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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

Entries into the Taste of the West Product Awards are now closed for 2018 and judging is complete! Thank you to all producers who have entered and submitted their products this year. A full list of the results will be available on our website at the beginning of July. All entrants will be sent an email before the results go live!

Best Newcomer Award: if you have entered the Taste of the West Awards for the very first time in 2018, your product(s) will also automatically be entered into our Best Newcomer Award, sponsored by The Tracklement Company Ltd. You could win an "all access" pass to spend half a day at Tracklements, plus an exclusive opportunity to talk to the management team and pick their brains!

Did you win an award for your product in 2017? Click here to order award labels for your fantastic products.

Hospitality & Retail Awards

If you serve or sell fantastic food from the West Country, and want to be rewarded for your efforts to support the region's best food and drink producers, enter your establishment NOW!

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.


Enter now for 2017/18 - closing date for all entries is 30 June!

If you are a Hospitality or Retail member of Taste of the West, you can enter one of the categories above free of charge. To enter, all you need to do is send an email to awards@tasteofthewest.co.uk.
Click here to download the guidelines.

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 title will be awarded to an individual or a food and drink business as a whole, based in the South West producing food and/or drink. If you can illustrate an innovative approach to business development, the development of markets and/or a commitment to providing excellent customer service - we would like you to enter! 

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.

Click here to download the entry form and see what our judges are looking out for. Entry is FREE for all Taste of the West members and the deadline for all entries is 29 June.

Taste of the West Awards - Champion Winners 2017

In 2017 the Taste of the West Awards Ceremony took place at The Great Hall of Exeter University on 14 September. We hosted somewhere in the region of 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 revealed the Champions of each category and the winners of the coveted 2017 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 two brand new awards for 2017: the South West Food & Drink Innovation Award and Best Newcomer Award.

Click here for a full list of all the overall champion winners.

Click here to download our booklet of all finalists and champion winners.

Click here to see what was on the lunch menu this year! Our menu featured an incredible 45 producers and suppliers - all from the South West of course - click here to download the full list.