A hectic 2017 ended with some great news for us when we made it through to the final three in the Street Food category and the Butchery at the 2018 Sussex Food & Drink Awards. In a fantastic day at Horsham local produce market we went head-to-head with some of the finest street food traders from across Sussex and played our part in producing a feast of great food for the panel of expert judges and local shoppers. Our dish for the finals was our own-cured salt beef paired with nettle bubble & squeak, caper & seaweed creme-fraiche and a chestnut and alexander butter. We drew our inspiration for the dish from the incredible range of ingredients available to us in Sussex. At the heart of the dish was our own spice-infused salt beef from the wild-range Longhorn beef farmed on the Knepp Castle estate, and we wanted to compliment this with a range of simple, locally foraged, but creatively paired ingredients. We thought we’d come up with a winning dish and we were thrilled that the judges agreed and put us through to the final 3.
Toby and his events team work incredibly hard across the year catering everything from weddings, to parties, local fetes, food and music festivals. At every event we attend we’re amazed at the diversity and quality of the street food on offer (don’t get me wrong, there’s still plenty of rubbish out there, but the tide has definitely turned..) and it’s really gratifying to see our efforts being recognised as part of this growing food movement.
It was doubly gratifying when we discovered we’d made it to the final three of the Sussex Butcher of the Year category in the same awards as well! As with the Street Food category the judges recognised our commitment to working with the best local producers and in dedicating ourselves to combining quality with sustainability and ethical practice.
When the awards dinner came round in February 2018 we were delighted to be crowned winner in the Street Food category! Unfortunately we missed out on the Butcher of the Year prize…. but we’ll be back.
We love what we do and we always strive to do it to the best of our ability. It’s nice when that commitment pays off.
Paul & the team.