Edi­tor’s com­ment

EADT Suffolk - - News -

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.

JAYNE LINDILL, Edi­tor, EADT Suffolk jayne.lindill@eadt.co.uk

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