Welcome to the Ox In A Box Food Awards 2023 and here is our Community Food AWARD category, listed in alphabetical order. Support them by voting for your favourite! VOTE HERE https://www.surveyhero.com/c/pdztrijy

The awards will be held on April 17 at the North Wall, sponsored by Goldstar Recruitment and Four Seasons Fruiterers and attended by Gary Jones of Le Manoir fame. READ ABOUT IT HERE

The Waste2Taste ladies receive their award from Raymond Blanc in 2022

There are 10 categories and we will be announcing one every day for the next 10 days. These include BEST NEWCOMER, BEST PUB/BAR, BEST CAFE, BEST RESTAURANT, BEST VEGGIE/VEGAN, BEST CHEF, BEST GASTROPUB, BEST EUROPEAN, BEST GLOBAL, COMMUNITY FOOD AWARD

The top three nominations from each category will be invited to the glittering ceremony where the winners will be announced, so get voting and pick your favourite. You can only vote once in each category so keep voting every day for all 10 categories! 

 In alphabetical order, the nominations for COMMUNITY FOOD AWARD are: VOTE HERE https://www.surveyhero.com/c/pdztrijy

Climatarian Kitchen, Kidlington – Eat to save the earth! A food surplus café that also provides cooking courses that showcase local, seasonal ingredients. Think coconut chickpea curry, falafel and pumpkin hummus with fresh salad, climatarian shepherd’s pie, and more! The café runs on love and donations. Vote here https://www.surveyhero.com/c/pdztrijy

Damascus Rose, OFS, Oxford – Has taken over the OFS cafe, no mean feat as it’s a big operation, and serves some wonderfully authentic middle-eastern food to an increasingly avid fan base. The fact that it’s run by female Syrian refugees who cook from the heart only makes it more attractive. Vote here https://www.surveyhero.com/c/pdztrijy

Some of the Damascus Rose Kitchen chefs

FarmEd Cafe, Shipton Under Wychwood – On a mission to inspire, educate and connect people with sustainable farming and food systems that nourish people and regenerate the planet, their cafe reflects that journey. Plus it’s delicious!​ Vote here https://www.surveyhero.com/c/pdztrijy

Flo’s, East Oxford – Community based and welcoming people from all walks of life, from mothers and babies to refugees, the elderly and families, the cafe here aims to offer affordable, welcoming, healthy and globally reflective food and beverages. VOTE HERE https://www.surveyhero.com/c/pdztrijy

One of the many volunteers at Flo’s

Iraqi Women and War Pop Up Cafe, Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock – which is held on the first and third Saturday of every month. The food is fabulous. Set up to fund their exhibitions and group support, the cuisine is the real deal with that wonderfully irony taste, and all cooked by vulnerable women in Oxfordshire. VOTE HERE https://www.surveyhero.com/c/pdztrijy

Iraqi chef Lubna serving her food at the Oxfordshire Museum

Restore Garden Cafe, Cowley – The café provides people with mental health problems an opportunity to learn catering and customer service skills, gain insight into their strengths and get work experience. Apart from that it is a wonderfully friendly, welcoming place to relax within the tranquillity of its beautiful gardens. Enjoy fresh home-made lunches from locally sourced food, and Fair Trade barista coffee. Vote here https://www.surveyhero.com/c/pdztrijy

Tap Social, Oxfordshire – Has an increasing network of offerings, from the Tap Social Taproom in Botley to the Tap Social Whitehouse pub on Abingdon Road, it’s new bar in The Covered Market, the one in Banbury, and its Proof bakery and cafe in Kennington, as well as its brewery, all of which are geared towards rehabilitating prisoners by giving them valid work and support . How they manage to pull it off while being so implicitly cool is another thing entirely. Vote here https://www.surveyhero.com/c/pdztrijy

The lovely people at Tap Social

Thomas Franks, Feeding Communities, Hook Norton – the corporate caterers have cooked and provided over a million free meals for the vulnerable and continue to do so in their bid to end food poverty. An incredible feat. https://www.surveyhero.com/c/pdztrijy

The Feeding Communities project

Waste 2 Taste, Cowley – Not only run by our favourite people Sandra Ruge and Marie Lehri, but helping to save the planet while feeding the vulnerable, this community cafe uses surplus food in wonderfully ingenious and tasty ways. It’s a wonderfully accessible, welcoming, cheerful hub serving great food on the Ark T Centre site. Vote here https://www.surveyhero.com/c/pdztrijy

Waste 2 Taste

Water Tank Cafe, Oxfam Superstore, Cowley. A lovely independent cafe right in the middle of this glorious and massively popular charity shop – think soups, cakes and great coffee. Vote here https://www.surveyhero.com/c/pdztrijy

The Water Tank Cafe

Yellow Submarine Cafe – Oxford and Witney – An incredible organisation which teaches and employs people with learning disabilities and autism to help them live life to the full! Vote here https://www.surveyhero.com/c/pdztrijy

Essi Pentti, Charlotte Renard and Sophie Williamson at Yellow Submarine in Park End Street, Oxford

You can only vote once in each category so keep voting every day for all 10 categories! Voting ends at the end of March. Vote here https://www.surveyhero.com/c/pdztrijy