Thanks to the more than 2400 Londoners who had their say in helping to crown the capital’s best, good food small enterprises.
On Thursday 4 December 2014, London Food Board Chair Rosie Boycott presented the following #urbanfoodawards at the gala ceremony at Whole Foods Market in Kensington:
Best Eatery: Stepney City Farm Café
Runners up: The Castle Café and Crisis Skylight Café
Best Educator: Made in Hackney
Runners up: Crisis Skylight Café and The Culinary Anthropologist
Best Producer: OrganicLea Community Growers
Runners up: Wild Card Brewery and Wildes Cheese
Best retailer: Brockley & Wapping Markets
Runners up: EAT17 and OrganicLea Community Growers
The People's Choice Award: Skylight Café
Other awards presented on the night:
The winners will be celebrated in a feature in The Guardian and the February-April issue of The ‘Eel magazine.
We at London Food Link and the rest of the folks behind the Urban Food Routes initiative are inviting our fellow citizens of this fair capital to help crown London's best good food small enterprises!
Back in July, we invited all small London food enterprises to enter themselves in one of the following four categories:
Best Urban Food…
Celebrating good food
The Urban Food Awards are here to celebrate small, good food enterprises. As such, the judges (see below) will be particularly interested in those that do great stuff in their local communities and work hard for the benefit of people and planet more generally.
As well as turning out tasty tucker and having a sound business model, enterprises were encouraged to highlight on their 'why vote for us' forms any ways in which they:
VOTING ENDED AT 5PM ON FRIDAY 31 OCTOBER 2014.
We’ll also put voters' names in the hat to win a pair of tickets to the gala awards bash at Whole Foods Market in Kengsington on 4 December.
The three enterprises that get the most votes in each category will go forward to a panel of expert judges drawn from the Urban Food Routes partners: the Mayor Of London's food team, Plunkett Foundation, Seeds of Change and London Food Link.
Winners will be chosen based on the judging criteria above and the 'why vote for us' submitted by the entrants.
Finalists will be contacted in early November and winners will be announced on 4 December at an invitation-only shindig at Whole Foods Market in Kensington and celebrated in a feature in The Guardian and the February-April issue of The ‘Eel magazine.
In addition to the glory of being crowned London’s best, winning enterprises will be featured in both The Guardian and this ‘umble magazine, and walk away with a hamper of Seeds of Change organic goodies.
Everyone voting for a winning enterprise will be entered into a draw to win a Seeds of Change organic hamper and a year’s subscription to The Jellied Eel.
Urban Food Awards being decided by expert judging panels alone will be:
Urban Food Routes is a unique initiative funded by the Mayor of London and Seeds of Change. It is providing funding and expert advice to a variety of small food enterprises in London to help them thrive and benefit people in their local communities. The support is coordinated by Plunkett Foundation, with help from Growing Communities and London Food Link.
Find out more at www.urbanfoodroutes.org.uk