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Foodie Awards: Entries are OPEN

You may remember me mentioning the Foodie Awards, a brand new food awards programme for Coventry & Warwickshire previously. Well, the waiting is over, and the entries are now officially open!

That means if you’re a food or drink business anywhere in the county, or a restaurant, bar or cafe, a street food producer, or even someone who runs an amazing food experience, it’s time for you to get your entries in and get the recognition you deserve.

The inaugural Foodie Awards 2021, in partnership with Visit Coventry, recognises all of these, as well as businesses and individuals who went above and beyond during the coronavirus pandemic – with three special awards including a COVID-19 Resilience Award backed by Visit Coventry and The Godiva Award, sponsored by Coventry BID.

We’ve got esteemed local butcher Aubrey Allen on board as a sponsor, with Managing Director Russell Allen set to join the panel of judges, and some other exciting judges lined up to make sure that these awards really do find the best of the best.

Entries, which you can submit here, opened officially on Friday, August 7 and there is an exciting programme of food-filled fun ahead, culminating in spring 2021 following a finalists’ night on January 25th at Coventry’s new Telegraph Hotel.

A much needed boost

Foodie Awards founder Jonathan Smith, of Talk Business UK, said: ”Since we launched the Foodie Awards last month, we’ve had an amazing response from people across the county who agree that it’s time to really shout about the fabulous food and drink scene we have in Coventry & Warwickshire. 

“This sector in particular has had a tough time this year and the Foodie Awards are aimed to give a much-needed boost for all the producers, makers, traders, restaurants, cafes and chefs who have worked so hard to survive and celebrate the vibrant, quality scene that they help to create. 

“We’ve created a range of categories that will allow anyone to enter, whether they’re an artisan gin producer, a pop-up restaurant founder or someone who goes the extra mile to champion food and drink in Coventry & Warwickshire. No business is too big or small and we can’t wait to see some of the entries.

“We’ve got lots planned that will make the Foodie Awards really stand out from the crowd and can’t wait to share it.”

Jonathan Smith, founder of Talk Business UK

Raising money for food banks

The Foodie Awards will also be raising money for The Trussell Trust network of eight food banks in Coventry and Warwickshire. 

Emma Schoolar, Area Manager for the Trussell Trust, said: “Having the support of the Foodie Awards will make such a difference to food banks in our network across Coventry and Warwickshire.

“As the impact of coronavirus continues to ripple out across our communities, we’re expecting more people to be forced to a food bank.

“But it doesn’t have to be like this. This can change. As a country, we can make changes which would protect people from being swept into poverty.

“This support will help food banks to get emergency help to people safely, while we work together towards a future where everyone has enough money for essentials. Thank you so much.”

The awards’ headline partner is Visit Coventry, with other sponsorship packages still available. Sponsorship comes with a host of benefits and there are also opportunities for businesses to get involved on a partnership basis. For more information contact hello@foodieawards.co.uk

For more information on how to enter or sponsor, visit https://foodieawards.co.uk

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