Irish Quality Food Awards 2020

The Irish Quality Food Awards recognise and celebrate the best in retail food products available in Ireland.

Category definitions have been provided to help you select the right place for your product to be entered. Please note that categories have been grouped by relevance and not A-Z, your category may appear further down the page.

To enter, click on the category below and you will be taken to the online entry form. You will be able to enter multiple categories within one entry. We have created a helpful step by step guide to entering which can be downloaded here

Coronavirus update: The Irish Quality Food and Drink Awards will take place as scheduled. Please see our company statement here for more information.

Entry Deadline Friday 17 July

All food products that are specifically designed and marketed as Free From, for an alternative diet, or are healthier options to mainstream products should be entered into the Good Choice awards here . 

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.


Categories include Breads, Breakfast Baked Goods and Cakes

Ambient Breakfast Products

Items typically specifically for breakfast consumption including cereals, porridge, breakfast bars and biscuits etc.

€ 335.00 +VAT (23%)

Desserts and Puddings

Categories include Fresh and Frozen Desserts and Puddings


Categories include sweet and savoury biscuits

Chocolate and Confectionery

Any chocolate product or sweet including chocolate bars and boxes, fudge and packaged sweets

€ 335.00 +VAT (23%)


Categories include Crisps, Savoury and Sweet Snacks

Products with a healthier focus or for an alternative diet can be entered into our Good Choice category here

Cold Beverages

Categories include Carbonates, Juices and Smoothies and Presse and Cordials

Products with a healthier focus can be entered into our Good Choice category here

Hot Beverages

Hot beverages including coffee, teas and all other hot beverages. 
N.B. The Kitchen Team will have a coffee grinder, cafetiere, nespresso machine and frother available

Products with a healthier focus can be entered into our Good Choice category here

€ 335.00 +VAT (23%)


Categories include Butters and Spreads, Creams and Custards, Milk and Yoghurts

Products with a healthier focus or for an alternative diet can be entered into our Good Choice category here


Inclusive of all eggs 
€ 335.00 +VAT (23%)


Categories include Continental Hard Cheese, Continental Soft Cheese, Irish Soft Cheese, Irish Hard Cheese and Speciality Cheese

Fresh Produce

Categories include Fruit, Salad and Vegetables

Food To Go

Pre-prepared, ready to eat food and snacks inclusive of sandwiches, salads, wraps and sushi etc

€ 335.00 +VAT (23%)

Delicatessen Goods

Categories include Vegetable Antipasti, Meat Antipasti, Dips and Meat Based Items and Platters


Categories include Bacon, Beef, Beef Steaks, Game, Lamb, Pork, Poultry, Puddings and Sausages

Reduced fat meat products can be entered into our Good Choice category here .


Categories include Fresh, Prepared, Smoked, Seafood and Shellfish

Meal Accompaniments

Any prepared or unprepared accompaniments to a meal e.g. stuffing, red cabbage, gratins, chips, frozen vegetables whether ambient, chilled or frozen

€ 335.00 +VAT (23%)

Ready Meals

Pre-prepared, ready to cook and eat as a whole meal

Healthy or healthier focused ready meals products can be entered into our Good Choice category here

€ 335.00 +VAT (23%)


Inclusive of chilled and frozen products

€ 335.00 +VAT (23%)


Inclusive of ambient and chilled soups

€ 335.00 +VAT (23%)

Pasta, Rice & Grains

Pasta can be fresh or dried, with or without filling. Rice and grains can be any variety or flavouring. Inclusive of pasta, couscous, rice quinoa etc

€ 335.00 +VAT (23%)

Quiches, Pies and Pasties

Inclusive of ambient, chilled or frozen quiches, pies, pasties, sausage rolls etc

€ 335.00 +VAT (23%)

Store Cupboard Items

Items typically found in store cupboard used to create, enhance or accompany a dish including home baking, herbs and spices and canned goods

€ 335.00 +VAT (23%)

Oils, Vinegars and Dressings

Inclusive of all oils, vinegars and dressing used to garnish or prepare a product

€ 335.00 +VAT (23%)

Relishes and Chutneys

 Inclusive of all relishes, chutneys, pickles and savoury jams and marmalades eg chilli jam

€ 335.00 +VAT (23%)


Products used straight from the bottle as a pouring condiment or dipping sauce

€ 335.00 +VAT (23%)

Cooking Sauces

Cooking sauces and marinades applied to food prior to cooking and serving

€ 335.00 +VAT (23%)


Inclusive of jams, sweet spreads, honey, peanut butter etc

€ 335.00 +VAT (23%)


Categories include all products designed for festive season

Seasonal Occasions

Products produced specifically with an occasion in mind e.g. Easter, Valentines Day and Halloween.  This category does not include Christmas products, which can be should be entered in the Christmas category.

€ 335.00 +VAT (23%)

Children's Food

Food that is specially designed and marketed for children over the age of 2 years can be ambient, chilled or frozen. Entries may include- ready meals, snacks, yoghurts, drinks etc

€ 335.00 +VAT (23%)


Categories include Main Meals, Meal Accompaniments and Other Items