Plymouth Food Award winners announced at Big Food Debate

 BFE-line-boxed-xsmallThe winners of the 2014 Plymouth Food Awards were announced on 10th June at the first ever Big Food Debate, at the  National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth; an event organised by Food is Fun and Food Plymouth.The awards were created to celebrate some of the extraordinary efforts, skills and achievements of those who are bringing delicious healthy and sustainable food to people in Plymouth supporting the aims of the Plymouth Food Charter.

BFE041The winners of the 2014 Plymouth Food Awards are:

  • Best Local Food Producer: Riverford

Highly Commended: Well Hung Meat Company

BFE040Sponsor: Tamar View Fruiterers





  • BFE045Best Local Food Product:  Bread, Column Bakehouse, Devonport Guildhall

Highly Commended:  Honey, Tamar Valley Coop


BFE003Sponsor: Devon Contract Waste





  • Community Food Award: Tamar Valley Food Hubs

BFE052Highly Commended:  Fairport Coop


Sponsor: Plymouth Community Healthcare CIC





  • BFE048Sustainable Restaurant: River Cottage

Highly Commended:  Jolly Jacks


Sponsor: Chadds / Foodsmiths





  • Sustainable Food School: Oreston Community BFE056Academy

Highly Commended: Yealmpstone Farm Primary


Sponsor: Food is Fun





  • BFE058Reconnect Award: Kingfisher Fish and Chips, Plympton

Highly Commended: Dolphin House Brazzerie, Sutton Harbour

BFE057 Sponsor: National Marine Aquarium

Nigel Chadd, owner of Foodsmiths, sponsors of Best Restaurant Award, said, ‘Plymouth has a diverse array of Restaurants and Café within the City of Plymouth and Foodsmiths are proud to supply local speciality ingredients to a large proportion.  Pressure is being placed on the independents with national chains coming into the city but the Food Awards focus on the local achievements and skills which bring quality and healthy foods into the city. Congratulations to all the businesses and organisations that were nominated and who received awards for their great work.’

Event sponsor, Steve Whiteway of Devon Contract Waste said: The Plymouth Food Awards are a great way to recognise and reward best practice for people who are working so hard to bring good food into Plymouth, which is why we are so pleased to support them.”

BFE006The awards were part of an event which included a food trade expo and school cookery competitions, running alongside a conference and series of food debates. This Big Food Debate saw over 300 food producers, suppliers, chefs, community groups and school children come together to celebrate and debate healthy and sustainable food.

Council Leader Tudor Evans opened the day saying: ‘Local food has a major economic impact. In fact this is why we asked Food Plymouth to develop the “Future of Food” paper for our new Plymouth Plan, an overarching strategic and planning document for the city. This is a great example of cooperative working in action and we BFE012now have a visionary document with robust evidence and recommendations around sustainable and healthy food, which will help us to deliver the aspirations of our Plymouth Food Charter.’   He was then presented with the Blue City Award by Fish2Fork, Plymouth is the first UK City to receive this, what a great achievement!

Six Plymouth Primary schools chosen to take place in the BFE Cookery Challenge excelled themselves. Teams worked hard to design, prepare and cook dishes themed around Plymouth in only 20 minutes in the Ready, Steady, Cook style competition at the National Marine Aquarium as part of Plymouth BFE week. Each team of pupils were supported by top local chefs Bruce Cole, Head Chef at the Moorland Garden Hotel, and Richard Hunt, Devon Scone Company.

The three winning teams, Leigham Primary, Pilgrim Primary and Compton C of E Primary will all be cooking their dishes on Lord Mayor’s Day this Saturday in the Food is Fun Cookery Theatre on Frankfort Gate, and later on will enjoy a visit to the Moorland Garden Hotel.

BFE055Tami Skelton of Food is Fun who organized the cookery competition said: “The Challenge was amazing. The children worked calmly and efficiently and demonstrated great team work to create some amazing dishes using only locally sourced produce that they had chosen. It wasn’t about winning, it was about taking part and thankfully I wasn’t given the difficult task of judging!” The judges were Alison Nelson, Food For Life Partnership, Brad Pearce, Educational Catering Manager for Plymouth City Council, and Michael House, Healthy Child Quality Mark.


BFE039Traci Lewis, Food Plymouth Coordinator said: ‘Thanks to everyone who voted and attended the event.  It was a great day and we are really pleased with the calibre of all the Food Award winners and Expo exhibitors, as they all represent the excellent range and diversity of work going on across the city. Their great work really supports the aims of the Plymouth Food Charter, helping to make a more healthy and sustainable city for all.”




Big Food Debate Agenda  Big Food Debate Agenda 10 June 14 FINAL

Future of Food Report   140605 Food Plymouth – Future of Food FINAL


BFE035Tim Bouget - Ode Cafe & Restaurant - Tim Bouget, ODE Restaurant

Brad Pearce - Plymouth City Council School Meals Service - Brad Pearce, PCC   BFE037

Simon Platten - Tamar Grow Local  –  Tamar Grow Local BFE   BFE031

Food Debates

Sustainable Catering – How do we achieve sustainable catering?

Community Food - Food Plymouth – BFE June 2014 – Community Food afternoon workshop – Key Actions

Exhibitor List   BFE Exhibitor list FINAL

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Big Food Event – BFE 


Big Food Event from Food PlymouthPlymouth Big Food Event (BFE),  from 10th – 14th June 2014, a city-wide celebration of good food. Events include a Big Food Debate, a conference and trade expo, at the National Marine Aquarium on 10th June.

Also in the city centre on Saturday 14th June was a local produce market and cookery demonstrations, as part of Lord Mayors Day celebrations, with local chefs and schools. There were also food stands and cookery demos down Sutton Harbour, as part of La Solitaire Figaro and Jazz Festival celebrations.  A great weekend to be in Plymouth!

