The Taste of the West Awards programme has been promoting and supporting the South West food and drink industry for almost 30 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 2020
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 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 that runs all year round.
Huge thanks go to our title sponsors of this year's Taste of the West Awards, Old Mill.
Entries are now closed for 2020. A list of results from our first phase of judging is available here.
The results of products entered into phases 2 and 3 will be announced towards the end of July.
If your product has won an award and you would like to order some award labels, please click here.
If you would like to find out more about entering your products in 2021, please fill out this form and we'll be in touch with all the details.
Hospitality & Retail Awards 2020/2021
Our Hospitality Awards are open to all cafes/tea rooms, dining pubs, restaurants, casual dining establishments, street food traders, bed & breakfasts and hotels.
Our Retail Awards are open to all specialist retailers/delicatessens, farm shops and butcher's shops.
If you are a Hospitality or Retail member of Taste of the West, you can enter one of the categories above FREE OF CHARGE. All you have to do is send an email to email@example.com.
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 £155. Send an email to Caroline Cook or visit our membership page to find out more.
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 evalution 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.
Hospitality & Retail Awards - update on 2019/2020 awards programme
- If your establishment has already won a 2019/2020 award, we will be automatically updating it to the equivalent award for 2020/2021. You will receive new certificates and window stickers in due course, as well as feedback reports if not already received.
- If you had already entered your establishment into our 2019/2020 programme but hadn't been judged yet, we will be in contact to confirm your entry for 2020/2021. Hopefully we can start assigning judges from September 2020, but we'll keep monitoring the situation and of course, we'll only send our judges out when you're ready, when you're happy and only when it's appropriate for us to.
- If you have not yet entered your establishment into the awards and would like to take part, you can send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You will be added to our list of entries for judging later on this year.
South West Producer of the Year Award 2019
Congratulations to BV Dairy in Dorset on becoming this year's winner of our South West Producer of the Year Award.
This Award was 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
Congratulations to Barnaby's Brewhouse in Devon on becoming our first ever winner of our South West Environmental Sustainability Award - a brand new award for 2019.
This Award was 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.
Awards Ceremony 2019
In 2019 our Awards programme saw over 1,000 food and drink products judged, by over 85 independent judges. In addition, nearly 400 establishments were entered into our hospitality & retail categories. Our ceremony took place at The Great Hall of Exeter University on Thursday 12 September. Take a look at the delicious menu here, the canape menu here, and the drinks list here. Huge thanks to our fantastic suppliers who helped us provide a top notch feast.
In the company of our Title Sponsors – Old Mill, we hosted in the region of 400 guests. Throughout the lunch we revealed 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 also announced the winner of our new Award for 2019, sponsored by RH Fibreboard, the South West Environmental Sustainability Award (see above).
To find out how you can get involved in next year's awards ceremony, please send us an email or call the Taste of the West team on 01404 822012.