It's on! The search for this year's Weetabix Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards winners official
Launch of awards delayed due to Covid-19 outbreak earlier this year
The Weetabix Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards have been officially launched this morning, Friday, following a delay to its usual spring launch due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
The awards, which are run by the sector for the sector, are now in their 12th year. The awards are aimed at celebrating all that is great about local produce and drink, recognising excellence within the county’s dining venues and rewarding those who work so hard within the culinary sector.
Thanks to ongoing support from its existing sponsors – new headline sponsor Weetabix, Booker, British Pepper & Spice, Daily Bread, Dawn Farms, Heygates Flour and Animal Feed, Howes Percival LLP, Moulton College, Northampton College and Whitworth Bros Ltd Flour Millers - and with continued support from SEMLEP (South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership) and Warner’s, the Awards will continue to offer public recognition to the county’s finest eateries and chefs, producers and entrepreneurs.
Also joining the list of supporters as associate sponsor is Peterborough-based engineering service providers Musk Process Services, whose clients include some of the major names in the food and drink sector across the UK.
In addition, the competition sees two new categories for this year, which run alongside ten others, mirroring the awards’ 12 years; the ‘Weetabix Sustainability Award’, which reflects the breakfast giant’s ‘Change for Better’ commitment to sustainability, and ‘Food and Drink College Student of the Year’ (sponsored by Moulton College), which will celebrate college students from across Northamptonshire who have demonstrated exceptional skills development throughout their learning and who are proud young ambassadors for the sector.
The official launch of the competition was due to take place at Weetabix’s headquarters in Burton Latimer during the first week in April, but was postponed due to COVID-19, allowing the team to focus their efforts on extra business support for the county’s food and drink sector.
However, despite the absence of the usual launch celebrations, awards’ director, Rachel Mallows MBE DL, believes that now is the right time for the competition to get underway.