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Shortlist for Food Hero of the Year is revealed

Latest shortlists released by award judges

The Weetabix Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards team have announced the next round of category finalists, for F&B Achiever of the Year, Local Food Hero, One to Watch and Weetabix Sustainability Award, ahead of the Awards Gala Dinner Ceremony on 20th October.

Founder Rachel Mallows MBE DL, brought together a team of dedicated judges to shortlist the finalists in the next four categories of the Weetabix Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards.

Rachel commented ‘It’s important to be able to highlight great food and drink individuals, organisations and businesses across the county, recognising remarkable achievements, many of whom are adopting new practices, adapting to change, diversifying, or helping to reduce their impact on climate change.’

Each year the Awards are sponsored by loyal and committed Northamptonshire based businesses, who support the categories and businesses in the sector by assisting with judging, providing expertise and knowledge to and for the finalists, which is a key part of the Awards’ continued success.

Matthew Talbot, Partner at Howes Percival, enthused, “Howes Percival are delighted to be sponsoring the F&B Achiever of the Year category again for 2021/22. I was blown away by the high standard of the finalists this year, not only in this category but the other business categories as well. It’s wonderful to see such quality from across the county, from a range of businesses, all working hard to put Northamptonshire on the map!”

Moulton College’s Principal, Corrie Harris, added “In our 100th anniversary year, Moulton College are over the moon to be celebrating the Local Food Heroes who are making a difference in their communities and going far beyond the normal requirements. Congratulations to all the finalists being announced this month”.

The finalists are:

F&B Achiever of the Year (sponsored by Howes Percival)

Laurence Connisbee of Wharf Distillery, Towcester

Matt Fountain of Bewiched, Higham Ferrers 

Greta McDonald of Sweet Lounge, Brixworth

Steve Reid of Friars Farm, Northampton

Jeeva Sanmugam of Classic Cuisine, Northampton

Local Food Hero of the Year (sponsored by Moulton College) 

The Gurdwara, Northampton 

Northampton Hope Centre, Northampton

The Old Swan, Earls Barton

The Old White Hart, Far Cotton

One To Watch (sponsored by Whitworth Bros. Ltd)

Brothers Pub Co., Northampton

Explore Chocolate, Finedon

Good Folk Brewery, Weedon 

Vicky’s Kitchen, Northampton

Yum Chop, Towcester

Weetabix Sustainability Award (sponsored by Weetabix) 

Applegate Organics, Northampton

Blue Skies, Pitsford

The Food Library, Northampton

Re, Flore

Sol Laug Haven, Moulton

Syan Farms, Horton

The achievement and successes of Northamptonshire Food and Drinks businesses will be celebrated at the Awards ceremony and dinner due to be held on 20th October 2021 at the Royal & Derngate.

For more information on the Weetabix Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards 2021/22, please visit www.northamptonshirefoodanddrink.co.uk or call Rachel Mallows on 01933 664437 or email rachel@themallowscompany.com

Meanwhile, to keep up to date with the latest news, please follow the Awards on Facebook at @foodawards or Twitter and Instagram at @foodawardsHQ or on LinkedIn at @weetabixnfadawards using the hashtag #WFDA21.

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