Linscombe1Nominations for the BBC Food & Farming Awards 2016 are now open. If you have a local food hero you’d like to put forward, you need to get your nominations in by 24 January.

For its 16th year, BBC Radio 4’s The Food Programme is asking people from across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to put forward their favourite producers, retailers, local markets and workplace cooks for the annual awards.

Categories include: Best Food Producer, Best Drinks Producer, Best Food Market, Best Local Food Retailer, Countryfile’s Farming Hero Award and Cook of the Year, which is for public caterers, including dinner ladies and men.

If there’s a food producer or farming hero you think deserves recognition, you can check out the categories and find out how to nominate here or nominate them for Countryfile’s Farming Heroes Award 2016

longhorn beefThis year there is a new category – the BBC Future Food Award, which recognises groundbreaking work done by the UK’s food manufacturers, retailers and farmers. This will be awarded to a business using “cutting-edge thinking and pioneering work that could influence how the UK’s food will be grown, processed and sold in the UK”.

Another new award will for the country’s Best Takeaway / Street Food, with The One Show leading the hunt for the winner.

If you think Taunton should be on the national food map, nominate your favourite local producer or farmer’s market (not mentioning any market in particular, ahem) here:



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