Tell us your favourites!
The Cumbria Life Food & Drink Awards are back. Now in their third year, our celebration of Cumbria’s world-class food and drink sector is firmly established as one of the highlights of the year for the industry.
Our 2014 awards dinner will again take place at
We are also delighted that Westmorland Ltd, the Cumbrian business owned by the Dunning family and which runs Tebay Services and Farm Shops, Rheged, and other businesses, has joined the awards as joint headline sponsor.
This year’s awards feature a number of new categories – and for the first time Cumbria Life readers will be able to nominate their favourites for consideration by the judges.
Cumbria-based chef and consultant Stephen Doherty, who runs the First Floor Café at Lakeland in Windermere, is chairman of judges for the third year running.
Stephen says: “I am honoured to chair the awards judging process again. These awards go from strength to strength and I’m pleased that this year we are inviting involvement from Cumbria Life readers. Let us know about those hidden gems who you think deserve recognition.”
This year, the 'consumer' award categories such as restaurants, cafes and pubs, will not require a formal entry from establishments.
Instead the judges will draw up a shortlist taking into account reader nominations and testimonials, personal knowledge and experience, publically available information on establishments' websites such as menus and business history, awards, guidebook entries, media reviews and online reviews.
We know many business people do not have the time to fill in complex awards entry forms. We want our awards as much as possible to identify and recognise the very best in Cumbria in each category – not just the best of those who choose to put themselves up for an award.
We also have a number of special awards for 'food heroes' where we would welcome public nominations and suggestions.
Submit an online nomination by clicking here.
There are four categories which require a traditional pro-active entry from the business concerned. These are the 'business' awards for Food Producer of the Year and Brewery of the Year and our awards for Chef of the Year and Young Chef of the Year, who must be nominated by the establishment's owner or manager. To enter these categories click here.
Whether you are a Cumbria Life reader or a Cumbrian food & drink business I hope you will get involved with the awards.
I hope businesses in the consumer categories will encourage satisfied customers to nominate them for a Cumbria Life Food & Drink award via this website. No organised mass campaigns please - this is not an online poll - we are looking for quality testimonials from genuinely satsified customers.
The finalists will be revealed in the April issue of Cumbria Life, published on March 20th.
Editor, Cumbria Life