Bohemian Dorset Testimonial

I stumbled across the awards on Facebook I think, barely a day or so before the closing date and thought to myself – what have I got to lose by entering … so I hurriedly did, not for a moment thinking I could win!

The whole process was really simple, and I liked that you could enter more than one category if appropriate, so I entered two! It felt really good to share what I’m doing with a wider audience.

The prospect of the judging was daunting until the process began. I delivered some of my products for tasting and hoped the judges would at least like them! I then had a long video call conversation with the judge (we couldn’t meet because of covid issues) assigned to my other category. It was great to talk to someone as passionate about food and diversification/sustainability as me!

I felt completely invigorated and determined to grow my fledgling business after speaking with the judge, but still didn’t for one minute believe I would win.

The first I saw about my success was that I was runner up in the Jams, Chutneys and Honey category. I was thrilled – in fact I think I even shed a tear. More than being thrilled I was shocked but so happy that my hard work and more importantly, my taste choices had been appreciated by strangers – not just my friends and family being polite!! I phoned my parents, posted it on Facebook and thought that was that.

To then find out the next day that I had won the Diversification and Sustainability category was a complete shock! I think I shed a few more tears!

It was such a shame that we couldn’t meet for an award ceremony but when the awards were delivered to my house I was reminded of how impressed I was by all the hard work that had gone into making the whole process so successful.

Lots of people have commented on my award and it has gained me followers, publicity and customers! I look forward to being able to get out and about to markets again after this lockdown to share my products with more people!

I also look forward to being able to hopefully enter the LLTL awards again this year…