Over 2 months, NOW! Bali put the island’s food and beverage industry to the test through a campaign dubbed the NOW! Bali Best Restaurant, Bar and Café Awards (BRBCA). Now in it’s third year, the 2016 campaign had grown with new developments and innovations to really push the levels of recognition good dining establishments in Bali deserve, as well as creating an awards series that is both transparent and unbiased. Finally, at the end of these 2 months, after a fabulous awards ceremony, Bali’s Best Restaurants Bars and Cafes of 2016 have been crowned!
This year, for the first time ever, NOW! Bali actually had 3 different types of awards in an attempt to cover the many facets of judging establishments in the hospitality world.
A whopping total of 150 F & B venues signed up to compete for 20 titles in the NOW! Bali Best Restaurant, Bar, and Café Awards (BRBCA) 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards. The categories spanned from Best Whisky and Cocktail Bar, to Best Pan-Asian Cuisine to Best Fine Dining restaurants in Bali, giving venues the option to fight for what they believe is truly ‘their identity’.
More than 600,000 people visited the BRBCA 2016 website to vote for these 150 participating venues, which ended with over 70,000 votes submitted!
Establishments are hand-picked by the NOW! Bali Editor for noteworthy traits and values outside of traditional categories found in the Public Votes. Restaurants in Bali strive to be different from each other, often excelling in certain areas or focusing on specific experiences. From unique and original concept creation to impressive kitchen collaboration, the Editor’s Choice Awards highlights venues that are doing just that little bit extra…
New this year is the Industry Choice Awards; in this campaign NOW! Bali chooses up to 80 industry professionals in Bali and asks for their top-3 picks for food and beverage on the island. These options are completely unprompted, allowing choices outside of the competition. The winners are then chosen through a weighted pointed system (First Choice offers 3 points, Second Choice offer 2 points and Third Choice offers 1 point), the 3 venues with the highest points are the winners of the Industry Choice Awards.
The Awards Gala was held at the beautiful Awarta Nusa Dua Luxury Villas & Spa, attended by more than 230 of the hospitality and food & beverage industry’s crème de la crème, seeing an evening filled with fun, great entertainment, fantastic giveaways, and most of all good times. Indonesian Cookbook writer Wina Bissett joined the award giving ceremony as a special guest for NOW! Bali.
The highlight of the evening was, of course, the announcement and awarding of the winners of the BRBCA 2016 along with the NOW! Bali Editor’s Choice Awards and Industry Choice Awards. On the night, each winner, and runner-ups, received a beautiful ZEN plate trophy as a token of their efforts. The evening was all supported by Plaga Wines, Stark Beer and Coca-Cola Amatil.