments, chefs, cafes and food retailers with winnings including; Andy Creese Butchers Ltd. (Newent), Woefuldane Organic Dairy (Minchinhampton), The County Kitchen (Cheltenham), Juckes Farming (Tredington), The Hog (Horsley), The Curry Corner (Cheltenham) and chef of the year David Kelman from Ellenborough Park (Cheltenham).
Cotswold Gold – founded in 2010 by Royal Agricultural University graduate Charlie Beldam – grows, harvests, presses and bottles its own premium extra virgin cold pressed rapeseed oil products near Broadway in the Cotswold. The product range includes infused oils, dressings and mayonnaise, which it sells to a broad range of independent retailers, wholesalers, chefs and caterers across the UK and overseas.