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.
Who can enter?
If your food or drink product is made in the South West - that's Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Gloucestershire or Wiltshire - and it's commercially available, you can enter it.
Are the Awards open to members and non-members of Taste of the West?
YES! If you're a producer member of Taste of the West you can enter at least one product free of charge. Additional entries received before 20 December will be charged at £38 plus VAT.
Our awards are also open to non-members of Taste of the West. Entries received before 20 December are charged at £42 plus VAT. Click here to find out more about becoming a member.
When's the deadline?
The deadline for entering products at the Early Bird entry fee (£38 for members or £42 for non-members) is Friday 20 December. At this stage, you just need to tell us which products you would like to enter, we won't require any products for sampling until February 2020.
How do I enter?
Complete the online entry form. You'll find a full list of the product categories on here too.
Rules and regulations?
Yes, we have these too. Don't forget to have a read through here.
Hospitality & Retail Awards 2019/2020
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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
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.