Frequently Asked Questions 


The awards can be entered online. 
You can download a step-by-step guide to entering the Irish Quality Food Awards here.  

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 24th October, unless entered into a seasonal category.

Our category criteria will help you decide where your product is best suited.

If you have an unusual product and need advice on where to place it, you can contact Irish Quality Food Awards Event Managers, Katie Theofanous on 020 8253 8392 / katie.theofanous@emap.com or Emma Parslow on 020 8253 8721 / emma.parslow@emap.com 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.

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. For further information, please take a look at our step-by-step 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. This year we have made the entry process more 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 from our Chair of Judges here

Entries close on Friday 24th May. If you miss this deadline, please contact katie.theofanous@emap.com or emma.parslow@emap.com

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 €2 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 into your account and request for changes to be made. 

You will receive confirmation via email as soon as your entry has been submitted, and then at a later stage, you will receive an email with delivery instructions detailing where and when to send your products for the judging in June.

You will also receive an attachment in the same email with delivery labels to stick on to each product you have entered.

Products should be sent directly to the judging venue. You will receive delivery instructions via email, which will include the date to send your products in. 

Shortlisted products will be announced in July, shortly after judging has finished. Awards will be announced during the awards evening on Thursday 24th October.

Results will be published on our website after the awards presentation on Thursday 24th October. 

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. 

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.