Delicious Magazine has selected Taste of the South festival in Dorset, to be the host venue for the delicious. Produce awards 2018 South West regional judging this July, as part of its UK-wide food festival tour covering nine locations.

Returning for a second year, TOTS, which will be held at Chapel Gate, Christchurch, over the weekend of July 21-22, showcases the region’s top talent, not merely food and drink, but also art and culture.

Delicious, in conjunction with Fisher & Paykel Appliances, will be running the regional heat of its Produce Awards at TOTS.

The 2018 regional judging is being overseen by chef, broadcaster, cookery teacher and champion of small producers Valentina Harris. At each festival top expert judges will be assessing local food and drink products. The judging takes place on the first open day of the show, which is 21st July for the South West. Judging will commence one hour after the show has opened to the public.

Taste of the South organiser and founder of Dorset-based ROUTEpr, Jackie Phillipson, said: “The festival features entertainment, exhibitions, tastings and chef demonstrations, as well as all the elements for a ‘great day out’ for families, visitors and locals at the start of the summer holidays. We are delighted to be the sole south western host venue selected be delicious. magazine for its national tour around a selection of UK food festivals.”

Editor of delicious. magazine Karen Barnes says: “delicious. magazine is delighted to be bringing our produce awards regional judging to Taste of the South. delicious. magazine has a huge, loyal following of food-loving fans and we wanted to launch awards that build on our heritage as a publication dedicated to great-tasting food. We want to celebrate producers and artisans who are committed to quality and heritage. We aim to give a voice to the quiet heroes of the food world – the protectors of provenance and shepherds of sustainability.”