The Hawkes Bay hospitality industry is to be celebrated for the 11th year at the 2018 Hawkes Bay Hospitality Awards, an industry event aimed at highlighting the very best of the region.

Presented by the Restaurant Association of New Zealand, the Hawkes Bay Hospitality Awards have been recreated with a fresh new identity. The new regional hospitality awards design has come from the need to create a more streamlined and consistent awards platform throughout New Zealand, with the Hawkes Bay Hospitality Awards representing the highly coveted biannual celebration for its region.

CEO Marisa Bidois says, “Our goal is to bring the hospitality community together and connect them with the larger community”.

Winners will receive a coveted ‘Chevron’ trophy, symbolising a stripe indicating rank or length of service. The ‘Chevron’ represents the industry’s mark for distinction and provides a recognised symbol for excellence for consumers and visitors alike.

The Restaurant Association has partnered with Eat New Zealand, a collective of New Zealand’s chefs, producers, media, tourism and event operators, who are all dedicated to promoting New Zealand’s best food, beverage, and culinary destinations to the world.

Bidois says “Winners will be listed on the Eat New Zealand website, a beneficial development for the region as Hawkes Bay continues to be recognised globally for its distinction in food and wine”.

Nominations are now open to the industry until Friday, 6 July. Final voting will begin on Monday, 9 July and winners will be revealed at the awards evening on Monday, 6 August at the Napier Conference Centre.

The Hawkes Bay general public can vote for their favourite establishment in the Hawkes Bay Today People’s Choice Award category from 1 July.

Tickets to the event are on sale now, to purchase or for more information regarding the awards please visit

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