2016 Oliver Awards promise all the fun of the fair

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Preparations are underway to help bring all the fun of the fair to the Yorkshire Evening Post’s Oliver Awards.

The shortlist will be unveiled in just over a week for what looks set to be one of the city’s dining scene’s biggest nights out.

All the winners at the Yorkshire Evening Post 'Oliver Awards' 2015.  Elland Road.  9 March 2015.  Picture Bruce Rollinson

All the winners at the Yorkshire Evening Post 'Oliver Awards' 2015. Elland Road. 9 March 2015. Picture Bruce Rollinson

And the annual awards have particular significance this year after Leeds was awarded its first Michelin star in ten years.

Michael O’Hare’s The Man Behind The Curtain, in Leeds city centre, scooped the top accolade last year – just months after being crowned Best Newcomer at last year’s celebrations.

This year’s event will have a special funfair theme and will feature live music, a photo booth, fairground fun and games and a celebrity guest.

The event is being sponsored by Purple Voucher Company, Berkley Scott, Deliveroo, Slingsby Gin and the Yorkshire Food & Drink website.

Bundobust winners of Best Cafe Bar.'Yorkshire Evening Post 'Oliver Awards' 2015.  Elland Road.  9 March 2015.  Picture Bruce Rollinson

Bundobust winners of Best Cafe Bar.'Yorkshire Evening Post 'Oliver Awards' 2015. Elland Road. 9 March 2015. Picture Bruce Rollinson

Nicola Furbisher, YEP editor, said: “This year’s Oliver Awards look set to be bigger and better than ever.

“This promises to be the night out in Leeds to really celebrate and champion our city’s thriving culinary scene.

“And we’re set to celebrate the very best of Yorkshire after receiving a record number of entries to showcase the region’s best restaurants and cafes at our annual Oliver Awards.

“This is all about rewarding those restaurants, bars and pubs for their flair, imagination, service and of course their food.”

To reflect the city’s burgeoning dining scene this year we created two new categories to enter – Best Rural and Best Street Food.

Last year’s awards saw the team at The Box Tree scoop the accolade for outstanding contribution and Kendells Bistro scooped the award for overall winner.

Bundobust won best cafe bar last year and The Burlington at the Devonshire Arms was named best hotel restaurant of the year.

Tickets for the event cost £57 plus VAT per head or £525 plus VAT for a table of 10.

For information, please email karengoodridgecross@ywng.co.uk or call her on 0113 238 8201.

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