Aberystwyth Farmers’ Market shortlisted for award

THE FINALISTS for the Food and Farming Awards 2014 have been announced by BBC Radio 4, and Aberystwyth Farmers’ Market has been shortlisted in the Best Food Market category. This year saw a record number of entries received, which have been whittled down to 24 finalists.

marketValentine Warner, a cook, writer and broadcaster, as well as chair of this year’s judging panel said:

“The scale of the public’s response has been overwhelming. We’ve seen more than 6000 nominations this year; a truly record breaking number, and when we started to read through, it was humbling. So many stories of food producers and retailers, caterers and markets – all so loved and valued by their customers and their communities, and in every part of the UK. If anyone thinks the food renaissance has been confined to a few select areas, this list of finalists is proof that they’re wrong”.

Aberystwyth Farmers’ Market has been nominated for the Best Food Market award, one of eight categories. It was launched in May 2000, and has up to 30 stalls on the first and third Saturday of every month. In 2010 the Times voted the market amongst the Top 10 Farmers’ Markets in the UK, the only Welsh market to be included.

Aberystwyth Farmers’ Market is one of only two finalists in Wales for this year’s Radio 4 Food and Farming Awards, with the other being the Pembrokeshire Beach Food Company, which has been nominated for the Best Street Food/Takeaway Award.

Councillor Gareth Lloyd, Ceredigion County Council Cabinet Member for Economic and Community Development, said:

“This is very good news, and worth noting that Aberystwyth is the only market in Wales to be shortlisted [in its category]. I’m glad that the fine work that’s been done is being recognised, and I’m sure it will play a part in promoting the market and helping it to grow even further. Let’s hope we can go one better and win the award, but to be shortlisted is an excellent achievement.”

The BBC Food and Farming Awards celebrate the people and organisations behind the best of British food. Finalists are nominated by a member of the public and then a team of judges, including some of the UK’s best known chefs and food writers, select finalists in each of the ten categories which include Best Food Market, Best Drinks Producer, Best Food Producer, and Best Street Food/Takeaway.

This year’s finalists will feature in a special edition of BBC Radio 4’s The Food Programme, which will be broadcast on Sunday 9 March 2014. Winners will be announced at a ceremony held in Bristol on Thursday 1 May 2014. Chef and writer Valentine Warner chairs this year’s panel of judges which includes farmer and Countryfile presenter Adam Henson, blogger Jack Monroe, food writer Charles Campion and chefs Raymond Blanc and Richard Corrigan.