Friday, 20th October saw movers and shakers of the Staffordshire culinary scene attend a glittering ceremony at Lichfield Cathedral to mark the NFU Mutual Taste of Staffordshire Good Food Awards 2017.
Following the huge success of the newest addition to Stone Food & Drink Festival’s packed programme, the town centre ‘Tapas Trail’, the winners of the event’s two competitive elements have now been announced.
The trail is inspired by an event that takes place in Stafford Borough’s Spanish twin town, Tarragona, which local accountant Bob Knight of R A Knight & Co has enjoyed numerous times. Believing the trail would be a great addition to the Stone Food & Drink Festival programme, he approached the board and worked closely with them to bring the event to reality, kindly sponsoring it in its inaugural year.
This year, 10 restaurants took part on the trail; each serving a different tapas style dish with accompanying drink every evening from Monday 26 Sept – Sat 1st Oct for just £3.50pp. These included The Star Inn; The Crown of India; The Crown and Anchor; The Mill Restaurant; Aston Marina; Granvilles; Little Seeds; The Royal Exchange; Let's See and Langtry's.
Diners had the opportunity to complete a score card, marking each of the venues, and sending their completed cards in to enter a prize draw to win a meal for two. The top scoring venue overall was also to be commended, in the form of a Tapas Trail certificate. This year, the winning restaurant is The Crown of India on Market Square, which served up tapas-style ‘Chicken Tika Masala with fresh green chilli and a hint of ginger’. The lucky winner of prize draw, who will enjoy a meal for two at The Crown of India, is Mrs Julie Pointon of Stone.
Festival Chairman, Richard Stevens, says:
“The Tapas Trail was a real hit – we had a good number of entries and the scores showed that the standard was high across all the participating restaurants. It was a close run competition for the top spot - but The Crown of India pipped the rest to the post. It’s a great way of getting people out into town during festival week and getting them into different restaurants to sample what they can offer.
“We have been hugely impressed by the restaurants’ efforts and creativity – it was great to see how they came up with their own twist on tapas. We will definitely be running the Tapas Trail again next year and will be making a few alterations to the format with a view to making the event even more successful. We would like to thank Bob Knight for his support and enthusiasm in helping drive this new event forwards.”
The 2017 Stone Food & Drink Festival will take place on Friday 6, Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 October – for more details and to sign up for e-newsletter updates, visit www.stonefooddrink.org.uk