At last night’s National Tourism Awards ceremony the Abergavenny Food Festival scooped ‘Best Event’ in Wales 2013. These annual National Tourism Awards staged by Visit Wales, in partnership with the Wales Tourism Alliance and Quadrant Media and Communications, recognise and reward the very best in Welsh tourism.
Heather Myers, Chief Executive of the Abergavenny Food Festival, said: “The Festival team is absolutely delighted to win this award. It is not only a recognition of the effort put in by the Board and staff over the years, but also a great endorsement of the community in and around Abergavenny who have come together to celebrate local and regional farming and food culture in a very tangible way.
“The Festival has grown in strength and popularity over the years and is now one of the best known events of its kind in the UK and beyond. Winning this award will help us continue to promote the best of Wales – its distinctive landscape and heritage, its warm welcome and most of all its fabulous food offering. We are committed to spreading the word that Wales is a serious and distinctive food tourism destination.”
And there were more winners from Monmouthshire too.
The Bell at Skenfrith, The Old Station at Tintern and Llansantffraed Court Country House Hotel & Restaurant have all been named as the Best Places to Eat in Wales by the National Tourism Awards for Wales.
The Bell at Skenfrith in Abergavenny won the Best Place to Eat award in the pub category, while The Old Station at Tintern in Chepstow picked up the award in the café category. Llansantffraed Court near Abergavenny won the award in the small restaurant category. All were commended for their use of local produce and commitment to Welsh culture.
Mike Morgan, Owner and Director of Llansantffraed Court said: “The whole team are over the moon to have won such a prestigious award. After owning the hotel for getting close to 20 years, it feels great to have everyone’s hard work and dedication recognised in this way. We may even open the odd bottle of bubbly … from Wales of course!”
John Sterry, Site Manager at Old Station Tintern said “We are a small business in a very busy tourism area and winning this award will help us to attract even more visitors, not only to our tea rooms but to our site and our village in general. The more visitors we can attract, the more the area can prosper. These awards are so important to the tourism sector as they not only add value for the customer but they promote the industry which can be taken for granted by so many visitors and local residents. Of course no one person wins this award, the award is a reward to all the team, full time and part time who have worked tirelessly over the season to contribute to this success.”
William Hutchings from The Bell at Skenfrith said: “We’d like to thank all our staff for their incredible hard work and dedication in helping to make us the best pub to eat in in Wales. We are absolutely delighted. It really does mean a lot to us.”
Edwina Hart, Minister for Economy, Science and Transport, said: “Congratulations to all the winners at this year’s National Tourism Awards for Wales. They represent everything that is great about Welsh tourism – passion, commitment, creativity and drive. It’s an outstanding achievement, especially given the calibre of entries and finalists that we had this year. It’s because of businesses like these that tourism is thriving in Wales. We are delighted that we could celebrate their achievements and reward their best practice at the awards.”