Here are the categories for this year’s Awards. This year we have introduced a new category for independent food or drink retailer to recognise the all important shops that brighten our high streets.

Read the criteria and nominate your favourites, just click the Nominate Now button.

Best Independent Food and Drink Retailer

Sponsored by Financial Advice & Services Ltd

The winner of this award will consistently show an expert knowledge and, like all our

Newcomer of the Year

Sponsored by Illuminate Skin Clinics

This award is open to businesses that have started a new venture in the food

Independent Café / Tea Room of the Year

Sponsored by Karen and Kim Introductions

Judges of this category will be looking for a café, garden centre, museum or farm

Producer/Product of the Year

Sponsored by La De Da Boutique

This award recognises local producers whose passion for Kent produce is at the heart of

Family Dining Award

Sponsored by Specialty Breads

This is the place that never fails to keep the kids happy, without forgetting the

Farm Shop of the Year

Sponsored by Umbermaster Kitchens

A successful farm shop must not only offer a range of produce in an accessible

Farmers’ Market of the Year

Sponsored by Shepherd Neame

The key to a good Farmers’ Market is not only the range of produce and

Pub of the Year

Sponsored by Clive Emson

Whether it’s the food, the drink, the good company or the strong role in the

Restaurant of the Year

Sponsored by Perry’s Chartered Accountants

The restaurant of the year will offer a fabulous dining experience, everything from ambience to

Chef of the Year

Sponsored by The Foxhunter Park

This award aims to recognise those chefs who show an exceptional awareness of produce and

Outstanding Customer Service

Sponsored by The Canterbury Auction Galleries

Nothing makes a business stand out more than excellent customer service, no matter the size

Kent Life Food and Drink Hero of the Year

Sponsored by Hadlow Group

This person will have made a lasting contribution to the food and drink community. It