Irish Quality Food and Drink Awards 2024

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The Irish Quality Food and Drink Awards 2024 has announced that entries are now open for the much-anticipated annual awards, celebrating excellence in the Irish food and drink industry.

This prestigious event, known for recognising outstanding quality and innovation, invites producers, retailers, suppliers and manufacturers across Ireland to showcase their finest products.

There are five main category groups:

  1. All Year Round Categories
  2. Christmas Categories
  3. Drink Categories
  4. Foodservice Categories
  5. Performance Categories

Small Producers

This year, the Irish Quality Food and Drink Awards have significantly reduced their entry fee for Small Producers to just €89 per entry. Any business with an annual turnover of less than €2 million and fewer than 10 staff qualify for the discount.

The judging process

With a panel of esteemed judges, including industry experts and culinary professionals, the awards ensure a rigorous and impartial evaluation process across three weeks at Leopardstown Racecourse, Dublin. Entrants can look forward to having their products assessed by an esteemed panel with a wealth of experience in recognising excellence.

Following individual reflection, judges will discuss the entry as a collective and debate the merits of each product with reference to the below key criteria:

  • Taste
  • Texture
  • Flavour
  • Aroma
  • Ingredients list
  • Provenance
  • Product appearance
  • Packaging
  • Price point/value for money
  • Innovation/aims in the marketplace

To be awarded an Irish Quality Food and Drink Award, a product must excel in every one of these areas.

Benefits of entering

  • Product feedback:
    All entrants receive detailed feedback from our esteemed panel of judges for every product entered, which can aid in product development.
  • Brand awareness:
    As well as networking opportunities and exposure at the awards night, winners also benefit from promotion across our social media channels and e-shots.
  • Recognition:
    All winners receive a logo to use on their product packaging, which demonstrates to both your existing and potential customers that your product is of an exceptional standard.

How to enter

Entries can be submitted online at until Friday 3 May 2024. Producers and companies eager to showcase their commitment to quality are encouraged to seize this opportunity and become part of the esteemed legacy of the Irish Quality Food and Drink Awards 2024.

For more information, entry details, and to stay updated on the latest news, please visit

About the Irish Quality Food and Drink Awards

The Irish Quality Food and Drink Awards have become a mark of excellence for food and drink products in the retail, wholesale and foodservice sector over the last eleven years.

The Irish Quality Food and Drink Awards are part under the emap brand; emap owns 47 brands, holds 112 awards and conferences annually and runs190 magazine, conference and awards websites. To view the 2023 winners of the Irish Quality Food and Drink Awards, visit the website at


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