THE best of Dorset's food and drink has been recognised by the international Great Taste Awards. 

Following 86 days of judging in London and Dorset, the results of the world’s most trusted food and drink awards, Great Taste, have been announced with winners from across Dorset. 

All entries were blind tasted by 355 judges including food critics, chefs, restaurateurs, retail buyers, journalists and social media influencers. 

Regardless of branding or packaging, each product is judged on a level playing field, according to its texture, appearance, composition and of course taste.

Bournemouth Echo:

Great Taste judging panel by Sam Pelly.

There are 78 winners from Dorset on this year's list including gelato and mouth-watering meats, which was announced on Tuesday, September 21, 2021. 

Three star awards are the most prestigious and account for just two per cent of all entries - this year more than 14,000 products were entered. 

Bournemouth Echo:

Capreolus Fine Foods venison and pork chorizo.

Dorset three star winners include Capreolus Fine Foods from Dorchester for their venison and pork chorizo - a medium heat Dorset chorizo handmade with wild venison, free range pork and authentic Spanish purple garlic.

The Wasabi Company, also based in Dorchester, won three-stars with their organic white sesame oil.

Bournemouth Echo:

The Wasabi Company organic white sesame oil

The Wasabi Company organic white sesame oil is described as "a supreme delicately textured, bright, clear colour and wonderfully enticing flavour this is the epitome of fine organic sesame oil. Roasted and pressed by fourth generation experts".

Hollis Mead Organic Dairy from Sturminster also received three stars for their organic salted butter. 

Their organic butter is pure and naturally sweet - made from cows that are milked just once a day. Their cows are fed 100 per cent on grass grown on the farm, using zero herbicides, pesticides, insecticides or artificial fertilisers. The milk is then churned on-site and hand-rolled, lightly salted.

Bournemouth Echo:

Hollis Mead organic lightly salted butter

All Great Taste 3-star award-winning products will be re-judged to find this year’s regional Golden Fork Trophy winners and the Great Taste Supreme Champion 2021.

Every Great Taste award-winning product will now be able to display the unmistakable black and gold logo, a stamp of excellence that is recognised by retailers and consumers alike. 

Search through all of the Dorset winners in the table below:

Which of these Dorset products will you be trying? Let us know in the comments.