Good Food Awards

Good Food Awards Entry Period Open

Posted on Monday, July 4th, 2016 in News by goodfoodawards

Accepting entries July 5-31, including new preserved fish category!

San Francisco, CA (July 5, 2016) – The Good Food Awards—the only national initiative to recognize craft food producers who excel in both taste and sustainability—kick-starts the seventh year of its quest to find America’s best food producers. Today marks the official launch of a coast-to-coast call for entries of beer, charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, cider, coffee, confections, honey, oils, pantry, pickles, preserves, spirits and (new this year) preserved fish. Entries are accepted through July 31 at

A blind tasting with On Food and Cooking author Harold McGee, James Beard Foundation Executive Vice President Mitchell Davis, Chef Thomas McNaughton, Dandelion Chocolate founder Todd Masonis and 220 other food leaders will determine this year’s 200 winners, who will be showcased in San Francisco at a special one-day Good Food Awards Marketplace in January.

The Awards epitomize the country’s Good Food zeitgeist, showcasing skilled food crafters of all sizes who consciously root their business in the principles of taste, authenticity and responsible production. Since its inception in 2010, the Awards have grown from 700 to over 2,000 entries with representation from all fifty states.

NEW THIS YEAR: Preserved fish
This year, Good Food – and its power to enhance our ecosystem – will be celebrated not just across the land, but also at sea. In years past, we’ve dipped our toes in by including preserved fish entries as a subcategory of charcuterie. For the 2017 Awards, we’re proud to cast our net wider into the artisanal fish community, by giving responsible fishing a category all its own, with up to 15 smokers, curers and canners – and the fishermen (and women) behind them – honored with Good Food Awards medals. From gravlax to jarred oysters and trout roe, our new fish category will give the skilled men and women who continue to practice the ancient tradition of preserving the sea’s bounty the spotlight they deserve.
To help establish the new category, we’ve reeled in the industry’s best. With the advice of Paul Greenberg, author of the James Beard Award winning bestseller Four Fish and American CatchNialls Fallon, founder of New York’s Maiden Lane (America’s only tinned-seafood restaurant), and Maria Finn, director of marketing for Real Good Fish, a community supported fishery – as well as the Monterey Bay Aquarium – advising on the criteria, we’re looking forward to a big year of entries from coast to coast.

The Good Food Awards would not be possible without the continued support of its many partners. We would like to specially thank our Presenting Sponsor, the Good Food Retailers Collaborative, as well as Premier Sponsors Williams-Sonoma and Bi-Rite Market. We are also indebted to Impact HUB Bay Area, BCV Architects and Dominic Philips Event Marketing for their critical support.

The Good Food Retailers Collaborative is a group of 18 forward thinking, independently owned retailers that exists to build more symbiotic relationships both with craft food producers and each other. Its members are Liberty Heights Fresh, Di Bruno Brothers, Canyon Market, Healdsburg SHED, The Brooklyn Kitchen, Bi-Rite Market, Zingerman’s Community of Businesses, The Greene Grape, Glen’s Garden Market, Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine, Market Hall Foods, Foragers Market, Cowgirl Creamery, JM Stock Provisions, Each Peach Market, TASTE, Woodstock Farmers’ Market, and Cooks of Crocus Hill. For more information, visit


From July 5-31, 2016, food producers are invited to fill out a 10-minute online entry form at Instructions for shipping samples are sent in mid- August. A $68 processing fee for each entry covers sorting, transportation and storage, and is waived for the first entry submitted by all new and renewing Good Food Merchants Guild members.

High scorers are contacted in October to fulfill our vetting process, ensuring each official Finalist and Winner meets the sustainable production criteria listed on the entry form. Each of five regions of the United States will have three Good Food Award Winners per category. Winners participate in the Good Food Awards celebration weekend, receive a Good Food Awards seal to place on their product all year long and become connected to a network of national buyers who seek out foods that meet the holistic Good Food Awards criteria.

The Good Food Merchants Guild, brought to you by the same team behind the Good Food Awards, is an ongoing association of businesses united in their dedication to the principles of Good Food. Members receive an array of benefits including the opportunity to participate in the Good Food Mercantile.

The Good Food Awards celebrate the kind of food we all want to eat: tasty, authentic and responsible. Now in its seventh year, awards will be given to winners in fourteen categories: beer, charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, cider, coffee, confections, fish, honey, oils, pantry, pickles, preserves and spirits. The Good Food Awards Seal, found on winning products, assures consumers they have found something exceptionally delicious that also supports sustainability and social good.

Good Food Award winners will be announced mid-January in San Francisco at a ceremony that brings winners and their families together with the nation’s leading chefs, buyers, food movement leaders and media. The following day, the industry-only Good Food Mercantile, an “un-trade show” for tasty, authentic and responsible food, will be held, followed by the public Good Food Awards Marketplace to wrap-up the weekend. More information is available at

The Good Food Awards is organized by the Good Food Foundation, formerly known as Seedling Projects 501 (c) 3, in collaboration with a broad community of food producers, chefs, food writers and passionate food-lovers. A California non-profit, the Good Food Foundation is the organizing force behind the Good Food Merchants Guild, Good Food Mercantile and Good Food Retailers Collaborative.