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Irish Quality Food & Drink Awards 2017 :: Food Categories

Food Categories

To enter, click on a category name below and you will be taken to the online entry form. You can enter multiple categories within one form. 
Entry fee per product: €335 + VAT.
Small producer entry fee (fewer than 10 staff and annual sales under €1 million): €125 + VAT. Click here to request your Small Producer discount promo code.

The Categories Explained

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For Alcohol categories please click here

For the healthier, reduced fats/sugar/salt and for all Free From options, please enter into the Irish Good Choice! Quality Food Awards here

 

Bakery

Bakery Bread - Small Loaves and Rolls

Individually portioned breads or smaller loaves e.g. rolls, buns, baguettes
 
Large loaves of pre–sliced bread e.g. tiger bread, cobs, bloomers
 
Products targeting the breakfast market e.g. crumpets, scones, pancakes, croissants, Danish pastries
 
Bread that has a particular niche quality providing a unique selling point e.g. cheese bread, olive bread, sourdough, fruit bread
 
Bread in any form that is of wheaten or soda origin
 
Cakes that are large enough to be sliced for serving e.g. Victoria sponge, banana bread, carrot cake
 
Cake sold as an individual serving e.g. muffins, cupcakes, mini loaf cakes
 
Any biscuit item which has a savoury flavour e.g. biscuits for cheese, crackers, oatcakes
 
Any biscuit item which has a sweet flavour e.g. cookies, shortbread, sweet biscuits
 
Cereal that is sold in a packet e.g. corn flakes, granola, muesli
 
Any variety of porridge sold to the Irish market
 
Cheese that is of a hard consistency e.g. cheddar, gruyere, parmigiano reggiano
 
Cheese that is of a soft consistency e.g. goat’s cheese, brie, camembert, mozzarella
 
Cheese that has a particular niche quality providing a unique selling point e.g. blue cheese, flavoured cheese, seasonal cheese
 
Food that is specially designed and marketed for children.
 
Any chocolate product or sweets e.g. chocolate bars, chocolate boxes, fudge, packets of sweets

 

Christmas Q

 
Any bakery or dessert item created and marketed to be sold at Christmas e.g. ice cream, mince pies, Christmas pudding, panettone
 
Any cake created and marketed to be sold at Christmas e.g. Christmas cake, yule log, stollen
 
Any chilled savoury item created and marketed to be sold at Christmas e.g. stuffings, cheeses, pies, deli products, flavoured butters
 
Any chilled sweet item created and marketed to be sold at Christmas e.g. brandy cream, whiskey cream, seasonal yogurts
 
Any sweet or chocolate item that has been created and marketed to be sold at Christmas e.g. Christmas sweets, fudge, chocolate
 
Any item created and marketed to be sold at Christmas, often stored in a larder e.g. Mint jelly, cranberry sauce, meat glaze, gravy granules
 
Any fish item created and marketed to be sold at Christmas e.g. smoked salmon, fish mousses, whole fish. These can be stuffed and with garnish, crumb or sauce
 
Any meat item created and marketed to be sold at Christmas e.g. turkey joints, ham joints. These can be stuffed and with garnish, crumb or sauce
 
 
 
Any coffee product from any origin e.g. ground, instant, beans 
N.B. The Kitchen Team will have a coffee grinder, cafetiere, nespresso machine and frother available
 
Cold drinks that are made out of fruit and/or vegetables e.g. fruit juices, cold press juices, smoothies
 
Any other cold beverages e.g. cordials, fizzy drinks or waters
 
Includes cooking sauces and marinades applied to food prior to cooking and serving
 
Any dairy product that can be spread e.g. butter, soft cheeses, margarine
 
Dairy products refrigerated at home e.g. milks, creams, crème fraiche
 
Any type of yogurt product in small or large pots e.g. flavoured, natural, Greek style
 
Products that are sold on the deli shelves or at the deli counter e.g. olives, stuffed peppers, sundried tomatoes
 
Products that are sold on the deli shelves or at the deli counter e.g. Parma ham, chorizo, salami, pastrami
 
Any dip style product e.g. hummus, sour cream, salsa, tzatziki
 
Products that are sold on the deli shelves or at the deli counter e.g. pork pies, scotch eggs, pâtés
 
Products that are sold on the deli shelves or at the deli counter e.g. sliced ham and cooked chicken
 
Any sweet pudding or dessert e.g. mousses, pies, roulades, cheesecakes
 
Any variety of eggs, in whole or liquid form e.g. hens eggs, duck eggs, quail eggs, liquid eggs
 
Fish that is stored and cooked from chilled e.g. seafood, fillets, shellfish 
 
Fish that is stored and cooked from frozen e.g. frozen seafood, frozen fillets, frozen shellfish 
 
Fresh or frozen fish that is pre-prepared and ready to be cooked or eaten e.g. breaded fish, marinated fish, fish goujons, fish chowder, prawn cocktail
 
Fish that is smoked and ready to eat e.g. smoked salmon, smoked mackerel 
 
Pre-prepared, ready to eat food and snacks e.g. sandwiches, salads, wraps
 

Fresh Produce

 

Fruit that is sold pre-cut e.g. fruit pots, pre-cut bags of fruit, pineapple slices or fruit salads

Whole fruits bought in their natural, un-cut state e.g. apples, berries, nectarines, peaches
 
These are pre-prepared salad products e.g. coleslaw, potato salad, salad kits
 
Salad items bought in their natural, un-cut state e.g. tomatoes, lettuce
 
These are pre-prepared vegetable products e.g. stir fry kits, roasting trays, pre-cut vegetables ready to cook. Please enter cut herbs here also.
 
