The Aylsham Show’s Food and Drink Hero for 2020 has been announced as Kelda’s Kitchen, of South Walsham.
The winner was chosen a little differently from usual, with the public being asked to nominate someone who had gone above and beyond to support their local community during lockdown.
The response was incredible, with more than 1,200 nominations received online for 76 businesses or individuals, celebrating the incredible work that local food and drink producers and retailers have been doing.
The winner is Kelda’s Kitchen is owned and run by Kelda Forsyth. As soon as lockdown was announced and Kelda’s usual catering jobs stopped abruptly, she set up a pop-up shop in her driveway to serve the local community.
With the help of volunteers, she has been delivering fruit, vegetables and general basic groceries to those who have been isolating and the most vulnerable as well as providing delicious homemade treats and ready meals.
On receiving the news, Kelda said: “The experience has been hugely positive. I have met so many wonderful people from South Walsham and surrounding villages who I would otherwise never have met. Locals met whilst waiting their turn to shop and could catch up with one another and offer support and reassurance through these difficult and isolating times.
“It has been a real pleasure to serve the community and I am so humbled to have been nominated by so many people.”
Awards head steward Alexandra Haswell said: “We have been delighted with the response received from the local community and humbled by the hard work that so many amazing people have been doing over the last few months. We would like to congratulate Kelda on winning the award and thank everyone who was nominated for the support they have provided to their customers.”
The award was made in association with local accountancy firm Lovewell Blake and as the Aylsham Show will not be going ahead this year, the presentation of the Ken Dye Memorial Salver will be arranged with Kelda and the local community shortly.
She will also be given a stand at the 2021 show.