The event, which is now run by Hospitality Ulster, will see a total of 13 awards being handed out to the province's best spots for food and drink.
New categories this year include 'food and beverage manager of the year', which is open to entrants from pubs, restaurants and hotels.
Olga Walls, chair of Hospitality Ulster, said: As our Hospitality industry continues to grow and diversify, so too does the breadth and reach of Hospitality Ulster’s Pub of the Year Awards.
“With each year, we have introduced new award categories to recognise not just our fantastic local pubs and bars, but also our amazing restaurants and world class hotels.
“Whilst our three ‘Pub of the Year Awards’ – recognising best in class urban, city and rural pubs – remain a very important part of our celebrations this year, it is also important we recognise the diverse range of businesses that make up the Northern Ireland hospitality industry.”
Last year's winners included the Sunflower bar in Belfast, which was named city pub of the year.
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