People's Choice Awards 2020
Every year, the Visa Wellington On a Plate team is blown away by the culinary creativity and talent shown by the Wellington hospitality industry. From casual eats, pop ups to fine dining, Wellingtonians and visitors from far and wide are spoilt for choice.
And every year, we're blown away by their ability to get out and about and try as many Dine Wellington festival dishes, Burger Wellington burgers and Cocktail Wellington cocktails as they do. Not only is it a great way to experience Wellington's culinary talents, it's a wonderful way of getting behind the hospitality industry and support local.
This year, we decided to put our annual rating process to the side, as the hospitality industry had done it really hard in 2020, and there was a general feeling that a rating system might be another added pressure on top of a year, which had already dished up a lot of pressure.
However, we know that a huge part of the appeal of going around the Wellington region, trying Dine Wellington dishes, Burger Wellington burgers and Cocktail Wellington cocktails, is sharing what ones you most enjoyed. And many in the hospitality industry were curious to see how they'd gone!
So in 2020 we put it to the people for People's Choice nominations, in which we asked for your Top 5 in each category... and the results are in!!
Thank you to all who enjoyed the Festival and made nominations - and of course, thank you to the Visa Wellington On a Plate participants, who are all winners in our eyes.
Burger Wellington - Top 25 (in no particular order)
Apachè - Rise of the Phoenix
Arborist Rooftop Bar & Eatery - "Say Cheese" said the Rarebit
Atlas - Wagyu, Truffle and Bordelaise
Beach Road Deli - Ngā hua o Aotearoa
Bethel Woods - Dippy McDipperson
Boneface Brewing Co. - The Kiwi Stacker
Burger Liquor - Early Bird
Dirty Burger Cuba Street - Bacon Drunken Love to You
Dirty Burger Petone - Alexis Texas
Egmont St. Eatery - La Grande Gordita
Fork & Brewer - The Brisk-Taker
Fryday Donuts - Meatloaf - The Burger Not the Singer
Gorilla Burger @ Fortune Favours - The Fortunate One
Greytown Hotel - The Top Pub - El Toro
Honey Badger Saloon - Smashed Badger
Lashings HQ - Everybody Loves Dessert
LUCKY - Tandoori Glory
Master Kong - Chook Norris
Pickle & Pie - Brisket Twice, Pickle Once
Seoul Salon - Honey Bunny
Soul Shack - Swamp Thing
Sweet Release - The Eden
Thistle Inn - Beefcake
Wilson Barbecue @ The Third Eye - Hot Mess
Winner Winner - An Ode to Big Bob
Dine Wellington - Top 10 (in no particular order)
1154 Pastaria - Mac N’ Steeze
Apachè - Barry's Bun Cha
Boulcott Street Bistro - Crayfish Frites
Charley Noble Eatery & Bar - The Barbeque
Master Kong - Kohuatia - Boil Up
Olive - A Wellington in Wellington
Pickle & Pie - The Wellington Pie
The Botanist - Earth's Bounty
Viva Mexico Left Bank - Waho-moleh
Zelati Dessert Cafe - Halo-Halo (Mix-Mix) Sundae
Cocktail Wellington presented by Seedlip - Top 10 (in no particular order)
Arborist Rooftop Bar & Eatery - The Gathered Clover Club
Birdcage - Welly on a Bad Day
Boulcott Street Bistro - Oyster Martini, Martini Oyster
Burger Liquor - But first… Coffee
C.G.R. Merchant & Co. - Snickers Affogato
Charley Noble Eatery & Bar - Big Smoke
Crumpet - Planter's Brew
Dragonfly - Seoul Sunset
Hanging Ditch - Expresso Martini #83'
The Library - Jacinda