hambleton flavours search
RESIDENTS in the Hambleton district of the Yorkshire Dales are being given the chance to nominate their favourite food and drinking outlets across the area.
For the fourth year running the District Council is running its 'Flavours of Hambleton' awards - to recognise the best the best food and drink in the district.
The prestigious competition is part of a drive to forge closer links between tourism operators and food producers across Hambleton and promote healthy eating for everyone.
Nominations have opened for the ten categories to find the best restaurant, tearoom, breakfast, specialist retailer, village shop, outside caterer, food producer and pub food.
There are also prizes for newcomer of the year - a venue that is new to Hambleton within the last 12 months - and for outstanding achievement in the food and drink industry. That could go to a landlord, waitress, food supplier - anyone who works in this trade. Last year the award went to Tony Howard from Lewis and Cooper, with the Northallerton store also taking the title 'specialist retailer of the year'.
The company has now become a sponsor of the awards. Bettina Bell, General Manager and Director for Lewis and Cooper said: "We are delighted to become the newest sponsor of Flavours.
"We are great supporters of the food industry in Hambleton. There are a growing number of independent newcomers in the district - both suppliers and retailers. It is vital that they are given the local support to thrive and these awards are one way of doing just that."
The store is joined by other high profile sponsors including the Yorkshire Tourist Board; the Regional Food Group, Yorkshire and the Humber; the Darlington and Stockton Times; Corporate Safety Solutions, York; Northern Select Foods and ITV: Tyne Tees Television. And the awards are being backed by the Moors and Coast Tourism Partnership.
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
They must be with the District Council by July 13. 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 collected from any of District Council's offices in Northallerton, Stokesley and Easingwold; or Thirsk Tourist Information Centre - they are also available at www.hambleton.gov.uk
- Photo shows - Chairman of the Herriot Country Attractions Group and Vice Chairman of the Moors and Coast Tourism partnership, Ian Ashton launched the 2007 awards with Victoria Kaye, General Manager and Director of Lewis and Cooper in Northallerton.