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Foodie Friday: The Best Food & Drink Experience In Warwickshire?


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 Best Food/Drink Experience.

This category recognises the very best food-related experience, from supper clubs to pop-up restaurants, street food venues, food festivals, family events, vineyards, farms and more.

Judges will take into consideration all aspects of the visitor experience, from food and drink choice and quality to décor, ambience and customer service, entertainment and elements that serve to create an unrivalled foodie experience.

Foodies co-organiser Jonathan Smith, of Talk Business UK, said: ”The Food and Drink Experience category for the Foodie Awards has inspired some fabulous entries with the nominees ranging from Bread Making online to outdoor catering, Brewery experiences to private supper clubs and at-home dining.

“We’re reading about the imagination and ingenuity to engage their clients and customers and all the while delivering exceptional. Looking through the entries across all the categories, I am so inspired by the ‘experiences’ they all offer.

“With around 40 days to go before entries close, we would love to see many more ‘experiences’ nominated and celebrated, so please make sure we don’t miss out on any individuals or businesses.”

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