It finally happened! After over 18 months of planning, the Foodie Awards for Coventry & Warwickshire culminated in a night of celebration at Coventry’s FarGo Village.
For many of us it was the first live local awards event since lockdown, and brought together food and drink businesses from across the area to celebrate their success.
The awards comprised 15 food and drink categories, with entries from across Coventry & Warwickshire, who were judged by a panel including Russell Allen, managing director of Aubrey Allen; entrepreneur, investor and speaker John Stapleton and restaurateur Andreas Antona, owner of The Cross in Kenilworth.
As well as judging by the panel, the Chef/Cook of the Year category was assessed via a Masterchef-style cook-off judged by Antona alongside celebrity chef Glynn Purnell. The winners of the awards, which were organised by partnership with Warwickshire County Council, Coventry BID and Visit Coventry, were announced at an evening at The Box at FarGo Village, with ‘free-flowing’ food and drink provided by local businesses as part of the celebration.
Winners were as follows:-
Foodie Champion, sponsored by The Leamington Courier – The Barn Kitchen
Artisan Drink Producer of the Year – Dhillons Brewery, Coventry
Artisan Food Producer of the Year – Price’s Spices, Leamington Spa
The Godiva Award, sponsored by Coventry BID – Dhillons Brewery
Pub/Bar of the Year – Dhillons Brewery
COVID Resilience Award – Hooray’s British Gelato Kitchen, Stratford-upon-Avon
Cafe/Coffee Shop of the Year – Warwick Street Kitchen, Leamington Spa
Best Newcomer Award – Pasta Brothers, Leamington Spa
Express to Success Awards, sponsored by Comesto – Price’s Spices
Farm Shop of the Year, Hilltop Farm Shop and Cafe, Leamington Spa.
Food or Drink Experience Award – Bread for Life, Leamington Spa
Restaurant of the Year – Turmeric Gold, Coventry
Chef/Cook of the Year – Tobias Reutt, Earlsdon Supper Club
Independent Business of the Year – Proof Bakery, Coventry.
Best Street Food – Stripclub Streetfood
It’s been such a thrill to be part of the team organising these awards. Alongside Talk Business UK, Coventry BID, Visit Coventry and Chalmers News PR, we created from scratch something that did exactly what we originally hoped – championed local business, brought people together and celebrated what they do after the hardest 18 months going.
I’m sure we’ll all agree it wasn’t perfect. What ever is? But for the first of its kind, launched in the middle of a global pandemic, it went pretty well and pretty much everyone involved embraced the spirit of the award and the food and drink community that it celebrates.
On top of this, the event raised more than £1,000 for The Trussell Trust’s network of eight food banks in Coventry and Warwickshire which will go to help people who need it most.
Planning is already afoot for how we can make these awards even better, building on the success of the inaugural awards and ensuring this is an event that continues to champion, support and celebrate local food and drink for years to come.
A big thanks to all the sponsors of the Foodie Awards 2021. If you want to support the awards in future years, get in touch!
- Visit Coventry (Coventry City Council)
- Visit Warwickshire (Warwickshire County Council)
- CW LEP
- Aubrey Allen
- BID Coventry
- Mutual Central Warwickshire
- Warwickshire College Group