Lincolnshire’s foodie star has risen! The county has been revealed as the surprise winner of a public poll to find Britain’s Favourite Food Spot, beating other hot contenders for the title such as Cornwall and Hampshire.
The announcement marks the start of British Food Fortnight, which begins this weekend (17 September – 2 October) and is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. The contest attracted a frenzy of voting over the summer months, with a number of food experts championing the cause of their local regions. All in all, more than 22,000 people cast a vote and the contest finally narrowed down to become an outright battle between Cornwall and Lincolnshire. At the close of voting, Lincolnshire claimed first place with 39.6% of the votes, with Cornwall a close second with 35.7% of votes.
Organiser of British Food Fortnight, Alexia Robinson, comments: “People may be a little surprised that Lincolnshire has won as it is not often described as a foodie destination. But its regional specialities are enjoyed nationwide and it has an incredibly strong farming community that has mounted a ferociously determined campaign to garner the necessary votes to win. With the Face of this year’s British Food Fortnight also being from Lincolnshire, if Lincolnshire was not on the food map before this poll, it most certainly is now!”
Well, we have to say that Lincolnshire has been on our food map for a while now. Not only is it the home of Lincoln’s famous Cheese Society Cafe but you only have to drive through the county to discover the fabulous fresh produce on offer, from luscious strawberries to newly harvested potatoes and asparagus.
As Mary Powell, who is Tourism Development Manager for Tastes of Lincolnshire, said: “We have always believed Lincolnshire is the top food spot in the UK, and now’s our chance to get this recognised nationally. We have the freshest and tastiest local food – premium sausages, delectable pork pies, Lincoln Red beef and the famous Lincolnshire plumbread, best enjoyed with Lincolnshire Poacher Cheese. This competition has been a brilliant profile raiser for local food. As a very rural, often forgotten part of Britain, it is great to be recognised as one of the great food producing areas!”
British Food Fortnight is the biggest national celebration of the diverse and delicious range of food that Britain produces. Each year, food producers and establishments all over the country take part. A wide range of events will be running across the country, from chef demonstrations to special menus and promotions at pubs, restaurants and hotels. There are plenty of things for the whole family to enjoy whilst finding out more about great British food!