Bristol is celebrating its foodie side with the Bristol Good Food Awards 2012. The competition aims to celebrate the best that Bristol has to offer in terms of restaurants, cafes and local delis.
Categories span everything from the heady heights of Best Restaurant through Best Sunday Lunch, to Best Alfresco Dining (if only the sun would come out...).
The top five to be selected in each category will then undergo mystery judging from a panel of expert food critics including food and wine writer Angela Mount, Guardian food and drink writer Fiona Beckett, Telegraph food writer Xanthe Clay and Evening post food reviewer Mark Taylor.
Bristol-based Elly Curshen owns the fantastic Pear Café as well as running the critically acclaimed supper club, the Montpelier Basement. "The food scene in Bristol is booming", says Elly. "We have great produce in the south west and passionate people that are working hard to make our city an even better place to eat. The awards are a great opportunity to shine a light on the amazing variety of quality places we have down here. We're up for 'Best Cafe Food' at The Pear Cafe and would be delighted to win."
The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony on July 3 to be held at the Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery.
Other categories include Favourite Producers which the public have already voted for; winners included Wraxhall Vineyards Pinot Noir Rose, Dick Willows for his cider and The Little Cake stand which won Best Local Cakes for their quirky take on cupcake versions of lemon meringue pie, cherry bakewell and sticky toffee pudding.