Councillors June Imeson and Ralph Andrew check out some
of Hambleton flavours
AN AWARDS scheme which recognises the best of Hambleton's food and drink producers is set to expand as it enters its third season this year.
Two new categories have been added to the 'Flavours of Hambleton' awards.
Local residents and visitors can now enter their favourite eating and drinking haunts for one of nine prizes - one of which recognises a venue that is a new addition to Hambleton within the last 12 months.
And there is also a tenth prize for outstanding achievement in the food and drink industry - it could be a landlord, waitress, food supplier, or indeed anyone who works in the trade.
The prestigious competition - which was launched in 2004 by the District Council - is part of a drive to forge closer links between tourism operators and food producers across the Northern Dales and promote healthy eating for everyone.
Once more it is being sponsored by high profile companies including the Yorkshire Tourist Board and the Regional Food Group.
Entries can be made in the following categories:
- Restaurant of the year
- Tearoom of the year
- Hambleton breakfast of the year
- Specialist retailer of the year
- Village shop of the year
- Food producer of the year
- Pub food of the year
- Outside caterer of the year
- Best newcomer
- Outstanding achievement in the food and drink industry
Nominations must be with the District Council by July 14th.
Judging will be carried out in August with the final three in each category invited to the grand final in November.
Nomination forms can be found on www.hambleton.gov.uk
They can also be collected from any of the District Council's offices in Northallerton, Stokesley and Easingwold; or Thirsk Tourist Information Centre.