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It’s voting time for St Albans Food & Drink Awards 2018

 Published on: 12th August 2018   |   By: Jason Allen   |   Category: Uncategorized

Vote for your favourite restaurant, café, pub, bar, producer or shop from more than 190 businesses nominated for the St Albans Food & Drink Awards 2018.

The winners will be unveiled during St Albans Food and Drink Festival which will run from September 26 to October 8.

You can see a full list of nominees and select your favourites for each of the 14 categories at

Everyone was invited to make nominations for the awards back in June. Now the nominees are being put to the public vote. 

Voting will remain open until 11.59pm on August 26. Only one vote per person per award is permitted. 

The awards for Best restaurant for Everyday Dining and Best Takeaway are set to be the most fiercely-contested categories with more than 30 nominees for each.

This year, residents can even vote for their favourite place to go for a hot drink in the Best Hot Beverage category. Twenty businesses, from small independents to national chains, have been nominated for this new award.

Nominations have also flooded in for the Kate D’Arcy Award for customer service with 27 people having had their names put forward for this special award.

Once voting closes, the top three in each category will go through to the next round in the competition.

This will involve judges from the St Albans Food and Drink Festival steering group, including food and drink experts, carrying out surprise visits and tastings.

Councillor Salih Gaygusuz, Portfolio Holder for Business and Community for St Albans City and District Council, said: “Make sure the places you enjoy visiting to eat and drink or buy food and beverages get recognition by voting in the St Albans Food & Drink Awards. Almost 200 businesses from across the District have been nominated for these popular awards that help raise the profile of local food and drink establishments, retailers and producers.”

The winners of these annual awards will be announced at a glittering Festival Awards Dinner at Sopwell House Hotel on Monday October 8.

The event will be just one of the many highlights of the St Albans Food & Drink Festival.

Others include the CAMRA Beer Festival and the St Albans Feastival on Sunday September 30.

More information about the St Albans Food & Drink Festival is available at:

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