With the outstanding success of The St Albans Food & Drink Festival this autumn, a huge number of people came to the city to experience the fantastic range of food, drink and produce available throughout St Albans District. With so many excellent eateries providing fabulous food and delightful drinking holes, the festival really has been a great time to try something new or different.
Alongside the St Albans Food and Drink Festival recently more than 100 guests gathered at the stunning Henry Moore Studios and Gardens to find out who had won the 11 coveted titles in the 2018 Hertfordshire Life Food and Drink Awards.
At a sparkling drinks reception with gorgeous canapés in the new visitor centre the awards were presented in the historic tythe barn. From the hundreds of nominations that were received from readers of Hertfordshire Life and local businesses, the 12 independent industry experts had managed to create a shortlist of 39 finalists. After visiting each finalist and sampling their wares a decision was made.
And the winner of Chef of the Year was Drew Knight of Dylans of The Kings Arms in St Albans. He said on the night, ‘I’m over the moon. I’ve never really been up for an award before for our expertise. Myself and Sean, my business partner, have designed a pub where we wanted to eat and source great produce and cook it really simply.’
Alongside this St Albans food and drink success Matt Elvidge of Farr Brew in Wheathampstead, won Food and Drink Hero of the Year and Service to the Community, said, ‘Winning Best Producer last year really showed us to be a serious business that can be considered up with the best that Hertfordshire has to offer. Winning two awards in 2018 is very special and something we will tell the world about.’
If you are thinking of buying property in St Albans you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to food and drink.