FINALISTS in the inaugural Coventry and Warwickshire Foodie Awards gathered for an evening of celebration at Coventry’s new Telegraph Hotel ahead of the winners being announced next week.
Around 45 finalists from across Coventry and Warwickshire will find out if they have won their respective awards at The Box at FarGo Village on Thursday, July 22.
Coun Jim O’Boyle, Coventry City Council’s cabinet member for jobs, regeneration and climate change, said: “The culmination of these awards couldn’t come at a better time for the city and wider area, as we start to see some kind of normality returning.
“It’s been a tough time for restaurants and bars, but to be able to celebrate all the great food and drink on offer in Coventry and the surrounding area is a great opportunity and will give the sector even more of a boost.”
It has been a difficult 18 months for the hospitality industry and winners will be announced in a range of categories next Thursday.
The Finalists’ Night was also attended by representatives from the awards’ supporters, including Visit Coventry, Warwickshire County Council, Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP), Warwickshire College and Comesto.
Co-organiser of The Foodies, Jonathan Smith, of Talk Business UK, said: “We first started planning these awards before the word Covid was even a thing so to be so close to seeing their culmination and celebrating the great entries we had in this very first awards programme is an exciting time.
“It was great getting all the finalists and supporters together and we look forward to another fabulous event next week.”