Nominations open for Kent Life Food & Drink Awards 2017
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We are delighted to announce our fifth Food and Drink Awards and encourage readers to nominate their local favourites now!
Nominations are being encouraged for the 2017 Kent Life and Kent on Sunday Food & Drink Awards. The awards dinner will take place on 16 October 2017, from 6.30pm to midnight and our host for the night will be BBC Radio Kent presenter Andy Garland, who was such a popular choice in 2016.
The prestigious awards, which launched in 2013, are designed to champion, highlight and offer a showcase to the great and the good from the region’s food and drink industry, including local producers and suppliers, small farming businesses, chefs, restaurants, pubs and hoteliers.
All will be people who care about the countryside and the future of our local environment. The companies included will all nominated by you, our readers. We want to know if you’ve received a fantastic meal at your local pub or have been impressed by the produce and service at your neighbourhood Farmers’ Market or farm shop.
The nomination form is available in this issue and will be repeated next month. It is also available to complete online at: kentfda.co.uk, where you can read more about the awards and see pictures of last year’s winners.
Entries close on 7 August 2017, after which our handpicked panel of high-profile judges who all live and work in Kent will meet to select a shortlist. This kickstarts the independent judging process where finalists will be visited or interviewed to determine a worthy winner in each category. All finalists will be invited to the prestigious awards ceremony, where they will enjoy a Champagne reception and three-course meal with wines.
This is our fifth Food & Drink Awards and we are immensely proud to be able to offer you once again the opportunity to reward and recognise the deserving businesses within our local food and drink industry that go above and beyond expectations.
- 1 WIN a holiday to the Isles of Scilly worth £1000
- 2 Win a 2 night beach stay at The Beachcroft Hotel in Sussex
- 3 20 of the best places to eat out in St Ives
- 4 23 cottages that will make you want to move to Surrey
- 5 WIN £500 worth of preloved designer clothes
- 6 6 waterfall walks in Derbyshire and the Peak District
- 7 20 of the best restaurants in Hertfordshire
- 8 8 charming market towns you need to visit in Somerset
- 9 9 lovely beaches in Cornwall that allow dogs all-year-round
- 10 10 of the best restaurants in Hastings
These awards are what you make of them so if you are the owner of a restaurant, a chef or local producer, then do spread the word among your clients, customers and visitors.
It takes no time at all to make your nomination. You can email, post or nominate online. The judging panel is looking for quality over quantity, focusing on good comments rather than simply the number of nominations received, so everybody is in with a chance, no matter how big or small their business.
? Don’t forget to let us know when you have made your recommendation on our Twitter page @kentlife and @KOSMedia by using #kentfda – similarly, if you are looking for nominations, please use this hashtag.
Nominate your Kent food and drink favourites by using the forms on the next two pages or email us at email@example.com or nominate online at kentfda.co.uk
The 12 categories
Newcomer of the Year
Sponsored by K Sports
This award is open to businesses that have started a new venture in the food and/or drink industry in the past 18 months. We want to know what impact it has made on the local community, success so far and plans for the future
Farm Shop of the Year
Sponsor to be confirmed
A successful farm shop must not only offer a range of produce in an accessible layout, but also work in partnership with local food producers in order to bring their customers the best seasonal produce, at its freshest best
Pub of the Year
Sponsor to be confirmed
Whether it’s the food, the drink, the good company or the strong role in the community (ideally, all of them) we want to find the best pubs in the county. Tell us why you love your favourite - it could be your local or one you are happy to travel miles to
Independent Café/Tea Room of the Year
Sponsor to be confirmed
Judges of this category will be looking for a café, either on its own or as part of a garden centre, museum or farm venue that really meets the needs of its customers. Does it demonstrate attention to diners both in terms of its food offering, atmosphere, information and variety of menu? Is the tea and coffee served always of tip-top quality?
Farmers’ Market of the Year
Sponsored by Perrys Accountants
The key to a good Farmers’ Market is not only the range of produce and the quality of the stalls but also the principles it supports. For example, does it work with other farmers? Is most of the produce sold there grown locally? Are the stallholders welcoming and knowledgeable and is the layout easy to navigate? Are any extras offered on a regular basis, such as cookery demonstrations or talks? Is it well advertised and is there good accessibility and parking?
Restaurant of the Year
Sponsored by Canterbury Auction Galleries
The restaurant of the year will offer a fabulous dining experience, everything from ambience to the service and most importantly, the food. Are ingredients locally sourced? Is the drinks list local as well as international? Can staff tell you more about the food and drink if you ask? Whether it’s big or small, if it ranks high for fine dining, give it your vote
Chef of the Year
Sponsored by Umbermaster Kitchens
This award aims to recognise those chefs who show an exceptional awareness of produce and have the knowledge and expertise to use their ingredients to create sensational, seasonal menus - local sourcing is a bonus as always
Best Independent Food & Drink Retailer
Sponsored by Illuminate Skin Clinics
This winner will consistently show an expert knowledge and passion for their trade, whether a deli, wine or beer store, greengrocer, butcher or baker. They will support great local produce
Product/Producer of the Year
Sponsor to be confirmed
This award recognises local producers whose passion for Kent produce is at the heart of their business. It’s open to all producers who demonstrate a real passion for our county’s food and drink.
Outstanding Customer Service
Sponsored by Shepherd Neame
Nothing makes a business stand out more than excellent customer service, no matter the size of the company. So if staff at a food and/or drink venue consistently give you a warm welcome, go the extra mile and make you feel at ease, vote for them here
Family Dining Award - NEW
Sponsored by The Foxhunter Park
This is the place that never fails to keep the kids happy, without forgetting the parents. Do you know somewhere offering tasty, reasonably priced, nutritious children’s meals as well as facilities to keep the children entertained in a welcoming environment? Then tell us about it
Food & Drink Hero of the Year
Sponsored by Hadlow Group
This person will have made a lasting contribution to the food and drink community. It could be a celebrity, a critic, a barman, waiter or farmer who goes that extra mile to make a difference in the food and drink industry in Kent