Nortons Dairy Win the East of England Countryside Alliance Award for Local Food and Drink

Known as the ‘Rural Oscars’ Nortons Dairy are exceptionally proud to win this gold standard award.

We learnt that we had been nominated in the Local Food and Drink category and made it to the regional finals earlier in the year and were judged back in May. Before meeting our judge we completed a very thorough questionnaire explaining who we are, what we do and what we stand for. The judging took place and involved demonstrating all of the things we had described in the questionnaire.

Ever since we have been waiting in anticipation to hear the result, and we have just received the news that we had in-fact won the regional category! We were up against three other great regional enterprises in Suffolk and Cambridge but were the only Norfolk representative in the category. We are also the only Norfolk winners for the eastern region: the other winners are from Hertfordshire, Suffolk and Lincolnshire.

The final stage of the process is to award a national winner in each category; Ruth and David Norton will be attending a reception in the Cholmondeley Room in the House of Lords on the 19th June to see if Nortons Dairy might be lucky enough to be both National and Regional winners in the local food and drink category. The reception is hosted by Michael Gove and he forms part of the national final judging panel along with other senior figures in journalism, farming and the countryside alliance.

Needless to say that we are thrilled to have won the regional finals and believe that it is fantastic recognition for the hard work put in by our whole team (including our cows!). It gives us confidence to keep moving forward and promoting our high-welfare local dairy produce.

Judge’s comments:

"Nortons Dairy is a small family-run dairy farm in the heart of the Norfolk countryside and producers of some of the finest milk, cream, butter, yogurt and cheese. Nortons Dairy are passionate about sharing their sustainable farming values and heritage and are not willing to compromise on the welfare of their cows or the quality of their products and this is certainly evident when you try them or visit the farm."

 

Countryside Alliance Awards