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The 2017 Festival Awards

January 27, 2017

You all know and love the Burger Wellington competition (much love to Garage Project for making this happen). You know, that one that runs throughout the Festival and you can score every single burger (and beer) you demolish out of 10 to determine the top 5? From over 100 burgers?

This year we're changing things up and there will be three Festival Awards, all following the same awards format:

  1. Best Festival Dish 
  2. Best Burger
  3. Best Cocktail

Every time you try a restaurants Festival Dish (main course as part of Dine Wellington), cocktail and tapas offer or burger (and beer match) creation, score it out of 10 on our site, YOU help determine the five finalists and the eventual winners and go in the draw to win some sweet prizes!

They'll all be gunning for 10/10's so get ready to enjoy some out of this world taste sensations come Visa WOAP (11-27 August).

How it will work:

  1. Fri 11 Aug, 10am: scoring opens online 
  2. Thurs 24 Aug, 12 midnight: scoring closes 
  3. Fri 25 Aug: the five finalists plus a consumer winner for each category announced
  4. Sat 26 & Sun 27 Aug: your chance to taste the finalists (or any of the great offers) PLUS our panel of judges will be out mystery tasting
  5. Thurs 31 Aug: the 2017 Festival Awards evening where all finalists will cook-off, mix-off and plate-off one last time.

The judging criteria:

Best Burger

Best Cocktail

Best Festival Dish

20%: the final average score from the public

15%: service (such as knowledge of staff, timeliness - judged during mystery tasting)

15%: presentation (judged during mystery tasting)

15%: use of local ingredients (judged during mystery tasting)

5%: beer matching (judged during mystery tasting)

5%: tapas matching (judged during mystery tasting)

5%: local beverage matching (judged during mystery tasting)

5%: relation to the festival theme (judged during mystery tasting)

25%: taste (judged at Festival Awards night)

More info to come soon. Keep an eye out on Tuesday 6 June when all the Dine, Burger and Cocktail Wellington offers will be revealed on as we launch the 2017 Festival programme. Plus for the first time ever, the physical programme guide can be in your hot little hands the very next day, from Wednesday 7 June.