Awards to shine spotlight on excellence in the food heartland

Helping to launch the Food Heartland Awards were, from left, Northern Ireland chef and local food ambassador Paul Rankin, Sharon Machala from Food NI , and Roger Wilson, Chief Executive  from Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council.
Helping to launch the Food Heartland Awards were, from left, Northern Ireland chef and local food ambassador Paul Rankin, Sharon Machala from Food NI , and Roger Wilson, Chief Executive from Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council.

Awards which will champion and celebrate innovation and excellence of the food and drinks sector in the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon borough have been launched.

The area has established itself as the Food Heartland of Northern Ireland because of the sheer volume of food production and the outstanding quality of products.

The first Food Heartland Awards, led by Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council, which will be held on 25th May at Craigavon Civic & Conference Centre, will showcase the best local produce and the people behind the thriving agri-food sector as well as highlight the sector’s potential for growth and positive impact on the local economy.

There are 12 individual awards categories which reflects the passion, innovation and excellence of the local industry.

The awards include Best New Start Up, Best Export Business, Best Licensed Eating Establishment and Best Independent Retail Food Business – to name but a few. Entry is free with all details available at www.foodheartland.com. Deadline for entries is 5pm Friday 15th April.

Announcing the Awards Alderman Twyble, said: “I am delighted to announce the first Food Heartland Awards. The Awards will not only recognise the hard-work and dedication of local food companies but shine a spotlight on the abundance of top quality produce and producers that exists within our borough.”

Roger Wilson, Chief Executive of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Council commented: “Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council’s number one priority is to grow the local economy and the agri-food sector is a priority growth area.

“I would like to take this opportunity to wish all entrants good luck and we look forward to welcoming everyone to the gala evening on 25th May.”