There were  a record number of nominations in the various categories for the 2015 Norfolk Hero Food & Drink Awards. Sincere thanks to all of the people who nominated, and to the nominees who all received a Certificate.


2015-08-31 10.25.12The Overall Championship is sponsored by Larking Gowen Chartered Accountants, Norfolk, and the Category Winners, as shown above, were judged by Steven Rudd from the Sponsors, and Jimmy & Pauline Butler from Blythburgh Free Range Pork. The winner was announced on Show Day (31st August) and the Show Presdient  –  Tony Bambridge  –  presented the Ken Dye Memorial Salver to The Kings Arms Coaching Inn, Swaffham.

The Show President  –  Tony Bambridge  –  with his wife Emily, judged the Individual Food or Drink Hero Award, and the Presidents Tankard was presented to the Winner:
Davina Tanner OBE

Other Nominations were:
Jeanie Feneron  (Highly Commended Certificate)
The Fry-up Inspector  (Highly Commended Certificate)
Chris Coubrough

Brian & Roger Pointen
Sue & Daniel Rees

Best Specialist Food or Drink Producer (Sponsored by Gressingham Foods):

Winner  –  Norfolk Brewhouse 
Pictured are:  David and Rachel Holliday 
Green Farm Lamb & Mutton
Fielding Cottage
Norfolk Farmhouse Ice Cream
Norfolk QuailNorfolk Saffron
Seasons Bounty
The Herbary
Yare Valley Oils
Judges:  John Grist and Janice Tooley
Best Use of Norfolk Produce on Menu (Sponsored by PIC UK):
Winner  –  The Anchor, Morston 
Pictured are:  David Hitcham (Show Treasurer), Harry Farrow, Jimmy & Pauline Butler (Blythburgh Free Range Pork), Steven Rudd (Larking Gowen – Sponsors)
Banningham Crown
Bure River Cottage Restaurant
Earle Arms, Heydon
Goat Inn, Skeyton
Kings Arms, Fleggburgh
Kings Head, Great Bircham
Kings Head, Letheringsett
Number 24, Wymondham
Sir Garnet, Norwich
Walpole Arms, Itteringham
Wiveton Bell
Judges:  Tim Elwes and Andy Parle
Best Food or Drink Supplier (Sponsored by Dewing Grain):
Winner  –  Arthur Howell, Wells next the sea 
Pictured are George Lynch and Arthur Howell
Bread Source
City Farm Shop
RW & JA Davies
Handmade Foods
Heydon Tea Rooms
Northrepps Cottage Hotel
Picnic Fayre
Rutlands Butchers
Whites Butchers
Judges:  John Carrick and Jean Wright
Best New Food or Drink Venture, started in 2014/2015 (Sponsored by For Farmers):
Joint Winner  –  Dial House, Reepham 
Pictured are Ray Maddox and Tom Oakley
Joint Winner  –  Kings Arms Coaching Inn, Swaffham
Pictured are Pauline Butler, Steven Rudd, David Hitcham, Jimmy Butler (Seated)
Jake Smith, David Cox, Claire Evans (Standing)
All Day Brewery
Cafe Brittania
Coxfords Butchers
Green Man, Rackheath
Shelleys Pie & Mash Shop
Wild Thyme
ZP & VP Butchers
Judges:  Eamon Lambert and John Grier

Tony Bambridge – President’s comments 2015

TonyBambridge006Come and get a taste of the North Norfolk rural way of life at the 2015 Aylsham Show. Whether it is the farm yard animals, horses, tractors old and new or just the crafts which are associated with our rural county they will all be on offer at the show on August bank holiday Monday, so come along and enjoy this county at its best. I am proud to be President of the show and work with the many volunteers who each year put the event on to show case all that is great and good about farming, food and rural matters. Each one provides a small piece of the giant jigsaw that culminates in the show, a great picture for you to enjoy. And because of all that hard work which has already been ongoing since last year we hope to raise money for local charities, helping those who need that little extra helping hand in the communities we all live and work in. Over the last twenty odd years it has been a privilege to be part of that community and help with staging the show and taking part in all the events surrounding the show and Aylsham Agricultural Show Association. You do not need to be a farmer or involved in the agricultural industry to take part and be part of the association, anyone can become a member and enjoy being part of that community and the privileges membership will bring you on show day. And it all takes part in the Park to Blickling Hall, probably one of the most picturesque show venues in the country. We are really thankful to the National Trust for allowing us the venue. So put Monday August 31st 2015 in your diary now and come join me for one of the best days out and enjoy the sights, sounds and flavours of rural North Norfolk you are all welcome. See you there Tony Bambridge.