Urban Food Awards nominations openWritten by Anjali Dattani
The Mayor of London and London Food Link need your help to find the winners of the 2019 Urban Food Awards.
This year, the awards will recognise the enterprises, initiatives and organisations bringing good food to the London’s table. The London Growth Hub is sponsoring this year’s ‘Superfood Social Enterprise’ award category, which will see the winner receive up to £5,000 of free business support.
For the first time, the awards will also profile and celebrate women doing great things for food across the capital. This follows on from the success of the Mayor’s ‘Behind Every Great City’ campaign in pushing for greater gender equality.
Londoners have until 17 February to make their Urban Food Awards nominations or enter their own work for consideration. Winners will be announced at an invitation-only ceremony in March.
This year’s categories are:
· Good To Go: Recognising and rewarding takeaways dumping the junk. For example, by offering healthier options, plant-based menus.
· Surplus Superstar: Open to enterprises and initiatives working to reduce food surplus and waste, including those involved in circular economy
· Superfood Social Enterprise: Open to food-related social enterprises (i.e. businesses run to generate social and/or environmental ‘profit’ or benefit) launched in the past 12 months
· Innovation and Tasty Tech: Throwing the spotlight on good food enterprises based around innovative new ideas or technology
· Good Food on Prescription: Enterprises and initiatives helping to improve people’s health and wellbeing through the growing and production of good food
· Veg City champion: Local campaigns or initiatives on a mission to encourage kids in the capital to eat more veg. Read more
· Sugar Smart heroes: Organisations and partnerships helping people to reduce their sugar consumption. Read more
· Good Food For All: Businesses, organisations and partnerships working beyond the food bank to help improve people’s access to good food.
In addition, this year’s Urban Food Awards will be celebrating…
Women in Food: This special award will recognise a number of amazing women working doing great things for food in London. They could be working alone or as part of a team in food education, community food, good food enterprise, urban food growing, or good food campaigning or policy. Nominate an amazing woman you know who is doing great things for food!
Chair of the London Food Board, Claire Pritchard, said: “I’m delighted the Mayor of London is once again supporting the Urban Food Awards in partnership with London Food Link. I’m really looking forward to seeing Londoners nominate the projects and social enterprises which are growing, producing, selling and promoting good food. I’m also thrilled that, for the first time, the awards will be used to celebrate some of the fantastic women doing great things for food in London – whether through food education, charity work or campaigning.”
All entries should be received by Sunday 17 February. More information on the website.
Founded in 2014, the Urban Food Awards are open to nominees and entrants that are based and operate in the capital.
The judging panel will be chaired by Claire Pritchard, who is Chair of the London Food Board, a group of experts who advise the Mayor of London and the GLA on the food matters that affect Londoners.
Fellow judges will include members of the Mayor of London’s food policy team, London Food Link staff, and other good food experts. They will be looking for nominations/entries that:
· Outline the wider benefits their work brings to the local community, economy and environment.
· Demonstrate the progress they have made in achieving what they set out to do.
The main benefit for nominees is the opportunity to generate free publicity in their bid for London-wide glory.
Everyone who makes a nomination will be entered in a draw to win a pair of tickets to the awards event.
Full details and link to the nominations form can be found on the website, where people can also join London Food Link: www.londonfoodlink.org