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Celebrating wild British produce

Celebrating wild British produce

The Eat Game Awards is a new initiative created by three British businesses - James Purdey & Sons, Boisdale Restaurants and Taste of Game - bringing together the shooting, game meat and hospitality sectors to celebrate British wild game meat.

Earlier this year, the Awards embarked on a national search to find the champions of British game in order to reward their success, innovation and passion in working with this natural countryside harvest. To encourage entries, the Eat Game Awards website called for the general public to nominate their favourite game meat, business or person.

With all entries now in, the public is urged to visit the website and vote until the deadline on 30 September.

The Awards reflect the ever-growing use of wild game with 10 different categories:

  • Best restaurant regularly serving game
  • Best pub regularly serving game
  • Best game chef regularly cooking game
  • Best game farmer’s market stall including street food vendor
  • Best added value game product
  • Best multiple retailer selling game
  • Best small retailer selling game
  • Best game butcher
  • Game Hero
  • Champion of Champions

The addition of a Scottish Prize, in partnership with Scotland’s Natural Larder (SNL), will cover the ‘Best Scottish Entry’ from the categories (excluding Champion of Champions).

“The consumption of game meat is a great joy to those who have enjoyed the spoils during the game season,” said James Horne, Purdey & Sons. “We are determined to broaden the awareness of the delights this meat brings and encourage its wider consumption across the UK. The Awards are a tremendous way of recognising the significant breadth of game use and innovation that so many ordinary people, chefs, restaurants and companies have brought to our table.”  

The Awards supports The Country Food Trust charity, whose aim is to feed those in need with game meat casseroles packaged in ready-to-eat long-life pouches.

To vote, visit Voting closes on 30 September 2018. The results will be announced at the Eat Game Awards dinner at Boisdale Canary Wharf, London on 9 October 2018, presented by BBC's Adam Henson and JB Gill, alongside William Sitwell, Rose Prince and Mark Hix.

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