2019 Perth Royal Food Awards | Hemp food gains attention at food industry awards

Vasse Valley Hemp Farm owners Chris and Bronwyn Blake, with their son Jesse, celebrate their success at the Perth Royal Food Awards.
Vasse Valley Hemp Farm owners Chris and Bronwyn Blake, with their son Jesse, celebrate their success at the Perth Royal Food Awards.

Vasse Valley Hemp Farm keep going from strength-to-strength having recently picked up a bronze award for their roasted hemp seed Dukkah at the Perth Royal Food Awards.

It is the first time a hemp product has picked up a food industry award in Australia with co-owners Chris and Bronwyn Blake saying they were absolutely stoked to receive the award.

"It is nice to get some recognition for all the hard work we have done and for our products," Bronwyn said. "The roasted hemp seed Dukkah is our best seller, we have received so much good feedback about it, everyone seems to love it. People tell us they are addicted to it and put in on everything, it is doing really well.

Some people are still unsure about our product because they are so new, so it helps people to make a decision by giving our products some credibility.

Bronwyn Blake

"Some people are still quite unsure about our product because they are so new, so it helps people to make a decision when they go to purchase by giving our products some credibility."

Vasse Valley are also in the running for two awards at the Australian Cannabis Awards for Start-Up of the Year and Packaging of the Year.

The awards recognise Australian cannabis pioneers and professionals for their industry innovation and social progression. Vasse Valley are the only hemp farm in WA which grow and produce their own 100 per cent hemp-based food products from the plants they grow.

The hemp farmers released their food products to the market six months ago and have some more items which will be available soon. Currently, they have four offerings which include a roasted hemp seed crumble, a roasted hemp seed paste and a high-fibre and protein bar.

The team are working behind the scenes to release a hemp and truffle paste along with a hemp butter, dehulled hemp seeds, a protein powder and a flour.

"We are extending our range," she said. "Every Saturday we are at the Margaret River Farmer's Market, people are able to have tastings there and we are getting a really good response. Most people who try something, buy something which is really positive feedback and we are getting reorders as well from all our stockists."