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Sunday, 10 April 2011

New Forest foodies urged to nominate their favourite local produce

Food fans are invited to nominate their favourite New Forest produce in a special category of the Hampshire Life Food and Drink Awards.

People are asked to put forward a New Forest food or drink producer who carries the New Forest Marque® and who has made an outstanding contribution to the quality and diverse range of produce in the area during the past year.

Produce which carries the Marque is grown, reared, caught or brewed in the New Forest to high welfare and quality standards.

Sarah Richards, New Forest Marque Manager, said: ‘The Marque is the only contracted scheme that audits its farmers and producers to ensure a minimum content comes from the New Forest. A series of stringent standards have to be adhered to before the product receives its ‘marque’ of approval.’

Regarded as the Oscars of the local food and drink industry, the Hampshire Life Food and Drink Awards celebrate the finest produce that Hampshire has to offer and give valuable recognition to producers, growers, suppliers and hospitality venues.

Everyone who sends in a nomination will be entered into a draw to win two VIP tickets (worth £120) to attend the awards ceremony at The Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire at Hook on 25 August.

If you would like to put a producer forward for the New Forest Marque category of the awards, nomination forms are available in Hampshire Life Magazine, or from www.hampshire.greatbritishlife.co.uk.

To find out more about the New Forest Marque scheme, visit www.newforestproduce.co.uk.

Closing date for entries is 31 May 2011.

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