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Have your say in Cheshire’s definitive Food and Drink Awards

By on January 11, 2019

Voting begins this Friday the 4th January for the Taste Cheshire Food and Drink Awards 2019. The awards, which are now the bench mark for customer satisfaction and company achievement first appeared in 1999 and the first notable recipient was Brasserie 1016, since that time the great names of hospitality within Cheshire have won these coveted awards.

The awards are now the most voted for Food and Drink Awards in the UK with over 40,000 votes registered in both 2017 and 2018 as customers vote for and nominate their favourite places in 13 different categories. This year that number of awards has increased to 16 as Taste Cheshire have now added 3 categories for food producers as Taste Cheshire CEO explains “ We also represent over 100 different small food and drink producers in Cheshire and they have been asking for some time to be recognise at these awards, so we have added three further categories to our already large list to include these food and drink production heroes across Cheshire”

The process to vote is simple with everyone encouraged to vote for their favourite place or producer in each category by going on line to www.tastecheshire.com  and visiting the awards page. Voting is free so get involved now. You can vote for whomever you wish in every category, but only one voting form will register from each computer/email address. We are looking to you, the people of Cheshire to nominate your favourite establishment from across the county, in the categories that are most applicable.

Taste Cheshire General Manager, Briony Wilson said “Over the past 20 years the awards have become so popular and we are proud that they are seen by many as a benchmark of quality right across our region. The food and drinking scene in our area has really flourished and we believe our awards reflect the incredible standard on offer. Cheshire truly is The County of Food and Drink. At Taste Cheshire we are proud to be able to shout about our venues and producers and to honour those at the pinnacle of their profession with these awards”

When the voting finishes on the 3rd of March, Taste Cheshire will name the four/five nominations in each category who will be mystery dined by a panel of industry judges. These judges will then complete a report on each venue; the report becomes available to the venue after the winners have been announced, showing how their business was judged. The judging is one of total transparency which is why these awards are so special. Nominated by customers and judged by industry experts.

The 2019 winners will be crowned at the gala dinner on the 24th April which will be held at the Pavilion at Chester Racecourse. Tickets for this night are just £50.00 per person with a table of ten costing just £450 and include a pre-dinner cocktail and a 4 course gala meal provided by Horseradish Catering.

This is the one night of the year the hospitality industry, collectively lets its hair down and it is always one of the feature nights of the calendar.

For more information about the awards or to book tickets for the event call Briony Wilson on 01244 956 414 or email her at briony.wilson@tastecheshire.com .

About Lucy Thorpe

Lucy Thorpe is a freelance journalist who writes for the Knutsford Times - covering stories and news in and around Cheshire and Greater Manchester. If you've got a story to share, or would like to speak to Lucy, please email news@knutsfordtimes.co.uk

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