The Aylsham Agricultural Show Association announced that there is one week left to vote for Norfolk’s favourite food and drink heroes as the closing date of 15 May is imminent.

The Norfolk Hero Food and Drink Awards team is asking the public to vote online for their local business or an individual today. Time is running out for people to make a difference to a shop, pub, café or restaurant as they can nominate a person or an establishment that produces or supplies excellent food or drinks in Norfolk.

Aylsham Show’s Norfolk Hero Food and Drink Awards Committee Chairman, Jacinth Rogers, said: “Each year, it’s exciting to see who’s nominated and who ultimately wins an award. It can be a long-standing business, an individual or a new venture as we have several categories to choose from. So we’re looking forward to receiving many more nominations and hope that people vote from all corners of Norfolk!”

The winners will be announced in the summer and the overall Championship winner, which is sponsored by Larking Gowen, will be awarded at the next Aylsham Show on Bank Holiday Monday 31 August at Blickling Park, Aylsham.

The award categories are:

  • Best specialist food or drink producer, sponsored by Gressingham Foods
  • Best use of Norfolk produce on the menu, sponsored by PIC UK
  • Best food or drink supplier, sponsored by Dewing Grain
  • Best new food or drink venture, sponsored by For Farmers
  • Aylsham Show individual food or drink hero (the President’s prize).

The Aylsham Agricultural Show Association established the Norfolk Hero Food and Drink awards eight years ago – it’s the first of its kind in the county. The Awards were set up to promote and recognise the county’s heroes in the catering, food, drinks and hospitality sectors.

John Wootten President of Aylsham Show 2017
Aylsham Show President I am very pleased and honoured to be President of the Aylsham Show in 2017. We moved to Aylsham in 1978, but as a ship’s captain, my job took me abroad for several years. In 1982 my wife’s uncle, John Thornton, then local director of Barclays Bank was President of the Show and he persuaded me to get involved. When illness forced me to retire from the sea, I became Assistant Showground Director to Tom Elwes for several years until 1992. After some years building up Eastern Events, in 2010 I took over as Show Director from Jamie Jamieson. My grandfather farmed at Horsham St Faith and I like to think that he may have visited the show in its formative years. My wife Charlotte certainly competed at the Show in the 1960’s, majoring on the gymkhana. Up until the end of last year I was a director of Revival Productions who have staged very successful concerts in Blickling Park for the past 5 years. All of us who work for the Show have special moments. As Show Director I was always on site by 5 am – a magical time with the mist rising and everything just stirring. The stockmen are washing down their cattle, and sheep are calling to one another. But soon it is all go and you look at your watch and discover it is 2 o’clock in the afternoon before you know it. One of the things I will really enjoy as President is actually being able to see the Show and to meet and thank all the people who make it such a success. The Show is a fantastic organisation where people give their time and energy to raise money for local charities and I am very proud to be a part of it and to be President in 2017.
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