The Delicioulyorkshire Taste Awards are set to make a triumphant return this year after being cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic.
The Awards, which are the biggest food and drink accolades in the region, are a huge celebration of the county’s thriving food and drink industry and attract hundreds of entries from across the county.
Deliciouslyorkshire’s Business Development Manager Allison Kane said: “Although we would of loved to of run the event last year, unfortunately due to the nature of our judging week and with the restrictions in place it wasn’t possible.
“This year however we’re back with a bang and we’re really excited to see what Yorkshire’s food industry has been up to over the last year. We know there have been lots of innovations and collaborations taking place, so this year’s judging is set to be really interested and we’re looking forward to getting back to business and celebrating what we do best.”
Entries for this year’s awards can be made online now via the Deliciouslyorkshire website and as well as a number of product categories ranging from Best Fresh Meat and Bakery through to Best Yorkshire Beer and Ice Cream, there will also be awards for Best Use of Yorkshire Produce on a Menu and Best New Business. Entrants will also have the opportunity to nominate their Yorkshire Food Hero which will be shortlisted and put to a public vote before being announced on the night.
Judging will take place at the Pavilions of Harrogate in early September with the shortlist announced the following week.
Allison continues: “We’ve invited the cream of the Yorkshire food and drink industry crop to be part of our judging panel this year, so you can expect top chefs, food buyers, category managers, food writers and more to be tasting your products and judging your entries”
The black tie awards ceremony itself will take place at the Pavilions on Wednesday 10th November and feature a three course, locally sourced menu – using many of the shortlisted products – and compered by Yorkshire’s favourite chef Steph Moon and the BBC’s Nigel Barden, both of whom are former recipients of the Yorkshire Food Hero award.
In lieu of the 2020 Taste Awards, the Deliciouslyorkshire team ran the online Lockdown Legends Awards which celebrated the work carried out by the county’s businesses during the first lockdown with nominees being put to a public online vote to decide the eventual winners.
Allison concludes: “Last summer’s online Lockdown Legends Awards were a great opportunity to shine a positive light on a difficult period but there’s really no substitute for our fantastic Awards evening and it will be great to have everyone able to taste the entries this year and celebrate in style in November.”
Entries for all categories close on Monday 30th August. For more information and to enter online visit www.deliciousyorkshire.co.uk