Posted: 29/01/2016

Sussex Food & Drink Awards celebrates a decade with 2016 winners

sussex food and drink awardsThe Sussex Food & Drink Awards celebrated its tenth birthday by awarding trophies to 10 of the county’s top food and drink businesses at a ceremony hosted by Olympic athlete Sally Gunnell.

Makers the Lord of the Hundreds ewes’ milk cheese, The Traditional Cheese Dairy was named Food Producer of the Year ahead of pie-maker Higgidy and Springs’ Smoked Salmon.

Meanwhile the Ridgeview Wine Estate took the Drink Producer of the Year title, seeing off competition from Dark Star Brewing Co and Nutborne Vineyards.

Charlie and Sarah Hughes of Charlie’s Farm Shop (Farmer of the Year), Sharnfold Farm Shop in Stonegate (Food Shop of the Year) and Eggs To Apples farm shop in Hurst Green (Newcomer of the Year) all picked up gongs at the ceremony, held at Brighton’s Amex Stadium on January 28.

Click her for the full list of winners of Sussex Food & Drink Awards

This is the fourth year Gunnell has acted as patron of the awards, which are run by Natural Partnerships Community Interest Company and directed by Hilary Knight of the Sussex Food & Drink Network and Natural PR’s MD Paula Seager.

“I continue to support these awards because they positively encourage people to buy local and to support their local producers,” said Gunnell. “Over the last ten years the awards have received over 3,000 nominations and 100,000 public votes, promoting 246 Grand Finalists. It’s a remarkable achievement.”

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