The Eat Suffolk Food and Drink Awards 2019 took place on Monday 29 April, to celebrate the people who grow, prepare, cook and purvey some of the finest food and drink in the county. The food and drink sector is a valuable contributor to Suffolk’s economy and gives a key reason for people to visit the area to enjoy the fresh local produce, great retailers, pubs, bars and eateries. The annual event is organised by Archant and more details of all the categories, finalists and winners can be found at www.eadt.co.uk.
The main sponsor was East of England Co-op, a champion of the local food scene, through their Sourced Locally initiative. A special mention to several Ipswich businesses who were worthy finalists and winners.
Hullabaloo, a social enterprise whose mission is to make vegan food more accessible won the Best Coffee/tea Shop Award. Currently to be found on Cemetery Road, but soon to be relocating to the Saints.
Applaud Coffee, based in the Saints and a previous winner of the award were also a finalist in this category.
Hopsters, an independent craft ale and fine spirits bottle shop were finalists in the Best Food and Drink Retailer Category. Find them on the Saints, St Nicholas Street and watch out for the return of the Ipswich Beer Festival in September, organised by Hopsters.
Luke Bailey from The Salthouse Harbour Hotel on the Ipswich Waterfront won Chef of the Year, a great accolade for Luke and the team.
The Ipswich food and drink scene is growing and thriving with a wide array of world cuisines, restaurants, bars and pubs, coffee and tea shops, and street food. Catering for all tastes and budgets.
Date for your diary – Fresh produce and Street Food is available four times a week at the Ipswich Market, and now on the first Sunday of the month the Cornhill square plays host to a Farmers Market.