Food and Drink Festival Awards St Albans City of Expertise district councilVoting has opened for the St Albans Food and Drink Festival awards with almost 350 nominations on the menu.

Residents have barely two weeks left to vote for their favourites among the 350 nominations for the St Albans Food and Drink Festival awards.

Thirteen titles are on the menu in the annual contest including best pub, best café and best market stall.

The list includes three new titles – best restaurant for a special occasion, best restaurant for everyday dining and best place to do business.

The poll is open to all with everyone encouraged to vote for their favourites in the online ballot which runs until Monday 28 August.

After the public vote is finished, the top three in each category will go through to the final stage of the competition.

They will be judged by the Festival steering group, including food and drink experts, who will carry out surprise visits and tastings.

Once they have decided on the winners, the results will be revealed at a glittering Festival Awards Dinner at Sopwell House Hotel on Monday 2 October.

The nominations were made by the public in April and May. Every nominated business or individual that met the category criteria has been put forward for the vote.

The Food and Drink Festival, now in its tenth year, is organised by St Albans City and District Council.

It runs from Wednesday 27 September to Saturday 7 October and includes a wide range of activities such as cookery demonstrations and wine tastings.

One of the highlights is the St Albans Street Feastival on Sunday 1 October when the City Centre is closed to traffic and taken over by 80-plus food and drink stalls.

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The results will be revealed at a glittering Festival Awards Dinner at Sopwell House Hotel on Monday 2 October.