There are only a few days left to enter the inaugural Coventry & Warwickshire Foodie Awards.
The new Foodie Awards 2021, in partnership with Visit Coventry and Warwickshire County Council, is a celebration of the best of the region’s food and drink scene and arguably comes at the best time possible as the sector battles and unbelievably difficult year.
The awards will be judged by some of the top figures in the industry including: chef Glynn Purnell; Andreas Antona, owner of The Cross in
Kenilworth and Russell Allen, managing director of Aubrey Allen. Also on the judging panel are influencers Chris Hardy AKA ‘The Fat Foodie’ and
Katie Matthews AKA ‘The Hangry Blonde’.
Categories include best artisan food and drink producers, best farm shop, best independent food and drink retailer, best newcomer, best street food trader and best chef or cook of the year, as well as best food/drink experience.
Three special awards will also recognise businesses and individuals who went above and beyond during the coronavirus pandemic – including a COVID-19 Resilience Award backed by Visit Coventry and The Godiva Award, sponsored by Coventry BID.
There are just a few days left to enter the awards, which close on December 31st. In 2021, there will be a finalists’ night followed by a grand ceremony announcing the winners in the spring.
The awards will be raising money for The Trussell Trust network of
eight food banks in Coventry and Warwickshire.
County Councillor Heather Timms, Portfolio Holder for Environment, Heritage and Culture at Warwickshire County Council, said: “We all know what a difficult year it has been for the Retail and Hospitality Industry so awards like this help to shine a spotlight on the fantastic, innovative and hard-working businesses we have across Warwickshire and beyond.
“These awards complement the newly created ‘Visit Warwickshire’ website as well as the Survive, Sustain & Grow businesses support programme created by the County Council this year to help businesses through the pandemic.
“I would encourage all foodie businesses out there to submit an entry and get involved to help increase visibility and promote their business. Good Luck everyone!”
Main organiser Jonathan Smith, of Talk Business UK, said: ”With just a few
weeks to go we are delighted with the fantastic response to the Foodie Awards for Coventry and Warwickshire.
“Now with over 150 entries across all the award categories the entry level is
fantastic. By far the most entries are in the Newcomer category which just
shows that the COVID pandemic has inspired so many to follow their dreams and start their own businesses.
“We too have been inspired by their stories, achievements and commitment to their businesses and communities. There is still time to enter so please encourage all those you know to be part of this exciting new awards program.”
For more information on how to enter or to support the awards, visit