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Norfolk Hero Food & Drink Award Nomination

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The 2017 Aylsham Agricultural Show Association’s Norfolk Food or Drink Hero  –  overall Championship Winner  –  is:

The Duck Inn, Stanhoe

The 2017 Aylsham Agricultural Show Association’s Individual Food or Drink Norfolk Hero is:

Michael Baker, M/D of the C T Baker Group

The Norfolk Hero Food and Drink Awards celebrate the very best of this Industry. The Launch of the 2017 Awards took place on Wednesday 15th February at Blickling Hall, by kind permission of National Trust.
The Category Judging has now been completed, and those that were judged are marked ** on the Lists below. All Nominations have received an Aylsham Show Certificate.

The Championship judging took place on 18th July 2017. The judges were Chris Solt of Lovewell Blake (Sponsors) and Noel Bartram, and the steward was David Hitcham (Aylsham Show Administrator). The Overall Winner was announced as above, at the Aylsham Show on Bank Holiday Monday 28th August 2017, and was presented with the Ken Dye Memorial Salver by the Show President, John Wootten and Chris Solt from Lovewell Blake.


Lovewell Blake is proud to be the Championship Sponsor of the Norfolk Hero Food & Drink Awards at the 2017 Aylsham Show.

We have had an office at Aylsham for many years and are proud to play an active part in this thriving North Norfolk Community. We know how important the food and drink sector is to Norfolk, it is what helps our county to thrive. Along with the agricultural industry it is right at the heart of the economy here in the East.


This year’s Categories:

Best Specialist Food or Drink Producer

Sponsored by Barclays, Judges: John Grange and Stephen Thorpe

Yare Valley Oils, Surlingham  (Category Winner)
Brays Cottage, Holt  **
Spot on Sausages, Hanworth  **
Timberhill Bakery, Norwich
Durban Grill, Weybourne
Macarons & More Shop and Cookery School, Norwich
Yare Valley








Best Use of Norfolk Produce on Menu

Sponsored by Gressingham Foods, Judges: Janice Tooley and Nicola Colchester







Duck Inn, Stanhoe  (Category Winner)
Season, Wells next the sea  **
Farmyard Restaurant, Norwich  **
Wiveton Bell, Wiveton  **
Benedicts, Norwich
Saracens Head, Wolterton
Garden Kitchen Cafe, Hoveton
The Duck Inn

Best Food or Drink Supplier/Retailer

Sponsored by Dewing Grain, Judges: Richard and Angela Phillips



Nortons Dairy, Frettenham  (Category Winner)
Coxfords Butchers, Aylsham  **
H V Graves, Briston  **
White House Farm, Sprowston  **
Norfolk in a Box, Cleggs Green
The Lodge, North Tuddenham
The Fox, Lyng
Cafe Britannia, Norwich


Norton’s Dairy

Best New Food or Drink Venture 2015/2016

Sponsored by For Farmers UK Ltd., Judges: Rod and Margaret Tuck





Vanvino, Wymondham (Category Winner)
The Bell, Brisley **
Eastgate Larder, Cawston **
Yare Valley Farm Shop, Surlingham **
Vapour Creations, Norwich
Broadland Wineries, Cawston
Durban Grill, Weybourne





The Individual Food or Drink Hero was also announced on Aylsham Show Day and was presented with the Aylsham Show President’s Tankard by John Wootten  –  Show President.


Michael Baker, Holt (Winner)
Peter Huson, Norwich
Gavin Hunt, Lyng
Tim Kinnaird, Norwich
Marion Rutland, Melton Constable
Johnny Wyndham, Wymondham

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