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Listener Choice Awards 2017

Voting is now open for the Rural Diversification Award category of Minster FM's Listener Choice Awards 2017 sponsored by Switch Networks

You can read all about each of our entrants below and vote for your favourite at the bottom of the page. There is no shortlist in this category, voting closes at 23:59 on November 5th 2017 with the winners announced on Monday November 6th


The entries are as provided by the nominees.


The Nominees


Cedarbarn Farm Shop & Cafe

The Cedarbarn is an original farm shop which exemplifies everything that the Rural Diversification award stands for. Four Generations of ‘Avisons’ have farmed at Topbridge Farm which has seen many changes, culminating in the farm shop enterprise. Once a mixed arable farm, after the downturn in farming Karl & Mandy diversified into a number of projects including PYO soft fruits, asparagus, eggs and direct sales of boxed Aberdeen Angus. As a natural progression to this, in 2007 the Farm Shop dream was born Farmer Karl Avison rears Aberdeen Angus beef and Charolais Cross lamb and grows acres of seasonal fruit and vegetables to sell in the farm shop and supply the award winning Cafe kitchen. In an attractive eco-friendly cedar clad building designed by Karl, the cafe’s full length windows overlook green fields, ‘PYO’ and vegetable patches and swathes of table top strawberries. Its ethos is one of excellence in quality and service, traditional, wholesome food prepared with the finest ingredients, using home grown or local produce wherever possible. Visitors can even pick their own produce, taking a ride on the new miniature railway which trundles through picturesque farmland offering stop offs to pick strawberries, raspberries, blackcurrants and orchard fruits.

Why Should You Win?

It is Cedarbarn’s strong identity as a genuine farm shop which drives the business, the USP is not only the Aberdeen Angus beef and lamb that Karl rears, or the range of seasonal produce that he grows, but the people and farming that are behind the food we sell. We produce as much as we possibly can on the farm and for ten years have showcased the very best of Yorkshire food and drink, celebrating the values of shopping locally In the cafe, menus reflect the farm’s growing patterns - from asparagus to soft fruits. Home reared Aberdeen Angus has pride of place on the daily menu with roast beef a highlight on the very popular Sunday lunch menu. We believe that it is important for children to get chance to see where their food comes from, the idea of the new Miniature Railway was to bring our home grown produce to life while enjoying a tour through vegetable patches, apple orchards, asparagus beds and soft fruit fields, showing the connection from ‘field to fork’ in a fun way, Ultimately our aim is simple; to provide top-quality, healthy, fresh food with impeccable provenance and as few food miles as possible.


Doyly's Tearoom

Doyly’s is a family run tearoom situated on the family farm in the historic village of Bolton Percy, near Tadcaster and York. Farming has been the traditional trade in our family over many generations until the diversification to a tearoom 14 years ago. We extend a warm Yorkshire welcome offering homemade brunch, light meals, cream teas, afternoon teas and lots of delicious homemade cakes, all served within the farmhouse or in the peaceful and tranquil setting of the tearoom garden. Open Wednesday to Sunday 10am – 4pm we aim to serve customers our best home baking…..because we believe homemade is best!! We also offer outside catering, china hire and bed and breakfast.

Why Should You Win?

Doyly’s is named after our Grandmother who has D’Oyly as her middle name. We always thought it would be a great idea to have a tearoom using her name and in 2003 that dream became a reality. We are amazed at how the business has grown and flourished into the successful tearoom it is today enabling us all to work in the family business together, something we are all very proud to do. We are passionate about supporting local businesses wherever we can and pride ourselves on baking and cooking good honest food, because we believe homemade is best. We offer a unique setting within the farmhouse and it is our privilege and aim to serve customers our best home baking and cooking from the farmhouse aga alongside great value for money every time. We are proud of our achievements and wouldn't be where we are today without the support of our loyal customers.


Easingwold Maize Maze

The Easingwold Maize Maze is arguably Yorkshire's best value family fun day out, opening for six weeks every summer. Situated close to York and Thirsk there are lots of activities to keep everyone entertained. A family ticket for 4 costs £23 and everything is included in the price - there are no hidden extras. The Maize Maze covers 16 acres of farm land and the area also features go karts, football golf, a petting area and giant inflatable slide. We employ local young people over the holiday period and support local buisnesses and organisations while offering an outstanding day out for all ages.

Why Should You Win?

We believe the Easingwold Maize Maze should win the Rural Diversification Award because we have turned an area normally used for grazing sheep into a 16 acres outstanding attraction that brings visitors from all over the North East to Easingworld.We support local producers by selling their cakes and snacks on site and we employ local young people looking for work over the summer holidays. When the Maze closes in September it is cut down and turned into feed for cattle and the land returns to grazing for sheep. The final day of the Maze sees the arrival of local guiding groups who ensure it is given a big send off. In November we make the area available to the local scout group for a Bonfire Night celebration that helps raise funds for scouting in the local area.


York Maze

York Maze is Yorkshire's a-maze-ing summer attraction. We are home to the largest Maize Maze in Europe and the most visited in the world. We offer a range of attractions you won’t find anywhere else, including the world's only corn themed Cobstacle course, the Crowmania tractor and trailer ride and the indoor House of Cornfusion. Each year we add something new, there are now over 20 different rides, attractions and shows making York Maze a complete family day out. As well as the summer, we also open for Halloween. During the day the family event includes pumpkin carving, a phantomime show and lots of amazing halloween themed attractions. Our Hallowscream nights are aimed at an adult market and offer an exciting mix of terror and fun with five live-action haunted house attractions, roving characters and more. York Maze is also an amazing wedding venue. We host weddings receptions outside the main summer season and as a registered venue couples are able to get married in our rustic barn.

Why Should You Win?

York Maze first opened in 2002 following the foot & mouth crisis. We operated from our farmland near Grimston Bar Park & Ride until 2009, when expansion of the University forced us to move to our current location on Elvington Lane. At our new farm location we have invested in new attractions and improved visitor facilities and have become an established summer attraction. We have further developed the business by opening for Halloween and using the barns outside the main summer season as a wedding venue. York Maze has won many awards including; Visit York Visitor Attraction of the Year, Family friendly experience of the year ,the Welcome to Yorkshire Outstanding Customer Service Award, and Maize Maze of the Year. We would be delighted to win this Minster FM diversification award.


Listener Choice: Rural Diversification Award

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