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.
OUR EARLY BIRD ENTRY OFFER IS NOW CLOSED!
Don't worry if you missed it, we will re-open for the second round of product judging on the 7th of January. Each product submission will be £42 + VAT for producer members, and £45 + VAT for non-members. If you are a producer member of Taste of the West you'll receive a number of free entries, and any additional products entered will be charged at these rates.
You can find out more and have a read through the entry rules and regulations here. If you would like to register your interest for the next round of judging, please email us at email@example.com.
For those of you who have entered the first round using the early bird offer we will be in contact in the new year to provide you with more information.
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 open for 2018/2019! 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.
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.