With so much to enjoy in the St Albans and Harpenden Food and Drink festival don’t forget to look out for the finalists and winners of the Awards that celebrate the wide variety of food and drink businesses and venues that we have in our area.
The St Albans and Harpenden Food and Drink festival has 12 categories overall and 11 of them are decided by a public vote along with scrutiny of a judging panel. Only one special award is decided by the steering group. The voting for the short list was open for six weeks earlier in the year and almost 3,000 people took part in the online ballot with more than 400 venues nominated for the 11 titles including best bar, best market stall and best café. Dead heats resulted in four finalists in a few categories.
The Festival Steering Group judges, including Herts Ad food and drink writer Becky Alexander, have they been making surprise visits to the finalists over the last few weeks.
Whether they were winners of not you might want to check out some of the finalists for yourself:
Dylan’s at the Kings Arms, George Street; The Snug, French Row; Mokoko, Verulam Road.
Best Independent Food/Drink Shop:
Buongiorno Italia, Lattimore Road; BEER SHOP, London Road; Smokehouse Deli, Cell Barnes Lane.
The Pudding Stop, Verulam Road; Bakehouse, Heritage Close, High Street; George St Canteen, George Street.
Tabure, Spencer Street; Per Tutti, Holywell Hill; Suckerpunch, George Street; Panko, Holywell Hill.
Best Local Producer:
The Pudding Stop; Farr Brew, Coleman Green Lane, Wheathampstead. Hedges Farm, North Orbital Road.
Best Local Restaurant:
The Foragers @ The Verulam Arms, Lower Dagnall Street; Dylan’s at The Kings Arms; Tabure.
Ye Olde Fighting Cocks, Abbey Mill Lane; The Foragers @ The Verulam Arms; The Six Bells, St Michael’s Street; The Boot, Market Place.
Godfrey’s Fish & Chips, High Street, Harpenden; The Pudding Stop; HATCH, The Maltings.
Best Market Stall:
Hatch; Farr Brew; Heaven is a Cupcake; Cheese Wheeler Cheese Van.
Most Family Friendly Venue:
The Waffle House, Kingsbury Watermill, St Michael’s Street; Wagamama, Christopher Place; Relish Burgers, Alban Arena; George Street Canteen.
Kate D’Arcy Award for customer service:
Jamie West, Rose and Crown, High Street, Sandridge, and The Gate, Station Road, Bricket Wood; Meena & Kim, Cinnamon Travelling Café; Sammy, The Six Bells.
For information on the 2016 and 2015 winners take a look at the website: