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The great and the good of Surrey’s food and drink industry met at a lavish black tie gala dinner in Guildford for the 2018 Surrey Life Food & Drink Awards – and a number of Local Food Britain members were among the winning and highly commended businesses.

Walking away with the Best Farm Shop title were South Nutfield’s Priory Farm, which recently hosted Local Food Britain’s first Countryside Food Festival and is where our organisation is based. We see how hard the team work on a daily basis, so massive congratulations to them all. Highly commended in that category was another Local Food Britain member, Secretts of Milford, which has been producing fantastic quality fruit and veg since 1908.

Reigate’s The Salt Box pipped Ripley’s Distillers of Surrey to the Newcomer of the Year with their open fire cooking supper clubs making them a go to dining experience in the past year. As Distillers of Surrey’s gins have regularly featured on The Salt Box’s menus in recent months, we’re sure a few gin and tonics were raised in celebration to both making the final three.

Surrey’s answer to Paul Hollywood, the ever smiling Bake with Jack was highly commended in the Best Local Food Event/Initiative category. It can’t be long before the Great British Bake Off comes calling for this charming and passionate baker – he’s made for TV!

Another couple of Local Food Britain members were pitted against each other in the Drink Product of the Year category, where Albury Vineyard took the title with Crumbs Brewing in hot pursuit. Albury have their fingers crossed for a bumper harvest this year, while Crumbs are set to release their fourth beer in the near future – a coffee porter.

Last, but by no means least, in the Local Food Britain family, came Bramble Farm, whose award-winning turkeys took the Food Product of the Year crown. A notable mention for Surrey Spice too, who came highly commended in this category.

A huge well done to all who made the awards night – we know how hard you all work, so it’s fantastic to see your efforts and products celebrated in such a way. With so many talented and passionate growers, producers, chefs and entrepreneurs in the county, Surrey looks to have an extremely bright foodie future.

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