R.A.B.I is set to benefit from the Taste of Gloucestershire Food & Farming Awards this year as local food producers, retailers and businesses come together in recognition of the county’s proud food history.
The 2015 awards were officially launched in June and the competition is now in its fifth year. New categories this year include Butcher of the Year, Best Community Pub and Young Foodie of the Year; returning categories include: Farmer of the Year and Young Farmer of the Year.
R.A.B.I regional manager Jenni Thompson, who is representing the charity at the event, said: “We’re delighted to have been selected as this year’s charity at the Taste of Gloucestershire Food & Farming Awards. It was a complete surprise to be selected and I can only assume this is down to the on-going work of our voluntary county committee, who are constantly in the news for their brilliant fundraising activities throughout the year – what a great testament to their work!
As an agricultural welfare charity, we have a lot in common with the awards, in terms of promoting local food and farming and with around 300 people attending, it is sure to be a great platform to showcase our work.”
R.A.B.I gave out more than £39k in Gloucestershire alone in 2014 and in the first eight months of 2015 had already given out grants totalling £19.5k. Most of the charity’s income is raised through fundraising events, donations from individuals, businesses, community groups and volunteer county committees.
Hosting this year’s awards is Rugby legend and 2011 Celebrity MasterChef champion Phil Vickery and fundraising on the night will be in support of R.A.B.I. Supporters, Ross & Ross Food – a small, multi award winning Cotswolds-based fine food company – will donate two tickets to a Christmas Pop-Up at Oxleaze Barn on 17 December and a home curing kit.
The Taste of Gloucestershire Food & Farming Awards will be held in in The Centaur at Cheltenham Racecourse on October 20 and you can follow the action using #TasteofGlos on Twitter.