The Good Food Awards invites food producers from across the country to submit their beer, charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, cider, coffee, confections, honey, oils, pickles, preserves, spirits and – new this year – pantry items (such as chutneys, salsas, sambals, vinegars and nut butters).
A blind tasting with 200 food crafters, chefs and food writers will determine which products become the 2016 Good Food Award winners. The catch: everything must be produced with a commitment to environmental and social responsibility, supporting local economies and the planet.
A short online entry form is available at goodfoodawards.org from July 6-31. The entry fee is $65, which covers the cost of sorting, storing and transporting an anticipated 1,800 entries. Or, to receive a free entry and become part of an emerging network of tasty, authentic and responsible businesses, join the Good Food Merchants Guild. The Guild distinguishes and unites mission-driven craft food businesses, and organizes the Good Food Mercantile in San Francisco and New York. To learn more, visit goodfoodmerchantsguild.org.
All winners will be honored at a gala awards ceremony with food movement pioneers like Mark Bittman and Alice Waters, sell their wares at the 20,000-person Good Food Awards Marketplace, and proudly display the Good Food Awards Seal all year long. Last year’s 150 winners also received some wonderful and well deserved media attention, with coverage in 200 national outlets, including Newsweek, Saveur, Food 52, British Airways’ High Life, the San Francisco Chronicle and San Francisco Magazine. Winning businesses also reported significant sales increases, which in the case of one chocolatier soared 400%.