EDP Norfolk - - Eat Norfolk Food & Drink Awards -

CASTLE­MEADOW CARE Sponsor – Best Af­ter­noon Tea Dr San­jay Kaushal, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor

“Nor­folk pro­duces a vast se­lec­tion of food and drink which seems to be ever in­creas­ing, this in turn im­pacts the county through em­ploy­ment, our econ­omy and tourism. Much of our pro­duce and in­gre­di­ents are per­fect for our spon­sored cat­e­gory, Best Af­ter­noon Tea, which it­self is mas­sively grow­ing in pop­u­lar­ity across the re­gion.

“Founded in 1999 Castle­meadow Care owns and op­er­ates care homes across Nor­folk pro­vid­ing nurs­ing, de­men­tia and res­i­den­tial care. Woodgate Park Re­tire­ment Liv­ing is a spa­cious de­vel­op­ment of bungalows for peo­ple look­ing for their own in­de­pen­dence whilst at the same time hav­ing the re­as­sur­ance of ad­di­tional sup­port when needed. Cel­e­brat­ing 10 years this year Castle­meadow Care is a rapidly grow­ing busi­ness with ad­di­tional care homes and new re­tire­ment vil­lages planned this year.

“In our care homes af­ter­noon tea is al­ways a pop­u­lar event with our res­i­dents. Our chefs pre­pare a tasty se­lec­tion of home­made cakes which al­ways go down a treat and pro­vide a great so­cial ex­pe­ri­ence. We are also proud to be a sponsor this year of a GoGo Hare in as­so­ci­a­tion with the char­ity Break.

“Be­ing a Nor­folk-based busi­ness we are very proud of our re­gion and all it has to of­fers. For the third year we are de­lighted to be a sponsor for the awards and to recog­nise the tal­ent that this re­gion has to of­fer.”

EAS­TON AND OT­LEY COL­LEGE Sponsor – Field to Fork Jane Townsend, prin­ci­pal

“Nor­folk and East Anglia is known as Bri­tain’s bread bas­ket, and it con­tin­ues to be in­no­va­tive in terms of the food and drink that it pro­duces. It brings em­ploy­ment and tourism to the re­gion and helps the county to grow, thrive and sur­vive. What re­ally makes it stand out is that a week­end of eat­ing and drink­ing in Nor­folk can see you go from an in­de­pen­dent eatery to a Miche­lin star restau­rant, via a coun­try pub be­fore re­tir­ing to the beau­ti­ful North Nor­folk coast­line for fish and chips by the sea.

“In pre­vi­ous years of spon­sor­ing the Field to Fork award, we have wit­nessed mil­lion pound com­pa­nies op­er­at­ing down coun­try lanes and high qual­ity food pro­duc­tions be­ing run out of gar­den sheds. The ap­peal of sup­port­ing this cat­e­gory is based around the fact it mir­rors our pas­sion for food and farm­ing, and it shines a light on some of the in­cred­i­ble un­sung cre­ativ­ity that is hap­pen­ing right now in this won­der­ful part of the world.

“Food and farm­ing is such a large part of our her­itage and this event is like a re­gional ver­sion of the Os­cars for those who are nom­i­nated. There­fore, we are keen to get in­volved to cel­e­brate these ef­forts that play such a cru­cial role in sus­tain­ing our vi­brant ru­ral econ­omy. It’s also a chance for us to say thanks to those work­ing in this in­dus­try for the over­whelm­ing sup­port we re­ceive from them ev­ery year.”

FOODCARE SYS­TEMS Sponsor – Best Fam­ily Din­ing Barry Wells, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor

“Nor­folk’s most suc­cess­ful op­er­a­tors source as many prod­ucts as pos­si­ble on their menu from lo­cal farms that treat their pro­duce with care and their an­i­mals well and use sus­tain­able prac­tices. These won­der­ful lo­cal es­tab­lish­ments are com­mit­ted to fos­ter­ing a food cul­ture that is rich in tradition and cul­ti­vates re­spect for one an­other and our com­mu­nity.

“Foodcare spe­cialises in the sup­ply of table­ware and bar­ware help­ing to de­sign the per­fect match be­tween the menu, food pre­sen­ta­tion and the eat­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. We sup­port cus­tomers from small cafés and vil­lage halls to gas­tro pubs, restau­rants and ho­tels through to na­tional op­er­a­tors such as the NHS, care homes and high street chains.

“For many young fam­i­lies, chil­dren have be­come an ever-in­creas­ing fac­tor in co-se­lect­ing our din­ing choices as they nat­u­rally sense the feel­ing of be­ing wel­comed and re­spected. Suc­cess­ful op­er­a­tors un­der­stand that, by cre­at­ing com­fort­able en­vi­ron­ments and de­liv­er­ing good fam­ily ser­vice, they help cre­ate strong and last­ing pos­i­tive mem­o­ries.

“We are very proud to be serv­ing the Nor­folk com­mu­nity and wish to sup­port the re­gion’s rich­ness of tal­ent and re­source. As a Nor­folk grown busi­ness we are ded­i­cated to the area’s eco­nomic, so­cial and en­vi­ron­men­tal de­vel­op­ment.

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