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Winner winner: Dog Force Australia took home a number of awards, including Business of the Year. Photo: John Harris

On December 1, the Shoalhaven business community gathered together to kick off the festive season and celebrate the year gone by.

Although originally scheduled for September, the in-person awards ceremony had to be postponed due to the 2021 lockdown.

This didn't dampen the energy and excitement on the night, as one of the standouts of the Shoalhaven business events calendar, it was a night that attendees were not going to miss.

Assembling in the newly renovated Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre, on arrival, guests were able to enjoy a gin and tonic from local distillery Tara Distillery.

The choice of cocktail matched the evening's them of the 1920s with black and red feathers brightening up the walls and art deco touches in the decorations throughout.

Kicking off festivities was a welcome to country from Uncle Tom Moore and an official welcome from Jemma Tribe, president of the Shoalhaven Business Chamber.

Although the awards had already been presented in February - to align with the Illawarra Business Awards - chair of judges Raj Ray, of Silos Estate, gave guests an insight into the awards and judging process.

Then the moment all in attendance had been waiting for; the chance to accept their award and thank those who made it happen.

In total 18 awards were presented on the night. Standouts include Cupitt's Estate, which achieve Hall of Fame status by winning the Excellence in Tourism and Hospitality award for the third year running.

In between speeches, local entertainers kept guests grooving, with the likes of Jacob Kinsela, who performed jazz classics My Way and Mack the Knife, John Townsend demonstrated his talent on piano before local party starter DJ Zanin continued the tunes later in the evening.

To cool off and leave on a sweet note, Nowra-based Tea Journeys were on hand with ice tea in various flavours to round out the evening.

"All in all it was a great success and a great way to conclude the awards program for 2021," said Shoalhaven Business Chamber president Jemma Tribe. "We look forward to delivering another great program in 2022."

Check out all the glitz and glam on the night in the gallery below.