Have you enjoyed a fantastic meal recently that you’re desperate to tell people about? 

Do you have a favourite café that you’ll take any opportunity to pop into for tea and cake? 

Is there a local food or drink that tantalises your taste buds? 

If the answer to any of the above is “yes”, then now is the time to shout about it by making a nomination for the Suffolk Magazine Food & Drink Awards 2024.

The awards celebrate the very best of food and drink in Suffolk and are making a welcome return for the first time since the pandemic. 

After all the challenges of the last few years, the awards champion and highlight the achievements of the people across the county who are serving us outstanding food and drink in wonderful settings. 

Now it is over to you to nominate your favourites. It is your chance to shine a light on Suffolk’s food heroes and heroines, name the people and businesses that have thrived and survived, made a difference and added to the fabulous flavour of our county. 

East Anglian Daily Times: Jennie Debenham and Jon Halls from Hullabaloo, which won the Best Coffee/Tea Shop award at the 2019 awardsJennie Debenham and Jon Halls from Hullabaloo, which won the Best Coffee/Tea Shop award at the 2019 awards (Image: Sarah Lucy Brown)

The Suffolk Magazine Food and Drink Awards is brought to you by Suffolk Magazine, in association with the East Anglian Daily Times, and sponsored by Thomas Ridley Foodservice, which is a big supporter of the awards and of celebrating the food and drink sector in Suffolk.

“I am absolutely over the moon to support and sponsor this incredible event,” said Jon Matthews, sales director at Thomas Ridley Foodservice. “From our customers to our suppliers, we’re always working with local producers and food businesses, so we’re really excited to be part of the Suffolk Food and Drink Awards process this year. There’s no better way to help celebrate excellence within our thriving food and drink scene.” 

We would also like to thank our category sponsors, including Suffolk New College, The VENI Project and The Hotel Folk, Pier and our beer partner, Woodforde’s Brewery.  

There are 11 categories open for entries, which will be accepting entries from businesses, as well as nominations from customers. 

The categories are: Pub or Bar of the Year, Best Coffee Shop or Café, Restaurant of the Year, Best Suffolk Producer, Chef of the Year, Front of House Experience, Food and Drink Retailer of the Year, Best Newcomer, Street Food Vendor, Field to Fork and Food/Drink Experience.

There is also an Outstanding Achievement Award, which is a non-entry category, with a winner selected by the judges. 

Entries will remain open until midnight on Sunday, January 7, 2024. 

Judging will then commence, with two judges per category going out to complete organised meetings or unannounced visits. 

The judges will score entries against set criteria to determine the finalists for each category. 

The winners will be announced at the 2024 Suffolk Food & Drink Awards event at Snape Maltings on Monday, April 29, 2024

To view the full criteria and submit your entries and nominations, visit the awards website at suffolkfada.co.uk