July is truly a fabulous time for all things foodie!  This is the month when hot dogs, ice cream and even the humble baked bean are celebrated nationally.  July 25th sees the start of National Salad Week closely followed by the British Food Fortnight from 27th July.
So will any of these events help the leaders in the Brighton & Hove Foodie Awards and who is on the July leaderboard? 
Terre à Terre in East Street has held on to first place in the Best Restaurant category.  Food for Friends in Prince Albert Street has regained second place and Chilli Pickle is back on the leaderboard and in third place.
Leading the way in the Best Food Pub category is the Ginger Pig in Hove Street, the Basketmakers in Cheltenham Place has dropped back to third place and the Foragers in Stirling Place continues to battle for the lead from the number two spot.  Never has a competition been so fiercely fought between local rivals, with fourth and fifth places rapidly closing in. Will it all change in the last two months of voting? 
There’s no change either in the Best Café category; last year’s winners Iydea in Kensington Gardens remain in first place, Moksha Caffe in York Place is still there in second and Mange Tout in Trafalgar Street maintains in third place.  But voting numbers for other city favourites are on the increase and it could be a very different picture next month!
For Best Food Shop, Infinity Food is in first place, Boho Gelato in Pool Valley is in second place  and the Brighton Sausage Company in Gloucester Street holds onto third place.
Said Paula Seager, Managing Director of Natural PR, the Awards’ organisers: “This is the third year we have run the Foodies and this year is quite unlike any other.  It seems like the same names keep appearing but in fact  fourth, fifth and even sixth places in each categories are so close to edging their way on to the leaderboard and very able to spring some last minute surprises.”
“With two months to go until voting closes our leaders should not yet feel safe and those taking part who have not yet seen their name on the leaderboard should know that the outcome is far from resolved.  So if your favourite has not yet appeared, get involved and have your say, it could make a very big difference to next month’s positions.”
Find out more and place your vote at www.brightonfoodawards.com – everyone has one vote per category.