Businesses nominated for food award

THREE businesses from the Rye and Battle area have been served up the news that they are in with a shout of winning Sussex’s tastiest awards.

Industry leaders gathered this week at the new Big Reveal event held at Jeremy’s Restaurant at Borde Hill Gardens near Haywards Heath to hear the 65 finalists announced in the Sussex Food and Drink Awards 2014/15.

The event took place at Jeremy’s Restaurant, winner of the Best Sussex Eating Experience 2013/14, and many farmers, butchers, chefs, market organisers, shop keepers, brewers and vintners from across East Sussex, West Sussex and Brighton & Hove were in attendance.

Rye Deli has been nominated in the Sussex Food Shop of the Year category, while Busters Farm Produce in Salehurst is among those vying for the title of Sussex Butcher of the Year.

Meanwhile The Curlew Restaurant in Bodiam is hoping to take the title of Sussex Eating Experience of the Year away from Jeremy’s.

Paula Seager, co-director of Natural Partnerships CIC, which runs the awards, said: “Now in their ninth year, these unique awards are all about boosting the market for Sussex produce and letting people in the county know about the fantastic food and drink grown and made in Sussex, as well as the many great restaurants, pubs, cafes and food shops where it can be bought and enjoyed.”

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