Hints and Tips
Every year we receive hundreds of entries in to the Irish Quality Food Awards, but some are stronger than others. Here are a few top tips for maximising your chances of success this year.
- We have created a step-by-step guideline for entering your products, this can be downloaded here. Reading through this guide before starting your entry will help to make the process much easier.
- This year we have made the entry process clearer and simpler, by combining product categories into "headline" categories such as ‘Bakery’, ‘Cheese’ and ‘Meat’. Products will then be judged in their relevant subcategories. You will have an opportunity to highlight the best suited subcategory in your entry form, eg. Bakery -> Breads -> Flatbreads.
- Make sure you answer the questions in the entry form as fully as possible, including the important information highlighted. This will allow judges to gain a better understanding of your product and able to make a clearer judgement of the product. Missing out vital information such as price and weight, makes it incredibly difficult to judge your product effectively.
- The products will be presented to the judges in the same way they are provided to consumers, who take more than taste into account when they make their purchases. Please ensure you provide the recommended number of products in their packaging in your delivery, so judges can view the product as a whole. Where product packaging is not available, eg. for a seasonal product, please ensure you include a product shot with visuals of how the packaging will look.
- Product deliveries - Make sure you follow the delivery guidelines supplied. These instructions will provide full details of the delivery dates, times and clear instructions, to ensure your product can be judged in its best possible condition.
- The judges’ feedback can be a hugely beneficial to your products development. The more information you provide, the more detailed the judges can be in their feedback to you.
- Following the above will make the most of this opportunity to showcase your product!