Posted on 8th February 2018
A winning start to 2018 for Ridgeview
Congratulations to Ridgeview Wine Estate, winning the coveted title of Sussex Drink Producer of the Year at the Sussex Food & Drink Awards 2018 at the Amex Stadium on Wednesday evening. It was the third year in a row that Ridgeview have reached the Grand Final and the second time in three years that they have won. Congratulations also to their Assistant Vineyard Manager Luke Spalding, who was runner-up in the Young Farmer of the Year category.
Celebrations were in full flow on Wednesday 7 February as the Sussex Food & Drink Awards revealed the county’s top food and drink producers for 2018 at the Amex Community Stadium in Brighton.
Along with friends, Danny Pike of BBC Sussex and actress Julie Graham, representing the charity Chestnut Tree House, plus 400 fabulous Sussex foodies they celebrated at our glittering 12th awards ceremony.
Sussex Food & Drink Awards is the only awards in the county created to support and boost local farmers, food and drink producers and the outlets which serve and sell their superb local fare. Thank you to everyone who has been involved in this year’s awards and stay tuned for more about 2019’s competition!
Sussex Drink Producer of the Year, sponsored by Natural PR with support from The Pass at South Lodge Hotel
Winner: Ridgeview Wine Estate, Ditchling Common, East Sussex
Runners up: Brighton Gin, Brighton and Hove and Wobblegate, Bolney, West Sussex
Young Sussex Farmer of the Year, sponsored by Plumpton College supported by Farmers Weekly
Winner: Jack Stilwell, Forestside, West Sussex
Runners up: Luke Spalding, Ditchling Common, East Sussex & Christopher Appleton, Arlington, East Sussex
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