Whole vegetables bought in their natural, un-cut state e.g. potatoes, peppers, broccoli. Please enter potted herbs here also.
 
 
 
Savoury products that are stored frozen at home e.g. pies, quiches, burgers, chips, vegetables
 
Sweet products that are stored frozen at home e.g. ice cream, desserts, pastry
 
Products used by the home baker e.g. cooking chocolate, pre-made mixes, fruit mixes, syrups  
 
Sweet products e.g jams, honey, maple syrup, lemon curd, dessert sauce
 
Bacon products sold as rashers, smoked and un-smoked. Includes gammon.
 
Beef products e.g. beef joints, diced beef, prepared beef cuts. These can be stuffed and with garnish, crumb or sauce
 
Beef steaks from all cuts. N.B. Entries will be assessed against similar products during judging, and the category split accordingly e.g. day-aged-steaks 
 
Black and white puddings. If your product includes both black and white pudding, please enter here and the category will be split accordingly once all entries are received
 
Burgers and meatballs of any meat type, including similar options such as kebabs. Products can include sauces and flavours
 
Game meats and birds e.g. duck, pheasant, venison, rabbit. These can be plain, stuffed or with garnish, crumb or sauce
 
Lamb products e.g. lamb joints or prepared lamb cuts. These can be plain, stuffed or with garnish, crumb or sauce
 
Pork products e.g. pork joints or prepared pork cuts. These can be plain, stuffed or with garnish, crumb or sauce
 
Poultry products e.g. chicken, turkey, goose. These can be plain, stuffed or with garnish, crumb or sauce
 
Sausages can be of any meat variety and can be plain or flavoured
 
e.g. olive oil, flavoured oil, balsamic vinegar
 
Pasta can be fresh or dried, with or without filling. Rice and grains e.g. couscous and pearl barley, can be of any variety or flavouring.
 
Chilled or frozen pizzas, ready to cook or prepare
 
These are products bought fresh, either cooked or un-cooked. If your product is frozen please enter Frozen Food – Savoury.
 
Pre-prepared, ready to cook and eat as a whole meal e.g. roast dinners, filled potatoes, stews
 
Pre-prepared, ready to cook and eat as a whole ethnic flavoured meal e.g. Chinese, Indian, Thai
 
Products comprising the main ‘ready to cook’ component of a meal. The consumer adds a garnish or side dish themselves e.g. marinated/stuffed meat portions, en croute dishes, ribs, stuffed vegetables
 
Any spicy condiment, sauce or pickle eaten with plain food to add flavour e.g. red onion relish, cucumber pickle, mango chutney
 
Products used straight from the bottle as a pouring condiment or dressing alongside a meal e.g. ketchups, dressings, sweet chilli sauce, mustards, jarred pestos
 
Chilled products used straight from the bottle as a pouring condiment or dressing alongside a meal e.g. fresh pesto, refrigerated dressings
 
Products sold for specific time periods during the year like Easter, Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Halloween (excluding Christmas as we have Christmas Q categories) e.g. hot cross buns, Halloween cookies, mother’s day chocolates
 
Any pre-prepared or partly prepared dish which serves the purpose of accompanying a meal e.g. stuffings, red cabbage, gratins
 
Any snack that is sold in a bag or packet that has a savoury flavour e.g. crisps, savoury nuts, savoury popcorn
 
Any snack that is sold in a bag packet that has a sweet flavour e.g. sweet popcorn, dried fruit, boiled sweets
 
These can be ambient or chilled, of any variety
 
Dry products e.g. seasonings, salts, rubs and spice mixes, dried herbs, as well as seed and nut mixes or dry toppings
 
This category includes black, white, herbal, fruit teas and infusions. They can be of any variety and country of origin. Alternatives hot drinks also included e.g. hot chocolate, hot cordials, spiced juices, malted milks. Coffees must enter into the above Coffee category.
 

Value Q

 
Savoury or sweet products often stored in a larder, that are sold as part of a company’s ‘value’ led range only e.g. jams, crisps, sweets, cereals
 
Savoury or sweet products refrigerated at home, that are sold as part of a company’s ‘value’ led range only e.g. cheeses, butters, desserts, ready meals
 
Soft drink products that are sold as part of a company’s ‘value’ led range only e.g. teas, coffees, cordials, juices
 
Savoury or sweet products kept frozen at home, that are sold as part of a company’s ‘value’ led range only e.g. burgers, ready meals, pizzas, vegetables
 
 
 
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