The Taste of Gloucestershire Food and Farming Awards, now in its fifth year, celebrated local farmers, producers and retailers and R.A.B.I was proud to represent the voice of those in the farming community who are struggling financially.
Nearly 300 guests packed into The Centaur at Cheltenham Racecourse to see former Gloucester and England rugby star Phil Vickery and BBC Radio Gloucestershire presenter Claire Carter hand out the awards for categories such as Young Farmer of the Year – won by Charlie Beldam and the Outstanding Contribution to Food and Farming award – won by Eric Freeman.
R.A.B.I regional manager for South Central, Jenni Thompson, attended the event and said: “The awards are a fantastic celebration of all things local and we’re very thankful to have been invited as charity for the evening. R.A.B.I Gloucestershire committee works tirelessly to raise awareness of financial difficulty in the farming community and fundraise for those in need – they were delighted to have their work highlighted by the Taste of Gloucestershire Awards.”
Jenni also thanked Ross and Ross Food who generously donated two tickets to a Christmas Pop-Up at Oxleaze Barn on 17 December and a home curing kit which proved very popular, helping to raise £1,016 on the night.
Pictured: R.A.B.I regional manager for South Central, Jenni Thompson and corporate and development manager, Suzy Deeley.