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Sussex Food Awards 2016

We’re absolutely thrilled to have been awarded Sussex Food Producer 2016. A huge thank you to all who voted, we truly value your support. We love and very much believe in what we do, to share it with you all we enjoy the most. Here’s a little bit about the night.

Celebrations were in full flow last night [Thursday 28 January 2016] as the Sussex Food & Drink Awards marked its tenth birthday with ten of Sussex’s top food and drink producers hailed as local heroes as they received their winning trophies at the Amex Stadium in Brighton.

Hosted by awards patron, Sally Gunnell OBE DL and Danny Pike of BBC Sussex, the glittering tenth awards ceremony was a sell out with nearly 400 leaders in the food, drink and farming industry gathering for what is now dubbed as ‘the Sussex foodie event of the year’ and a fantastic celebration of the crème de la crème of Sussex food and drink producers.

Guests were treated to a wonderful ‘Sussex bubbly and ale reception’, sponsored by Harveys, Carr Taylor and Wobblegate, accompanied by delicious canapés from Rushfields Farm Shop. This was followed by a stunning seven-course banquet created by stadium caterers Sodexo Prestige, using the very best local and seasonal ingredients supplied by Lighthouse Bakery, Bookham & Harrison, Southview Farm Dairy, Hoads Farm, Veasey & Sons Fishmongers, Absolute Butchery, T G Fruits, The Cheese Man and Cocoa Loco.

These awards are all about supporting and boosting local farmers, food and drink producers and the outlets which use and sell superb local fare. Starting from small beginnings, the awards have grown to become prestigious and respected, attracting over 10,000 votes from members of the public this year and huge support from business in the county, bringing together the whole local food and farming community.

Said Sally Gunnell OBE DL, “This is my fourth year as patron of the Sussex Food & Drink Awards and yet again we have been treated to an impressive line up of winners and runners up. I continue to support these awards because they positively encourage people to buy local and to support their local producers. Over the last ten years the awards have received over 3,000 nominations and 100,000 public votes, promoting 246 Grand Finalists. It’s a remarkable achievement.”

The awards scheme is run by Natural Partnerships Community Interest Company (CIC), co-directed by Hilary Knight of the Sussex Food & Drink Network and Paula Seager, Managing Director of Natural PR Ltd, with support from a loyal and high ranking group of sponsor judges along with independent chairman of judges, Sussex farmer and Nuffield scholar, William Goodwin.

Said Paula Seager, “We are so proud of the Sussex Food & Drink Awards and want to wish our winners, grand finalists and finalists this year our warmest congratulations. Celebrating our tenth birthday is very exciting and is testament to the amazing food and drink businesses in Sussex. We would also like to thank our patron Sally Gunnell OBE DL and our sponsors, judges and media partners, who all share a vital role in making these awards a success.”

Winners and Runners up for 2016 are:
Sussex Food Producer of the Year, sponsored by The Southern Co-operative
Winner: The Traditional Cheese Dairy, Stonegate, East Sussex

Runners up: Higgidy, Shoreham-by-sea, West Sussex and Springs’ Smoked Salmon, Edburton, West Sussex

Sussex Drink Producer of the Year, sponsored by Rix & Kay Solicitors
Winner: Ridgeview Wine Estate, Ditchling Common, East Sussex
Runners up: Dark Star Brewing Co Ltd, Partridge Green, West Sussex and Nutbourne Vineyards, Pulborough, West Sussex

Sussex Young Chef of the Year, sponsored by Sodexo Prestige
Winner: Ryan Tomkinson, The Pass, South Lodge, Lower Beeding, West Sussex
Runners up: Michael Sutherland, The Sussex Ox, Polegate, East Sussex and Stephanie Hayward, Ockenden Manor, Cuckfield, West Sussex

Sussex Farmer of the Year, in association with Farmers Weekly
Winner: Charlie and Sarah Hughes, Southview Farm, Pulborough, West Sussex
Runners up: Julia and Simon Feakes, Sussex Lamb, Horsham, West Sussex and Tim and Rupert Hoare, Adsdean Farm, Funtingdon, West Sussex

Sussex Butcher of the Year, sponsored by Absolute Butchery
Winner: S K Hutchings, Partridge Green, West Sussex
Runners up: A C Coughtrey Butchers, Pulborough, West Sussex and Barfields Butchers, Brighton

