A host of Boston businesses are in the running for titles at this year’s Select Lincolnshire Food, Drink and Hospitality Awards.
The winners will be announced at a special ceremony on Tuesday, February 3, at The White Heather, Caenby Corner, starting at 6pm.
In total there are 14 award categories, including best pub, restaurant, producer and holiday accommodation of the year.
The most popular category is The People’s Choice award, which generated more than 1,600 votes this year from shoppers and food lovers across the country and in 2015 contains two of our area firms on the shortlist of three.
One lucky voter will win a free local Lincolnshire food hamper donated by Lincolnshire Co-op.
Gillian Richardson, business development manager for Select Lincolnshire for Food, said: “This year we had an overwhelming number of award entries, all from very deserving food and drink producers across Lincolnshire.
“This, in itself, is proof of the diverse and high quality food and farming industry in the county.
“Every year we look to recognise and reward the people behind Lincolnshire’s billion pound food and farming sector.
“The judging panel found it really difficult to shortlist the entries for each award category, because every application had its own strengths.
“We’d like to wish everyone who submitted an application, and wish the shortlisted businesses the very best of luck.
“Winners will be announced at the award ceremony on Tuesday, February 3, you can follow our live tweets with #LFDA15.”
Coun Colin Davie, executive member for economic development at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “Lincolnshire produces some of the finest food and drink in the country, and these awards are an opportunity to highlight all the county has to offer.
“It’s also a chance to showcase the first-class pubs, restaurants and tea rooms we have to entice visitors.
“I wish all of this year’s nominees the best of luck.”
Swineshead’s Manor Farm Shop and Moutains Boston Sausage will contest the People’s Choice award alongside Angels Desserts of Lincoln.
Manor Farm Shop is also shortlisted in the Grower of the Year and Retailer of the Year categories.
Joining them on the Grower of the Year shortlist is Strawberry Fields in Stickford, which is also up for Wholesaler of the Year.
Elms Farms Cottages in Hubberts Bridge is in the running for Self-Catering of the Year, while Supreme Inns in Bicker makes the Hotel of the Year shortlist.
Bizziebees in Friskney will hope to win the Caterer of the Year title, while Ye Olde Red Lion in Bicker is on the three-strong shortlist for the Pub of the Year category.