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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! CLICK HERE to view a full list of this year's results. 

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 receive a certificate in the post by the end of July. 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 will be tried and tasted again in a further round of judging, which takes place at the end of July to determine the champion product winner of each class. The overall winners will be announced at our awards ceremony on 13 September. See below for more details.

Best Newcomer Award
If you have entered the Taste of the West Awards for the very first time in 2018, your product(s) will have automatically been entered into our Best Newcomer Award, sponsored by The Tracklement Company Ltd. A shortlist of the finalists will be announced very soon.

Best Branding Award
If you entered your product into our Best Branding Award, sponsored by The Collaborators, we will be announcing a shortlist of finalists very soon.

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.

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. Entries are now closed for 2018 and a shortlist of the finalists will be announced very soon. The overall winner will be announced at our awards ceremony on 13 September.


Taste of the West Awards Ceremony 2018

Our Awards Ceremony will take place at The Great Hall of Exeter University on Thursday 13 September. We'll be welcoming 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 shall reveal 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 will also be announcing the winners of our Best Newcomer and Best Branding Awards.

The celebrations commence at 11.30am with a drinks and canape reception in the University Forum, followed by a delicious West Country lunch where you'll get to enjoy a wealth of this year's award-winning products. It's a fantastic networking opportunity for anyone involved in the South West's thriving food and drink industry.

Book your tickets NOW to avoid disappointment - places are in demand and numbers are strictly limited! Tickets cost £65 each (plus VAT) with discounts available on tables of 10. To find out more, and to book tickets, please contact Belinda on 07792 790257 (email bb@tasteofthewest.co.uk).