Surrey Life Food & Drink Awards 2020 open for nominations
PUBLISHED: 11:36 23 June 2020 | UPDATED: 13:15 25 June 2020
It’s that time again, the Surrey Life Food & Drink Awards are now open for nominations
Surrey’s food and drink businesses need your support now more than ever and what better way to give them the boost they so rightly deserve than to nominate your favourites for an award?
Just as the county’s food and drink establishments have had to adapt in these unprecedented circumstances, we too have been working hard to ensure we can still champion the fantastic foodie businesses on our doorstep.
Consequently, you’ll notice a few differences with our 2020 awards. We have new categories, which recognise and reflect current struggles and how businesses have adapted to the changes that are having a substantial impact on the industry.
With restrictions on large gatherings likely to be in place for some time, we will announce the winners of the awards on the pages of this magazine and host an event to congratulate and celebrate with them when it is safe to do so.
Nominations are open now at foodawards.surreylife.co.uk and close Midday, Thursday August 20, 2020. So, what are you waiting for? There’s never been a better time to show your support for Surrey’s local food and drink scene.
Head to our dedicated awards website: foodawards.surreylife.co.uk to nominate and support your local food and drink heroes.
Best Independent Food & Drink Retailer - Sponsored by Artizan Interiors
This is your chance to nominate your local food shop. Shout about your favourite deli, baker or food retailer who deserves this accolade. Look out for stalwarts that continue to supply products produced and grown here in Surrey. This retailer will have a genuine passion for our food and drink scene and a dedication to what it means to provide for the local community.
Best Farm Shop
Any chef or food enthusiast will tell you the importance of fresh ingredients in their dishes, and it doesn’t come fresher than a farm shop. The key to a good farm shop is not only the range of produce but also the principles that it supports. Does your local farm shop offer a box scheme? Is most of the produce available grown and raised on that farm or would the staff be able to tell you where it is sourced from?
Butcher of the Year
Most supermarket shoppers who start getting their meat from a butcher won’t go back to the open fridges filled with plastic trays. We want to know the vital impact your butcher has on the community. Do they provide unusual cuts and offerings? Do they work in partnership with a local farms?
Food Producer of the Year
Local producers dedicate their lives to their produce and they consistently deliver a high standard of product. From oil to cheese, meat to sweet treats, we want to hear about those who are inspiring your taste buds. Who has been your food producer of choice during these times and why do they deserve the title of best food producer in Surrey?
Drinks Producer of the Year
Artisan drinks have become the go-to product in recent years with independent brewers and distilleries now dominating the beverage market. These home comforts have become even more important in recent months during lockdown. Cider, juice, beers, ales, soft drinks, wine and spirits – with so many choices we want to know who your favourites are and why. Is it their packaging? Where they source from? What entices you to the product?
Best Local Food/Drink Initiative - Sponsored by Clive Emson Land and Property Auctioneers
Open to those who have implemented an initiative before or during COVID-19. We are looking for initiatives that are seeking to raise the bar and serve as exemplars to the industry in Surrey. Whether it is a small farmers’ market held once a month, a loyalty scheme or innovative promotional campaign, we want to hear about those who have impressed you with something new. This could also encompass adapting to the changes lockdown has enforced, such as those providing an online offering or virtual market.
Best Local Food/Drink Delivery Experience
This is the opportunity to praise those who have adapted to the social distancing measures by bringing your food/drink items and meals to you. From local greengrocers to breweries, restaurants to your local café, who has helped create an unrivalled at home experience? We want to hear about the businesses which have adapted their offering to allow for your continued support.
Sustainability Initiative Award
This award recognises businesses that implement sustainable practices and understand the need for this. We are looking for businesses that have reduced their impact on the environment though a specific initiative or who can demonstrate a long-term sustainability improvement. Has your local café ditched disposable coffee cups or does your favourite eatery only serve seasonal products? What businesses do you favour that are making a positive step in the right direction?
Customer Service Award
This category is on the hunt for an outstanding level of service from staff, especially in recent times. Who has the ability to understand and anticipate the customer’s needs, making the ordering, takeaway or delivery of their product the best it can be? Which businesses are personable even in tough times, making sure that their service to you is impeccable and keeps you returning?
Chef of the Year - Sponsored by Scattergoods
Surrey is filled with talented chefs who make up the fantastic array of dining establishments we have here. Times have changed, but who is still making delicious meals for you to enjoy? Who has devoted themselves to serving the best possible food? They will display fantastic technical ability, use a wide range of seasonal produce, present food in a striking manner and have a flair for flavours.
Pride of Surrey - Sponsored by Partridge Muir & Warren
This category celebrates the individual who has made a significant impact in this sector of the community. They will be someone who goes the extra mile to promote Surrey to a wider audience and is passionate about local throughout. They could be known for their achievements across a number of years or be someone who has done their utmost to champion the Surrey food or drink scene in recent months. Who is your 2020 Pride of Surrey?
How to nominate
Visit foodawards.surreylife.co.uk to nominate in any or all the categories. Nominations close midday, Thursday, August 20 2020.