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Submit your nominations for the 2017 Yorkshire Life Food and Drink Awards

PUBLISHED: 12:08 03 February 2017 | UPDATED: 12:08 03 February 2017

Newcomer of the Year  in association with Slingsby Gin, Winners Pax Burger, Huddersfield,James Thompson, head chef, Rachel Maude, restaurant manager, Eric Paxman, owner, Sam Tyrrell, general manager, Marcus Black sponsor

Newcomer of the Year in association with Slingsby Gin, Winners Pax Burger, Huddersfield,James Thompson, head chef, Rachel Maude, restaurant manager, Eric Paxman, owner, Sam Tyrrell, general manager, Marcus Black sponsor


This is your chance to vote for and support Yorkshire’s finest places to eat, drink and stay.

2017 Yorkshire Life Food and Drink Awards2017 Yorkshire Life Food and Drink Awards

We are delighted to launch the Yorkshire Life Food & Drink Awards 2017, recognised as the Oscars of the local food and drink industry. We live in a wonderful region, spoiled for choice by a wide range of amazing restaurants, pubs and hotels which have quality produce right on their doorsteps and that means there is no shortage of worthy businesses to nominate for these prestigious awards.

This year, once more, we look forward to hearing from you and receiving your nominations, acknowledging the businesses that you feel deserve to be recognised for their outstanding quality.

These awards are designed to champion, highlight and offer a showcase for great and the good from the region’s food and drink industry including local producers and suppliers, chefs, restaurants, pubs, hoteliers and people who care about the countryside and the future of our environment.

The companies nominated are voted for by you, our readers. We want to know if you’ve received a fantastic meal at your local pub or have been impressed by the produce and service at your local farm shop or local restaurant. Your views and ideas will guide our judging panel.

Award-winning food from Rudding Park, HarrogateAward-winning food from Rudding Park, Harrogate

Nomination forms are available online at foodawards.yorkshirelife.co.uk

The closing date for your votes is Friday, March 24th 2017.

This year there are 12 categories and you can nominate as many as you like in any of the categories.

Our expert independent panel of judges will choose a short list and then the winners based on their knowledge and visits where appropriate. All the finalists will be invited to the awards ceremony on September 25th at Rudding Park, Harrogate where the winners will be revealed.

Mitch Mitchell, managing director of TRUEfoods,  is our Food Hero 2016 and the latest member of our judging panelMitch Mitchell, managing director of TRUEfoods, is our Food Hero 2016 and the latest member of our judging panel

Our sponsors say:

Slingsby Gin, Harrogate

‘We are delighted to be involved with the Yorkshire Life Food & Drinks Awards again this year and for its 24th year, as sponsors of the Best Newcomer category. The awards recognise and reward excellence in both local businesses and produce and with us being a Harrogate based company and also only 18 months into our journey ourselves, it’s an honour to be a part of the awards. It’s also a fantastic opportunity to mix with other likeminded people to celebrate such an innovative and exciting industry.’

Lucia, Wine Bar & Grill, Harrogate

‘Food, wine and friends – it’s the perfect way to spend time with loved ones. Lucia are proud to support the Yorkshire Life Food & Drink Awards 2017. Good luck to everyone involved!’

Yorkshire Life Food & Drink Award categories

1. Restaurant of the Year

Nominate a restaurant in Yorkshire which offers the best dining experience

2. Chef of the Year

3. Family Dining Award

This establishment must showcase the finest dining experience for all the family.

4. Pub of the Year

Nominate your favourite pub in Yorkshire

5. Newcomer of the Year

Which new establishment has impressed you the most?

6. Coffee/Tea shop of Year

Who serves the best tea or coffee and the nicest cakes or the best scones in Yorkshire?

7. Customer Service Award

Service has to be just right.

8. Producer/Product of the Year

The best food product produced or sourced in Yorkshire

9. Independent Retailer of the Year

Nominate your favourite deli, farm shop, baker or food retailer

10. Food and Drink Hero

This person will have made a lasting contribution to the food and drink community

Go to foodawards.yorkshirelife.co.uk to submit your nominations,

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