On Monday evening, the Estonian Food Association announced the best food of the year in a live show "Ringvaade suvel" on ETV.
Sirje Potisepp, the head of the Food Association (Eesti Toiduliit), stated the coronavirus also influenced the choice of the best food, which delayed their announcement until the summer. The best foods were chosen for the 26th time.
The gold badge was issued in four categories (additional information about the products are included):
The best food of 2020 - Premia mango passion cream ice cream with 40 percent less sugar (link in Estonian). Potisepp said the ice cream with milk lactose or milk sugar is quite sweet, and if you add the components typical of ice cream to it, then the sweetness of ice cream also comes from there. She acknowledged people had to be adjusted to the taste of reduced-sugar ice cream for years before it might be accepted.
However, Potisepp noted people are paying more and more attention to the healthiness of products and monitoring the added sugar content.
The best value-added product in Estonia - Salvesti Presto organic pea puree soup with peppermint. Potisepp explained it is an organic product that is easy to warm up at home or when you take it on a trip. Potisepp added this product also has a healthy aspect because it has a high fiber and protein content.
"This is a category where we also value cooperation with researchers, any innovation in both packaging and product content," Potisepp added.
The best non-alcoholic drink - Liviko Re-Crafted Crafter's Junibeer. Potisepp said it is a handcrafted soft drink made on the principle of zero percent of alcohol.
The best alcoholic drink - Saaremaa Rhubarb Gin (link in Estonian). Potisepp said this is only gin made with rhubarb flavor and based on rhubarb. She added that rhubarb has started to make a new rise in Estonian food production.
Potisepp noted that a variety of different products were submitted to the competition this year, which surprised her. "It was a very good harvest this year," she said.
Editor: Katriin Eikin Sein