The Royal Bath & West Showground
The Showground, Shepton Mallet, BA4 6QN
The Western Daily Press launches its fifth Food and Farming Awards
Celebrating the best of the West Country – and some of the best in the UK. The counties of Somerset, Gloucestershire, Dorset, Wiltshire, Herefordshire and Devon have some of the country’s most famous businesses and brands, and the Western Daily Press is always right behind them. From field to plate, we want to celebrate every step of this vital industry that underpins the region’s economy and plays such a massive part in the daily lives of those that live here. This year we are delighted to welcome back the Royal Bath & West Showground as our headline sponsor. The Royal Bath & West Society is the oldest agricultural society in the country and has been supporting farmers ever since. It has always played a role in driving innovation in food and farming, with the annual Royal Bath & West Show, a brilliant place to share ideas. It’s a perfect fit for the Western Daily Press Food and Farming Awards. In May, we’ll be gathering together the region’s top food and drink producers and purveyors – and you could be among them. Whether it’s a single farmer, a large agribusiness, a cook in a pub or a brewer of some of the region’s famous tipples, we want to hear about the most deserving. Put forward your nomination and help us reward the people who make the West Country so special.
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Royal Bath & West Show
The Royal Bath & West Show is delighted to be title sponsor of the Western Daily Press Food & Farming Awards 2019.
For over 155 years food and drink have been at the heart of both the Royal Bath & West Show and the Royal Bath & West of England Society’s activities.
Recent years have seen an exciting evolution at the Show with an all new area dedicated to Great British food and drink, featuring over 100 exhibitors; ranging from artisanal producers to funky street food merchants, and almost all from the West of England. Visitors to the Show have the opportunity to meet the producers and sample some of the very best local produce.
A rich vein of food and drink runs throughout the event; the Show is home to the British Cheese Awards, a showcase of over 1000 cheeses ranging from small artisan producers to large scale manufacturers who export around the world. The British Cider Championships attract over 600 entries from across the UK – with increasing numbers from beyond these shores – and with the renaissance in artisan ciders, both traditional and modern, the orchards and cider area is going from strength to strength.
Chief Executive of the Royal Bath & West Society, Rupert Cox, describes the Western Daily Press Food & Farming Awards as “a great vehicle for our ethos of local food and drink”.
“We’re proud to be the title sponsor for another year,” he says. “The whole idea behind the awards resonates with us, so putting ourselves forward as the title sponsor and sponsor of the best farmer category, was an easy decision to make.
“We look forward to hosting the Awards ceremony in our newly refurbished Wessex Pavilion and showing off our new facilities to the other sponsors and entrants.”