Now although this is not our award it is an award given to two of our children, so it is definitely worth shouting about.
March 30th saw a 490 mile round trip to the House of Lords for both Tom and Lottie as they were shortlisted into the National Finals of the Countryside Alliance Rural Hero Award..... and they won!
Hunter Rural Hero (age 15 and under) Tom and Lottie Sweet, Lampeter, Ceredigion. “This Award is being given to two rather than one heroes because we could not choose between them. Our heroes are also from the same family, so there must be something in the water in the Lampeter area!
Tom Sweet is 15 and took the exceptional step of setting up his own herb and spice business at the age 12 to help him build up his confidence. Tom works incredibly hard to supply more and more shops within Wales and beyond and is about to launch his own curry kits. Tom has already received a Blue Peter badge but now he is also a Countryside Alliance Rural Hero.
Meanwhile Tom’s sister, Lottie, is an 11 year old with an entrepreneurial flair that most people in this room would love to match. Lottie saved up for three years to realise her ambition of owning reindeer. Having saved up for two reindeer calves she now hires them out for events and finds they cause a stir at food and craft fairs. Lottie is now looking for sponsorship in order to buy a horsebox, showing that her company, "Sweet Deer", is only the beginning of her plans.
Congratulations to Tom and Lottie, our Rural Heroes of 2010, for your hard work, your love of the countryside and your great ideas.”
See our Sweet Herb Mustard on You Tube!
Master Chef, Gareth Johns of the Wynnstay Hotel is a bit of a fan of our mustard, calling it his secret weapon on Channel 4's Iron Chef, he now features on Vive Le Cheese making Comté, leek and mustard fritters, using our Sweet Herb Mustard, have a look..... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9L40GtQMn0k
Invited to meet HRH Prince Charles and presented him with a hamper including his favourite mustard that we produce.
Finalist in True Taste Awards for our Gooseberry & Elderflower Jam & Apricot & Cider Jam
Our products were all used at this Regent’s Park event resulting in sales to some top London restaurants.
Garreth Johns of the Wynnstay Hotel appeared on the Channel 4’s Iron Chef and described our Sweet Herb Mustard as his ‘secret weapon’.... He went on to win!
Regional Finalist in ITV’s Britain’s Best Dish using Toloja’s Cider Brandy, Sweet Herb Mustard & Drunk Dewi cider.
True Taste of Wales – Sweet Herb Mustard
Barclays Trading Places National Awards – Gold
Press Release: The Sun 2008
A Ceredigion couple, who triumphed over personal adversity to successfully establish their own business, have been named Gold Winners of the 2008 Barclays Trading Places Awards
Kevin Sweet (39) and Nikki Crewes-Sweet (40), who started Toloja Orchards three years ago, were presented with a cheque for £10,000, courtesy of Barclays, at a black tie dinner at the Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square, London. Kevin and Nikki also walked away with £3,400 worth of Microsoft desktop and server software
Ceredigion Business Awards – Winner
Welsh Perry & Cider Championships
Gold - Drunk Dewi Cider
Bronze – overall Champion
True Taste Awards – Commendation for Wassail
Ceredigion Business Awards
2nd Food Producer Category
Silver –Welsh Perry & Cider Championships
True Taste Awards
Commendation for Drunk Dewi Cider
Commendation for Annwn Cider