BY KATIE - MYGREENPOD, 13 June '15

A search for the best of London’s local larder

London Food Link and The Mayor of London’s Food Team are on a mission to find the best of the fantastic food and drink being made by the capital’s finest small, independent producers.

Winners of last year’s Urban Food Awards include Stepney City Farm Café (Best Eatery), Made in Hackney (Best Educator), OrganicLea Community Growers (Best Producer), Brockley & Wapping Markets (Best retailer) and Skylight Café (The People’s Choice Award).

The categories

Small enterprises that produce utterly brilliant food or drink in London boroughs have until 29 June to enter their wares in the following six categories:

  • Londoners’ Loaf: the upper crust of the capital’s Real Bread
  • Heavenly Honey: golden drops from London’s hidden hives of activity
  • Best Banger: a sublime sossie that simply sizzles
  • The Big Smoke’s Big Cheese: greater than the rest
  • Beautiful Brew: the ale to hail as nonpareil
  • London Leaves: hoopiest herbs and sassiest salads

Great taste, great practices

As well as great-tasting food, producers will be asked to demonstrate clear commitment to sustainable food practices, including sourcing, employment and food waste policies.

‘I am thrilled that this year’s Urban Food Awards will give Londoners a chance to vote for, and learn about, some of the most wonderful food and drink to be found in any city anywhere, all being produced, grown and manufactured right here in London.

‘The Awards will also recognise the people and places working hard to make London such an exciting place to be for food in 2015.’

Rosie Boycott, chair of the London Food Board and the awards’ judging panel

A better food future

The Urban Food Awards are also open to enterprises, organisations and individuals leading the way to a better food future. Entries are invited from:

  • New Shoots Food Guru: A person showing passion and brilliance in passing on cooking or food growing skills to children and other young people
  • Food Hero: The cook, campaigner, retailer, whatever, who is leading the way towards better food for London
  • Capital Growth’s Growing Enterprise: A community food garden becoming more self-sufficient with a scheme that shows money can grow on trees
  • London Markets Initiative Krys Zasada Memorial Award: This year’s best activity to ensure one or more London markets will survive and thrive

Finalists will be chosen by a public vote in July. Winners will then be decided by a panel of expert judges and announced at The Urban Food Feast on 24 September, during Urban Food Fortnight.

Click here for full details and the entry form.