Food finalists are revealed

Squisito butcher Matt Fitzgerald holding sausages from countries competing in the 2014 FIFA World Cup NNL-140615-190639009
Squisito butcher Matt Fitzgerald holding sausages from countries competing in the 2014 FIFA World Cup NNL-140615-190639009

A farm and a butchers will be going up against each other as finalists at the Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards.

The Green Acres Rural Enterprise Centre based in Staverton and Squisito Butchers and Provisions situated in Yelvertoft are up for the local food hero at this year’s awards.

The competition, devised by Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership (NEP), is now in its sixth year and is again 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.

Among the many new nominees for this year, Green Acres Rural Enterprise Centre at Staverton offers an alternative style of education to young people and their families, giving them the chance to learn about growing their own food, cooking healthy meals and how to make a living, all from a massive converted chicken shed and gardens set on a small former farm.

Its centre manager, Heather Wilson, said she and her team are thrilled to have been recognised in this way. She said: “We are all delighted at Green Acres not only to have been nominated but also to have reached the final of this award.

“We are always so busy cooking and gardening with our young people that we don’t have time to tell everybody about how hard working they are and hopefully this will show how much we appreciate their efforts and help to raise the profile of our valuable work.”

The finalists will go up against Hamm Tun Fine Foods based in Northampton and Waterloo Cottage Farm, Great Oxendon, who were a finalists in last year’s awards. The winners will be revealed at a ceremony on Wednesday October 16 at the Royal and Derngate in Northampton. Visit www.northamptonshirefoodanddrink.co.uk for more.