After a record number of more than 20,000 votes were cast, the nominations for the categories for the 2015 Taste Cheshire awards have been revealed.

Festival organiser Stephen Wundke said just collating all the votes took almost a week: “We have been simply amazed by the number of votes. Last year was a record with over 5,000 votes cast but this year we have had over 20,000 votes for venues right across Cheshire.

“It has been a simply amazing response. The interest in these awards from the general public has just been phenomenal, all wanting their favourite place to be successful and it is a real credit to all those nominated, who continue to provide their customers with outstanding service and a quality Cheshire product. They are the benchmarks of their genre.”

The process now is that each of the nominations will be mystery dined/shopped by our judges and the winners will be announced at the awards dinner, to be held at The Pavilion at Chester Racecourse on April 8.

For more information about the gala dinner or to order tickets, go to www.chesterfoodanddrink.co.uk .

The nominations are:

Best Sandwich Shop: Cheshire Sandwich Company, Bloom; Philpotts; Deli-Vert.

Best Newcomer: Gin Rickey’s and Luke’s Eating House; Chime; Mockingbird Tap Room; Millstone; JTO Vintage and the old Bank Tearooms.

Best Deli: Deli-Vert; Hawarden Estate Farm Shop; Spoilt for Choice; Gastronomy.

Best Café: Little Yellow Pig, Hoole; Enzo; Central Perk; Yard on the Edge; Café.com.

Best Bar: Suburbs; Barlounge; Kuckoo; Commonhall St Social.

Best Pub: Bear & Billet; Coach House; Ring o’ Bells; Egerton Arms; George & Dragon.

Small Restaurant: Chef’s Table; Piste; Upstairs at the Grill; Sticky Walnut.

Large Restaurant: Chester Fields; Cock o’ Barton; Hickory’s Smokehouse; Restaurant 1539.

Local Produce Shop: Hollies; Cheerbrooks; Hawarden Farm Shop; Cheese Shop.

Family Friendly: Hickory’s; The White Horse; George & Dragon; Ring o Bells.