Gold Stars For Fodder from Foodie Oscars

Four Fodder products have been awarded gold stars – the highest accolades - at this year’s Great Taste Awards, acclaimed as the ‘Oscars’ of British food. Fodder, the food shop and cafe, based at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate entered the awards for the first time. The awards are organised by the Guild of Fine Food, renowned as the benchmark for speciality food and drink.

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The award winning products are: Lush Lamb Bhuna and Saucy Sausage Casserole from Fodder’s ready meals range, and a star each for Fodder’s Honey Cured Bacon and Blue Cheese Sausages.

General Manager, Jane Thornber said: “The underlying ethos at Fodder is to provide top quality, locally sourced food so this is a real testament to the creative skills of our team and to the excellent Yorkshire ingredients we use. The Awards are highly regarded within the industry and the award logos, which we can now put on the products, will emphasise their quality.”

She added: “Our new ready meals range will be launched later this year and has been developed by Head Chef Mehdi Boukemach, so to win awards before they are even on sale is tremendous!

Our specialist butchery counter is already hugely popular which reflects the diversity and quality of our products and the flair of Head Butcher, Paul Nicholson. Paul and his team have been working hard to develop our extensive sausage range which includes the award winning Blue Cheese variety. Our Honey-Cured Bacon has already received acclaim, having taken the BPEX gold award two years running.

Opened in 2009, Fodder is run by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society. It champions local food, showcasing food and drink from local producers. It is unique in that all profits are ploughed back into supporting the farming and rural industry.

Fodder stocks produce from a wide range of local producers, several of whom have been recognised in the Awards, namely Shepherds Purse, Sloemotion, Raisthorpe Manor, Just Jenny’s, Ampleforth Abbey, Ribblesdale Cheese, Boozy Infusion and Yorkshire Provender.


12 August 2014

Media Contact:  Jane Thornber, General Manager, 01423 546111 or

Fodder is at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate HG2 8NZ, telephone 01423 546111 and at

All profits from Fodder go to fund the work of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, the charity at the heart of the county’s rural life. In addition to staging the Great Yorkshire Show, the society has an extensive educational programme to help children understand where their food comes from and promotes countryside careers.


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The Yorkshire Agricultural Society was formed in 1837 and is a charity dedicated to supporting the farming industry and rural life. Best known for staging the annual Great Yorkshire Show, England's Premier Agricultural event and Countryside Live, it's sister event. The value of the support it provides to regional farming and countryside initiatives has risen year on year to nearly £1m. The 2016 Great Yorkshire Show runs from Tuesday 12 – Thursday 14 July and Countryside Live is on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 October 2016. Both take place at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, North Yorkshire and are flagship events for agriculture and rural life. The Society plays a key role in supporting rural life, through grants, sponsorships and has a very active education department which runs a wide range of activities aimed at increasing the knowledge of young people and their teachers about the important role farmers play in producing our food and caring for the landscape. An important date on the annual calendar is the annual Countryside Days event when thousands of primary school children use the showground as a resource for learning. In June 2009, the Society also opened its Regional Agricultural Centre at the showground which will be a focus for excellence for the industry, as well as the new home of the Society. Yorkshire Event Centre Limited (YEC) is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Society and all YEC’s profits go to fund its charitable work. Who's Who in the Yorkshire Agricultural SocietyChairman: Simon TheakstonPresident: Sarah YorkPresident Elect: Lord MiddletonChief Executive: Nigel Pulling