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Sussex Food and Drink Awards – the winners
The top food and drink producers in Sussex were honoured at a glittering ceremony last night (January 31).
The cream of the Sussex crop received their trophies at the American Express Community Stadium in Falmer.
Among the winners, announced by awards patron Sally Gunnell, were Lewes Farmer’s Market, Ridgeview Wine Estate, the High Weald Dairy and John Murray Butchers in Loxwood.
More than 350 leaders in the food, drink and farming industries gathered for the Sussex foodie event of the year.
Guests were treated to a “Sussex bubbly and ale reception”, sponsored by Harveys and Carr Taylor, followed by a seven-course banquet created by new stadium caterers the Lindley Group.
The menu featured Sussex beef and dairy, locally caught fish, locally grown fruit and vegetables and a selection of local cheeses, Sussex ground coffee and locally-made chocolates.
Clive Beddall, chairman of the judges, said: “All our grand finalists offer superb quality and innovation and reflect the rich diversity of the food and drink industry in this part of the world – and there are few areas of a modern food store or indeed a catering sector menu that cannot be supplied from Sussex.”
Best Sussex Farmers’ Market (sponsored by Harveys)
Winner – Lewes Farmer’s Market
Sussex Farmer of the Year (sponsored by Knill James)
Winner – Martin and Gundrada Hole, Montague Farm, Pevensey
Best Sussex Food/Farm Shop (sponsored by the Sussex Food & Drink Network)
Winner – Veasey and Sons, Forest Row
Sussex Food Producer of the Year (sponsored by The Southern Co-operative)
Winner – High Weald Dairy, Horsted Keynes
Sussex Drink Producer of the Year (sponsored by Natural PR)
Winner – Ridgeview Wine Estate, Ditchling Common
Best Sussex Eating Experience (sponsored by Mayo Wynne Baxter)
Winner – The Cat Inn, West Hoathly
Sussex Young Chef of the Year (sponsored by Gram UK Ltd and Cheese Please)
Winner – Jimmy Gray, Jeremy’s Restaurant, Borde Hill Gardens, near Haywards Heath
Sussex Butcher of the Year (sponsored by Natural Farms)
Winner – John Murray Butchers, Loxwood, near Horsham
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