NEVER mind the approach of the festive season, now is the season of awards. Everywhere you look there are awards. And North Devon businesses are reaching the finals and winning.
Finalists in the Devon Life Food and Drink Awards (devonlifeawards.greatbritishlife.co. uk) include the New Inn Roborough, Winkleigh (Best Gastro Pub); Hele Corn Mill and Tea Rooms, Hele, Ilfracombe (Best Tea Room/Coffee Shop); and the King's Arms, Georgeham (Best Sunday Roast).
The winners will be announced at the awards event at Sandy Park, Exeter on November 7.
The Food and Drink Devon Awards (lovetheflavour.co.uk) has just announced its winners. North Devon title winners included the Rosemoor Garden Kitchen (Best Café) and Noel Corston @ EX34, Woolacombe (Best Restaurant).
Gold award winners included Waterhouse Fayre, Bishops Nympton for its Seville Marmalade and Verney's Molton Ice, Bishops Nympton for its Pear and Devon Flower Honey Milk Ice.
Silver award winners included Waterhouse Fayre for its Strawberry Jam; Exmoor Heat and Eat Kitchen, Barnstaple for its Boozy Beef; and Caprine Capers, St Giles, Torrington for its Cassis Truffle.
North Devon businesses have achieved a string presence in the finals of the Devon Tourism Awards. Finalists include Seahorse Apartments and Westward Living at Duckhaven Stud, Westward Ho! (Self Catering Establishment); Goldcoast Oceanfest, Braunton (Tourism Event of the Year); Ilfracombe Tourist Information Centre, Ilfracombe (Tourist Information Service); Broomhill Art Hotel and Sculpture Gardens, Muddiford (Small Visitor Attraction); Calvert Trust Exmoor, Kentisbury (Tourism Activity, Sport and Experience); Matt Druce from Westward Living at Duckhaven Stud, Westward Ho! (Tourism Superstar Award for Customer Service); Northcote Manor Country House Hotel, Umberleigh (Taste of Devon); RHS Garden Rosemoor, Great Torrington and the Big Sheep, Bideford (Large Visitor Attraction); and Northcote Manor Country House Hotel, Umberleigh and the Old Rectory Hotel, Martinhoe (Hotel of the Year).
The Devon Tourism Awards winners will be announced at the Grand Hotel, Torquay on November 13.
In the Devon Environmental Business Initiative (DEBI) Awards (debi-online.org.uk), Mukti Mitchell has been shortlisted in the Environmental Entrepreneur category. For the past three years, Mukti's CosyHome Company has retrofitted heating insulation to some 100 "hard-to-treat" properties with a predicted carbon saving of more than 500 tonnes of carbon dioxide. The winners will be announced at the DEBI 2013 Awards ceremony at the Met Office on November 21.
Congratulations to all winners and good luck to all finalists.