West Sussex County Times
Meet the winners
Jengers Craft Bakery in Billingshurst (pictured) are among the delighted winners in the Sussex Food and Drink Awards. Mark Sheath said he was ‘so proud’ as they were named Sussex Food Producer of the Year. Other winners included Horsham’s Mann and Moore which was named top for street food, Rushfields Farm Shop at Poynings was Sussex Food Shop of the Year, and Heritage by Matt Gillan in Slaugham which took the award for Newcomer of the Year.
It is time to celebrate the best of Sussex produce as the winners have been announced in the Sussex Food and Drink Awards.
The awards, carried over from 2020, received 17,000 public votes.
The winners are: Sussex Food Producer of the Year, sponsored by Southern Coop: Jengers Craft Bakery, Billingshurst, West Sussex.
Mark Sheath from Jengers Bakery said: “I am so proud of what we have achieved in seven years of trading. We are passionate about baking and this award means so much to the entire team.”
Sussex Drink Producer of the Year, sponsored by Natural PR winner: Long Man Brewery, Litlington, East Sussex.
Sussex Butcher of the Year, sponsored by RP Meats Wholesale Ltd winner: Tablehurst Farm, Forest Row, East Sussex.
Sussex Farmers Market of the Year, sponsored by Harvey’s Brewery the winner was Lewes Farmers Market, East Sussex.
Sussex Eating Experience of the Year, sponsored by Lloyds Bank Cardnet was awarded to The Fig Tree, Hurstpierpoint, West Sussex.
Sussex Food Shop of the Year, sponsored by Sussex Food and Drink Network the winner was Rushfields Farm Shop, Poynings, West Sussex.
Sussex Newcomer of the Year, sponsored by SRC-Time the winner was Heritage by Matt Gillan, Slaugham, West Sussex.
Sussex Street Food of the Year, sponsored by Horsham District Foodies supported by Food Rocks was won by Mann & Moore, Horsham, West Sussex.
Sussex Young Chef of the Year, sponsored by Blakes Foods winner - Dan Ibbotson from etch. in Brighton & Hove.
He said: “It’s amazing to have won this and will be a huge stepping stone forward for me, hopefully helping me secure great future jobs.”
Dan Hird, from Lambert Farm, Plumpton, East Sussex won Young Sussex Farmer of the Year, sponsored by Natural Partnerships CIC in association with Farmers Weekly magazine.
“Congratulations to all our fantastic winners. Over the last decade, Sussex has really earned its place as one of the leading counties in the UK for producing superb food and drink and this year’s Winners line up offers an impressive range of first class, diverse businesses from across the county,” said William Goodwin, chairman of the judges.
Winners and grand finalists will be able to celebrate at an outdoor summer party in July at Borde Hill Gardens.