The Results Are In: Congratulations to the 2021 Good Food Awards Finalists
These 336 food & drink crafters from 45 states, D.C. and Guam represent the nation’s best in tasty, responsible fare
San Francisco, CA (November 10, 2020) – The Good Food Foundation is proud to announce the 336 outstanding food and drink crafters that are in the running for a 2021 Good Food Award. Rising to the top amongst 1,928 entries in 16 categories, these farmers and food crafters are leading the way in quality, sustainability and socially responsible production. With average weekly grocery spending up 17% year over year, and more people seeking to support local, resilient food systems, buying from Good Food Awards Finalists offer a delicious way to align action with intention.
For the first time in Good Food Awards history, the public took part in a portion of the judging. In the coffee category, 200 caffeine lovers narrowed down the 203 entries to 30 top picks, which went on to be judged in a formal cupping by industry veterans. This new process led to a group of Coffee Finalists that are more diverse than ever before, hailing from 20 states and 10 countries of origin including Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, Ethiopia, Columbia and Panama.
In other categories, entries that rose to the top include Kelly Street Cider from Farmstead Cider in Wyoming, pressed from apples grown on over 250 trees “submitted” by residents; Coconut Pecan Scotchies from Good Girl Chocolate in Oklahoma, baked by a naturopathic doctor whose mission-driven business was recognized with a grant from Beyoncé’s foundation BeyGood and the NAACP; and a traditional Korean Ssam Jang made with organic California produce by Queens SF, a neighborhood superette in San Francisco.
Good Food Award Winners will be announced on Friday, January 22, 2021 in a virtual Awards Ceremony broadcast across the country that offers a behind-the-scenes look inside the Winners’ kitchens and farms. A limited number of Celebration Boxes to enjoy during the ceremony, featuring Award winning treats and a special edition cookbook, are available for pre-order starting today (Tickets: $25 Single Tune In Ticket, $80 Tune In + Celebration Box for 2).
Two more events will kick off on January 25 to round out the festivities. For the public, a two weeklong Good Food Awards Pop Up Shop will make the winning products available to peruse and purchase with a single basket checkout (January 25-February 7 at shop.goodfoodfdn.org). For the industry, a special winners edition of the Virtual Mercantile will offer buyers and media the chance to deep dive into the best of American food craft, with a dedicated tasting with the Winners of a different category each day (Tickets & Schedule, $45 per tasting).
Organizers & Supporters:
The Good Food Awards are organized by the Good Food Foundation 501 (c) 3. The Presenting Sponsor is the Good Food Merchants Collaborative, comprised of 19 of the country’s top independently owned retailers from Ann Arbor to Oakland to Sioux Falls, all of whom are committed to supporting America’s great food crafters. Joining them is a vibrant group of key supporters, including Veritable Vegetable, Bi-Rite Family of Businesses, Dominic Phillips Event Marketing, Clarkson Potter and Ten Speed Press.Special thanks to the Good Food Merchants Collaborative Members:
Bi-Rite Market, Canyon Market, Cowgirl Creamery, Cured, Di Bruno Bros., Each Peach Market, Foragers Market, Glen’s Garden Market, Good Earth Natural Foods, Goose the Market, Harmons Grocery, Look’s Market, Market Hall Foods, Market of Choice, Palace Market, TASTE, Woodstock Farmers’ Market, World Foods Portland, Zingerman’s Family of Businesses