The Good Food Merchants Guild invites food producers from across the country to submit their beer, charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, coffee, confections, pickles, preserves, spirits and – new this year – oils.
And…Arkansas producers…a little tidbit of info that might interest you about the contest is CONTEST REPRESENTATIVES ARE PARTICULARLY INTERESTED IN RECEIVING ARKANSAS ENTRIES. They say Arkansas has been under-represented. So…it doesn’t matter how big you are or what your sales are. If you consider your product to be as good as anything you’ve tasted, the judges might as well.
A blind tasting with 150 producers, chefs and food writers will determine which products become the 2014 Good Food Award winners. The catch: everything must be produced with a commitment to environmental and social responsibility. This means eliminating the use of synthetic inputs, ensuring supply chain transparency, and supporting local economies.
A short online entry form and a guide to the sustainability criteria are available at goodfoodawards.org from July 1-31. The entry fee is $60, which goes to cover the cost of sorting, storing and transporting an anticipated 1,800 entries. Or, to receive a free entry and become part of an emerging network of tasty, authentic and responsible businesses, join the Good Food Merchants Guild. The Guild distinguishes and unites mission-driven craft food businesses. To learn more, visit goodfoodmerchantsguild.org.
All winners will be honored at a gala awards ceremony with Nell Newman and Alice Waters, sell their wares at the 30,000-person Good Food Awards Marketplace in the iconic San Francisco Ferry Building, and proudly display the Good Food Awards Seal all year long. Last year’s 114 winners also received some unexpected perks, from media coverage in 200 outlets nationally, including Food & Wine, the San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Post, and Atlantic Monthly, to product marketing opportunities at events such as the International Association of Culinary Professionals Expo and the New York City Food Book Fair. Winning businesses also reported significant sales increases, which in the case of one chocolatier reached 400%.
So, come on Arkansas producers…let show them how we stack up!