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Noodle Shack Tops the Reading Festival Alfresco Awards 2019

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A catering company serving noodles has won the 2019 Gold Alfresco Award for food hygiene and best managed food outlet at this year’s Reading Festival.

Noodle Shack

Noodle Shack, owned and managed by Robert Shepherd of RJS Catering and located in the main arena, won the accolade after scoring top marks in the Alfresco Award for outdoor caterers. This is the company’s first year at the festival.

Noodle Shack - Reading Festival

The company impressed the Council, which inspects food outlets at Reading Festival and offers them a food hygiene rating, after scoring top marks in food safety. The company wins a free pitch at next year’s Reading Festival.

To achieve a maximum rating of 5 in the inspection and be eligible for the award, traders must pass strict criteria, including good standards of hygiene, health and safety and a regard for environmental issues.

Festival Republic judges other criteria including safety, how staff travel to and from the festival, if they use eco-friendly or biodegradable cleaning products, and how they recycle waste.

Other Awards

This year’s silver award went to Dineology, owned by Andrea Gouveros and Robert Hunter, serving gourmet sandwiches and fries, also located in the main arena. As runners up, they are entitled to a 20% discount off their pitch for next year’s festival. This was also the company’s first year at the festival.

Alfresco Awards @ Reading Festival

Burnout BBQ in the Guest Area, run by owners Malcolm Moore and Thomas Trinder, serving burgers and nachos, was awarded bronze status, which entitles them to 10% off the pitch fee at next year’s event.

Alfresco Awards

This is the 20th year that the Alfresco Awards has celebrated the most hygienic food providers at the world renowned Reading Festival.

The winners were presented with their certificates on Sunday afternoon by Cllr Graeme Hoskin, Jenny Wilson of Festival Republic and Natalie Gaskell of Central Fusion, the company contracted to supply food for the main arena and campsite and who subcontract to individual units.

Council Comment

Cllr Graeme Hoskin, Reading’s Lead Member for Food Safety, said: “Congratulations to Noodle Shack, for a well-deserved award.

“It’s important that people who go to the festival know that the food they are buying on site is good quality and prepared in a safe and hygienic environment. The awards show that the quality of the catering on offer has continued to be maintained to an incredibly high standard.

“I’d also like to congratulate the owners and staff at Dineology and Burnout BBQ, as well as thank the Reading food hygiene team and their partners in Central Fusion and Festival Republic for all the hard work they have put into ensuring we maintain a high quality offer of food at this year’s festival.”