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The Mayor of London launches the Urban Food Awards

Boris Johnson is calling on Londoners to nominate the capital’s small-batch producers of the best Real Bread, cheese, beer, honey, sausages and salad leaves.

Organised by London Food Link and The Mayor of London’s Food Team, The Urban Food Awards are the annual celebration of the best of London’s local larder.


They recognise fantastic food and drink grown and made across the capital’s boroughs, and the small, community-focussed producers behind them.  The six categories are:

  • Londoners’ Loaf: the upper crust of the capital’s Real Bread
  • Heavenly Honey: golden drops from London’s hidden hives of activity
  • Best Banger: a sublime sossie that simply sizzles
  • The Big Smoke’s Big Cheese: greater than the rest
  • Beautiful Brew: the ale to hail as nonpareil
  • London Leaves: sassiest salad leaves and hoopiest herbs grown right here

This year, the London Evening Standard is on board as the official media partner, and Borough Market will host the awards shindig.

Even the Mayor of London himself is getting stuck in – Boris has offered to help judge the Big Cheese category!

If you live in London, you have until 17 August to make your nominations.

In addition to the glory of being crowned London’s best, and winning a pair of tickets to the Urban Food Feast, winning enterprises will be featured in both The London Evening Standard and The Jellied Eel.

Everyone who nominates a winner will be entered into a draw to win a pair of tickets to the Urban Food Feast at Borough Market.

If you run an eligible enterprise, then please encourage your punters, family, friends, dog walker and everyone else to nominate you. Please share the news on your website, blog, social media, enewsletter, whatever – just get the word out there!

The Urban Food Awards are part of Urban Food Routes, an initiative funded by the Mayor of London and Seeds of Change. Its main work is providing grants and expert advice to small food enterprises in London to help them thrive and benefit people in their local communities.The support is coordinated by the Plunkett Foundation, with help from London Food Link.

Published 27 Jul 2015

London Food Link: This is the umbrella for all of Sustain's initiatives in London. Our work includes helping to influence local government policy, hands-on food growing training, running sessions for public sector caterers, creating guidance for independent eateries and food producers, public awareness campaigns, and joining the dots between people around specific food issues. The LFL supporter network is open to everyone who grows, produces, teaches, peddles, promotes and simply enjoys good food in the capital.

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