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Deliciously Yorkshire launches 2024 Taste Awards in Harrogate

Deliciously Yorkshire 2024 Taste Awards (L-R) Yorkshire Shepherdess Amanda Owen, Your Harrogate’s David Whittle and Deliciously Yorkshire board member, chef consultant Steph Moon.

The annual event celebrates the very best of Yorkshire’s thriving food and drink industry.

Deliciously Yorkshire, The Regional Food Group for Yorkshire and the Humber, officially launched their 2024 Taste Awards today at the Pavilions of Harrogate.

A black-tie awards night will take place later this year when the winners will be announced.

Last year they received a record number of entries from businesses of all shapes and sizes across the county.

Some of last year’s categories included awards for Best Pork Pie, Bakery, New Business and Best Use of Local Produce on a Menu, and more.

Their headline sponsor for 2024 is high-end supermarket chain, Booths.

Nigel Murray, Managing Director of Booths said,

“ Booths are delighted to support the Deliciously Yorkshire Taste Awards, Booths was founded on one simple aim, to sell the best food and drink available.


Winning a Deliciously Yorkshire Taste Award encourages confidence and commercial success for small businesses, as well as motivating teams and generating greater awareness for products, locally, regionally and nationally.”

Entries are now open until Wednesday 31st July across 23 categories including Best Pork Pie, Best Beverage, Best Cheese, Best New Business and Best Independent Retailer, Best Sustainable Product, and The Judy Bell Yorkshire Food Hero.

Judging will take place this autumn and the judging panel includes chefs, supermarket buyers, writers, food entrepreneurs, and industry experts.

This year’s panel will be led by head judges, broadcaster Nigel Barden and chef consultant Steph Moon. 

Commenting on the awards Nigel Barden said:

 “It’s always a pleasure to be involved in these awards which go from strength to strength each year."

He added,

"It’s a real testimony to the resilience and passion of the industry here in God’s Own County that our food and drink producers are still thriving and producing products of such a high standard”.

The panel will also include John Gill from Booths, Yorkshire Shepherdess Amanda Owen, Lisa Bennison from Bettys, Valerie Aston from Proudfoot Supermarkets, food writer Elaine Lemm, Amanda Ludlow from the Whisky Lounge and panel IWSC panel judge and Amanda Peberdy from Subrosa.

We spoke to Yorkshire Shepherdess, Amanda Owen who said, 

"Hearing the stories behind the products and getting to taste them is absolutely fantastic"

"We need food to live, its like oxygen. Where we get it from, that's what these awards are about. What we can actually produce here at home"

This year’s category sponsors include Cranswick, Reed Boardall, Yorkshire Agriculture Society, Holler, Bettys, Parkers Branded, Subrosa, Shepherds Purse Cheeses, Platinum Print, Grow Yorkshire, Verner Wheelock, Marshall Wooldridge, The British Premium Sausage Company, FixOurFood, and Fine Food Digest.

The awards shortlist will be announced mid-September, and the awards night will take place on Wednesday 6th November. 

You can enter the awards here and listen to Your Harrogate's Pete Egerton speaking to Amanda Owen below.

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