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Beverley Food Festival and EYLFN Awards 2014 launched

Two leading awards schemes have come together to promote the best of East Yorkshire’s local food and drink industry.


Beverley Town Council’s Food Festival’s food awards, which commenced eight years ago, will combine with the East Yorkshire Local Food Network awards that were launched last year to create a bumper awards with 19 categories that will be launched at the East Yorkshire Local Food Network Spring Conference at the Bridlington Spa on 12th May.
The initiative is a collaboration between Beverley Town Council, East Riding Council and East Yorkshire Local Food Network and is being organised by Helen Watson, Rob Farnsworth, Ed Sweeting and Mark Farnsworth respectively.

Nominations for the awards, which close on 18th August, are invited from any business with a presence at the Beverley Food Festival on 5th October 2014 and from any member of the East Yorkshire Local Food Network.  David Nowell, executive chef at Tickton Grange, is the chair of judges that include local food lovers.


Of the initiative, Helen Watson, Beverley Town Clerk, said: “The Beverley Food Festival awards have grown in popularity over the years that they have been running, but they only focused on food and drink.  We were aware that there are many other categories that deserve to be rewarded, so we starting talking to the East Yorkshire Local Food Network (EYLFN) about pooling our resources to create a bigger and better awards event.


“In addition to the traditional food and drink categories from the Beverley Town Council Food Festival, there will be also awards for Best Retailer of Local Produce, Best Food and Drink event, Best local menus and a Local Food Hero that were included in the EYLFN awards last year”.


Mark Farnsworth, Board Director at East Yorkshire Local Food Network added: “We are delighted to team up with the Beverley Town Council Food festival to run these awards.  The Food festival itself is a real highlight in the East Yorkshire food and drink calendar and this year, with the awards being presented just a week before the festival, visitors to the festival will have the opportunity to celebrate the very best East Yorkshire food and drink with us”.


Entry to the awards is free, but requires the completion of a form that is available to download from and should be returned to Julia Soukup at East Yorkshire Local Food Network, PO Box 283, York YO42 9AS or e mailed to


The winners will be announced at a networking evening at Tickton Grange on 23rd September.

Beverley Town Council established the Food Festival in 2006, initially with 35 stalls in the Market Place with a small Food Theatre featuring local chefs.   The event has grown from strength to strength over the past nine years and now attracts around 20,000 visitors to a full Market Place of 100 local food stalls and 15 local chefs cooking and demonstrating locally grown or reared food in the 250-seater Food Theatre. In addition to the food, there is family entertainment, music and dancing.  Resident chefs at the Food Festival include David Nowell (Beverley Tickton Grange), James Mackenzie (The Pipe and Glass), Ben Cox (The Star), John White, (Whites of Beverley), Matthew Barker (The Westwood), Tina Cerutti (Cerutti 2), Thierry Condette (TC Patisserie) and Jason Rowe (Rebels Smokehouse).  The Beverley Food Festival works in partnership with other organisations like the Beverley Real Ale Festival which organises a beer festival that complements the foodie weekend offer in Beverley.  The Beverley Folk Festival provides some of the music, and other organisations support to promote the best of Beverley. 


Established in 2010, The East Yorkshire Local Food Network champions the wide range of delicious food and drink available in and around East Yorkshire for the benefit of local food and drink businesses and communities and currently has 115 members The network has support from the East Riding of Yorkshire Council rural team. The network welcomes applications from small or medium-sized food and drink related business or organisation in East Yorkshire or within 30 miles of the boundary.  For more information, please visit or email Julia Soukup


The application form for entries is available to download here.

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Bertie Beaver


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