Great Food Club is encouraging Cool As Leicester followers to cast their vote in the Great Food Club Awards. The voting deadline is July 10 so make sure to have a read and pick your favourites.
This is your chance to put your favourites in the spotlight! GFC founder Matt Wright said: “Great Food Club HQ is in Melton Mowbray, so Leicestershire and Leicester is our heartland. We’d love Cool As Leicester followers to let us know which local food or drink independents they love the most. We want to shine a light on and recognise the best local places!”
“Please nominate the one food or drink business that has brought you the most joy over the past 12 months.”
Past Leicestershire-based Great Food Club Champions include:
The Hammer & Pincers, Wymeswold
The Black Horse, Aylestone
Round Corner Brewing, Melton Mowbray
Pratik Master for his work at Not Just A Corner Shop
The Stag & Hounds, Burrough on the Hill
Manor Farm Yogurt, Thrussington
John’s House of Mountsorrel
The Garage Bakehouse of Market Harborough
The Awards categories this year will be as follows:
FOOD OR DRINK PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR
PUB OF THE YEAR
CAFÉ OF THE YEAR
FOOD SHOP OF THE YEAR
STREET FOOD PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
FOOD HERO OF THE YEAR
The Awards Process
Once the voting closes on July 10, the top four vote winners in each category will make up a shortlist. Multiple votes from individuals for the same business will be discarded.
GFC’s judges will then visit every shortlisted business to decide the winners. They will eat and shop – anonymously where possible – at all the pubs, cafés, shops and restaurants, and chat to the all the producers.
The winners will be revealed on October 1 2021.
Businesses that won GFC awards last year were not eligible to be shortlisted this year. The aim of the awards is to showcase a broad range of independents and by not allowing a single business to win an award two years in a row, we go some way to achieving this aim.
Background to Great Food Club
Melton Mowbray-based Great Food Club is an online guide, app and annual printed magazine that celebrates food & drink independents in the East Midlands. It has over 16,000 members and a growing network of more than 500 recommended businesses, from breweries to street-food stalls to Michelin-starred restaurants. Over 100 Great Food Club-recommended businesses offer special deals and discounts to Great Food Club members.
Matt Wright, founder of Great Food Club, said: “Great Food Club focuses on independents. Our passion is for small businesses that source locally and serve local communities. We cover restaurants, food/drink producers, street-food vendors, farm shops, delis, cafés, pubs and more.”
Thought about who you’re going to nominate? Get voting!