FAQs 

Here are some of the answers to our most frequently asked questions which we hope will help you.
If you have any other questions or need further assistance, please contact katie.theofanous@emap.com.

The Quality Food Awards can be entered online. You will find our full list of categories and can enter the awards here

To be eligible for entry, your product must be on sale within the UK to buy in store or online, by Friday 11 November (unless entered into a seasonal category). This can be in a multiple, independent retailer, farm shop, deli, market etc, or on any website whether self managed or hosted e.g. Amazon, Ocado. 

You can enter a wide range of products into the Quality Food Awards. You can see the full list of categories here.

Christmas categories:
All Christmas results will be announced online on Monday 12 September. Our Christmas Retailer of the Year will also be announced then too!

All year-round categories shortlist announcement:
Monday 26th September

All year-round categories winner’s announcement:
For 2022, we will once again be running our awards presentation virtually in November. We have consulted with our QFA community of entrants, sponsors and partners and running the awards in a virtual format has been received extremely positively. Presenting virtually has allowed more people who are directly involved in the products to attend and experience the excitement of finding out their results. It has also enabled winners to expedite their internal and external PR far more quickly than at a physical evening event. More details will follow in the coming months, we look forward to sharing in your excitement once again.

Our category criteria will help you decide where your product is best suited.

If you have an unusual product and need advice, you can contact Senior Event Coordinator, Atma Hyett on atma.hyett@emap.com who will be happy to assist you.

Yes you can. After you have filled out your product questions in the online entry form, there will be an option at the bottom of the page to add another category to your "basket". By doing this, you can then fill out an entry form for the second product you wish to enter, and continue this process until you have filled out entry forms for all of your chosen products and categories.

Don't forget, you can "Save" along the way, if you don't have all of your product information to hand, and come back to complete the form later.

There will be an option after filling out your first products' questions where you can add further products to your "basket". There is no limit to the number of categories you can enter. 

Yes but don't forget to click on 'Save' or 'Save for later' to add your entry to your basket if you don't have all the information required at the time. You will then be able to go back to this point and complete your entry at a later stage.

Yes. Products are judged on their individual merit within the category you enter. If you enter similar products into the same category, they will all still have the chance to be shortlisted and put forward for an award. 

Products are judged on the following criteria: taste; flavour; texture; aroma; ingredients list; provenance, value for money; innovation; packaging; presentation. Take a look at our Judging Process for further details.

A good entry will follow all of the 10 key category criteria (see the criteria here). Take a look at some of our hints and tips here

Entry fee per product: £469 + VAT

If you are a small producer with fewer than 10 staff and annual sales under £2 million you are eligible for a reduced rate and should complete and submit the Small Producer Form before entering a category.
You will be given a discount 'promo code' to use in the entry form which will bring your entry cost down to £129 + VAT.

If you have a discount voucher you will be asked to enter this on the payment page in the 'Promo code' field, only then will your discount will be visible. 

Entries close on Friday 8th July 2022. If you have missed this deadline, please contact atma.hyett@emap.com

Yes, simply log into your account on our website, and you will find your completed entries on the panel to your left. You can then edit these entries right up until judging begins.

You will receive confirmation via email as soon as your entry has been submitted. At the end of June, you will then receive an email with full Delivery Details of where and when to send your products for the judging.
You will also receive an attachment in the same email containing a delivery label to fill out and stick on to each product you have entered.

Products should be sent directly to the judging venue. You will receive delivery instructions via email, which will include the date and location to send your products to. Please do not send your products in until you have received this information, as noone will be on site to accept your deliveries.

Our Christmas results will be announced online on Monday 12 September 2022. All other results will be announced W/C 14 November.

Yes! All products entered will receive full judge’s feedback. Due to the high number of entries we receive, these will be compiled and sent to you the month following the awards presentation. 

Logos will emailed to you in a variety of formats following the release of the shortlist and winners announcements.