20130103-Fried-Chicken-at-the-Pass-1-65A widespread national selection of country pubs, metro gastro bars, high level hotels and neighbourhood cafes have been named as finalists in this year’s HospitalityNZ awards for excellence. The winners will be named at the organisation’s October conference in Nelson.

There are 15 categories in the awards and over 50 establishments have made the final cut.

“The awards have been designed to capture all aspects of the hospitality industry and the finalists reflect the high degree of professionalism in the industry,” said HNZ’s ceo Bruce Robertson. This year there is a very wide geographic spread of finalists showing that hospitality success is not limited to major population areas.