Kent Life Food & Drink Awards 2020 nominations close September 17

PUBLISHED: 11:49 08 September 2020

Kent Life Food & Drink Awards 2020 is open for nominations!

Kent Life Food & Drink Awards 2020 is open for nominations!


It’s that time again, the Kent Life Food & Drink Awards are open for nominations

Whether you are a reader, an employee or owner of a business, make sure your nomination is cast before our closing date at noon on 17 September 2020.

We want to hear about the fantastic businesses on our doorstep who are making their mark in these testing times.

Lockdown has had a big impact on the way we source, sell and consume local food and drink. With the government initiative ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ in full swing in the food and drink sector, who do you think deserves recognition in these unprecedented times?

With our new categories highlighting these changes, make sure to nominate all those who you support.

Best Local Food/Drink Delivery Experience for those businesses who are bringing your favourite produce to your door; Best Local Food/Drink Initiative for those who have adapted during lockdown or set up earlier projects to help support the local community; the Customer Service Award recognises outstanding service during the Covid-19 crisis; while Chef of the Year celebrates those who stop at nothing to serve the best possible food despite all the challenges and restrictions they now face.

If you are a food or drink business, head to our site to download our ‘nominate us’ social media pack to post about it on your social channels and encourage your customers to nominate for you.

Nominations are now open at and close at noon on 17 September 2020. So what are you waiting for? There’s never been a better time to show your support for the Kent food and drink sector. They need your backing more than ever.

Head to our dedicated awards website: to nominate and support your local food and drink heroes.

Keep up to date @KentLife #KentFDA

Best Independent Food & Drink Retailer

Sponsored by Perrys Chartered Accountants

This is your chance to nominate your local food shop. Shout about your favourite deli, baker or food retailer who deserves this accolade. Look out for stalwarts that continue to supply products produced and grown here in Kent. This retailer will have a genuine passion for our food and drink scene and a dedication to what it means to provide for the local community.

Best Farm Shop

Sponsored by Neptune Canterbury

Any chef or food enthusiast will tell you the importance of fresh ingredients in their dishes, and it doesn’t come fresher than a farm shop. The key to a good farm shop is not only the range of produce but also the principles that it supports. Does your local farm shop offer a box scheme? Is most of the produce available grown and raised on that farm or would the staff be able to tell you where it is sourced from?  

Butcher of the Year 

Most supermarket shoppers who start getting their meat from a butcher won’t go back to the open fridges filled with plastic trays. We want to know the vital impact your butcher has on the community. Do they provide unusual cuts and offerings? Do they work in partnership with a local farms? 

Food Producer of the Year 

Sponsored by Illuminate Skin Clinics

Local producers dedicate their lives to their produce. They consistently deliver a high stand of produce. Preserves to cheese, meat to sweet treats we want to hear about those food products that are tickling your tastebuds. Who has been your food producer of choice during these challenging times? Why do they deserve the title of best food producer in Kent? 


Drink Producer of the Year 

Sponsored by Coolings The Gardener’s Garden Centre

Artisan drinks have become the go to in recent years with independent brewers and distilleries now dominating the beverage market and our home comforts have become even more important in recent months through lockdown. Cider, juice, beers, ales, soft drinks, wine and spirits, with so many choices we want to know who your favourites are and why. Is it their packaging? Where they source from? What entices you to the product? 

Best Local Food/Drink Initiative

Sponsored by Girlings Solicitors

Open to those who have implemented an initiative before or during Covid-19. We are looking for initiatives that are seeking to raise the bar and serve as exemplars to the community in Kent. Whether it is a small farmers’ market held once a month, a loyalty scheme or innovative promotional campaign We want to hear about those who have impressed you with something new. This could also encompass adapting to the changes lockdown has enforced for example such as those providing an online offering or virtual market. 

Best Local Food/Drink Delivery Experience 

Sponsored by FAS

This is the opportunity to praise those who have adapted to the social distancing measures by bringing your food/drink items and meals to you. From local greengrocers to breweries, restaurants to your local café, who has your support for an unrivalled at home experience? We want to hear about the businesses who have adapted their way of offering to allow your continued support of their business. 

Customer Service Award

Sponsored by NFU Mutual Ashford, Tenterden and Whitfield

This category is on the hunt for an outstanding level of service from staff that makes for a truly enjoyable experience, especially in recent times. Who has the ability to understand and anticipate the customer’s needs, making the ordering, take away or delivery of their produce the best possible? Who is personable even in tough times, making sure that your experience is impeccable and keeps you returning?

Chef of the Year

Sponsored by The Canterbury Auction Galleries

Kent is filled with talented chefs who make up the fantastic array of dining establishments we have here. Times have changed, but who is still making impeccable food for you to enjoy? Who has devoted themselves to serving the best possible food? They will display fantastic technical ability, use a wide range of seasonal produce, present food in a striking manor and have an impeccable flair for flavours.  

Food & Drink Hero of the Year

Sponsored by Clive Emson Land and Property Auctioneers

This category celebrates the individual who has made a significant impact to Kent’s food and drink scene. They will go the extra mile to promote Kent to a wider audience and is passionate about local produce throughout. They could be known for their achievements across a number of years or they could be someone who has done their upmost to champion the Kent food or drink scene over recent months.  Who is your 2020 Kent Food & Drink Hero?

How to nominate

Visit to nominate in any or all the categories. Nominations close midday, Thursday, September 17, 2020.

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