All Year Round Retail Categories 

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 A-Z.

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 using the button below. 

Entries close on Friday 17 May 2024.

Entry fee per product : €369+VAT per entry 

Small producer entry fee:  (fewer than 10 staff and annual sales under €1 million): €89+VAT. 
Click here to request your Small Producer discount promo code.

(All Year Round) Bread

Inclusive of all bread products whether they are ambient, chilled or frozen

Breakfast Products

Inclusive of all breakfast products whether they are ambient, chilled or frozen, covering cereals as well as pastries

(All Year Round) Beverages

Inclusive of all hot and cold drinks

(All Year Round) Biscuits

Categories include sweet and savoury biscuits

(All Year Round) Cakes

Inclusive of all cakes whether they are ambient, chilled or frozen.

(All Year Round) Cheese

Includes all cheese products: Irish; Continental; hard and soft; goats, sheep etc

(All Year Round) Chocolate and Confectionery

Chocolate bars, boxes, sharing bags e.g. fudge, tablets, truffles, seasonal (excludes Christmas), sweets, nougat, marshmallows.

€ 369.00 +VAT (23%)

(All Year Round) Condiments

Anything you add to your meal after preparation to enhance the flavour, i.e. mayonnaise, brown sauce, mustard, ketchup, mint sauce, cranberry jelly, balsamic glaze etc. Excludes Oils, Vinegars and Dressings, see Oils, Vinegars and Dressing'.

€ 369.00 +VAT (23%)

(All Year Round) Cooking Sauces

Anything you add to your meal during the cooking stage, i.e. stir-in pasta sauce or pesto, curry sauce etc. Includes wet or dry rubs, pastes and marinades, jar or sachet sauces.

€ 369.00 +VAT (23%)

(All Year Round) Dairy

Includes butters and spreads, milk, cream, yogurt of all portion sizes. Excludes Cheese. For cheese see ‘cheese’

(All Year Round) Deli

Products that are sold on the delicatessen counter or shelves

(All Year Round) Desserts and Puddings

Sweet pudding or desserts, whether stored ambient, chilled or frozen e.g. cheesecakes, tarts, crumbles, pies, sponges. Includes individual desserts i.e. mousses, crème caramel etc. Excludes Ice Cream and Lollies, see Ice Cream and Lollies’. 

€ 369.00 +VAT (23%)

(All Year Round) Eggs

Inclusive of all unprepared eggs e.g. chicken, duck, quail, and varieties e.g. blue, brown.

€ 369.00 +VAT (23%)

(All Year Round) Fish

Including fresh fillets; prepared fish e.g. breaded fish, fishcakes; shellfish and smoked fish

(All Year Round) Food To Go

Pre-prepared, ready to heat/eat hot food products inclusive of sandwiches, salads, wraps and sushi etc.

€ 369.00 +VAT (23%)

(All Year Round) Free From Allergens

Any ambient, chilled, frozen, and bakery products aimed at the allergen free market- this includes dairy free and items such as biscuits, cakes, meat, fish, and desserts.

€ 369.00 +VAT (23%)

(All Year Round) Free From Gluten

Ambient, Chilled, Frozen and bakery products aimed at the gluten free market.

€ 369.00 +VAT (23%)

(All Year Round) Fresh Produce

Inclusive of prepared or unprepared fruit, salad and vegetables e.g. pre-cut fruit pots, whole fruits, stir fry kits, vegetable roasting trays, whole vegetables, salad bags, coleslaw, potato salad etc

(All Year Round) Ice Cream and Lollies

Any ice cream product including individual hand-held lollies, tubs and pots, frozen yogurt, sorbet.

€ 369.00 +VAT (23%)


Includes both chilled and frozen, and roast-in-the-bag. Products can include sauces, garnish, crumb, and can be plain or stuffed. Excludes Christmas meat. For Christmas meat, see ‘Christmas’

(All Year Round) Meal Accompaniments

Any prepared or unprepared accompaniments to a meal e.g. boxty, stuffing, bacon and cabbage, gratins, chips, whether ambient, chilled or frozen. Excludes Christmas, see ‘Christmas’.

€ 369.00 +VAT (23%)

(All Year Round) Meat Based Items and Platters

Meat products that are sold on the delicatessen shelves or counter e.g. pâtés, scotch eggs, pork pies, sandwich fillers and antipasti platters.

€ 369.00 +VAT (23%)

(All Year Round) Oils, Vinegars and Dressings

Inclusive of all oils, vinegars and dressing used in cooking or to add to a meal, e.g. balsamic vinegar, rapeseed oil, salad dressing. Excludes condiments, see 'Condiments'.

€ 369.00 +VAT (23%)

(All Year Round) Pasta, Rice and Grains

Pasta, rice, grains or noodles, can be fresh, dried or frozen, with or without filling; rice; grains and pulses of any variety or flavour e.g. couscous, pearl barley. If the product is prepared with other ingredients such as beef mince to form a lasagne, please see Ready Meals.

€ 369.00 +VAT (23%)

(All Year Round) Pizzas

Pizza with any type of toppings, including chilled and frozen.

€ 369.00 +VAT (23%)

(All Year Round) Preserves and Sweet Spreads

Including jams, marmalades, sweet spreads, syrups, honey, nut butters.

€ 369.00 +VAT (23%)

(All Year Round) Quiches, Pies and Savoury Pastries

Includes ambient, chilled or frozen. Also includes sausage rolls, slices and savoury tarts.

€ 369.00 +VAT (23%)

(All Year Round) Relishes and Chutneys

Any relish or chutney including savoury jams or marmalades suitable for cheese e.g. pickled chutney, onion marmalade. Excludes Christmas products, see 'Christmas'.

€ 369.00 +VAT (23%)

(All Year Round) Ready Meals

Pre-prepared products that just require heating up at home e.g. seafood linguine, curry and rice, chilli and rice. Products may be split by cuisine at judging. Includes meat, vegetarian and vegan.

€ 369.00 +VAT (23%)

(All Year Round) Reduced/Low

Products specifically created with reduced sugars, salts, fats in comparison to their standard counterparts e.g. reduced fat salad dressings, reduced salt condiments, sugar-free drinks, ice cream etc. Does not include reduced fat meat products, see ‘Meat’ for ‘Reduced Meat' category.

€ 369.00 +VAT (23%)

(All Year Round) Store Cupboard

Items typically found in store cupboard used to create, enhance or accompany a dish including home baking, cooking ingredients like stock, herbs and spices and passata.

€ 369.00 +VAT (23%)

(All Year Round) Snacks

Sweet and Savoury food designed for snacking includes crisps, nuts, popcorn, jerky, bars. Does not include Chocolate or confectionery, see Chocolate and Confectionery category.

(All Year Round) Soups

Including ambient, tinned, and chilled soups.

€ 369.00 +VAT (23%)

(All Year Round) Vegan and Vegetarian

Products specifically created for a vegetarian or vegan diet