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News - 15 November 2017

Sussex Food and Drink Grand Finalists Celebrate Success

The Grand Finalists in the Sussex Food & Drink Awards 2018 were revealed today following an intensive eight-month judging process, supported by a record 15,000 public votes.

These inspirational Sussex food and drink heroes can now look forward to an exciting night of celebrations at ‘the Sussex Foodie event of the year’, the spectacular Sussex Food and Drink Awards Banquet on 7 February 2018 at the Amex Stadium, hosted by awards patron Sally Gunnell OBE and BBC’s Danny Pike, where the winners will be revealed and receive their trophies.


Now in its twelfth year, the awards are all about supporting and boosting local farmers, food and drink producers and the outlets that use and sell this superb local fare.
Starting from small beginnings, the awards have grown to become prestigious and respected, with huge support from business in the county, bringing together the whole local food and farming community.


Sussex farmer and Nuffield scholar, William Goodwin, who is chairman of the judges, said: “We have such an exciting
Grand Finalists line up this year, offering an impressive range of first class, diverse businesses from across the county. The competition was really tough this year and the 32 Grand Finalists, 20 from West Sussex, seven from East Sussex and five from Brighton and Hove, should feel immensely proud at making it through to this final stage in the competition.


“Sussex’s reputation continues to grow and is now considered one of the leading regions in the UK for producing superb food and drink. We are delighted that the Sussex Food and Drink Awards scheme was supported by a record 15,000 public votes this year, testament that all our Grand Finalists would be worthy winners.”

Tickets for the BAFTA-style awards ceremony on 7 February 2018 are now on sale and include a spectacular seven-course Sussex produce banquet produced by Sodexo Prestige at the Amex Stadium in Brighton.


The 2018 Grand Finalists, strictly in alphabetical order, are:


Sussex Food Producer of the Year, sponsored by Southern Co-op

Bookham Harrison Farms, Rudgwick, West Sussex

Just Brownies, Shipley, West Sussex

Lighthouse Bakery & School, Robertsbridge, East Sussex

The Raw Chocolate Company, Henfield, West Sussex

The Real Pie Company, Crawley, West Sussex


Sussex Drink Producer of the Year, sponsored by Natural PR with support from The Pass at South Lodge Hotel

Brighton Gin, Brighton and Hove

Ridgeview Wine Estate, Ditchling Common, East Sussex

Wobblegate, Bolney, West Sussex


Sussex Food Shop of the Year, sponsored by Wealden District Council

Plaw Hatch Farm Shop, Sharpthorne, West Sussex

Rushfields Farm Shop, Poynings, West Sussex

The Sussex Produce Company, Steyning, West Sussex


Sussex Butcher of the Year, co-sponsored by RP Meats Wholesale Ltd

Archers of Westfield, Westfield, East Sussex

Garlic Wood Butchery, Steyning, West Sussex

New Street Butchers & Deli, Horsham, West Sussex


Sussex Farmers Market of the Year, sponsored by Harvey’s Brewery

Chichester Farmers Market, West Sussex

Shoreham Farmers Market, West Sussex

Steyning Farmers Market, West Sussex


Sussex Eating Experience of the Year, sponsored by
Blakes Foods

64 Degrees, Brighton and Hove

The Artisan Bakehouse, Ashurst, West Sussex

The Parsons Table, Arundel, West Sussex


Sussex Newcomer of the Year, co-sponsored by Kreston Reeves and Sussex Food and Drink Network

etch., Brighton and Hove

Greyhound Brewery, West Chiltington, West Sussex

The Parsons Table, Arundel, West Sussex


Young Sussex Farmer of the Year, sponsored by Plumpton College in association with Farmers Weekly

Christopher Appleton, Arlington, East Sussex

Luke Spalding, Ditchling Common, East Sussex

Jack Stilwell, Forestside, West Sussex


Sussex Street Food of the Year, sponsored by Horsham Time Well Spent with support from Food Rocks and judges from super chefs Steven Edwards and Ian Swainson

Garlic Wood Farm, Steyning, West Sussex

Jah Jyot, Southwater, West Sussex

Pig and Jacket, Lewes, East Sussex


Sussex Young Chef of the Year, sponsored by Sodexo Prestige with support from super chef Matt Gillan

George Boarer from etch., Brighton and Hove

Michael Notman-Watt from 64 Degrees, Brighton and Hove

Michael Sutherland, The Star Inn, Alfriston, East Sussex


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