A Hertfordshire festival has been shortlisted in three categories of a prestigious national industry awards to mark a “stunning” first year. 

More than 6,000 people flocked to the Todd in the Hole Festival staged at Todd’s Green, Stevenage, on the weekend of July 21 and 22, with the event championing the weird and wacky.

On the back of the success, it has now been nominatedin the national UK Festival Awards 2018 in the Best Small Festival, Best New Festival and The Grassroots Festival Award categories.

Todd in the Hole organisers are now urging its supporters and the people of Hertfordshire to get behind it by voting for the festival in all three categories.

David Nye, co-founder of Todd in the Hole, said: “We had a stunning first festival, the event was all about bringing the community together for a bit of old-fashioned fun at the same time as celebrating our love for the British countryside.

“We had 6,000 people come together for one of the biggest parties Stevenage has seen for a very long time and now to cap it off we are in the running for three national awards. So, please get behind us and vote for Todd in the Holein UK Festival Awards 2018.”

Kate Bush tribute act Cloudbusting, The Counterfeit Stones, The Fifth Wheel and an ABBA tribute band entertained the crowds, while Leigh Casling, from St Albans, was crowned the winner of The Great British Elvis Off at the event.

Foodies tucked into street food from South Africa, India and Greece and also local delicacies from The Great British Sausage company and The Crispy Duck Rotisserie.

Mr Nye, who is also director of The Great British Sausage Company, said the event had also raised money for local mental health charity Just One Click Away (JOCA) and would be making a return in 2019.

Since its inception in 2004, the UK Festival Awards has been dedicated to recognising and celebrating the collective accomplishments of the nation’s most beloved industry.

Across its 21 categories, the awards acknowledge the achievements of organisers and suppliers in the fields of programming, production, innovation, emerging talent, marketing, hospitality, catering and more.

The awards’ 15th edition will take place on December 6 at a glitzy London ceremony.

To vote for theTodd in the Hole Festival, visit:https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/NW3CN6N.

The dates for next year’s event have been set for the weekend of Saturday, July 20. For further information about ‘Early Bird’ tickets for the 2019 festival, visit https://www.toddinthehole.co.uk/.