Alan Harvey grew up watching the Young Farmer of the Year contest on television and it was something he aspired to be part of. In July, that ambition will come to fruition when he represents Aorangi in the FMG Young Farmer of the Year in Hawke’s Bay. Mr Harvey (27) won the regional final in Oamaru on February 23. It was his fourth regional final, having previously competed in two in Otago-Southland and one in Tasman, and he was humbled by the strong support he had received. He was looking forward to the grand final, while also conscious of the time and effort he was going to have to put in to prepare for it. He had a broad range of experiences to draw on and it was a matter of trying to cover all bases as he prepared, he said. Brought up on a sheep and beef farm in North Otago, Mr Harvey joined the Five Forks Young Farmers Club when he was 15 and was involved in setting up a club at Waitaki Boys’ High School. He completed an agricultural science degree before taking up a … [Read more...] about Southern Young Farmer finalists feeling community support
The Grand Finalists in the Sussex Food and Drink Awards 2019 have been revealed this week following an intensive eight-month judging process, supported by a record 18,000 public votes. West Sussex dominates the field but we are proud to see a St Leonards based finalist - The BBQ Project in the running.The company operate a distinctive Citroen H van to serve up fresh local produce and innovative bbq style dishes at events, festivals, fairs and weddings.SEE ALSO: St Leonards woman stole nearly £200 of champagne from Marks and Spencers in the run-up to ChristmasThey are one of three finalists in the Sussex Street Food of the Year category and are up against two West Sussex businesses.One of only three East Sussex Finalists is Sussex Farmers Market of the Year, sponsored by Harvey’s Brewery.Lewes is up against farmers markets from Shoreham and Chichester.Young Sussex Farmer of the Year category, sponsored by the South of England Agricultural Society in association with … [Read more...] about St Leonards business named as a finalist in the prestigious Sussex Food and Drink Awards.
The game has been marketed with the ‘bad blood’ slogan but Tony Clubb says he has only “good blood” for Warrington – because Wigan have beaten them at Old Trafford! Warriors won four of six meetings with the Wolves last year including October’s title decider.And that was a third Grand Final victory in six years against the Wolves, who have never won a Super League title.Clubb took part in a public press conference at Warrington this year with the phrase ‘bad blood’ the backdrop.Asked whether there was ‘bad blood’ between the two sides, the prop replied: “Where this bad blood thing has come, I haven’t got a clue.“I don’t know where they get it from, maybe from the Grand Finals - it’s good blood for us, we’ve played them twice and beat them twice since I’ve been here.”Tonight’s televised match is a rematch of October’s Grand Final but it has taken on a different … [Read more...] about Wigan Warriors’ Tony Clubb has no ‘bad blood’ with beaten Grand Finalists Warrington Wolves
A Michelin-star chef and a food blooger joined the judging panel for Sussex Young Chef of the Year. Tristan Mason, owner of Restaurant Tristan in Horsham, adjudicated at the MasterChef style cook off, during the Sussex Food and Drink Awards.He was joined by lead judge, nationally acclaimed chef and Great British Menu Winner, Matt Gillan from Electro Pirate, and fellow Michelin star chef George Blogg from Gravetye Manor near East Grinstead. Fran Villani, food blogger and designer in Brighton and sponsor and former restaurateur Adrian Burr, from Blakes Foods, also joined the panel.Sussex ingredients were showcased at their best in the spring menus of six young chefs who took part at the Greater Metropolitan College in Brighton on Monday March 11. Celebrating ten years since the category was introduced to the awards, the 2019 competition, sponsored by Blakes Foods, was stronger than ever.Dan Ibbotson from etch. in Brighton and Hove, Isabella Raccagna from Farmer, Butcher, Chef in … [Read more...] about Sussex young chef of the year 2019 grand finalists revealed
The grand finalists in the Sussex Food & Drink Awards 2019 have been revealed following an intensive eight-month judging process, supported by a record 18,000 public votes. These inspirational Sussex food and drink heroes can now look forward to an exciting night of celebrations at ‘the Sussex Foodie event of the year’, the spectacular Sussex Food & Drink Awards Banquet on May 15 at the Amex Stadium in Falmer.Sussex farmer and Nuffield scholar, William Goodwin, chairman of the judges, said: “Over the last decade, Sussex has really earned its place as one of the leading counties in the UK for producing superb food and drink and this year’s grand finalists line up offers an impressive range of first class, diverse businesses from across the county."Mr Goodwin expressed how tough he believes the competition has gotten over the years. "The grand finalists announced so far, 21 from West Sussex, three from East Sussex and three from Brighton & Hove, … [Read more...] about Sussex Food and Drink Awards 2019 finalists unveiled