Northamptonshire Food & Drink Awards launched for tenth successive year

The team behind the Carlsberg UK Northamptonshire Food & Drink Awards is delighted to announce the competition has been launched for 2018/19 for its tenth year.

The Awards, run by the sector for the sector, celebrate all that is great about local produce and drink, recognising excellence within the county.

Thanks to ongoing support from sponsors – Carlsberg UK, Booker, British Pepper & Spice, Dawn Farms, Heygates Flour and Animal Feed, Howes Percival, Moulton College, Northampton College, Pidy UK, Weetabix, Whitco Catering and Bakery Equipment and Whitworth Bros Ltd Flour Millers – and with assistance from SEMLEP (South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership), the Awards categories will continue to offer recognition to the county’s finest pubs and restaurants, cafés and chefs, producers and entrepreneurs.

Joining the prestigious line-up is Northampton wholefood retailer Daily Bread, whose generous sponsorship has enabled the introduction of a new category aimed at vegetarian and vegan producers.

Details of the 2018/19 competition were unveiled at the launch at Moulton College in Northampton. Here, guests learned of the benefit that success in the competition can bring from the joint winners of the 2017/18 ‘One To Watch’ category – Ian Horton from Ganders Goat in Cottingham and John Evans from Towcester Mill Brewery.

As Ian revealed, gaining finalist status was invaluable, as was securing a winner’s logo: “As part of the judging process, we had the opportunity to take advantage of the considerable business expertise of the panel. As a result, we had a complete rethink of our branding. In addition, when taking our goats’ milk ice cream to potential stockists beyond the county, we found that the stamp of approval in being a Carlsberg UK award winner is something that rightfully commands respect.”

After the formal proceedings, the sponsors, supporters, and reigning champions enjoyed a site visit to Moulton College’s new £5m Food and Drink Innovation Centre, due to open to students in September.

More details here.

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