Vote now for Sussex Food and Drink Awards as the deadline is fast approaching

Founder of Natural PR Ltd, Paula Seager and Founder of the Sussex Food and Drink Network, Hilary Knight
Founder of Natural PR Ltd, Paula Seager and Founder of the Sussex Food and Drink Network, Hilary Knight

Organisers of this year’s Sussex Food and Drink Awards are urging the public to cast their votes as the deadline is fast approaching.

More than 12,000 votes have already been counted for the Sussex Food and Drink Awards 2019, which is seeking the best food and drink producers, farmers, butchers, and places serving and selling local produce.

It is the 13th year of the Sussex Food and Drink Awards

It is the 13th year of the Sussex Food and Drink Awards

The awards for the public vote have been split into six different categories which are Sussex Food Producer of the Year, Sussex Drink Producer of the Year, Sussex Food Shop of the Year, Sussex Butcher of the Year, 
Sussex Farmers’ Market of the Year and Sussex Eating Experience of the Year.

Votes must be cast for favourites by midnight next Thursday, (January 17) through www.sussexfoodawards.biz.

Co-director of Natural Partnerships CIC, which runs the awards, Paula Seager, said: “It is fantastic to see so many people voting and giving our superb food and drink producers in the region the recognition that they deserve, which is what these awards are all about.

“Businesses from across the county have made it onto the list including 37 from West Sussex, 15 from East Sussex and five from Brighton and Hove.

“The public vote will help our expert judges to select the top three grand finalists 2019 in each category, who will be announced in 
March.”

Although finalists have been announced in six of the categories, there are three additional categories open for entries.

These additional categories include the Young Sussex Farmer of the Year, Sussex Newcomer of the Year and Sussex Street Food of the 
Year.

The Young Sussex Farmer of the Year award is seeking a farmer aged 35 or under who is making a real difference on their own or on someone else’s farm, sponsored by the South of England Agricultural Society in association Farmers Weekly.

The Sussex Newcomer of the Year is sponsored by SRC-Time, which could be any new food and drink business 
doing something special in Sussex.

As well as earning the respect and recognition that these awards carry, grand finalists from all categories will be invited to attend a BAFTA-style 
ceremony on Wednesday, May 15 at the Amex Stadium in Brighton, where the winners will be revealed and 400 guests will enjoy a seven-course Sussex produce banquet hosted by awards patron Sally Gunnell OBE and Danny Pike from BBC 
Sussex.

For further information and details of last year’s awards, visit www.sussexfoodawards.biz/winners.