The Finalists Have Been Announced!
UPDATE: The Flavours of Herriot Country Awards have continued to gain momentum each year, and now, in its 8th year, we have been incredibly impressed, with not just the volume of entries, but the sheer quality and incredibly high standards from the food and drink businesses across Richmondshire and Hambleton.
It was such a challenge for the judges at the initial stages, to make the decisions on who had made the grade to go forward to become finalists. It took long deliberations and quite a lot of consideration to whittle the entries down to go onto the finalist list. Susie Brindley, Chair of Judges said: “Each year the quality of the award entries increase, which makes the short listing job a real challenge, but is a great reflection of the wonderful food and drink offer in Herriot Country.”
It’s always such a pleasure to inform the businesses who go forward to the next stage, when Susie and her team of highly respected food and drink experts will be starting their Mystery Shopping visits, and the dedicated team will separately judge the Beers, Baked Products and Local Products.
Our thanks go to our principal supporters, North Yorkshire County Council, Hambleton District Council, Richmondshire District Council, and supported by Welcome to Yorkshire, and our many sponsors.
The Darlington & Stockton Times ‘Reader’s Choice Awards’, is for the public to vote for their favourite business from the following list of finalists.
The D&S Times have introduced a new voting system this year, and a voting form will be published in the D&S Times every Friday, and the paper is available to buy throughout each week. The last voucher will be printed on Friday 8 November, and available to buy until the closing date of 14 November.
Click the button below for the full list of 2019 finalists & sponsors:
We have an independent team of highly experienced and respected food and drink experts on our judging panel, headed by our chair of judges, Susie Brindley (pictured centre), who have committed their time in helping us find the worthiest of finalists. They have the unenviable task, apart from the tasting and testing, of choosing our outstanding and well deserved winners, and it could be you!
This years awards event, presented by Elly Fiorentini, BBC Radio York, will be a very special and exciting occasion, when we all gather together to celebrate, along with some very special guests.
This year we will return to the delightful Garden Rooms at Tennants, in Leyburn, on Monday, 2nd December, 11am to 2.30pm.
What the awards have meant to some of our previous winners
We are being approached for more diverse work and collaborations than before which is how we’d like our business to grow
Winning the Specialist Retailer of the Year at The Flavours of Herriot Country award was in our view the turning point for our business.
All I can say to anyone deciding to enter or not is, just do it, you never know, you might be a first time winner like us!!
FLAVOURS OF HERRIOT COUNTRY AWARDS 2019
CHAIR OF BOARD
Irene Myers, Irene Myers & Associates.
Cllr Carl Les, Leader, North Yorkshire Country Council.
Ian Ashton, Chair, Herriot Country Tourism Group.
Charlotte Noone, Destination: Farm Shop.
Nigel Burton, Previously Development Director of Waitrose Ltd and board member at Abergavenny Food Festival.
David Shields, Area Director, Welcome to Yorkshire.
Malcolm Warne, Communications Officer, the office of Rishi Sunak MP.