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Radio legend to hand out gong at foodie awards


Former BBC Radio presenter Faye Hatcher will hand out an award at a glitzy event to champion the food and drink scene in Gloucestershire.

Faye will represent Stroud Times at the Gloucestershire Foodie Awards on Monday at Blackfriars Priory in Gloucester.

“It’s fabulous the Gloucestershire Foodie Awards are back again,” said Faye.

“I remember interviewing founder Johnathon Smith about the first ever awards, and loved his passion for celebrating all of Gloucestershire’s finest chefs, restaurants, pubs, cafes, street food and pop-ups. We’re really fortunate to have these talented people living in Gloucestershire, and it’s right they’re recognised.

“Food brings communities together, it’s a talking point and it nourishes our body and soul. I know it’s going to be a wonderful night, celebrating everything foodie in the county. I’m also looking forward to the food.”

With the event growing in popularity, this year has seen an impressive number of entries across sixteen categories, including five new additions for 2024: Start-up of the Year, Event Caterer, Locally Sourced, Vegan Taste and Baked Goods. The complete set of finalists is available for viewing on the official website or please see list below: https://www.gloucestershirefoodieawards.co.uk/2024finalists.

Jonathan Smith, Founder and Director of the Foodie Awards said: “The Foodie Awards aim to shine a spotlight on the outstanding contributions of our region’s food and drink community, highlighting the individuals who work so hard behind the scenes. We’ve been overwhelmed by the level of talent and passion showcased in this year’s entries. Our judging panels have faced a tough challenge in selecting the finalists from such a high calibre of entries.”

This event is by ticket only, available to purchase through: Gloucestershire Foodie Awards 2024- Awards night Tickets, Mon 22 Apr 2024 at 18:00 | Eventbrite .

Guests will have the further opportunity to taste and array of bite-size delights ranging from street food favourites to delicious cordon bleu creations showcased at pop-up tables and foodie vans around the venue.

 True to the ethos of the Foodie Awards commitment to community support, the NEW Charity chosen charity in 2024 is supporting Let’s Cook with Josie. A one-woman inspiration based in Cheltenham running this CIC to support underprivileged and challenging kids with cooking skills. For more information, please visit https://www.feedinggloucestershire.org.uk/lets-cook-with-josie-cic-2/

The start-up finalists are: Paddy and Bear Ltd, Cantina del Barrio, Root+Seeds, Mister’s Cafe &Bistro, Muk A G’s

Coffee Shop: The Coffee Dispensary, The Canteen, Spago, Grouch Coffee

Event Caterer: Birch Catering, The Cotswold Caterer, King Shots Coffee

Best Pub: The Sandford Park Alehouse, The Plough Prestbury, Stroud Brewery, The Brown Jug, The Drunken Duck

Best Restaurant: Sam’s Montpellier, Indian Rasoi, Roots + Seeds, The Long Table, Tudor Farmhouse

Chef of the Year: Tudor Farmhouse – Gavin Roberts, Tewkesbury Park – Anuj Thakur, Prithvi – Thomas Law

Street Food Trader: Dirty Boys, Stockers, MacSt Diner, The BBQ Society

Locally Sourced: Roots + Seeds, The Long Table, Cotswold Farm Park

Vegan Taste: Coco Caravan, Vegan Events Gloucestershire, Sams Montpellier

Food and Drink producers: Beer and Cider:

Just Pressed Cider, Gloucester Brewery, Corinium Ales, Stroud Brewery

Wines and Spirits: Steeplechase Distillery, Charles Martell & Sons, Poulton Hill Estate, Woodchester Valley Vineyard, Non Solo Pasta – Lemoncello 

Baked Goods: Hobbs House Bakery, Authentic Bread Company, The Vanilla Pod Bakery

Dairy: Stonehouse Milk, Godsells Cheese, Wholly Gelato, Oh My Goat Foods

Artisan Food Producer: Cafe au Chocolat, Non Solo Pasta, Muk A G’s Asian Pie Company

Farm Shop: Todenham Farm Shop, Portway  Farm Shop, Gloucester Services

Taste of Gloucester: The Food Dock, Love Viva Cakes, No 76 Coffee and Confectionary, Misters Cafe and Bistro, Our House Bar

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