Frequently Asked Questions
You can enter a wide range of products in to the Irish Quality Food and Drink Awards. You can see the full list of categories here.
Your product must be on sale in Ireland (in-store or online) by October 2021, unless entered into a seasonal category.
Our category criteria will help you decide where your product is best suited. See a full list of categories here.
If you have an unusual product and need advice on where to place it, you can contact Irish Quality Food and Drink Awards Event Manager, Emma Parslow on +353 (0)1 817 6363 / firstname.lastname@example.org who will be happy to help you.
Yes you can! There is an option after your product questions where you can add further product entries to your basket to fill out before payment.
All entrants into last year have now been contacted to discuss how they’d like to move forward with their submissions. If you have not received any contact, please email email@example.com to discuss your query further.
Yes you can! There will be an option after filling out your first product's entry questions, where you can add further products to your basket. There is no limit to the number of categories you can enter. You can also enter the same product in to multiple categories, however each category entered has a separate entry cost.
For further information,
please take a look at entry guide here.
Yes, but don't forget to click on 'Save' if you don't have all the information required at this point in time. This will add your entry to your basket. You will then be able to go back to this point and complete your entry at a later stage.
Yes. We have made the entry process clearer and simpler to enter, by combining product categories into "headline" categories such as ‘Bakery’, ‘Cheese’ and ‘Meat’. Products will then be sorted and judged in their appropriate subcategories.
E.g. You might want to enter a packet of crusty rolls into the awards this year, so you would choose the ‘Bakery’ category to enter them into. When completing your entry form, you will then have the option to choose a subcategory, i.e. ‘Bread – Rolls’.
Products are judged on the following criteria: taste; flavour; texture; aroma; ingredients list; value for money; innovation; packaging; presentation.
The panel judging all foodservice products entered will also be considering the target sector and benefits for chefs.
A good entry will follow the category criteria. Take a look at some of
our hints and tips here.
Entries close on Friday 16 July. If you miss this deadline, please contact Senior Event Manager, Emma Parslow, firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have a discount code, you will be asked to enter this on the payment page. Only then will your discount will be visible.
Entry fee per product: €335 + VAT
If you are a small producer with fewer than 10 staff and annual sales under €1 million, you are eligible for a reduced rate and should complete the Small Producer Form before entering a category. You will then be given a discount 'promo code' to use in the entry form, reducing your entry to €125 + VAT.
Yes, simply log in to your account and request for changes to be made.
You will receive confirmation via email as soon as your entry has been submitted. The delivery schedule will be confirmed once entries have closed. Entrants will be notified of delivery details in July.
You will also receive an attachment in the same email with delivery labels to stick on to each product you have entered.
The IQFA team pledge to reduce the number of samples required to alleviate pressure on supply chains and additional costs. This year, for all products, we will require only four samples for judging.
Products should be sent directly to the judging venue. You will receive delivery instructions in July, via email, which will include the date to send your products in.
We at IQFDA have been working with our judging venue throughout this year to ensure we can provide a safe and successful judging period. We’ve taken multiple steps to adhere to government rules, click here to find out more
The IQFDA team are working tirelessly to ensure this year's programme can move forward. We are working with local providers and looking to offer virtual judging as a contingency should in person meetings be unable to take place.
Results will be announced in October.
We will be announcing the winners in October, results will be published on our website following the awards.
A full list of winners will also be available in the November issue of Retail News.
Yes! All products entered will receive full judge’s feedback. Due to the high number of entries we receive, these will be compiled and sent to you in the month following the awards presentation.
All, entrants will receive free access to the IQFA logo that can be used as a powerful endorsement for your product. Every product entered will continue to receive a detailed feedback report.
Logos will be available to download in a variety of formats on the website. A link will be sent via email the day after the awards presentation.