Indie store Arjuna wins Local Food Champion award

Reported by Simone Castello.

Hundreds of foodies sent their nominations for the third Cambridge Food and Drink Awards, a yearly event that celebrates the best food/drink businesses and entrepreneurs in the area. Two new categories were added: Rising Star and Local Food Champion, the latter sponsored by CSF to reflect our mission statement and vision. The awards – organised by the Cambridge News in association with The Cambridge Roar, a local fundraising drive in aid of The Prince’s Trust, Cancer Research UK and Arthur Rank – were presented at the Quy Mill Hotel on Thursday 4th August 2016.

It was especially hard work for the judges to pick the winners this year. We were delighted to see Mill Road’s Arjuna Wholefoods win the Local Food Champion award, a well deserved accolade for a food and natural products’ retailer that supports ethical practices such as Fair Trade and sustainability while promoting local growers and suppliers. Local, organic and vegetarian or vegan food has been its staple since 1970 when it started its life as a humble market stall bearing the name of a Hindu prince! In their own words, ‘the shop was intimidating to others with wholefoods and vegetarianism still minority movements seen as cranky or hippyish an image that would not change significantly until the 1980s when wholefoods made a long slow move into the mainstream and Arjuna’s customer base widened.’. Arjuna beat stiff competition from the Allotment Café and Grub Club.

Our very own Duncan Catchpole – CSF treasurer, CEO of Cambridge Organic Food Company and one of the judges – presented the award to a real Cambridge institution. Other winners included:

  • Chef of the Year – Ben Pope of The Plough, Coton
  • Restaurant of the Year Award – Alimentum, Hills Road
  • Rising Star of the Year – Thirsty, Chesterton Road
  • Takeaway of the Year: Lalbagh Bangladeshi, Bourn
  • Street Food/Pop Up of the Year – The Wandering Yak, Mill Road, Science Park, West Cambridge…
  • Tea/Coffee Shop of the Year – Stir, Chesterton Road
  • Pub/Bar of the Year – The Salisbury Arms, Tenison Road
  • Farm Shop/Deli of the Year – Country Kitchen, Haslingfield.

You can read the Cambridge News article here.