Food lovers urged to nominate their favourite New Forest produce

Published Thursday 3 May 2012

Food fans are invited to nominate their favourite New Forest produce in a special category of the Hampshire Life Food and Drink Awards.

People are asked to put forward a New Forest food or drink producer who carries the New Forest Marque® and who has made an outstanding contribution to the quality and diverse range of produce in the area during the past year.

Produce which carries the Marque is grown, reared, caught or brewed in the New Forest to high welfare and quality standards.

Sarah Hunt, New Forest Marque Manager, said: ‘The Marque is the only contracted scheme that audits its farmers and producers to ensure a minimum content comes from the New Forest. A series of stringent standards have to be adhered to before the product receives its ‘marque’ of approval.’

Regarded as the Oscars of the local food and drink industry, the Hampshire Life Food and Drink Awards celebrate the finest produce that Hampshire has to offer and give valuable recognition to producers, growers, suppliers and hospitality venues.

If you would like to put a producer forward for the New Forest Marque category of the awards, nomination forms are available in Hampshire Life Magazine, or from their website at http://hampshirelifeawards.greatbritishlife.co.uk.

Closing date for entries is 31 May 2012.

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Notes to Editor:

Notes to Editors: The Marque® – a sign of quality.

New Forest Marque logo

A product is only licensed to use the Marque® if:

  • it contains at least 25 per cent New Forest produce
  • it has met stringent standards according to its particular speciality (for example, meat producers must show that high standards of welfare and good husbandry have been applied at all times).

Managed by the New Forest National Park Authority and New Forest District Council and the award scheme was created to:

  • give businesses a distinctive 'New Forest' banner under which to sell their goods and services and help customers identify quality New Forest produce
  • encourage people to ‘buy local’ and reduce the environmental impact of transporting food long distances
  • help sustain the New Forest’s local economy by supporting local businesses and employment.

About the New Forest National Park Authority

Protect - Enjoy - Prosper

The New Forest National Park Authority’s statutory purposes are to:

  • Conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the Park - Protect
  • Promote opportunities for understanding and enjoyment of its special qualities – Enjoy.

We also have a duty to:

  • Seek to foster the social and economic well-being of local communities within the Park – Prosper.

The New Forest National Park was designated in March 2005. Its unique landscape has been shaped over the centuries by grazing ponies, cattle and pigs which roam free.

Majestic woodlands, rare heathland and a spectacular coastline provide fabulous opportunities for quiet recreation, enjoyment and discovery.

Media Contacts:
Karen Evans-McDaid, Communications Officer, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646650
Email: karen.evans-mcdaid@newforestnpa.gov.uk

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