Food and Farming Awards Update
We’ve big news about the next BBC Food & Farming Awards!
Usually at this time of year we’d be asking you to send in your nominations in our annual search for the best of British food and drink.
This year, to reflect the continued rise in food and drink ideas across the UK, the growth of businesses and food projects in towns and cities in every region, we’ve ambitions to make the BBC Food & Farming Awards even bigger.
So the next Awards will be held in May 2014 in Bristol, and we’ll be starting the nominations process later this year.
In the next few months, through The Food Programme, our websites and other BBC output we’ll start to outline in more detail the plans we’re developing for the Awards and other events next May in Bristol, how this year’s nominations process will run and also explaining how you can get involved. We think it will be worth the wait. Read Sheila's full blog post on the changes here
Food and Farming Awards 2012 - The Winners
BEST BIG FOOD IDEA
Growing Communities, UK, Growing Communities has been running a successful community-led organic box scheme in Hackney for 18 years. The nomination said, “Growing Communities’ model of community-led trade can help build a food system that is fairer, more resilient and less dependent on fossil fuels.” They are now spreading their model by working with six different communities across the UK.
BEST DRINKS PRODUCER
Once Upon a Tree, Ledbury, a team that draws on winemaking skills to capture the true characters of home-grown apples in a range of ciders, perry, apple & pear juice. The nomination said, "Their success is all down to the quality of the ingredients being used, and by sourcing and producing the products on site, their food miles are measured in food feet and inches!"
BEST FOOD PRODUCER
Westcombe Dairy, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, has been making Cheddar for over 100 years. It has three herds of Friesian-Holstein cows. Their milk is used to produce a traditional unpasturised Cheddar. The nomination said: "Small dairy, local, working to find a foothold in bigger markets, while holding on to everything that is important about staying true to roots and the local community."
Pump Street Bakery, Orford, Suffolk, a small, family-owned bakery and café. All bread and pasties are made daily in the village. The nomination said: "If sound ethics are regarded as part and parcel of producing good value delicious foods made with local ingredients, I think they deserve to win an award!"
BEST FOOD MARKET
Sutton Bonington Farmers’ Market, Nottingham, a monthly farmers' market held on a University Campus selling fresh, local, seasonal, organic produce e.g. vegetables, fruit, bread, eggs, meat, honey and preserves. The nomination said, "Run by students, for students, but still welcoming members of the public."
BBC FARMER OF THE YEAR
Guy Watson, Riverford Organic Farms, Buckfastleigh, Devon started growing organic veg in 1986 on his family farm and set up the vegbox scheme in 1993, delivering to 20 local friends and families. Now he’s a pioneer in box schemes and farming champion, working with many local growers. One nomination said, “…consistently delivers on his commitment and principles to do the right thing…”
BEST LOCAL FOOD RETAILER
Eurospar, Dolgellau, north Wales, an independently-run supermarket with an emphasis on sourcing top quality produce. The nomination said, “produce from over 50 local producers that includes bakery, dairy, meat and seasonal vegetables.”
BEST STREETFOOD OR TAKEAWAY
Moroccan Soup Stand, Golborne Road, London, freshly cooked, affordable soups and traditional Moroccan street food, including tagines and sardine dishes. The nomination said, "Tasty, cheap and good fun to visit – I don’t know a better street eating experience in London."
DEREK COOPER AWARD
Mike Duckett. Former head of catering at the Royal Brompton hospital where every meal is cooked on the premises using fresh, local ingredients, and thirty per cent of the food is organic or locally sourced, with organic meats appearing on the menu at least once a week. Mike Duckett has been leading the way in improving the quality of public catering across the UK, and his work is followed by governments around Europe, The nomination said, “Mike's work connects many small producers around the UK by supplying those who care about food and nutrition standards, and those staff, families and ill people who need to eat the food in hospitals.”
BEST PUBLIC CATERER (BEST DINNER LADY OR MAN)
Lyndsey Anderson - Excelsior Academy, Newcastle, Excelsior Academy is a community mixed school serving the Benwell and Scotswood area of Newcastle upon Tyne. The nomination said, “I am truly impressed with the philosophy and attention to detail of the food choices, menus and presentation of the food.”