Tasty food and drink awards launch

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FOOD and drink businesses are being urged to enter a prestigious awards ceremony.

Derbyshire County Council’s annual food and drink awards will take place at Chatsworth House at the start of next year.

The well-known event celebrates top Derbyshire food and drink businesses and the council is appealing for entries.

This year there are 12 categories including four new awards for Best Newcomer 2012, Best Family Friendly Venue and Local Producer of the Year.

Cllr Kevin Parkinson, cabinet member for regeneration, said: “We’re delighted to launch this year’s awards to ashowcase the very best of our impressive array of eateries.”

Venues are judged on a number of criteria including the quality of food and drink and customer service.

Application forms are available from Derbyshire County Council’s Steph Walsh – phone 01629 538464 or email stephanie.walsh@derbyshire.gov.uk.

Entries need to be in by October 26 and the awards ceremony will take place on January 14.