Seven Galway businesses shortlisted for food and hospitality awards

From five star hotels and cosy cafés to the country’s finest chefs and street food trucks, the shortlist for the Georgina Campbell 2020 Irish Food & Hospitality Awards in association with AIB was announced this week.

Seven Galway businesses are among those shortlisted for these prestigious awards — The Ardilaun Hotel, Galway; Inis Meáin Restaurant and Suites, Aran Islands; Killary Lodge and The Misunderstood Heron, Leenane; Quay House and Blue Quay, Clifden; Sheridan's Wine Bar, Galway; Tartare, Galway; and Wa Café, Galway.

Now in their 21st year, the Georgina Campbell Irish Food & Hospitality Awards recognise the achievements of those in the tourism and hospitality industry, celebrating the people who work the hardest to preserve and develop Ireland’s reputation as a food destination. Founded by Georgina Campbell, one of Ireland’s foremost food and hospitality writers, the awards are an opportunity to honour industry leaders across the generations.

“This year’s awards have a particular focus on celebrating Ireland’s wonderful industry pioneers," Georgina Campbell said. "This means recognising and awarding those who have laid the foundations that have made Ireland’s food tourism and hospitality journey such a fantastic success story and the new pioneers, often next generation family members, who are safeguarding its future.”

The awards will take place at the InterContinental Dublin on September 15, with special guest Richard Corrigan taking part in a lively questions and answers session.

The seven Galway businesses are among the almost 80 nationally which have been shortlisted for a prestigious 2020 Georgina Campbell Irish Food & Hospitality Award across 26 categories including Hotel of the Year, Chef of the Year, Hospitality Hero, Pet Friendly Destination of the Year, Street Food of the Year, and Taste the Island Innovation Award, which is sponsored by Fáilte Ireland.

Due to their independence, these awards are often cited as among the most important in Ireland. Establishments are anonymously assessed by a team of impartial food experts, food writers, and retired hospitality professionals, who anonymously visit and experience all shortlisted and winning establishments, together with the many more that do not make the shortlists, each year.

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