ASHBOURNE’S food and drink firms are being invited to enter an award ceremony that aims to find the best businesses in the county.
Applications are now open for Derbyshire County Council’s annual Derbyshire Food and Drink Awards.
The awards, which have been running for more than a decade, celebrate the county’s best catering businesses and there are 12 categories open to firms in and around the town.
Categories include Restaurant of the year, Gastro pub of the year, Traditional pub of the year and Cafe of the year, as well as Best newcomer and Local food hero.
Derbyshire County Council’s cabinet member for jobs, economy and transport, Joan Dixon, said: “The quality and range of food and drink businesses across Derbyshire is fantastic and they play a key role in the county’s economy.
“Our annual awards recognise the excellence of people working in the industry. They’ve developed a strong reputation and are an excellent way for restaurants, bistros, pubs and cafes to put themselves on the map.”
Entries are judged on a number of criteria including the quality of food and drink served, customer service, use of county produce and acknowledgement of it on menus.
They are assessed by an independent panel of food specialists and each short-listed venue has a mystery shopper visit before final decisions are made.
Shortlisted entries in restaurant of the year, gastro pub of the year, best international restaurant, and best newcomer will be visited by experts and will be awarded bronze, silver or gold status.
To download an application form for the Derbyshire Food and Drink Awards go to www.derbyshirefoodanddrink.co.uk, email Stephanie.firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01629 538464.
The closing date Thursday, October 10