The Aylsham Show launched its 2017 Food Hero Awards today (Feb 15) at Blickling Hall by toasting the success of last yearâ€™s winners.
2016 show president Simon Evans praised last yearâ€™s success stories, including Scrummy Pig based at Wroxham Barns in Hoveton, Rocky Bottoms seafood cafĂ© at West Runton, GF White butchers in Aylsham, Truly Local farm shop in Stalham, Norfolk Quail Ltd, of Great Ryburgh, which was also the Overall Championship winner and Catherine Temple, from Mrs Templeâ€™s Cheeses, who was Individual Food or Drink Hero Winner.
Organisers will now be looking for nominations for this yearâ€™s event, the judging of which will take place during June 2017, when category winners will be announced.
The championship judging will take place during July 2017 and the overall winner announced, as usual, at the Aylsham Show on Monday, August 28.
They will be presented with the Ken Dye Memorial Salver by Sally Dye and the 2017 show president John Wootten. The individual Food or Drink Hero Winner will also be announced and receive the Aylsham Show Presidents Tankard.
Launching this yearâ€™s event Food Heroes chairman Jacinth Rogers said she was looking forward to this, her eleventh, event (six as chairman) after originally saying she would help out for a year. She will be standing down this year and handing over to Alex Haswell.
â€śI think I have done enough now and itâ€™s time somebody else took over,â€ť she said. â€śAlex and I will be working together this year and she will take over after this yearâ€™s show for 2018.â€ť
New president John said he was delighted to be taking the role for 2017. â€śI have a long association with Blickling with running events for the last 20 years including the classical concerts,â€ť he said. â€śI am certainly hoping this one will be as good as last year.â€ť
Championship sponsors are again Lovewell Blake and Chris Solt, who is responsible for agriculture, food and drink with the business, said: â€śWe have had an office at Aylsham for many years and are proud to play an active part in the community. We know how important the food and drink sector is to Norfolk. It is what helps our county to thrive. The Norfolk Hero Food & Drink Awards celebrate the very best of this industry.â€ť
You can nominate your hero now by visiting http://theaylshamshow.co.uk/food-hero-awards/