Bring­ing a de­li­cious Devon WOW fac­tor

The team at Sandy Park re­veal the se­crets of host­ing a glit­ter­ing awards cer­e­mony for some very dis­cern­ing din­ers

Devon Life - - Devon Life Food And Drink Awards -

For the twelfth year run­ning, one of Devon’s pre­mier event venues – Sandy Park – will host the Devon Life Food & Drink awards. We asked their team to give us a sneak peek be­hind-the-scenes to re­veal what goes into cre­at­ing this sort of show-stop­ping oc­ca­sion:

The Devon Life Food and Drinks Awards are some­thing of an in­sti­tu­tion at Sandy Park. The Awards have been held here since 2007, and ev­ery year we work to make them even more spe­cial.

Prepa­ra­tion starts dur­ing the sum­mer, when our head chef and his team be­gin work on a be­spoke menu. As the aim of the awards is to cel­e­brate the amaz­ing pro­duce avail­able in Devon, the event is a show­case of a range of lo­cal sup­pli­ers and pro­duc­ers.

Sandy Park’s head chef, Craig Beacham, says: “From a chef’s per­spec­tive, the great thing about host­ing the Devon Life awards is be­ing able to use and cel­e­brate the lo­cal and un­sung he­roes of Devon. The event proves that we have some of the best pro­duce and sup­pli­ers in the UK.

“It’s also a great op­por­tu­nity for the team here to push the menu here at Sandy Park to the next level.”

As well as be­ing the venue host, Sandy Park also spon­sor an award cat­e­gory. This gives the team a chance to be part of the judg­ing process, vis­it­ing food and drink busi­nesses through­out the re­gion to choose a win­ner and grant­ing a real in­sight into the in­dus­try and its con­tri­bu­tion to Devon’s econ­omy.

In the weeks lead­ing up to the event, it’s a flurry of ac­tiv­ity with fi­nal de­tails be­ing con­firmed and the prepa­ra­tion of our largest space, the Ex­eter Suite, be­gin­ning. The room is trans­formed from a blank can­vas into a bona fide awards cer­e­mony, set-up for 300 din­ers, with a stage and of course, enough room to end the night danc­ing to the band!

We look for­ward to host­ing the Devon Life Food and Drink Awards each year, and hope they con­tinue for an­other 12 years (and beyond!).

The 2018 Devon Life Food & Drink Awards take place on 15 Novem­ber at Sandy Park.

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