Come and join us for this informal Networking event and Photo Call. The purpose of this get together is to announce the launch of the Bedfordshire Food and Drink Awards to the press and find out about this year’s awards. We look forward to seeing you there –
Welcome to the Bedfordshire Food and Drink Awards.
Befordshire is a county of food and drink gems and we need you to help us discover, praise and promote the very best.
From quirky independent coffee shops to delightful restaurants, characterful pubs and microbreweries producing new and exciting ales, we want you to nominate and vote for the best.
2016’s Bedfordshire Food and Drink Awards unveiled some of the county’s treasures. Now, with the 2017 awards, we are calling on you, the army of consumers of the county’s finest food and drink products to help us even more by nominating even more fantastic venues.
When you visit a vibrant venue, purchase some unique products or find customer service that surpasses all expectations, we need to know about it. Nominate your favourites, and help us – and other people – to discover a new, tastier, Bedfordshire.
Entries will open in 2017.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
The third annual Bedfordshire Food and Drink Awards were launched this week with a call to the public to “nominate your favourite venues now”.
One of Bedfordshire’s most famous companies, the brewer and pub company Charles Wells, is the headline sponsor for this year’s contest, where the category winners will be decided by public vote.
Peter Wells, Commercial Director at Charles Wells said: “As headline sponsor of the 2017 Bedfordshire Food and Drink Awards we’re very proud to be able to help celebrate those who share our Bedfordshire roots and also strive to raise the bar in quality and taste, proving that Bedfordshire really does punch above its weight in serving excellent food and drink.”
Last year’s food and drink awards spurred some 450 nominations and more than 28,000 votes across three counties and the organisers hope to emulate that success this year.
Speaking at the launch event on Monday, January 16, at The Embankment, in Bedford, awards organiser Damian Cummins said: “The interest we’ve already seen points to not only an immense year but to us uncovering and promoting some fantastic butchers, bakers, restaurants, pubs and food and drink makers across Beds.
“Our message to the public is – please get nominating now by going to the website www.bedsfda.co.uk”
Lisa Course from Papillon Coffee House, in Castle Road, Bedford, was a previous winner with her Beloved Brownies cake business and is looking forward to this year’s awards.
Lisa attended the launch event and said: “When I won the award for Beloved Brownies we got a lot of business from it and the website went mad and also people were coming to the shop which was brilliant.”
Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce is also among the sponsors because, as their representative Paula Devine said, food and drink is a very important part of the Bedfordshire economy.
Bedford businessman Ian Cording, who is also a sponsor via the Aurile coffee brand, said: “Entering and winning awards can give a business a surge of energy – just like a great coffee and that’s why I think this year’s Bedfordshire Food and Drink Awards will be another fantastic success.”
Customers can nominate their favourite venues up until February 27 and voting will remain open until May 1. The awards ceremony will be held in June.
- Best Independent Butchers Shop
- Best Artisan Bakery
- Best Fine Dining Restaurant
- Independent Restaurant of the Year
- Restaurant of the Year
- Outstanding Service Excellence
- Pub of the Year – Free House
- Pub of the Year – Tied House
- Best Newcomer
- Best Independent Tea/Coffee Shop
- Independent Retailer/Producer of the Year
- Craft Beer of the Year
Monday 13th June 2016
On Monday, June 13th, in the sumptous, quintessential surroundings of the Luton Hoo Walled Gardens, 140 of the finest food and drink retailers and producers in the Bedfordshire region gathered to hear who would be crowned winners of 15 categories in the 2016 Bedfordshire Food and Drink Awards.
GoHoughton restaurant and bar won Independent Restaurant and seized the title of Overall Winners, Kishor Patel, the proprietor said “GoHoughton are delighted to have been crowned Independent Restaurant of the Year and Overall Winner at the 2016 Bedfordshire Food & Drink Awards. It is a huge achievement which would not have been possible without our great team and our great customer base.
Launching a new dining concept from a dilapidated public house was not an easy journey and having been open for just over 12 months, the journey has been one to savour and we will strive to continue to improve and give Bedfordshire a location for all to visit.”
The sheer volume of votes by members of the public show even as corporate chains further and further dominate our high streets, the public support, value and promote the hard work, originality and the creative force that drives independent businesses.
Cllr Nigel Young, Central Bedfordshire Council Executive Member for Regeneration, said: “We were delighted to be headline sponsor for the Bedfordshire Food and Drink Awards this year and to celebrate the wealth of innovative and flourishing businesses in the county. Like last year, it was a business from the area that took home the overall winners’ award and I would like to congratulate Go Houghton from Houghton Regis for their success.
The awards, on the whole, have showcased yet another exciting year for Central Bedfordshire with 11 businesses winning, 8 highly commended with 7 others commended. This highlights the strength of the expanding AgriFood sector in Central Bedfordshire, which has more than 300 businesses taking advantage of our rural marketplace, enhanced by our superb transport infrastructure and range of business facilities.”
Awards organiser Damian Cummins said; “Supporting businesses like GoHoughton is at the very heart of what we do. To achieve the level of success GoHoughton has done requires hardwork, determination and an unrelenting quest for excellence. As any business person knows, customers vote with their feet and GoHoughton customers voted in their droves ensuring a landslide victory. Kishor Patel has built a business that serves the needs of the community in which it stands, having placed this ethos at the very heart of his offering has ensured his success.”
Winners of the other categories can be found here:
Photo: Overall Winner GoHoughton at the 2016 Bedfordshire Food and Drink Awards