Viewers Stream in to Watch Awards

News release

8th February 2013

Hundreds of people logged on to the Internet to watch the Select Lincolnshire Food and Drink Awards last night (Thursday 7th February) which was broadcast live for the first time ever by onlincolnshire.

The awards at the DoubleTree by Hilton Lincoln, which celebrate the county’s top food and drink producers, cafés, pubs, restaurants, tea shops and accommodation, were live streamed via www.onlincolnshire.org as a way of demonstrating the opportunities digital technology can provide to businesses, communities and residents.

According to Lincoln-based video production company Bright Spark Ltd, which filmed the action on the night, there were 471 connections made to the stream as the footage aired.

More than 79,000 Twitter accounts were reached as part of the awards, with conversation about the event, incorporating #LFDA13, appearing in Twitter feeds more than 1.2 million times.

Pictures from the night along with updates of winners could be seen on the onlincolnshire Facebook page and Instagram account.

Angela Driver from the Lincolnshire County Council-run project said: “Using live streaming to bring a high-profile event to people unable to attend was a great way of demonstrating what the Internet can offer residents and businesses.

“The live streaming attracted huge support from the Lincolnshire community with hundreds of people watching. Other interactive elements we brought to the night, such as the Twitter wall and the interactive voting which enabled guests on the night to vote for their favourite flavoured chocolate, which was then served on the night with coffee, proved a real hit.

“We can only move forward from here, making more people aware of how they can use the power of the Internet and digital services to develop their business or enrich their home life.”

The awards were split into two sections, with four Lincolnshire Life County Cuisine Awards ‘A Taste of Excellence’ and 13 Select Lincolnshire Awards.

Winners included Uncle Henry’s Farm Shop, which was crowned Producer of the Year, Redhill Farm Free Range Pork and Mountain’s Boston Sausage which picked up a joint People’s Choice Award from event sponsor Lincolnshire Co-operative, and the Hearts of Gold Best Tearoom or Coffee Shop which went to Myers Café Tea Room in Horncastle.

Audience members were also shown a short film featuring the Lincolnshire Co-operative, Doddington Hall and Batemans Brewery about how they make use of the Internet, which will be available to view on the onlincolnshire YouTube channel. Further interviews with winners and guest speaker Paralympian Sophie Wells will also to be available to watch via the channel.

The ‘wired’ activity was funded by the onlincolnshire project, with part-finance from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). It was the latest in a series of ‘wired up’ events across the county. The onlincolnshire team is also running Internet workshops throughout the year and providing free business support as well as organising Lincolnshire’s first ever digital conference in March.

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About the Awards

The awards were split into two sections: The Lincolnshire Life County Cuisine Awards ‘A Taste of Excellence’ 2012/13 and the Select Lincolnshire Awards

The Lincolnshire Life County Cuisine Awards 2012/13 finalists and winners:

Young Chef of the Year

Winner: Gini Robinson

Finalists: Jack Bridges, Anna Mendy and Liam Vella

Heart of Gold Best Tearoom or Coffee shop

Winner: Myers Café Tea Room - Horncastle

Finalists: The Old Pottery Tea Room at Wrangle and Pooley’s Tea Room at Messingham

Tastes of Lincolnshire – Love Food Select Lincolnshire Best Pub Food

Winner: The Hare and Hounds at Fulbeck

Finalists: The Carpenter’s Arms at Fiskerton and The Sebastopol Inn at Minting

 House of Townend Best Restaurant

Winner: The Comfy Duck at Oaklands Hall Hotel at Laceby

Finalists: The Reform at the Castle Hotel in Lincoln and The Brownlow Arms at Hough on the Hill

Select Lincolnshire Awards

Peoples Choice – sponsored by Lincolnshire Co-operative

Joint winners: Redhill Farm Free Range Pork and Mountain’s Boston Sausage

Producer of the Year

Winner: Uncle Henrys Farm shop at Grayingham near Kirton Lindsey

Finalists: Handsons of East Kirkby, Saints and Sinners at Spalding, Simons of Spilsby and Syston Park Farm Shop & Café

Retailers and Wholesalers of the Year

Winner: Ideal Lincs at Market Rasen

Finalists: Harrington Hall in Spalding and Bebe’s Deli at Ashby near Scunthorpe

Grower of the Year

Winner: Willow Farm Fruit at Hogsthorpe, Skegness

Finalists: Meridian Meats at Louth and Minting Park Farm at Market Rasen

Tea Rooms of the Year

Winner: Dennett’s Ice Cream Parlour (dairy in Spilsby and an ice cream parlour in Lincoln)

Finalists: Myers Tea Rooms, Blyton Dairy Ice Cream

Pub of the Year

Winner: Village Limits at Woodhall Spa

Finalists: Thornton Hunt Inn at Ulceby and The Sebastopol Inn at Minting, Horncastle

Restaurant of the Year

Winner: Windmill Restaurant at Burgh-Le-Marsh

Finalists: Sea Breeze at Mablethorpe and Hickman Hill at Gainsborough

Bed and Breakfast of the Year

Winner: Canal View Bed and Breakfast at Saxilby

Finalists: Belvoir Vale near Woolsthorpe by Belvoir, Caxton House in Skegness and Hoe Hill House at Market Rasen

Self Catering Establishment of the Year

Winner: Dairy Barn of Ingham

Finalists: Elms Farm Cottages at Boston and Manor House Stables at Martin

Hotel of the Year

Winner: The Lincoln Hotel in Lincoln

Finalists: Village Limits at Woodhall Spa, Supreme Inns near Boston and Hickman Hill in Gainsborough

Caterers and Function Venue of the year

Winner: Hog Roast Lincolnshire at Barton-on-Humber

Finalists: Hemswell Court at Hemswell, Bizzibees Catering at Boston

Teaching Establishment of the Year

Winner: Red Hen Children’s Day Nursery at Louth

Finalists: Manor House Stables at Martin and St Mary’s Preparatory School in Lincoln

Mr George Award

Carol Emerson from Elms Farm Cottages at Boston

About onlincolnhsire

  • onlincolnshire is a £57 million project run by Lincolnshire County Council which aims to provide broadband speeds of at least 24 megabits per second (Mbps) for 90% of homes and businesses in the county, and a guaranteed 2Mbps for the remaining premises by 2015.
  • onlincolnshire is part-funded by the East Midlands European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007 to 2013
  • Some Internet users in rural Lincolnshire experience speeds of less than 1 Mbps. The UK’s average broadband speed is 7.6 Mbps, according to Ofcom.
  • The Department for Communities and Local Government is the managing authority for the European Regional Development Fund Programme, which is one of the funds established by the European Commission to help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support local businesses and create jobs. For more information visit www.communities.gov.uk/erdf
  • For more information visit www.onlincolnshire.org
  • For more information on the Select Lincolnshire Food and Drink Awards, visit http://www.lincsfoodandfarming.org.uk/section.asp?catid=23791

Cerri Delaney
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Using live streaming to bring a high-profile event to people unable to attend was a great way of demonstrating what the Internet can offer residents and businesses.
Angela Driver from onlincolnshire