A NUMBER of North Yorkshire food businesses have been shortlisted for the Yorkshire heat of the Countryside Alliance Awards.

The awards celebrate rural life, business, heritage and produce and regional finalists will go through to the British finals to stand a chance of being crowned champions.

Hunters of Helmsley, which has been based on the Market Place in Helmsley for more than 20 years, was shortlisted alongside the Ainsty Farm Shop , of Green Hammerton, in the local food category.

Fryton Catering Company of Slingsby and Fodder of Harrogate are finalists in the rural enterprise category.

Tollerton Village Store is a finalist in the village shop/post office category and Johnsons, of Thirsk is shortlisted in the butchers category.