The Aylsham Agricultural Show Association has today launched the Norfolk Hero Food and Drink Awards 2015, which will promote and recognise the county’s heroes in the catering, food, drinks and hospitality sectors.
The search is on and everyone can nominate a hero, whether it is their local pub, shop or neighbour who makes outstanding food or drinks with passion and enthusiasm. People can vote online until 15 May 2015 by visiting www.theaylshamshow.co.uk/food-hero-awards or fill in any of the leaflets that are available at local businesses, cafés, pubs and shops across Norfolk.
Today’s launch will take place at the National Trust’s Blickling Estate near Aylsham. The event also celebrates the winners of 2014, who will serve their specialities and share their experiences since winning the awards.
Norfolk Hero Food and Drink Awards Committee Chairman, Jacinth Rogers, said: “It’s wonderful to launch another year for the awards and discover many new and established producers and suppliers of great local food and drinks from our beautiful county. We’re so lucky here to have such quality on our doorstep and we would like to see hundreds of nominations from across the whole of Norfolk.”
Category winners will be announced in the summer and the overall Championship and Individual Hero awards will be honoured at the next Aylsham Show on Bank Holiday Monday 31 August 2015 at Blickling Park, Aylsham.
The five award categories are:
• Best specialist food or drink producer, sponsored by Gressingham Foods
• Best use of Norfolk produce on the menu, sponsored by PIC UK
• Best food or drink supplier, sponsored by Dewing Grain
• Best new food or drink venture, sponsored by For Farmers
• Aylsham Show individual food or drink hero (the President’s prize).