Last night (Friday 21st September) saw the announcement of this year’s Nantwich Food Award winners at a glittering ceremony in the Nantwich Civic Hall.
The awards follow the annual Nantwich Food Festival – which brings in around 40,000 visitors to the town every September.
Local foodies voted online in their thousands in the months leading up to the festival to choose their favourite food and drink establishments, producers and retailers.
Food festival chair, Christine Farrall said: “We know that market towns like ours depend on local businesses, not just to survive but to prosper as well.
“There are many scary stories in the press of empty high streets and dying towns. These awards recognise all the food and drink businesses which attract many tourists and visitors to the town.
“Events like ours also encourage our local sponsors to invest and receive positive feedback for their products and services.”
The evening kicked off with musical performances from talented Brine Leas’ students and the crowd later danced to live music from the Daiquiri Duo.
The audience were kept entertained by a magician and a vintage photo booth.
The buffet and welcome drinks were provided by the Academy Restaurant of Cheshire College South and West.
Announcing the winners on stage were: mayor of Nantwich Cllr David Marren; MP for Crewe and Nantwich Laura Smith; Dame Patricia Bacon; Cllr Peter Groves; chair of Nantwich Town FC Tony Davison; and police representatives as well as Applewood Independent MD David Pritchard.
Results were as follows:
- Best Newcomer: Miss Marmalades
- Bar Stars: Barrel & Tap
- Best Local Producer: Cheerbrook Farm Shop
- Outstanding Customer Care: Deadwood Smokehouse
- Cafe/Coffee Shop of the Year: Miss Marmalades
- Pub with Food of the Year: The Leopard
- Restaurant of the Year: Piste Wine Bar & Restaurant, Tarporley
There were additional awards for BBQ champion and the stall with the best hygiene, presented by Christina Ratcliffe from The Food Safety Company.
Festival director John Coulter paid a special tribute to the festival volunteers.
John said: “The volunteers are the lifeline of the festival.”
He added: “They now number over 100 and come from all backgrounds; many are retired, others often have full time jobs, and family responsibilities.
“Some work for a few hours during the festival, others the full weekend, and we have an organising committee and subcommittee who work tirelessly the whole year through.
“They are an amazing, hard working group of people who are unpaid and who love Nantwich and of whom myself, and fellow directors Chris and Andrew, are enormously proud to be part of.”
Further details can be found at: www.nantwichfoodfestival.co.uk