Food contest heats up

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THE BEST food and drink from the area will be showcased at an awards ceremony celebrating local produce.

Deliciouslyorkshire Awards have unveiled their short-list for this year’s competition which includes Driffield’s Side Oven Bakery nominated for Best Bakery.

Four other companies in East Yorkshire rose to the challenge and made the final contenders.

Both Staal Smokehouse, Long Riston, and Dixie Kitchen, Walkington, are short listed in the best newcomer category, as well as in the best fish and seafish and best confectionery categories respectively.

Williams Farm Kitchen, Hornsea, is a finalist in the category for best retailer of local products, while Hider Foods, of Hull, are short listed in the best wholesaler/distributor category.

Judging panel chairman Elaine Lemm, a renowned food writer and former chef, said: “Never has there been a more important time to support the deliciouslyorkshire Awards; to showcase the best of food in the county.

“Food producers, the retail and hospitality industry in Yorkshire are not immune to the downturn we are currently experiencing in the UK, yet despite the tough conditions, innovation thrives and standards just keeping get higher. These are set to be the most exciting awards yet.”

This year’s winners will be announced at the Awards dinner on 25 October at the National Railway Museum, York.