NEWS: Sussex Food & Drink Awards 2018

Last Wednesday saw the announcement of the Sussex Food & Drink Award winners at the Amex Community Stadium in Brighton. It's a great celebration of the bounty of Sussex food and drink we have right on our door-step, as well as the local farmers and producers. 

These awards are a great way to support the businesses and food and farming community and I always discover a few more names, brands and places to put on my ever growing to-eat and to-visit lists!

One of the biggest of the awards, they have received over 4,000 nominations and 133,000 public votes over the last 12 years, promoting hundreds of businesses as Grand Finalists. 

Sussex Food Producer of the Year, sponsored by Southern Co-op
Winner:  Bookham Harrison Farms, Rudgwick, West Sussex
Led by top dairy farmers and cheese producers, Bookham Harrison Farms also won Best British Cheddar at the Quality Food Awards last year.
Runners up:  Just Brownies, Shipley, West Sussex; Lighthouse Bakery & School, Robertsbridge, East Sussex; The Raw Chocolate Company, Henfield, West Sussex; The Real Pie Company, Crawley, West Sussex

Sussex Drink Producer of the Year, sponsored by Natural PR with support from The Pass at South Lodge Hotel
Winner:  Ridgeview Wine Estate, Ditchling Common, East Sussex
We all know and love Ridgeview! Their sparkling wines are some of the very best.
Runners up: Brighton Gin, Brighton and Hove and Wobblegate, Bolney, West Sussex 

Sussex Young Chef of the Year, sponsored by Sodexo Prestige with support from super chef Matt Gillan
Winner:  Michael Notman-Watt from 64 Degrees, Brighton and Hove
From one of Brighton's top restaurants, Michael stood out for technical excellence, creative flair and a true understanding of local sourcing in his winning menu.
Runners up: George Boarer from etch., Brighton and Hove and Michael Sutherland, The Star Inn, Alfriston, East Sussex

Young Sussex Farmer of the Year, sponsored by Plumpton College in association with Farmers Weekly
Winner: Jack Stilwell, Forestside, West Sussex
Jack follows an interesting story, from crowd funding to BBC coverage. He started at 21 with two calves and now, aged 26 rears 4000.
Runners up: Christopher Appleton, Arlington, East Sussex and Luke Spalding, Ridgeview, Ditchling Common, East Sussex

Sussex Butcher of the Year, sponsored by RP Meats Wholesale Ltd
Winner:  New Street Butchers & Deli, Horsham, West Sussex
This family-run butchers provides quality, local, free range meat as well as seasonal fruit and vegetables whilst demonstrating a passion for innovating and developing new and exciting elements in their shop. 
Runners up: Archers of Westfield, Westfield, East Sussex and Garlic Wood Butchery, Steyning, West Sussex

Sussex Farmers Market of the Year, sponsored by Harveys Brewery
Winner: Chichester Farmers Market, West Sussex
All the stallholders are required to bake, grow, rear or preserve their own produce and must be based within 30 miles of Chichester.
Runners up: Shoreham Farmers Market, West Sussex and Steyning Farmers Market, West Sussex

Sussex Eating Experience of the Year, sponsored by Blakes Foods
Winner:  The Artisan Bakehouse, Ashurst, West Sussex
The Artisan Bakehouse's vision has been to embrace the natural, tranquil and idyllic 16th century cottage location and to create an experience where people can learn or enjoy delicious breads and seasonal Sussex produce. 
Runners up: 64 Degrees, Brighton and Hove and The Parsons Table, Arundel, West Sussex

Sussex Food Shop of the Year, sponsored by Wealden District Council
Winner:  The Sussex Produce Company, Steyning, West Sussex
Since 2007, The Sussex Produce Company have strived to invest in local economy and infrastructure whilst championing the very best of Sussex food. 
Runners up:  Plaw Hatch Farm Shop, Sharpthorne, West Sussex and Rushfields Farm Shop, Poynings, West Sussex

Sussex Street Food of the Year, sponsored by Horsham District Foodies with support from Food Rocks and judging from super chefs Steven Edwards and Ian Swainson
Winner:  Garlic Wood Farm, Steyning, West Sussex
Everything from a simple BBQ with their own sausages and burgers to a full street food steak burger stall and hog or lamb roasts using conservation pork and pasture fed lamb. 
Runners up: Jah Jyot, Henfield, West Sussex and The Pig and Jacket, Lewes, East Sussex

Sussex Newcomer of the Year, co-sponsored by Kreston Reeves and Sussex Food and Drink Network
Winner: etch., Brighton and Hove
Incredibly deserving, etch. has made waves in Brighton since opening with their ingredient led dishes and impeccable flair. 
Runners up: Greyhound Brewery, West Chiltington, West Sussex and The Parsons Table, Arundel, West Sussex

For further information on the awards and winners in all ten categories including Sussex butcher, food producer, drink producer, young chef, farmers market, food shop, eating experience, newcomer, street food vendor and young Sussex farmer of the year visit