Irish Quality Food and Drink Awards update
This year, the IQFAs will continue as always, to award fantastic products in key produce sectors, recognising food and drink from retailers, brands and producers alike, whilst continuing to operate the awards programme to the expected high standard. In order to do this, we have made the following changes:
For 2020, we will be adapting our judging process and criteria to recognise outstanding products based on their own individual merits. Where previously products have been critiqued alongside similar goods submitted by competitors and winners decided at a category level, this year our judging will focus on evaluating each item individually and awarding merit as a stand-alone product. This year more than ever, we want to continue to bring the food and drink community together championing the great products and acknowledging those fantastic producers and retailers who have continued to provide for the people of Ireland.
Read more about our judging criteria and new scoring system here .
In line with government guidelines, the IQFA will run operate our judging process with a reduced number of panel members. Judges will be selected by the IQFA team who will ensure the panel represents diversity of background and expertise.
Due to the impact the pandemic has had on education providers, the Limerick Institute of Technology are no longer able to host the judging this year. With the disruption that has occurred to teaching, LIT are focused on reopening the college in September as safely and efficiently as they can. We fully support this decision and would like to thank LIT for hosting us for the last two years.
Judging will now take place in November in Dublin and we are delighted to announce a new partnership with The Cooks Academy as our Judging Partner. More details on this fantastic facility can be found here .
After careful consideration, and due to ongoing social distancing regulations, especially when it comes to large gatherings, we have made the difficult decision that our physical Awards Ceremony due to take place on 29 October at the Clayton will not go ahead this year. Whilst we would have loved to celebrate the best of Irish food and drink with you in person, the health and safety of our guests, and that of our own teams, is our number one priority. For 2020 only, we will announce the winners as part of special virtual series. We will be updating the website with more details in the coming weeks.
The IQFA would like to thank all of our sponsors, entrants and customers for their continued support and understanding at this time. We can’t wait to get to judging and see all your great products!