Fantastic British Food Festivals celebrate independent food and drink producers in stunning locations around the South of England including Polesden Lacey, Bodiam Castle and Blenheim Palace, with an expected 90,000 visitors across nine venues in 2016. This year they are launching a search for the nation’s Fantastic Food Stars – producers, creators, chefs, authors and foodie business owners – to champion.
As I am one of the judges this year, these are the criteria both myself and my fellow judges are looking for:
Quality, innovation, flavour and style – and at least one of the finalists will be local Surrey food hero.
Three shortlisted Food Stars will win the chance to showcase their wares with a free pitch at the inaugural Sandown Park Food Festival (17-18 Sept), a social media audit from Sassy Social Marketing and inclusion in associated national and regional publicity as well as FBFF marketing, digital and promotional activity (prize value £1000).
The overall winner will be announced at the festival with a press photocall. In addition to the prize for shortlisting, they will receive an incredible Marketing and Publicity package worth £2000 which will include a promotional toolkit, social media workshop from Sassy Social Marketing and design support from the Creative Director and Lead Designer at WATB, as well as working with Sarah Harrison PR to announce their win and promote their business to the media. They will also be invited to exhibit for free at one of Fantastic British Food Festival’s 2017 events.
This is the perfect opportunity to reach an engaged, foodie public – with 15,000+ visitors expected at Sandown – as well as raising your profile in national, specialist and regional media. We are looking for exciting, passionate rising stars so whether your speciality is artisan bakes, delicious cuisine, craft cider, foraging tours, unique condiments, stunning handmade cookware or inspiring cookery classes, you could be a Fantastic Food Star and take your venture to the next level.
Closing date for entries: 1st June 2016
Shortlist announcement: 1st August 2016
For entrance criteria and to download application forms for the three categories Rising Star, New Product and Local Hero (Surrey): Fantastic Food Stars application form
Fantastic British Food Festivals offer:
– A demonstration theatre with a daily programme of events, demos and talks from top chefs including high profile names, cookery schools and producers – A wide range of delicious food and drink – A dedicated programme for children including storytelling, workshops and play areas.
Blenheim Palace (May), Wakehurst (July), Wimbledon Park (August), Leeds Castle (Sept) and Polesden Lacey (Oct). New venues this year: Petworth (July), Bodiam Castle (July), Sandown Park (Sept) and RHS Hyde Hall (Oct)
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