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
"I am delighted to have a long-standing relationship with the BHBPA. Since its foundation the Association has gone from strength to strength and there is no doubt that it has brought huge benefits to its members and the business community as a whole through the partnerships it has formed with the local authorities, Sussex Police and local organisations. It is paramount that Burgess Hill businesses have an effective collective voice."
"“Sutton Winson have been members of the BHBPA for around 7 years. We have found it a great way to keep in touch with Burgess Hill businesses and to meet with likeminded people. It’s not just another “networking” group, as it tackles the real issues and gets things done”"
"“I can’t speak highly enough of the BHBPA. As a small local business we feel very much part of a community and thoroughly enjoy the annual exhibition and meetings throughout the year. Over the years we have built fantastic working relationships with many BHBPA members and every meeting and event offers us opportunities to work with more. This is networking at its best! ” "
"The BHBPA is the most effective and dynamic business organisation I have ever worked with in over 30 years in Local Government. It has a very active and large membership whose points of view are taken seriously by all government structures. Peter Liddell does an excellent job in providing unique and enjoyable networking opportunities where members interact and discuss points of mutual interest. It provides a forum for businesses to discuss common issues, to share experiences and to play a powerful and meaningful role in the Burgess Hill community. The BHBPA provides important and credible support for all its members and ensures that their best interests are represented where necessary. "