Sussex Farmers Market of the Year, sponsored by Harveys of Lewes
Winner: Horsham Local Produce Market, West Sussex
Runners up: Lewes Farmers Market, East Sussex and Shoreham Farmers Market, West Sussex

Sussex Eating Experience of the Year, co-sponsored by Natural PR and Sussex Food & Drink Network
Winner: The Cat Inn, West Hoathly, West Sussex
Runners up: The Curlew Restaurant, Bodiam, East Sussex and The Sussex Ox, Polegate, East Sussex

Sussex Food Shop of the Year, sponsored by Wealden District Council
Winner: Sharnfold Farm Shop, Stone Cross, East Sussex
Runners up: Charlie’s Farm Shop, Bury, West Sussex and Rushfields Farm Shop, Poynings, West Sussex

Sussex Newcomer of the Year, sponsored by Spofforths Chartered Accountants
Winner: Eggs to Apples, Hurst Green, East Sussex
Runners up: Coggings & Co, Brighton and Etch Food, Billingshurst, West Sussex

Sussex Street Food Vendor of the Year, co-sponsored by Food Rocks and Hepworth & Co Brewers Ltd
Winner: The Trolls Pantry, Brighton
Runners up: Boca Loco, Arundel, West Sussex and Jah Jyot, Southwater, West Sussex

World Cheese Awards 2014 - Olympia

Close to 2600 entries were staged in a massive 1000m2 area within the main BBC Good Food Show London with judging
taking place on the opening day, November 14, in front of a live consumer audience. 250 experts from around the world
worked in teams of four, identifying medal-winning cheeses through the morning. Each team awarded Gold, Silver and
Bronze or ‘no award’ to each cheese on its own merits. At the end of the morning’s session each team were asked to
select their favourite cheese – the Super Gold. Those 62 Super Golds were judged again by another jury after lunch
and they whittled it down to just 16 cheeses. The final panel, representing the four corners of the globe, then decided
the World Champion 2014 in front of a packed consumer and trade audience.

We were delighted to win a Gold medal for our Burwash Rose and a Bronze for our Lord Of The Hundreds.

The British Cheese Awards 2012

THE MAIN JUDGING – Friday 31st August 2012

Churchill Village Green, Oxfordshire
Over 900 cheeses arrived again this year from over 75% of British cheese makers – significantly higher than any
other competition. Judges can award as many medals in a class as they choose – so you could have 5 golds in a
class or no medals ar all! However to maintain an overall standard of excellence the number of medals is reviewed
for each class by the chief judge before it is signed off. So to win a bronze is a significant achievement to win
BEST OF CATEGORY means you have made a seriously impressive cheese!

Judging is an extraordinary opportunity and the judging pairs, made up of 60 professional and “pro-am” judges are
chosen very carefully, from over 700 “possibles”, as their decisions influence the livelihoods of the cheesemakers .
The professionals have worked in the cheese industry and have a proven record as a judge while the “pro-ams”
might be new to the industry, a food writer, the occassional celebrity or a chef with a great palate but little
knowledge of cheese.

We entered our Burwash Rose in the semi-soft category, we were up against the likes of the fabulous Stink-ing
Bishop, so when we learnt that we had won not only a gold medal but beating all cheese in the category to take
Best Of Category, we were ecstatic! Our Burwash Rose had been judged to be The Best Semi Soft Cheese in
Britain,how wonderful!

We also entered our Lord Of The Hundreds in the Modern British Hard category and we were awarded a silver
medal, which also pleased us very much.

The British Cheese Awards 2011

This year at the Bristish Cheese Awards entries included nearly 700 vegetarian cheeses, 170 raw milk cheeses, 110
organic, 60 blue and over 40 goat and ewe’s milk creations. The judges nosed, nibbled and narrowed the field to a list of
winners in 22 categories, we won the category, Best Modern British Cheese, sponsored by Cheese Cellar, for our,
Lord Of The Hundreds along with the following medals.

Best Modern British Cheese
Olde Sussex
Burwash Rose

Lord Of The Hundreds

Best Modern British Cheese - Award
Olde Sussex - Bronze Medal
Burwash Rose - Bronze Medal
Lord Of The Hundres - Gold Award