The Awards

Rules and Regulations

The entry period for the 2017 Good Food Awards is open from July 5 to 31, 2016. Submissions will be scored during our September 18 Blind Tasting. Announcement of 2017 Good Food Awards Finalists will be made during the first week of November 2016.  

Rules and regulations for the 2017 Awards appear below. To be notified when the 2017 entry period opens on July 5, please sign up for our newsletter.

Good Food Awards 2017 Rules and Regulations

Entry Period:
The entry period for the Good Food Awards 2017 will be open July 5, 2016.

Entering your Product:
The entry process was designed to be as simple as possible, and involves filling out the online entry form, paying the entry fee per product (Paypal, credit card or check), and mailing in a sample of your entry for the September judging. Finalists will be contacted for a vetting interview about their production practices to verify what they submitted on their online entry form.

To begin, use the short online entry form that will be live in July. This form will be accessible through a button on the home page. The entry form requires basic company information and a self-certification to the responsible production criteria outlined on each form. Please add to your email inbox so that you receive all further updates about your entry status.

Shipping Samples:
Information on how to ship your product will be sent to all entrants in an email in mid-August, once the entry period closes. All shipping costs are to be covered by the entrant and the quantity required varies according to category and follows industry standards.  Shipping information for the 2016 Good Food Awards will be sent to all entrants.  If you do not receive shipping information or have clarification questions, please contact

The sixth annual Good Food Awards will honor food and drink from thirteen different categories: beer, charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, cider, coffee, confections, honey, oils, pantry, pickles, preserves and spirits. For the types of foods eligible from each category, please view the entry form.

There is an entry fee for each product submitted. This fee goes to offset the cost of processing entries and the Blind Tasting. The fee is payable with a credit card or Paypal account upon completion of the entry form. If you do not have a credit card, you may pay by check (contact us for mailing information at Due to the high volume of entries, all entry fees are non-refundable, so please ensure the products you enter fit the guidelines outlined on the entry form.

Limit on Number of Entries:
To ensure we can fairly judge the quantity of entries received, each company is limited to 3 entries per category, except for coffee roasters who are restricted to 2 entries. For example, a company that produces both preserves and pickles may enter up to six products, three pickles and three preserves. A separate entry form must be filled out for entries in different categories. Please choose the products you consider to best exemplify the qualities of tasty, authentic and responsible.

Blind Tasting:
All submissions that meet the criteria for entry as outlined on the entry form will be judged at a Blind Tasting on September 18, 2016 in San Francisco. Each category has its own panel of judges with special expertise in the industry, whose names can be found on the website starting in August. In all categories, Awards are given to the top scorers in the blind tasting from each region provided they pass the vetting process and meet the minimum tasting scores put in place to ensure that consistent exceptional taste quality is found in all winners across categories and regions.

Entrants are eligible for winning a Good Food Award if they satisfy each of the category-specific authenticity and responsible production criteria to which all must certify to on the entry form. All those determined to be Finalists and Winners by the blind tasting will be vetted through interviews by the Good Food Awards team and its committees of experts before being awarded those honors. Providing false information in these interviews, or at any point of the entry process, is grounds for disqualification.

Ceremony and Marketplace:
All Good Food Award winners will be invited to be honored at an invitation-only Ceremony in mid-January 2017 and to sell at a special public Good Food Awards Marketplace in January 2017. Both events will be in San Francisco.

1. Up to 3 entries are allowed per producer in all categories except for coffee. Up to 2 entries are allowed per coffee producer.
2. Each product entered requires a processing entry fee, payable by credit card through PayPal via the entry form.*
3. All entry fees are non-refundable due to the high volume of entries.
3. Shipping and product costs for entries to be covered by entrant.
4. Products must be made in a licensed kitchen and be ready for sale.
5. Entrants may be called prior to or after the blind tasting to confirm they meet the eligibility details listed in the Entry Form and disqualified if any statements are found to be false.

*Contact if you would prefer to pay with a check.

The Good Food Awards would like to thank our generous sponsors from 2016!