Shortlisted finalists aiming for success at Food Heartland Awards 2018

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Judging is underway to crown the top class winners of the Food Heartland Awards 2018.

Celebrating the very best of the borough’s specialist food and drinks suppliers and producers, the awards champion and celebrate passion, quality, innovation and success across the thriving food, drink and hospitality sector throughout the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon borough.

Delivered by Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council and sponsored by Power NI, the Food Heartland Awards feature 12 individual award categories reflecting the world class standard of the local agri-food industry. Categories include Best Growth Business Award sponsored by First Trust Bank, Rising Star Award (Under 25) sponsored by Southern Regional College and Best Eating Establishment Awards sponsored by Bunzl McLaughlin.

The judging panel is comprised of high profile, respected food and drink experts – Paula McIntyre MBE (BBC Radio Ulster, chef and author), Noel McMeel (Executive Head Chef at Lough Erne Resort and author) and Lara Goodall and Nuala Foley (Independent business consultants).

Following shortlisting of an overwhelming number of entries, the judges have been interviewing, taste testing a wide variety of delicious dishes and providing an impartial and expert opinion on candidates.

Deputy Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, Councillor Paul Duffy, comments: “The standard of entries has been second to none, with a wide variety of amazing food establishments, artisan producers and outstanding drinks and food suppliers showcasing their exceptional products and shining a light on everything this wonderful borough has to offer. The judges have a big task ahead of them determining the winners from such an abundance of high quality entries. I would like to congratulate all the shortlisted entries and look forward to the awards gala evening on 12th September at the Palace Demesne, Armagh.”

The borough is home to a wealth of high quality food and drink as well as world renowned products with protected status – Armagh Bramley Apples and Lough Neagh Eels.

The winners will be announced at an awards gala evening which will take place on Wednesday 12 September at the Palace Demesne, Armagh. Tickets priced at £55 plus VAT. For further details, visit www.foodheartland.com or e-mail .

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