Vote for Midlands businesses in BBC Food Awards

Published June 25, 2012

Does your local butcher deserve praise? Is the farmer from your neighbouring village producing the best beef you’ve ever tasted? Or maybe you simply have a favourite farm shop?

If so then it’s time to vote for them in the 13th BBC Food and Farming Awards, introduced by Sheila Dillon (pictured) of Radio 4’s Food Programme. The voting deadline is August 12, 2012.

There were no Heart of England-based businesses among the winners of the 2011 Awards, but with so many fantastic producers and food shops in our region, let’s make sure that changes in 2012. Don’t delay – vote now!

2011 AWARD WINNERS

Best Food Market: Bolton Market, Ashburner Street, Bolton
Best Takeaway: Jack and Linda Mills, The Brighton Smokehouse, under-the-arches, Brighton
Best Food Producer: Loch Arthur Creamery, Camphill Community, Dumfries, Scotland
Best Drinks Producer: The Bristol Beer Factory, Bristol
Best Local Food Retailer: The Brockweir and Hewelsfield Village Shop, Chepstow
BBC Farmer of the Year: Andrew Hughes -Trinley Estate, Andover, Hampshire
Best ‘Dinner Lady’/Public Caterer: Wayne Wright, Harper Adams University College, Shropshire
Best Retail Initiative: The True Food Community Co-operative Limited, Berkshire
Derek Cooper Award: The Food for Life Partnership, Bristol
BBC Food Champion of the Year Award: Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall for work on the Fish Fight campaign

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Matt Wright
The author:

Matt lives in Leicestershire with his wife, two kids and dog. He is passionate about British pubs, slow food and home brewing. He founded Great Food Club (originally as Great Food Magazine) in 2010 after being inspired by local producers near his home town of Melton Mowbray - Britain's 'Rural Capital of Food'.