Key Dates 2019-20

The judging process

We have a prestigious panel of judges, headed by leading Sussex dairy farmer and Nuffield Scholar William Goodwin, who make the final decision at each stage (top 10, top 3 and overall winner). 6 categories are also voted by the public through online voting; and 4 categories are judged in their own special way tailored to suit each one.


24th October 2019 - Entries close

All categories (excluding Farmer, Young Chef and Newcomer which are open for entries until 3rd January 2020)

11th November 2019 - Public Voting Opens

Farmers Market, Butcher, Drink Producer, Eating Experience, Food Shop and Food producer.

27th October 2019 - Street Food Final, Horsham

Public can vote on the day plus expert panel of judges

18th January 2020 - Public Voting Ends and all categories closed

Final judging commences and three Grand Finalists in each category will be announced in mid-March.

8th October 2020 - Awards Banquet at AMEX Stadium

Vote NOW for Sussex Food & Drink Awards 2017!