2020 has bought on many new things, including a new category for this year’s People’s Choice Awards: ‘Best Covid Response’. This category is to recognise those venues who have shown the greatest resilience during a really tough year for the hospitality and event industry.

Many venues bought their greatest minds together to think of the most innovative and creative ways to still run business under new conditions. Let’s take a throwback to what venues took some great initiative and remind you who was your favourite.

We also can’t forget the efforts of huge events such as Floriade who went to an enormous effort to create the vibrancy of the greatest flower festival in the suburbs. Live music artists took Zoom, Handmade Markets went e-commerce and there was a digital Wedding Fair. 

Who are you voting for in each category?


Takeaway/delivery food service

  • Gus’ Place – ‘at home’ delivered meals providing home-cooked comfort food
  • No Biggie Meals – food delivery service
  • Akiba – takeaway menu and delivery
  • Lazy Su – takeaway menu and delivery
  • Deli by Monster – restaurant dishes, deli items and alcoholic beverages for delivery
  • Chairman Group – combining their three restaurants into one takeaway menu for delivery


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‘Make it at home’ meals

  • Le Bistronomes – 3-course meal pack to and cook alongside video from head chef
  • Agostinis – weekly changing meal kits
  • Molto Italian – homemade pasta kits
  • Three Mills Bakery – bake at home sausage rolls and chocolate croissants


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Takeaway grazing boxes

  • Rizla – ‘happy hour at home’ grazing platter with wine
  • Capitol Bar and Grill – takeaway cheese board with wine


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Experimental Takeaway Drinks

  • Rizla – takeaway wine list
  • Bar Rochford – wines, beers, spirits and make at home cocktails
  • Akiba – wine and their very own ‘quaran-tinis’
  • High Jinks – cocktail kits
  • Italian and Sons – bottled cocktails


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Mini markets/ grocers  

  • Mezzalira –fresh pastas, meats, cheeses, sauces and wines
  • Kiosk – house pickled veg, sauces and wines
  • Assembly – wine, coffee and essential items
  • Pialligo Grocer – click n’ collect fresh local produce from their estate, ready-made meals and other essentials
  • Amici Bar – deli items, pastas, takeaway pizza and essential items


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Thanks to our Gold Sponsor Canberra Outlet for supporting the 2020 People’s Choice Awards.