Across 13 categories, over 1200 nominations were received for this year’s Bay Hospitality Awards. Initiated by the Restaurant Association of NZ, the awards have been well received by the local hospitality industry and has gathered wide ranging support in the Bay of Plenty area including regions like Tauranga, Papamoa, Waihi Beach and Te Puke among others.

The evening is an opportunity to reward those hard working individuals and teams that contribute to the excellence of the Bay’s vibrant and diverse dining and entertainment scene whether it is a chef, barista, restaurant owner, café owner or front of house team and will enable them to enjoy a night sharing experiences and celebrating the successes of their peers.

“The awards are all about recognition from our own industry, we want to raise the profile of the regions local hospitality sector and highlight those that are doing well,” said Andrew Targett, president of Restaurant Association Bay of Plenty Branch.

Hosted by Masterchef NZ winners Karena and Kasey Bird, finalists will be honoured for their outstanding commitment to this exciting and vibrant industry at Mills Reef Winery and Restaurant late November. Final voting across the 13 categories is now open with voting available online for hospitality industry workers, owners, suppliers and sales reps to the industry. Finalists include Brooklyn Patio and Eatery, Flat White Café, Mount Brewing Co Chef Martin Allan, Good Things Kitchen, Nomad Food and Wine, and Tia’s Tacos. For the full list visit