Viewers Stream in to Watch Awards
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.
Notes to Editors:
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
- 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