The Taste of the West Awards programme has been promoting and supporting the South West food and drink industry for over 25 years. It has grown to become the most prestigious food and drink awards programme in the South West - don't miss out on your chance to be part of it.
Product Awards 2019
Our highly regarded Awards programme provides an opportunity to gain recognition for your products. A Taste of the West Award is an excellent marketing tool, helping to convey the quality and values of your business to potential customers. Much interest is generated among both buyers and consumers. The Taste of the West Awards programme enjoys significant media coverage in both the trade and consumer sectors thanks to an extensive, multi-media PR campaign. Judging is split into three rounds to determine gold, silver and commended awards. There will be three seperate entry and closing dates.
You can find out more and have a read through the entry rules and regulations here.
If you have entered into our product awards and would like to know your results, please click here.
Discover our 2019 finalists for each cateogry here. Champions will be decided during our Awards Ceremony which will take place on the 12th September at the University of Exeter, for more information and to book your tickets, click here.
Hospitality & Retail Awards 2018/2019
Our Hospitality Awards are open to all cafes/tea rooms, dining pubs, restaurants, casual dining establishments, local food-to-go outlets, bed & breakfasts and hotels.
Our Retail Awards are open to all specialist retailers/delicatessens, farm shops, butcher's shops, online retailers and farmers' markets.
Entries are now closed for 2018/2019! If you wish to enter in 2019/2020 please register your interest by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are a Hospitality or Retail member of Taste of the West, you can enter one of the categories above FREE OF CHARGE. Our Hospitality & Retail Awards are also open to non-members of Taste of the West. The entry fee is £160 (plus VAT), but you can save money and receive more benefits by becoming a Taste of the West member for just £145. Send an email to Caroline Cook or visit our membership page to find out more.
Our list of finalists is now live, please find a list of our top 75 here.
When you enter, you'll be visited - without notice - by one of our judges. They'll be looking out for where your products or ingredients come from, how well you communicate local sourcing to your customers, the quality of service, and assessing atmosphere, ambience and value for money at your establishment. If you're serving food and drink, they'll also be judging the quality of that too! Afterwards you'll receive an objective evaluation about their experience.
If your business wins an award we'll send you a certificate, window sticker and a digital logo. We'll also promote you as an award-winning establishment on our website. Winning an award generates great press and media coverage for your business, and most importantly it conveys the quality of your establishment to your customers.
South West Producer of the Year Award 2019
This is to be awarded to either an individual entrepreneurial and efficient producer of food and drink in the South West of England or a food and drink business as a whole. Either must illustrate an innovative approach to business development, the development of markets and a commitment to providing excellent customer service. To register your interest in applying for this award and to receive an application form please drop us an email, alternatively you can download the form here. Taste of the West Members are entitled to ONE free entry or can nominate ONE company free of charge. Non-Member Entry Fee: £50.00 +VAT per entry = £60.00. Entry has now closed for 2019, please register your interest in entering next year by emailing email@example.com.
This Award is sponsored by Porter Dodson Solicitors & Advisors.Their specialist knowledge of the food and drink sector means that they can help your business from start-up to succession planning for the next generation.
South West Environmental Sustainability Award 2019
We are pleased to introduce for the first year the South West Environmental Sustainability Award. This new award for Taste of the West 2019 reviews your business activities over the last three years. It gives you the opportunity to gain recognition of your business’s proactive approach to protecting our environment and using resources ethically. Awards will be assessed across five marks of environmental sustainability - packaging, raw materials, waste and recycling, energy use, and water use. Download an entry form here. Taste of the West Members are entitled to ONE free entry or can nominate ONE company free of charge. Non-Member Entry Fee: £50.00 +VAT per entry = £60.00. Entry has now closed for 2019, please register your interest in entering next year by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
This Award is sponsored by RH Fibreboard Containers Ltd. Their specialist knowledge of packaging solutions for the food and drink sector means that they can help your business from start-up to growth with all your sustainable packaging requirements.
Taste of the West Awards Ceremony 2019
Our Awards Programme this year saw over 1000 food and drink products judged, by over 85 judges. In addition, nearly 400 establishments have entered our hospitality & retail categories. We are delighted that our event will take place again this year in The Great Hall of Exeter University on Thursday 12th September, commencing at 11.30am with a Drinks and Canapé reception in the University Forum followed by a delicious sit-down West Country lunch, where you’ll enjoy a wealth of this year’s award winning products.
In the company of our Title Sponsors – Old Mill, we are looking forward to hosting in the region of 400 guests at this wonderful venue, thus making it an absolutely fantastic opportunity to network with like-minded foodie industry folk, including food producers, top retailers, restaurateurs, food writers, buyers and leading chefs from across the region. Throughout the lunch we will be revealing the Champions of each category and the winners of the coveted 2019 Supreme Champion Product Award sponsored by Black and White Asset Finance, together with the Award for the No. 1 Place to Go and, of course, The South West Producer of the Year sponsored by Porter Dodson, The Best Newcomer Award, sponsored by The Tracklement Company and the Best South West Branding Award, sponsored by The Collaborators. We will also be announcing the winners of our new Award for 2019, sponsored by RH Fibreboard, the South West Environmental Sustainability Award.
Tickets are now available to purchase and are priced at £68.00 each (excluding VAT), with discounts available on tables of 10. If you would like to thank your staff for all their hard work this year and congratulate them on achieving their Taste of the West Award, this is a fantastic way to reward your team. To find out more about our awards ceremony, and to book tickets, please email Belinda at email@example.com or give her a call on 07792 790257.