Good Food Awards

The Good Food Awards Entry Period is Here!

Posted on Tuesday, August 7th, 2012 in Blog by goodfoodawards

The Good Food Awards is excited to announce the launch of its third year with a call for entries through August 31!  

We are inviting food producers from across the country to submit their beer, charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, coffee, pickles, preserves, pickles and – new this year – confections to America’s first national Award program to consider sustainability and taste.

A blind tasting with Alice Waters, Nell Newman, the food editors of Bon Appetit and 130 other taste makers will determine which craft food businesses are recognized as the Good Food Award winners of 2013.  The catch: everything must be produced in an environmentally and socially responsible manner. A short online entry form and sustainability criteria are available here. The entry fee is $50, which goes to cover the sorting, storing and transporting of an anticipated 1,000 entries.

All winners are honored at a gala awards ceremony with Alice Waters, invited to sell their wares at the 15,000 person Good Food Awards Marketplace and can proudly display the Good Food Awards Seal all year long. Last year’s 99 winners also received some unexpected perks, from special placements in Whole Foods Market, Williams Sonoma stores nationwide and independent grocers from Bi Rite Market to Formaggio Kitchen, to media coverage in the San Francisco Chronicle, Atlantic Monthly, Washington Post and New York Times. The annual sales increases reported by winners are indicative of both stronger craft food businesses across the country and an estimated increase of $800,000 going to the sustainable farms providing their ingredients.

In further Good Food news, the awards have responded to the desire from Good Food businesses to be distinguished and united based on their values with a new sort of trade association, the Good Food Merchants Guild. Led by values of transparency, innovation and responsible production, the Merchants Guild is at the frontier of America’s food movement, uniting, distinguishing and connecting Good Food businesses across the country.  Charter members joining in August will receive one free product entry into the Good Food Awards. Learn more at www.http://goodfoodmerchantsguild.org.

Enter your Good Food HERE.

Photo Credit: Lisa Scott Owen