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Awards 2018

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 2018

CLICK HERE to view a full list of this year's award-winning products. 

If your product has won an award, download this form to order award labels for your award-winning products.

If you would like a digital Gold, Silver and/or Highly Commended award logo sent to you (JEPG, EPS, PDF etc.) please send an email to Belinda: bb@tasteofthewest.co.uk

What happens next?
If your product has won an award you will have been sent a certificate in the post. All entrants will receive a summary of the judges' feedback on their product(s) regardless of whether they have won an award or not - you do not have to specifically request feedback this year.

CLICK HERE to view a full list of this year's CHAMPION FINALISTS for each product category. These products were tried and tasted again in a further round of judging at the end of July to determine the champion product winner of each class. The overall winners were announced at our awards ceremony on 13 September and we would like to congratulate Sandford Orchards for being awarded Supreme Champion for their St Louis Dry Hopped cider. Click here for the full list of Champion winners.

Best Newcomer Award
Our overall winner is Step and Stone and was announced at the awards ceremony on the 13th September. If you entered the Taste of the West Awards for the very first time in 2018, your product(s) would have automatically been entered into our Best Newcomer Award, sponsored by The Tracklement Company Ltd. Click here to see a shortlist of finalists. 

Best Branding Award
Our overall winner is Conker Spirit and was announced at the awards ceremony on the 13th September. Our Best Branding Award is sponsored by The CollaboratorsClick here to see a shortlist of finalists.

Hospitality & Retail Awards

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.

All establishments entered into our 2017/2018 programme have now been visited and judging is complete. Click here for a full list of the results. One establishment from each of the 12 categories listed above will be crowned champion of their class, and these overall winners were announced at our awards ceremony on 13 September. Congratulations to New Farm Restaurant for winning overall No 1 Place to Go at this year's ceremony. Click here to view a full list of finalists.

Entries for 2017/2018 are now closed, but you can register your interest now to take part in 2018/2019 by sending an email to awards@tasteofthewest.co.uk.

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.

What's involved?

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 2018

This Award, sponsored by Porter Dodson Solicitors & Advisors will be given to a food and/or drink business based in the South West who can illustrate an innovative approach to business development, the development of markets and/or a commitment to providing excellent customer service. The overall winner is Denhay Farms Ltd and was announced at our awards ceremony on the 13th September. To view a full list of our finalists click here.

Taste of the West Awards Ceremony 2018

Our Awards Ceremony took place at The Great Hall of Exeter University on Thursday 13 September. We welcomed over 400 guests at this stunning venue, including food and drink producers, top retailers, restaurateurs, food writers, buyers and leading chefs from across the region.    
Throughout the lunch we revealled the Champions of each product, hospitality and retail category, plus winners of the coveted 2018 Supreme Champion Product Award, together with the Award for No. 1 Place to Go and, of course, our South West Producer of the Year. We also announced the winners of our Best Newcomer and Best Branding Awards.

The celebrations started at 11:30am with a drinks and canape reception in the University Forum, followed by a delicious West Country lunch where we enjoyed a wealth of this year's award-winning products. It was a fantastic networking opportunity for anyone involved in the South West's thriving food and drink industry.

Whet your appetite by having a look at this year's drinks menu, canape menu, lunch menu and suppliers list.