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Foodie Awards: Street Food Trader Of The Year


A celebration of the best of Coventry and Warwickshire’s food and drink scene is at the heart of a new awards program designed to support businesses as they re-emerge from lockdown. The first Foodie Awards 2021, in partnership with Visit Coventry, lists among its guest judges Birmingham-born Michelin star chef Glyn Purnell and chef-turned-restaurateur Andreas Antona, founder of The Cross in Kenilworth.

Click here to read more about the judges. Entries are open now ahead of a finalists’ night on January 25th at the city’s new Telegraph Hotel – and a ceremony in May.

Judges and public votes will decide on winners in several categories that focus on quality, service and innovation with an emphasis on farm to fork, including best artisan food and drink producers, farm shop, independent food and drink retailer, newcomer, street food trader and chef or cook of the year.

Three further special awards will also recognise the extraordinary efforts of businesses and individuals throughout the coronavirus pandemic – including the COVID-19 Resilience Award sponsored by Visit Coventry and The Godiva Award, sponsored by Coventry BID. The Foodie Awards will also be raising money for The Trussell Trust network of eight foodbanks in Coventry and Warwickshire.

The next category under the spotlight on is Street Food Trader of the Year.

Street food has become a much-loved part of the food scene in Coventry and Warwickshire and the UK as a whole. This award will recognise a street food trader that produces great quality food, winning support from locals and visitors alike. Judges will look at the quality of food, menu offering, innovation, imagination, and branding, as well as customer service.

Guest judge Chris Hardy AKA ‘The Fat Foodie’ – a multi-award-winning influencer and street food expert from Coventry, said: “Coventry and Warwickshire has an amazing street food scene, with traders turning out everything from banging burgers to crazy-good curries. We’ve got it all, with a group of really passionate, talented traders and a growing number of places where they can showcase what they do. “I can’t wait to see the entries and see Coventry & Warwickshire’s street food scene take its place centre stage at the Foodie Awards.”

For a full list of categories plus information on how to enter or become a sponsor, visit

Written by Amanda Chalmers