BBC Radio 4’s Food and Farming Awards scheme is still on the lookout for nominations in a range of categories in advance of this year’s judging and awards ceremony.

The awards celebrate the best of British food and those companies and individuals who grow, make and supply it – and Fife has a rich seam of possible winners.

There is still time for members of the public to nominate best food markets, street food or takeaways, food producers, drinks producers, and local food retailers.

Other categories feature the best “big food idea”, the BBC Farmer of the Year, and the best dinner lady/public caterer.

There is also a special Derek Cooper Award, named after the first presenter of the Food Programme. It is for an individual or team bringing about a real change in our relationship with food.

The chair of the judges is chef Angela Hartnett, with the other judges including fellow chef Arthur Potts-Dawson, broadcasters Valentine Warner and Charles Campion and drinks writers Victoria Moore and Pete Brown.

Angela said that this year the awards are more important than ever.

“We’re in the thick of a recession, money is tight and it’s a tough time to be in business.

“After decades of decline and having among the world’s worst reputation for food, we now manage to produce some of the best you can find. But this progress is fragile and is now at risk of being lost if we don’t shout about what we have,” she said.

The winners will be announced in November and featured on BBC Radio 4’s The Food Programme, You and Yours and Farming Today, as well as on BBC Local Radio.

The closing date for entries is midnight 12th August 2012. See the link below for entry details:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00zxv3j/features/food-and-farming-awards

 

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