Restaurants and pubs in East Staffordshire are preparing to go head to head with some of the best eateries from across the county.
The Taste of Staffordshire Good Food Awards is being revived after a three-year break and businesses from Burton and the surrounding villages are hoping to claim a prize. Those already confirmed as being nominated are The Winery, in Burton, The Red Lion in Newborough, Royal Ruchi at Abbots Bromley and Denstone Hall Farm Shop and Cafe.
More than 200 guests are expected at the glittering ceremony at Lichfield Cathedral, which will see Taste of Staffordshire-accredited businesses go head to head for the first time since 2014's event at Keele Hall.
A three-course dinner using local produce will be created by chef Stephen Stack, from Whittington, near Lichfield, who was trained at Claridge's Hotel in London and is a former MARCH Chef of the Year.
Fellow chef Liam Dillon will provide his creations, inspired by his time working alongside celebrity chef Marcus Wareing and at the world's top restaurants including Noma in Copenhagen.
Taste of Staffordshire is a partnership between Destination Staffordshire and NFU Mutual's Stone Agency, who are licence holders for the brand.
Graeme Whitehead, Destination Staffordshire visitor economy manager, said: "We haven't held the Taste of Staffordshire Good Food Awards since 2014 so a celebration of the county's best food and drink businesses is long overdue.
"This event enables us to recognise the high standard of their food and customer service, and their commitment to using local produce as much as they can.
"They are also making a huge contribution to Staffordshire tourism by putting the county on the map as a foodie destination."
The winners of awards in 11 categories, including public house and independent restaurant, will be announced at the event.
The Taste of Staffordshire Good Food Awards will be a gala black tie evening at Lichfield Cathedral from 6.30pm to 11.30pm on Friday, October 20.
Tickets booked before the early bird deadline of Friday, September 1 are £52.50 including VAT, or £500 including VAT for a table of 10.
After the deadline, prices go up to £57.95 including VAT per ticket, or £550 including VAT for a table of 10.