The BBC awards are now open – get voting!

The BBC awards are now open and taking public nominations for your favourite festival traders and local food heroes.

Today the BBC Food and Farming Award nominations open to the public. This is your exciting opportunity to make your voice heard and share your appreciation. If you have attended a festival or market and been impressed by a trader selling some delicious foods or simply grabbed a bite to eat from your local food truck and really enjoyed it – get nominating! You’ve got only two weeks to vote so make sure you do it soon.

This year prestigious London based restaurateur, author and food writer, Yotam Ottolenghi will be part of the search to discover our food heroes. He says, ‘I think the really exciting ideas aren’t to be found at top end restaurants anymore, they’re in the trucks serving street food and in the food markets at the heart of many towns and cities.’

This will be the 16th year the awards take place and it’s most certainly a star-studded event in the culinary world. As well as Ottolenghi, the exclusive judge’s line-up includes Angela Hartnett, Diana Henry, Allegra McEvedy, Stefan Gates and Charlotte Smith.

They will ultimately decide who wins the following categories:

  • Best Food Market
  • ‘One Show’ Best Street Food or Takeaway
  • Best Food Producer
  • Best Drinks Producer
  • Future Food Award
  • Countryfile’s Farming Hero Award
  • BBC Cook of the Year
  • Derek Cooper Outstanding Achievement Award

You can find a more in-depth description of each category here:  

The best thing about the awards is that anyone can win, including relatively unknown, ordinary people making a difference in their community. They might be providing some amazing local produce, be a food writer in your area or maybe serving school dinners to your children.

Ottolenghi sums up the wonderful inclusive nature of the awards as follows: ‘From cheesemakers to school cooks, brewers to bakers, we don’t give enough recognition and thanks to the people who produce our food and drink. These awards give us all a change to not only say thanks, but also celebrate their work.’

To register your vote, visit the webpage for BBC Radio 4’s The Food Programme here 


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