Taking place over four days in the heart of Plymouth, the event was a celebration of good food
and featured a range of activities across the city.

Traci: or Tami   To find out more

Many thanks to our supporters:  Devon Contract Waste, Foodsmiths, Food is Fun, National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth City Centre Company, Plymouth City Council, Plymouth City Markets, Plymouth Community Healthcare CIC, Plymouth University, Soil Association, Sustainable Food Cities, Tamar View Fruiterers.








Have you seen the Plymouth Food map?

Have you seen the Plymouth Good Food Map?

Food Plymouth have produced a new Plymouth Good Food Map listing Plymouth’s restaurants, and other eateries, serving local food with clear details about where it comes from.
The new map is free of charge and is available from information points around the City and from all of the outlets listed.  If you would like to receive copies for your business or organisation please email your request and address to:

View map    FoodPlyGoodMap_ForWeb_Map
View List  FoodPlyGoodMap_Info

Plymouth Food Awards 2014 – voting now closed

This year’s Plymouth Food Awards have now closed for voting:

Local Producer, Local Food Product, Sustainable Restaurant, Sustainable Food School & Community Food Award

We are also very pleased to have a new Award this year: National Marine Aquarium’s Reconnect Award which is for restaurants that deliver excellent information to customers on food provenance particularly with regard to the sourcing of seafood.

Winners announced at Plymouth Big Food Debate on 10 June  To find out more 


Food Plymouth DEAL Conference   

Cllr Brian Vincent opens Food Plymouth DEAL Conference

The Food Plymouth Conference 2013 was opened by Cllr Brian Vincent, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Sustainability, who stated that, ‘good food is vital to Plymouth’s health and economy,’ and that we are working towards achieving formal ‘Sustainable Food City status’ for next year.  Tom Andrews from the Soil Association praised Plymouth as being a founder member of the Sustainable Food City network, which was formally launched in the Summer.  Paul Cox from the Marine Aquarium also announced that Plymouth is working to achieve the Fish2Fork Blue City Award, as part of their journey to support Plymouth to be a Sustainable Fish City.  

Other speakers included; Traci Lewis, who outlined Food Plymouth’s objectives, outcomes and future focus.  Gilles Marechal, one of our French DEAL partners from Rennes in Brittany, about how they have developed a Sustainable Food Plan for Rennes.  Julie Frier of Plymouth Public Health outlined the gravity of the situation for the City around ill-health and health inequalities caused by food poverty and poor diet. Whilst Brad Pearce of Plymouth City Council School Meals Service impressed delegates with how they manage to feed Plymouth’s primary school children to Gold standard Catering Mark, the first Local Authority in the country to achieve this prestigious award.   It was a lively and inspiring day with lots of debate and discussion, lots of work still to do, but lots to celebrate also!





Food Cultures: Growing, Cooking, Eating project reveals new appetite for behavioural change

At a time when 25% of the adult population is considered to be obese and the annual cost of the national obesity epidemic is estimated at £5 billon, a Plymouth based research project that introduced young men and older people to sustainable and healthy food activities points to innovative partnership solutions. The research showed how participants underwent a range of social and behavioural improvements around food and diet.

click to download

Sustainable Food City: Plymouth Action Plan

Food Plymouth launched the Sustainable Food City Action Plan at the Plymouth Guildhall on 23 February 2012. The plan, developed by the city-wide partnership, aims to provide the framework and guidance to help healthy and sustainable food drive and support a thriving local economy.

The event showcased new and exciting developments around local food in Plymouth. Speakers included representatives from the public, private and third sectors discussing how the Plymouth Food Charter has helped to drive positive change for their organisations, as well as the city. Click here to download your copy of the Action Plan


Food Plymouth  – who are we?

Food Plymouth is a city-wide, cross-sector partnership of organizations and businesses working to support Plymouth’s journey to be a ‘Sustainable Food City’. It is led by the three main public sector bodies in the city: Plymouth City Council, Plymouth Community Healthcare, Plymouth University and is coordinated by the Soil Association; working to promote sustainable and healthy food as a powerful driver for promoting and enabling positive social, economic and environmental change.

Plymouth Food Charter

Good food is vital to the quality of peoples’ lives in Plymouth. By promoting healthy and sustainable food as part of a thriving food economy, the Plymouth Food Charter aims to improve health and wellbeing for all and to create a more connected, resilient and sustainable City. Signatories to the Charter – which include public, private and community partners – are committed to promoting the pleasure and importance of good food to help create a vibrant and diverse food culture.

Who’s involved so far?

Allways Apples; Dig for Devonport; Devonport Guildhall; Department of Health; Diggin’ It; Food for Life Partnership; Federation of City Farms; Flavour Fest; Food is Fun; Grow Efford Partnership; Groundwork;  National Trust; NHS Plymouth; Plymouth Community Healthcare; Plymouth 2020; Plymouth Better Together; Plymouth City Council; Plymouth City Markets;  Plymouth City Centre Company; Plymouth University, Real Ideas Organisation; Riverford Organic; Soil Association; South West Food and Drink; Tamar Grow Local; Tamar View Fruiterers; Take a Part; Tideford Organics; Transition Plymouth; The Barefoot Partnership Ltd; ….see ‘Pledges’ for full list of businesses and organisations around Plymouth who have signed up to the Charter and are working  together to help Plymouth on it’s journey to be a ‘Sustainable Food City’ …..

Food Plymouth is proud to be a founder member of the Sustainable Food Cities network  @FoodCities


Traci Lewis, Food Plymouth Coordinator  M 07870 268 654   @foodplymouth

Soil Association 



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