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Radio 4's Food and Farming awards introduces drinks category

Published:  28 June, 2010

BBC Radio 4's Food and Farming Awards is to give British drinks a dedicated category for the first time in its 11-year history.

Described by Jamie Oliver as "the Oscars for the food world", the awards give the public the chance to nominate the people, businesses and organisations that they feel make a difference to culinary Britain.

Presenter of BBC Radio 4's The Food Programme, Sheila Dillon, said: "The new drinks category is going to be an important way of recognising the dedication of a much neglected group of producers. Not only are drinks a crucial part of any meal, they can be the end product of someone determined to keep a tradition alive, or guarantee the future of an orchard. That's what these awards offer, a chance to celebrate something delicious that's also part of our social fabric."

Members of the public can submit their nominations via the The Food Programme website, by email or by post.

The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony in November.