It’s time to get those entries in for this year’s Norfolk Hero Food & Drink Awards at the Aylsham Show on August bank holiday Monday.
The deadline for entries into the eleventh annual competition which is sponsored by Lovewell Blake is June 5, so get scribbling or typing – it’s easy to enter either in writing or online and the promotional rewards for businesses are very real.
There are five main categories, which are listed below:
• Best Specialist Food or Drink Producer, sponsored by Barclays.
• Best Use of Norfolk Produce on Menu, sponsored by Gressingham Foods.
• Best Food or Drink Supplier/Retailer, sponsored by Dewing Grain.
• Best New Food or Drink Venture, sponsored by For Farmers.
• Individual Food or Drink Hero
The category judging will take place during the week commencing 19th June and the championship judging will take place during July, with the overall winner announced at the Aylsham Show on 28th August.
The individual Food or Drink Hero winner will also be announced at this time.
Chair of the Competition, Jacinth Rogers, said: “Over the years, the Aylsham Show food heroes awards have gained an excellent reputation for identifying and rewarding some of the very best food and drink producers, suppliers and linked businesses in the county.
“We have an amazing array of food and drink in this county and it is an incredibly important part of the county’s economy and employment provision. We love celebrating that array and would encourage as many entries as possible to these fabulous awards.”
Ellie Savory from Norfolk Quail, who last year won both the Best Food or Drink Supplier/Retailer and the Overall Championship, said: “It was a real honour to receive this level of recognition from the Aylsham Show team and to appear on the day itself to hear we had also won the Championship.
“Local promotion and awareness is of course very important to a business such as ours, so I would certainly recommend the competition.”
Last year’s winners were Scrummy Pig based at Wroxham Barns in Hoveton, Rocky Bottoms seafood café at West Runton, GF White butchers in Aylsham, Truly Local farm shop in Stalham, Norfolk Quail of Great Ryburgh and Catherine Temple, from Mrs Temple’s Cheeses.
Mike Fish of Scrummy Pig said: “It was a real coup for us to win as such a young business and it definitely helped spread the word around the county that we were here.
“We have just been featured on the front of a new publication The Norfolk Cook Book – so we must be doing something right!”
You can nominate online at www.theaylshamshow.co.uk and clicking on Show Competitions, where you can view a brochure, printable nomination form and online nomination form.