Sussex Food & Drink Awards 2021 Winners Revealed

The 2021 heroes of Sussex food and drink have been announced by the Sussex Food & Drink Awards today, four from East Sussex, five from West Sussex and one from Brighton & Hove. The winners are:

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

WINNER: Jengers Craft Bakery, Billingshurst, West Sussex

GRAND FINALISTS: Bangers Galore, Horsham, West Sussex; and The Sussex Biltong Co, Balcombe, West Sussex

Sussex Drink Producer of the Year, sponsored by Natural PR

WINNER: Long Man Brewery, Litlington, East Sussex

GRAND FINALISTS: Bolney Wine Estate, Bolney, West Sussex; and Ridgeview Wine Estate, Ditchling Common, East Sussex

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

WINNER: Tablehurst Farm, Forest Row, East Sussex

GRAND FINALISTS:

Cottenhams of Lindfield – Craft Butchers, Lindfield, West Sussex; and Nick The Butcher, Hartfield, East Sussex

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

WINNER: Lewes Farmers Market, East Sussex

GRAND FINALISTS: Horsham Market (Saturday), West Sussex; and Shoreham Farmers Market, West Sussex

Sussex Eating Experience of the Year, sponsored by Lloyds Bank Cardnet

WINNER: The Fig Tree, Hurstpierpoint, West Sussex

GRAND FINALISTS: Into The Blue, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex; and The Cat Inn, West Hoathly, West Sussex

Sussex Food Shop of the Year, sponsored by Sussex Food and Drink Network

WINNER: Rushfields Farm Shop, Poynings, West Sussex

GRAND FINALISTS: Jeremy’s Two, Cowfold, West Sussex; and Veasey & Sons Fishmongers, Forest Row, East Sussex

Sussex Newcomer of the Year, sponsored by SRC-Time

WINNER: Heritage by Matt Gillan, Slaugham, West Sussex

GRAND FINALISTS: Heritage Wheat, Keymer, West Sussex; and Skylark Cafe Restaurant, Eastbourne, East Sussex

Sussex Street Food of the Year, sponsored by Horsham District Foodies supported by Food Rocks

WINNER: Mann & Moore, Horsham, West Sussex

GRAND FINALISTS: Pizza Leonati, Hooe, East Sussex; and The BBQ Project, St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex

Sussex Young Chef of the Year, sponsored by Blakes Foods

WINNER: Dan Ibbotson from etch. in Brighton & Hove

GRAND FINALISTS: Freddie Innes, who was working at Ockenden Manor Hotel, Cuckfield, West Sussex; and Thomas Thwaites from Rathfinny Tasting Room, Alfriston, East Sussex

Young Sussex Farmer of the Year, sponsored by Natural Partnerships CIC in association with Farmers Weekly magazine

WINNER: Dan Hird, Lambert Farm, Plumpton, East Sussex

GRAND FINALISTS: Conor Haydon, who was working at Goodwood Estate, Chichester, West Sussex; and Dan Wells, who was working at Holmbush Farm, Balcombe, West Sussex

“Congratulations to all our fantastic winners. Over the last decade, Sussex has really earned its place as one of the leading counties in the UK for producing superb food and drink and this year’s Winners line up offers an impressive range of first class, diverse businesses from across the county,” said William Goodwin, chairman of the judges.

“We are all disappointed not to be able to join together for our usual spectacular awards banquet, as restrictions still mean we won’t be able to, but we plan to celebrate together at an outdoor summer party in July at Borde Hill Gardens.”

The awards, carried over from 2020, received 17,000 public votes from members of the public and there were 30 Grand Finalists, 18 from West Sussex, 11 from East Sussex and one from Brighton & Hove, with categories covering everything from farm to plate. See Sussexfoodawards.biz for more info about the winners.

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