The presentation of the 2022 Nantwich Food Awards winners took place on Friday 21st October at a glittering ceremony in Nantwich Civic Hall, sponsored by Applewood Independent Financial Advisers.
The awards followed the annual Nantwich Food Festival that brings 40,000 visitors to Nantwich every September. Local foodies vote online in their thousands in the months leading up to the festival to choose their favourite food and drink establishments, producers and retailers.
Food Festival Chair, Christine Farrall, said, “Nantwich Food Awards continue to go from strength to strength, and are keenly contested each year; the awards recognise the high standard of food and drink businesses that please locals and attract many visitors and tourists to the town. We are delighted that Applewood Independent are again headline sponsors of these awards, and we thank them sincerely for their continued support of both the Festival and the Food Awards”.
The evening kicked off with a rolling presentation of Festival photos, and the guests later danced to live music from both local band XL5 and Megan Lee. A selfie photo booth from Jolly Good Photobooth, plus Chris Stokes, roving magician completed the evening’s entertainment.
The tasty buffet was provided by the Academy Restaurant of Cheshire College South and West. The trophies themselves were provided by Crewe company, Concorde Trophies and additional prizes were donated by local businesses, RD Wines and Three Wrens Gin.
Announcing the winners on stage were dignitaries and sponsors including: the Mayor of Nantwich, Cllr Peter Groves; Festival Sponsor, The Boulton Group’s CEO, Carl Boulton and Applewood Independent Director, Rebecca Wolstenholme.
Results were as follows:
A further award was presented to Fran Rogers, the winner of Rising Talent (bread making competition) that took place over the Festival weekend.
Festival President, Roger Mills spoke to all those assembled at the awards ceremony of his delight that the 2022 Festival was the 21st since the festival started back in the days when it was held on Mill Island; he declared his pride of the benefits to the town, having such a vibrant festival that brings in so many visitors to the town.
Festival Director John Coulter was pleased to see the Festival Volunteers and invited guests having a great evening, saying “The 2022 Festival was a huge success, particularly after two years when there was no Festival. The Festival Sponsors and Volunteers rose to the challenge yet again, and after such a busy festival, the team that organised the Food Awards evening has done a great job as well as their other responsibilities.
John went on to say “It’s wonderful to see all the Volunteers having such a fabulous evening and the chance to let their hair down. Volunteers come from all backgrounds; many are retired, others often have full time jobs and family responsibilities. Some work for a few hours during the Festival, others the full weekend, whilst the Organising Committee and subcommittee members work tirelessly the whole year through. The other Nantwich Food Festival Directors and I are enormously proud to be part of this group.”
Further details about the Nantwich Food Awards, the Nantwich Food Festival and how to get involved can be found on www.nantwichfoodfestival.co.uk