Bristol Food Connections Team team were invited to attend the Bristol Good Food Awards 2018 ceremony which took place on 25th February at Ashton Gate Stadium – home to Bristol City Football and Rugby Club.
Local Producers Awards Ceremony
For the first time, Local Producers had a separate Awards Ceremony to honour Bristol’s artisan food and drink producers who supply some of the city’s best restaurants. Winners were chosen after a blind Tasting Day on 29th January 2018 and the afternoon event was a great opportunity to celebrate the local, independent producers of Bristol.
The Bristol Loaf were a big winner in the afternoon, being crowned Best Local Bread producer and Best Local Sweet Pastries producer.
A room full of the very best of Bristol’s food and drink heroes
The winners had been chosen by a team of top food and drink experts, who have been sampling their way around the city over the past few weeks. Well known favourites in the food world, Andy Clarke and Genevieve Taylor, were expert hosts and Head Judges, Steve Ashworth and Adrian Kirkmaa also talked about the importance of front of house service.
The fabulous night was topped off with the announcement that two aspiring culinary professionals had each been awarded a £4,800 training bursary. These bursaries are designed to encourage talented and passionate professionals to pursue a career in the food and hospitality industry and were donated by the Awards main sponsor, Arthur David. Congratulations to Nick Armstrong (Pasta Loco) who plans to gain experience and hone his techniques in Emilia Romagna, Italy’s gourmet heart and to Florence Pardoe, a volunteer educator at Grow Bristol CIC and a strong advocate of sustainability and local produce. Florence has plans to attend courses on pioneering ways of urban farming and education in New York.
We were thrilled to be in a room full of so many of Bristol’s food and drink heroes. Sadly, not everyone could be winners, but 48 local businesses skipped home with the coveted blue plate. Go check them out and congratulate them, it takes a lot of hard work and dedication simply to get into the room at these awards let alone walk as away as winners. Well done to everyone!