Beverley Food Festival has been named a Northern Champion in the Countryside Alliance Awards wining a place at the national finals that will held at the House of Lords.
Dubbed the rural Oscars judges praised organisers for their energy and the quality of the event that pulled in over 30,000 people last October.
A signature event in the towns calendar the Beverley Food Festival was named as the Northern Champion in the Tourism Enterprise category.
Charlotte Cooper who judged the competition said;
“The energy behind Beverley Food Festival is inspiring. The main festival attracts 30,000 people to Beverley town centre, boosting tourism and the economy.”
“The festival is underpinned by a total commitment to local produce and producers, and this has really put Beverley on the map as a “foodie” hub. The festival ties in with allotments and farmers markets, as well as a weekly market in the town.”
“There are also strong links with supportive local businesses, with a smaller festival in the run up to Christmas which draws in 10,000.”
“There was nothing like this before the team created the festival and it is an excellent example of local people coming together to promote their local area and produce, and creating something that is much more than the sum of its parts.”
Mayor of Beverley Robert Begnett commenting on the news said;
“Beverley Town Council are proud to coordinate the Beverley Food Festival. This event could not be delivered without a large group of volunteers and their contribution is invaluable.”
“The festival brings many people to the town from near and far, resulting in a great deal of profile and income not only to local food and drink suppliers but also local hotels, bars and restaurants.”
“We now face the kind of problems it’s nice to have – how to make space for the vendors we cannot currently accommodate and how to ensure the growing event remains safe and enjoyable for the public.”
Over 7,500 members of the public placed voted in this year’s competition. Representatives from the event will now travel to London to find out if they have won the national title.