The Vision

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Proudly presented by the Restaurant Association of New Zealand and Lead Sponsor RA Lexis ComplyHub, the Felix Wellington Hospitality Awards have been re-created with a fresh new identity to bring Wellington's hospitality community back together and encourage and support new and established industry leaders within Wellington hospitality.

The Felix Wellington Hospitality Awards are an important ingredient for the region as it is recognised globally for its distinction in food, wine and local food producers. It's imperative the hospitality industry recognises its champions as it provides not only a peer benchmark for excellent but also serves to give consumers valuable guidelines on the best places to visit.

Over 18 awards will be presented to the best of Wellington's hospitality industry, as voted by their peers. The outstanding winners will be celebrated for their contribution of creating a world-class food & beverage destination in Wellington.

About the Felix Awards

Way back in the late 1990s, a group of Wellington’s hospitality elite wanted to celebrate all that was good about our industry, and recognise excellence among their hard-working peers.

They decided to hold an outstanding awards ceremony and a spectacularly great party. They named them the Felix Awards in honour of Dean Felix Dunlop, a pioneer of pizza, white tablecloths and brunch, and one of the visionaries behind the wonderful Brasserie Flipp.

The Felix Awards, the first of New Zealand’s peer-voted hospitality awards, ran for a number of years and is the benchmark for the industry. After a brief hiatus, and under a new committee, the Felix Awards morphed into the Capital Awards, once again paying homage to all that was excellent in Wellington’s hospitality scene.

In 2016, after a couple of years of abeyance, the awards were rekindled under the stewardship of the Restaurant Association of New Zealand and renamed the Felix Awards.