Judging is over and the winners of this year’s Aylsham Show Norfolk Hero Food and Drink Awards have been chosen.
The 2018 category winners, representing the very best the county has to offer, are:
Best Specialist Food or Drink Supplier: H V Graves, Briston
(Sponsored by Barclays)
Best use of Norfolk Produce on a Menu: Market Bistro, Kings Lynn
(Sponsored by Gressingham Foods)
Best Food or Drink Retailer: White House Farm, Sprowston
(Sponsored by Dewing Grain)
Best New Food or Drink Venture: The Brisley Bell
(Sponsored by Spire Solicitors)
The four winners will find out at the Aylsham Show – on the Blickling Estate this bank holiday Monday, August 27 – which of them has won the Overall Championship.
It will be judged by Chris Solt (a partner in Lovewell Blake, the championship sponsor) and Michael Baker (2017 winner of the Individual Food or Drink Hero award) and the victor will receive the Ken Dye Memorial Salver.
The name of this year’s Individual Food or Drink Hero award will also be revealed on show day by this year’s show president, Michael Gamble, who will present the President’s Tankard to the winner.
Alexandra Haswell, head steward for the food and drink awards, thanked all those who had made nominations, the entrants and the judges.
She added: “This year’s nominations set a very high standard. Norfolk has an impressive range of top quality, imaginative food and drink producers and these important awards celebrate the very best of this industry.
“I hope the public will flock to the Aylsham Show to find out who will be the 2018 overall and individual champions, and to enjoy an excellent-value family day out packed with fun and interest.”
Winners announced so far were chosen by a representative of each category’s sponsor and its 2017 successful nomination.
Other attractions at the show will include livestock classes, the Bremont Great War Display Team who will recreate a First World War aerial dog fight, gun-dog training demonstrations, the Norwich Pipe Band, children’s fancy dress, vintage tractors, heavy horses, and (depending on weather conditions) the ascent of a hot-air balloon from the main ring.
Show tickets cost £15 in advance, or £18 on the day. They are on sale at outlets in North Norfolk, Norwich and Swaffham, as well as via www.theaylshamshow.co.uk Accompanied children 16 and under are free, as is car parking.