The Quality Food Awards are renowned throughout the industry for their rigorous and stringent judging process.
Drawing on the knowledge and expertise built up through running the UK Quality Food Awards for almost 40 years, the Irish Quality Food and Drink Awards follow the same stringent procedure to arrive at their results. Judging will take place this Summer at the Dublin Institute of Technology's School of Culinary Arts and Food Technology.
For the Food Awards
Each product will be prepared in line with its on-pack instructions and then carefully judged by members of the panel, who will discuss its merits based on the following criteria: taste, flavour, texture, aroma, ingredients list, innovation, packaging, presentation and price point.
Gold Q Awards
At the end of food judging, the panel will decide on the finalists for each category, before choosing each of the winning products. One overall Gold Q retail winner will be elected at the end of the process from the winners of all of the other categories. Platinum Q awards will be awarded in the alcoholic drinks category as the equivalent.
For the Drink Awards (alcohol)
Gold, Silver or Bronze
For the first time the 2016 awards will see products have the opportunity of being awarded with either a Gold, Silver or Bronze Q.
Judges will still assess products against the same criteria that they have used before. But now have the flexibility to give three tiers of awards based on their performance.
There can also be multiple winners of Gold, Silver or Bronze Q providing they live up to the criteria needed.
This has become the industry standard for drinks awards programmes and we have recognised the need to give drinks producers and retailers all the tools they need to promote their winning products.
New Platinum Awards
We are also introducing a new overall Platinum award to recognise the product the judges think is the best for each individual category (similar to Gold Q for food).
Naturally, the ambition of everyone who enters the Food or Drink Awards is to win. But we are also aware that entries that do not make the shortlist are very interested in finding out why they fell short of progressing to the final stages.
With this in mind, we will be sharing the feedback from the judging panel with you. Every entry will receive feedback from the judging sessions on email to help with product development.
Please note: judges’ feedback will be available after the awards ceremony.
View the 2016 Irish Quality Food Awards judging video: