It’s the last week to vote in the Brighton Restaurant Award Vote Online (BRAVO), a public-led ceremony which celebrates the thriving food scene in the city.

2017 saw 37 new restaurants open in Brighton and Hove, putting the city firmly on the map as a destination for good food and great restaurants.

The BRAVOs, which have returned for a second year this year, are the only local food awards voted for 100% by the public, giving everyone in the city the chance to shout about their favourite foodie spots across 16 categories.

There’s certainly an appetite for supporting local favourites, with over 24,000 votes in BRAVO’s first year resulting in Michael Bremner’s 64 Degrees being named Best Restaurant.

But 2018’s awards are set to be bigger than before, with a little bit of a twist – and the opportunity for voters to win £200 credit at their favourite restaurant.

What’s new for 2018? 

As BRAVO head into their second year, there are a few new additions to their award categories, including Plant Champions.

With more people following Veganuary than ever this year, it’s a great example of how a trend becomes a reality as diners seek a healthier diet for themselves and the environment.

With local restaurant Silo championing the phrase “plant power” and Isaac At developing a bespoke vegan menu for diners alongside their tasting menu, it’s something every food destination needs to put at the top of their list for 2018.

Best Instagram has also been added to the mix, with more of us turning to the channel to find inspiration for our next meal out.

It was reported in October that millennials and generation Z interact more through phones and apps than in real life, so social media has more influence in purchasing decisions than ever.  

With 16 unique and diverse categories to reflect the city, BRAVO have also recognised the importance of the role of Front of House, by adding a Best Welcome.

2017 has seen a shift in how people view a front of house role as a career path, with more and more restaurants putting a bigger emphasis on the importance of front of house staff, as the final piece of the puzzle for creating the perfect dining experience. 

Get involved and win prizes 

It’s not just the venues that could be in with winning, as founder Nick Harvey explained: “Members of the public will be able to give their favourite venues a big BRAVO and have the chance to win £200 to spend at a restaurant of their choice, with a fantastic range of runner-up prizes too, up to £500 in total.

“It’s a great way for people to show their support and feel part of what has become a really vibrant food scene in the city.”

If you want to support your favourite local food and drink destinations, have your say by voting at www.BrightonRestaurantAwards.co.uk. Voting will close on the 11 March, with the winners being announced online.

All images: Restaurants Brighton