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Beverley Food Festival is up for an ‘Oscar’

Beverley Food Festival has been nominated for a “rural Oscar” in the 2017 Countryside Alliance awards. It follows the festival being highly commended last year, when it also won the north of England Rural Oscar for Tourism.

Beverley Town Clerk Helen Watson told us this morning: “Learning we had been nominated was a great surprise as it is a public nomination award and we are quite aware this would not happen without the support of the  community, local businesses, local media and local people that have supported it since 2006, helping it to grow to the event it is today.”

Last year, the festival received 7,500 nominations from members of the public ahead of the judging process and with nominations closing this Friday (November 13) Beverley Town Council is urging people to get behind the festival by adding their nominations. This can be done by following the link  www.countryside-alliance.org/caawards.

“This is a great way to really put Beverley on the map by celebrating and recognising the rural food and drink businesses, produce and importantly our  strong community.  The town council will be tweeting to encourage support for recognition of our town in the Food and drink sector,” Helen said.

Once nominations have closed, the judging process begins. A Countryside Alliance spokesman told us: “From thousands of nominations seven regional champions from five categories will be invited to Parliament for the British finals, and in the presence of MPs and Ministers just five will be crowned British Champions. Regional champions will be announced in March 2018, with Welsh businesses attending a special reception at the Welsh Assembly in Cardiff. The regional champions then advance to the British final, which will be held in April 2018 at the House of Lords.”