At last! You can almost hear the collective sigh of relief that spring has finally put in an appearance. It’s extraordinary the degree to which our lives are determined by the weather but, there’s no doubt, the warmth of the sun after a seemingly endless spell of grey, chilly, damp (make that ‘soggy’) days lifts the spirits.
It will come as a huge relief to hundreds of businesses and organisations that need good weather to make a success of their various events and promotions. What pub or restaurant owner doesn’t want to see their summer garden come alive with happy families enjoying a sunny afternoon together? And how much more money is raised for local causes when big crowds turn out on a fine day for a fun run, village show, or a festival?
As you relax in the sun with your delicious locally made ice cream, or savour your refreshing Suffolk ale or cordial, say a quiet thank you to the county’s industrious, enterprising food and drink industry. They deserve our thanks for helping to make Suffolk such a satisfying place to be. We recognised some of them at the Eat Suffolk Food and Drink Awards recently. It was a wonderful night of celebration for the finalists and winners and, of course, for the 2018 food hero, William Kendall, farmer and food entrepreneur, who is such an inspiration to and ambassador for Suffolk’s food and drink sector. On the right you can see an amusing picture, taken on the night by Suffolk Magazine contributor and awards judge Linda Duffin, of this editor chatting to Steve and Lynn Tricker, owners of Truly Traceable and winners of the Field to Ford award. They make award-winning artisan game pies and sausage rolls and have been finalists for three years, so theirs is a very sweet victory. Their joy on the night was very moving and a reminder of just how important it is to recognise enterprise and talent. I congratulate all our winners (you can see them in the food and drink section of the magazine), and thank East of England Co-op for generously supporting the awards once again, a great champion of local food and drink. In fact, Roger Grosvenor, joint CEO at the Co-op, has been telling me about some of the terrific things the organisation has been doing to cut down (and out) single use plastics, and food waste. The Co-op’s bottle for life is already available in stores and the ‘Co-op Guide to Dating’, in which food items past their ‘best before’ date are sold for 10p, is proving extremely popular, not surprisingly.
Finally, a gentle reminder . . . if you enjoy days out on Suffolk’s (mostly) clean beaches this summer please do your best to keep them that way. There’s an army of beach cleaners out there, both organised and those simply on their daily walk, who do a great job of keeping rubbish off our beaches. My own recent post-bank holiday haul yielded two shoes (not a pair), assorted plastic cups, bottles and ice-cream tubs, crisp packets, beer cans, kids’ beach toys, a towel and some men’s pants (yes, really). Keep Suffolk beautiful!
‘Their joy on the night was very moving and a reminder of just how important it is to recognise enterprise and talent’
An unfork-ettable occasion, with Field to, er, Fork winners Steve and Lynn Tricker, of Truly Traceable Venison and Game Pies.