ALTRINCHAM’s food scene was declared the best in the region at the Manchester Food and Drink Festival Awards.
The area won the “Foodie District of the Year” award at an event marking the end of the festival at Escape to Freight Island on Monday.
He beat competition from three other Trafford areas – Sale, Stretford and Urmston – as well as Heaton Moor, Prestwich, Ramsbottom and Stockport.
Intended to celebrate areas outside of the city center that have turned into a destination for food and drink lovers, the award was put to a public vote.
A jury of critics, experts and writers made the initial nominations.
Andrea George, Director of Downtown and Consumer Brands at Bruntwood Works, the developer responsible for the ongoing redevelopment of Stamford Quarter and Stretford Mall alongside Trafford Council, received the award on behalf of the region.
Ms. George is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Business Improvement District of Altrincham.
A number of independent Trafford companies were nominated for the other 15 festival awards, including three Altrincham Market Traders (Honest Crust, Picos Tacos, Tender Cow) for ‘Food Trader of the Year’, Sale’s Grapefruit Coffee for ‘Coffee Shop of the Year’ and Stretford Food Hall for ‘Neighborhood Venue of the Year’.
Unfortunately, none of them was able to report their respective prices to the borough.
Commenting on the awards, Alexa Stratton-Powell, Director of the Manchester Food and Drink Festival, said: “We are delighted to announce this year’s award winners.
“We came to the festival to champion Manchester talent and innovation, and to put independent businesses at the center of the stage. Now more than ever, this is what we all need to do.
“It was great to bring people together again at the center of the festival [in Manchester’s Cathedral Gardens] and the awards were a fitting finale – we were able to showcase and celebrate 120 amazing companies for a celebration that was truly well deserved. ”