The East Yorkshire Local Food Network (EYLFN) has announced the winners of its inaugural awards at a packed reception at Beverley Tickton Grange.
The awards programme was designed to reward East Yorkshire businesses with a real passion for local food and drink.
Nominations were invited from companies in five categories; Best Fresh Local Product, Best Packaged Local Product, Best Local Menu, Best Retailer of Local Produce and Best Local Food & Drink Event, whilst a Local Food Hero was selected by the judges.
The awards were presented by The Hon Mrs Susan Cunliffe-Lister, Lord Lieutenant of the East Riding of Yorkshire, who was welcomed by the network as its patron and gave an interesting overview of her duties.
The winner of the Best Fresh Local Product award was Beverley based T C Patisserie Ltd, whilst East Riding Country Pork, Halsham and Yorkshire Ducks & Geese, Leven were both awarded Highly Commended.
The winner of the Best Packaged Local Product was Side Oven Bakery from Foston on the Wolds, whilst Wolds Cottage Kitchen, Wetwang was awarded Highly Commended.
The winner of the Best Local Menu was The Star at Sancton, whilst The Wrygarth Inn, Great Hatfield was awarded Highly Commended.
The winner of the Best Retailer of Local Produce was Drewton’s Farm Shop, South Cave, whilst Yorkshire Ales at Snaith was awarded Highly Commended.
The final nominated category was Best Local Food & Drink Event and this was won by Beverley Food Festival.
David Nowell, Head Chef at Beverley Tickton Grange, was announced as the Local Food Hero for his relentless support of East Yorkshire’s food producers, both on his menu and throughout the UK.
Councillor Jane Evison, portfolio holder for economy, investment and inequalities at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “I would like to offer my congratulations to all the winners and the finalists.
“The array and quality of produce on offer just goes to show how lucky we are to have this on our doorstep.
“The Local Food Network is growing in strength, which can only by good for both local businesses and tourism.”
Chairman of the EYLFN, Graham Ward OBE said:
“We were delighted with the response to our first awards programme and are proud to support such a thriving local food and drink network.
“The quality of entries was unbelievable and reaffirms our belief that East Yorkshire boasts some of the best small food and drink producers in the UK.
“It was a fabulous evening, with lots of networking, good humour and an excellent supper using local produce.”
The event was sponsored by Yorkshire Bank and the awards were sponsored by Back Up Training & Recruitment Ltd, based at Norwood House in Beverley.
Established in 2012, The East Yorkshire Local Food Network champions the wide range of delicious food and drink available in and around East Yorkshire for the benefit of local food and drink businesses and communities.
The network is supported by East Riding of Yorkshire Council through its rural team.
Small or medium-sized food and drink related business or organisation in East Yorkshire, and within 30 miles of the boundary who would like to join an expanding network with over 100 members, please visit http://enjoy-eastyorks-food.co.uk/ or email Julia Soukup, local food development officer at East Riding of Yorkshire Council at Julia.firstname.lastname@example.org