The Bristol Good Food Awards invite Bristol foodies to nominate your ‘Favourite Restaurant’ in 2012. Celebrating the best restaurants, cafes and delis in the local area, diners can vote online for their favourite places to dine.
Local establishments can be nominated in categories including Best Restaurant, Best Family Friendly, Best Seafood, Best Italian, Best Sunday Lunch and Best Alfresco Dining. The top five in each category will be mystery judged by expert food critics, including food and wine writer Angela Mount, Guardian food and drink writer Fiona Beckett, Telegraph food writer Xanthe Clay and Evening Post food reviewer Mark Taylor. The winners will be announced at a glittering award ceremony, which will be held Tuesday 3rd July at the Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery, and wine provided will be sponsored by Enotria World Wine.
The Bristol Good Food Awards are supported by Bristol Good Food, an initiative by Bristol’s Food Policy Council to raise awareness about the importance of understanding the benefits to the city of good local food.
Bristol Good Food Awards Organiser, Rudy Millard explains; “Bristol has one of the most exciting culinary melting pots of any UK city and we are inviting the public to nominate their favourite dining experiences. I’m sure this will reaffirm some well known favourites and highlight some little known gems in the city. Once the public have spoken, our food critics and experts will judge each one with a mystery visit and crown the best food, service and experience as the winner in that category.”
The public have already placed their votes in the Favourite Producers categories, sponsored by Almondsbury Garden Centre. The final three in each category were invited to display their produce at the Love Food Spring Festival on Saturday 31st March at Brunel’s Old Passenger Shed in Bristol. The Best Local Wine was identified as Wraxhall Vineyards whose Pinot Noir Rose wine in particular was praised by the judges. Small producer Dick Willows beat off fierce completion to win Best Cider, while Little Cake Stand scooped the Best Local Cakes category for their quirky cupcake versions of lemon meringue pie, cherry bakewell and sticky toffee pudding.
The Bristol Good Food Awards have launched alongside the successful Bath Good Food Awards, which launched last year as the only independent awards to celebrate the wealth of culinary talent in the city. Local restaurants and food producers will have the opportunity to showcase their business to the local and surrounding area and celebrate successes of the food industry in the city.