Shoppers and food lovers across Lincolnshire are being invited to judge the county’s best growers, producers and hospitality businesses in this year’s Select Lincolnshire Food Awards.
The annual awards recognise and reward the people and businesses behind Lincolnshire’s billion pound food and farming industry.
The winners will be announced during the awards ceremony on Thursday, February 6, at The Petwood Hotel, Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire.
One of the most competitive categories is the ‘People’s Choice Award’ which gives consumers, local chefs, cooks and shoppers, the chance to vote for their favourite local food business which they feel is worthy of an extra-special prize.
Talking about this year’s awards, Gillian Richardson, Business Development Manager for Select Lincolnshire for Food, said: “In Lincolnshire, fresh local produce has a special place in people’s hearts.
“In fact, food feeds more than appetites here. We’re a county full of food experts. Growers, producers, processors, chefs, bakers and artisan businesses make Lincolnshire the jewel in the UK food industry’s crown.
“We’re thrilled to be organising the food, drink and hospitality awards again this year. But out of the 14 different categories, it is the ‘People’s Choice Award’ that businesses most want to win.
“The People’s Choice Award is about giving the vote to consumers. And it would not be possible without the support of Lincolnshire Co-operative which is sponsoring the award.
“I’d like to invite everyone to cast their vote on the Select Lincolnshire for Food website, and help us find the most rewarding business worthy of the People’s Choice Award”.
Supply Chain Manager for Lincolnshire Co-op Nicola Berry said: “We know that there’s lots to celebrate about Lincolnshire’s food – that’s why we’re so enthusiastic about our Love Local range, which supports small producers across our area.
“I’m sure that there’s many people out there who are just as passionate about yellowbelly produce and we’d encourage them to get voting for their favourite food business to give them a chance of scooping the People’s Choice Award.”
Votes must be placed before Friday 31 January, which is when all applications will close.