Nominations open for St Albans Food and Drink Awards

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News release: 09 May 2017

Set taste buds tingling by nominating your favourite eatery, pub, shop and food and drink producers for the St Albans Food & Drink Awards 2017.

Logo for St Albans Food and Drink Festival 2017
This year, three new categories have been unveiled for these popular annual awards that form part of the St Albans Food & Drink Festival. 
They are:

• Best Restaurant for a Special Occasion – a venue that serves excellent food at lunchtime and in the evening, which has that elusive wow factor to help customers celebrate in style.
• Best Restaurant for Everyday Dining – a venue serving good food at lunchtime and into the evening that offers a more formal dining experience than a café. 
• Best Place to Do Business – a venue providing food and/or drink alongside facilities and support for business people to conduct meetings, work remotely and network.

Other award categories include:

• Best Pub
• Best Bar
• Best Café
• Best Local Producer
• Best Food & Drink Shop
• Best Market Stall
• Best Takeaway
• Most Family Friendly
• Best Newcomer.

Members of the public and businesses can put forward nominations for the awards until Sunday 28 May. They can nominate as few or as many places as they like using the online form at Category definitions should be checked closely before nominations are made as some have been changed since last year’s competition.

Nominations are also being taken for a special customer service award in memory of Kate D’Arcy, a much-loved restaurateur who died in June 2010. The award is for a person who has exceeded normal expectations by providing outstanding service and delivering a faultless experience.

Council Beric Read, Portfolio Holder for Community Engagement and Localism at St Albans City and District Council, said: “The food and drink awards celebrate the buzzing café culture, restaurant scene, friendly pubs, bars and talented producers that exist in the District. Make sure your favourites are nominated for these awards. They have to be in it to win it.”

The Food & Drink Festival Steering Group will check that all the nominations received fall within the category definitions. All eligible businesses and individuals will be put to a public vote that will take place from Monday 3 July to Monday 28 August 2017. The results will be used to create a top three in each category. Members of the Steering Group will then visit these venues to check that they do exactly what they say they are doing. For example, they will visit family-friendly venues with children, and check that businesses claiming to use “locally sourced” ingredients do so on the judging day.

The winners will be announced at a glittering Awards Dinner at Sopwell House on Monday 2 October.

The St Albans Food & Drink Festival will run from Wednesday 27 September to Saturday 7 October. It will include a variety of festival activities, workshops and the St Albans Street Feast on Sunday 1 October. 

Councillor contact:
Council Beric Read, Portfolio Holder for Community Engagement and Localism at St Albans City and District Council,
Mob: 07956 220264

Contact for the media:
Amanda Wilkinson, 
Senior Communications Officer 
St Albans City and District Council
Tel: 01727 819317 
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