The Good Food Awards – celebrating sustainable and responsible practices.

The Good Food Awards Call for entries is now open. Submit your product between July 5, 2011 – Sept 1, 2011. The criteria are based on products using sustainably grown and raised ingredients. (Update, entries cannot be submitted until  July 7th due to technical difficulties)

The Good Food Awards is an initiative started by the Seedling Projects, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and advancing the sustainable food movement.

Photo Courtesy of Marc Fiorito

The Good Food Awards celebrates the passion, and excellence of our country’s top artisan food and beverage producers. Their commitment to sustainable and responsible practices allows them to showcase their craftmanship to a panel of 80 judges, including Alice Waters, Ruth Reichl, Amanda Hesser, Merrill Stubbs, Nell Newman and over 80 other food movement leaders.

Photo Courtesy of Jenny Hiser

I’m not sure I’d call myself a “movement leader”, but I am proud and excited to report that I will be one of this years judges.

The Good Food Awards “invites food producers from all over the country to submit their beer, charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, coffee, pickles and preserves to a blind tasting. New this year is the spirits category. As small distilleries grow in popularity across the country, the The Good Food Awards will acknowledge their innovation and responsible productions with this new category.

Photo Courtesy of Marc Fiorito

The Goal Seal, also new this year, will recognize a select group of winners who “are on the path towards sustainability, and far beyond where the majority of their industry lies.” Many of the Gold Seal winners will be artisan producers who have reached a status of being 100% certified organic and who continue to keep up their quality of taste and social responsibility.

The Good Food Awards winners will be announced on January 13, 2012, at a ceremony at the San Fransisco’s iconic Ferry Building. On January 14, 2012, the CUESA market will open its 15,000 person public marketplace to showcase the winning products.

Photo Courtesy of Marc Fiorito

Last years inaugural event brought 780 entries from 41 states, including several from North Carolina.

Winner April McGregor, Owner of Farmers Daughter. Photo Courtesy of Marc Fiorito

Winners  included

Weeping Radish Farm Brewery (Grandy, NC) – Sweet Potato Liverwurst

Farmers Daughter (Carrboro, NC) – Spicy Green Tomato AND Burbon’d Figs

Carrboro Coffee Company (Carrboro, NC) – El aguacate

Counter Culture Coffee (Durham, NC) – Finca Kilimanjaro

With the growth of Farmers’ Markets and Kitchen Incubators across the country, this is an amazing opportunity for Southern crafters to enter their specialty product and continue to grow the “good food” coming out of the South.

So what are you waiting for? Enter here!

Good Luck,

Johanna

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