January 18, 2012

What Are The Good Food Awards?

Good Food AwardsWhen I wrote that I was heading down to San Francisco to attend the Good Food Awards Marketplace and the Fancy Food Show, I had a lot of questions about what the Good Food Awards were.

For the past two years, the Good Food Awards, which is organized by Seedlings Projects has honored the US food producers who create delicious products in a number of diverse categories in a way that is sustainable to the land and fair for all who work on the product.  In a sense, the Good Food Awards are the Emmy’s of the artisan food movement.

Based on blind tastings by a panel of judges who have expertise in their specific judging category (which for the 2012 Awards included beer, cheese, coffee, chocolate, preserves, pickles, spirits, and charculterie), product winners from each region of the US are determined for each category and honored at a special ceremony held in San Francisco.  Following that, the winners are invited to sell their products at the Good Food Awards Marketplace held in San Francisco’s famous Ferry Building the following day.  The Good Foods Awards Marketplace is open to the public and is the opportunity for these winners to share their artisan products with the food-loving public.

Do you think you have what it takes to be the best artisan in your category?  Entries for next year’s Good Food Awards are not yet available (promise to keep you posted here when they are!) but you can check out the Good Food Awards website for official entry rules and more information about this year’s winners.

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