Launch of the Warwickshire Life and Worcestershire Life Food & Drink Awards

PUBLISHED: 12:37 20 June 2012 | UPDATED: 21:30 20 February 2013

Launch of the Warwickshire Life and Worcestershire Life Food & Drink Awards

Launch of the Warwickshire Life and Worcestershire Life Food & Drink Awards

We are delighted to launch the Warwickshire Life and Worcestershire Life Food & Drink Awards ... nominate your favourites in the industry


We are delighted to launch the Warwickshire Life and Worcestershire Life Food & Drink Awards to be held at Spring Grove House, Bewdley on Thursday, October 18, 2012.

The Warwickshire Life and Worcestershire Life Food & Drink Awards are designed to champion, highlight and offer a showcase to the good and the great from the regions food and drink industries including producers and suppliers, small farming businesses, chefs, restaurants, pubs hoteliers, and other places and people who care about the countryside and environment.

We are pleased to announce that Waitrose are our headline sponsor for the awards:

Nominations will be voted for by the people who consume the food and drink produced across the region. Entry forms can be found within the magazine and will also feature in the August issues of Warwickshire Life and Worcestershire Life. You can also nominate on our website by clicking here. Entries for each category will close on Friday, August, 10, 2012. After this date our panel of judges will compile a shortlist of three finalists for each category to undergo the independent judging process. All of the shortlisted finalists will be invited to the prestigious ceremony where the winners will be announced.

Awards Criteria

Newcomer of the Year

This category is open to businesses and individuals within the food and drink industry that have embarked on a new venture within the last 12 months. They will have grasped opportunity to create a positive impact on the local food and drink community and will be starting to create a more widespread success.

Butcher of the Year

Our second category, Butcher of the Year, is to celebrate the local meat providers. Does your butcher go out of their way to deliver the freshest meat that can be traced to local farms? Do they offer meat that is best hung, prepared and cut? If so, let us know.

Independent Retailer of the Year

Recognise and illustrate how much your neighbourhood food and drink independent retailer contributes to your community. The winner of this category will display a passion for selling produce that stems from close to home and who is willing to celebrate the delights that Warwickshire/Worcestershire have to offer.

Local Tea/Coffee Shop of the Year

Nothing represents a typical English afternoon as much as a pot of tea and a cake, but does nothing say local more that your community tea or coffee shop? Are the scones freshly baked and served with local jams? Is there a good selection of coffees and loose leaf teas to hand? If your local tea/coffee shop is the best, let us know.

Best Farm Shop

The key to a good farm shop is not only the vast range of easily accessible produce, but also the principles that the owner supports. Do they work with other farmers under the same roof to increase the produce selection? Do they offer a box scheme? If your farm shop is worth a visit, share the reasons why by nominating them.

Sponsored by field fare:

Food Product of 2012

The food and drink industry, today, proves tobe a competitive onewith consumers demanding top quality products. This category allows you to nominate a food product that stands out. Is the taste of this product incomparable to any other? Does the packaging provide extensive knowledge into the item?

Sponsored by Waitrose:

Drinks Product of 2012

This category provides the chance to nominate your favourite drinks product. To choose your favourite consider the innovativeness of the item and whether this was achieved to a high level without compromising on taste, indulgence and value for money.

Best Local Supplier/Producer

This category aims to celebrate our local suppliers and producers that play such a vital role in the food community. The winner of this category will be an individual or company that consistently provides reliable, quality products to customers and who is always willing and wanting to go further.

Sponsored by Coomber:

Pub of the Year

Combining country pubs, dining pubs and neighbourhood pubs, we want to know why your local offers it all, for example: seasonal produce, the best ale, local fruit juices. Note the overall atmosphere and ambience, both inside and outdoors from cosy lounges with open fires to child-friendly gardens with vegetable patches.

Sponsored by Lowe's Solicitors:

Restaurant of the Year

The Restaurant of the Year will offer an incomparable dining experience. Is the ambience inviting? Is the service of the highest quality? Does the menu recognise local suppliers? Are the staff attentive? If you know of a restaurant that answers yes to all of the above, we want to know too.

Sponsored by Kitchen Gallery:

Chef of the Year

Both counties play home to some of the most remarkable chefs, but what makes them stand out for you? We are looking to applaud a chef who continually devotes themselves to the cause of serving the best possible food. They will consistently display their technical ability, attention to detail, impeccable presentation and an understanding of how flavours complement one another.

Sponsored by Malvern St James:

Outstanding contribution to Food 2012

Warwickshire and Worcestershire both have a vibrant food scene that incorporates a wide range of aspects. This category will praise an individual who has made such a worthwhile and significant impact on their food community. This individual will be passionate about supporting local and pull out all the stops to make this known.

Sponsored by Aalto Restaurant:

For questions, information or sponsorship, please contact Katie Tait: / 01242 265897

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