The awards are seeking the best Sussex food and drink producers, as well as the outlets that sell and serve the best in the country.
ETI Ltd, the Worthing based makers of Thermapen, are the new sponsors for 2017 for the Sussex Eating Experience of the Year category.
Plumpton College, with its butchery apprenticeships, and Brighton meat wholesaler RP Meats, are new co sponsors for the Sussex Butcher of the Year.
Sally Gunnell OBE, patron of the awards, has welcomed the new sponsers, who are joining other loyal sponsors.
Business can nominate themselves, and everyone is welcome to nominate their favourites.
Six of the categories, including Sussex Food Producer, Drink Producer, Butcher, Food Shop, Farmers Market and Eating Experience, nominations will close on June 8. Nominations for the other four categories including Sussex Newcomer, Street Food, Farmer and Young Chef of the Year will remain open until September 8, and the Grand Finalists for all ten categories will be announced in November.
All winners and runners up will go on to receive their awards in February 2017 at a BAFTA-style awards ceremony hosted by Sally Gunnell OBE and Danny Pike from BBC Sussex, including a spectacular seven-course Sussex produce banquet produced by Sodexo Prestige at the Amex Stadium.
Paula Seager, a directors of Natural Partnerships CIC, who run the awards as a not-for-profit scheme, said: “Sussex Food and Drink Awards is the only awards scheme which highlights, recognises and supports Sussex farmers and producers and the businesses that sell and promote their produce. Over the last 11 years the awards have encouraged more and more people to discover and explore local markets, food shops and restaurants where they can sample the very best local produce and see for themselves why it tastes so much better.”
Nominations are now open at www.sussexfoodawards.biz.
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