The 8th annual Marketing Derby Food & Drink Awards were held last night at Derby’s iconic Roundhouse on Pride Park
After whittling down over 2,200 votes to just a handful of finalists, the judges had the task of visiting all the nominees and deciding who was the best in each category. The evening was set to be tense for all those entrants who had made it this far…
We arrived just before the 5:30 start time as the final touches were being added to the room
There were a few stalls set out to showcase local producers, the first of which we visited was The Rested Cocktail Company, who produce small batch cocktails which are then ‘rested’ for a minimum of 30 days in steel barrels to produce a more mellow drink. The cocktails were definitely strong but were also smooth
Next up was The Quirky Cook, who produces chutneys & relishes using black garlic. I can say first hand that both the piccallili and the caramelized onion relish with black garlic were very tasty and I shall be ordering some in my next Derby Food Assembly order!
There were also delicious canapes from The Engine Shed Restaurant which is staffed by students and lecturers from Derby College’s Hospitality and Culinary Arts Academy
And finally Cacoa Elora who produce handmade chocolates and truffles – the pistachio truffle was gorgeous!
At 6:15pm we were called to take our seats and the ceremony started – you could feel the anticipation and excitement in the room…
Managing Director of Marketing Derby, John Forkin, opened the awards and congratulated all of the entrants for getting this far, saying ‘It’s quite an achievement to be a finalist, considering the scale of nominations. We are delighted to shine a light on this vibrant sector’
There were 9 awards altogether, and here are the results from the night!
Best Newcomer – Sponsored by University of Derby
Best International – Sponsored by Riverlights Derby
Best Cafe – Sponsored by Zest Produce
Best Out of Town – Sponsored by Xcel Energy
Best Pub – Sponsored by Koobr
Best Bar – Sponsored by Swindell & Pearson
Excellence in Customer Service – Sponsored by Derby Telegraph
There was also a special award on the evening – The Royal Crown Derby Oustanding Achievement Award. This award was given to ‘The Beerhunter’ Colston Crawford, who has been writing about the local beer scene in Derby for the past 12 years
The final award to be announced was the coveted Restaurant of the Year – Sponsored by Marketing Derby Bondholders which was won by…
A great night was had by all and I think there may be a few sore heads this morning from celebrating!
Congratulations to all the nominees and of course, the winners!