We meet people every day who are making incredible food: Jam makers using local fruit and inventive spices, bee keepers peddling raw wildflower honey, and farmers rethinking how to pickle vegetables. And we want you to discover them too.
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And we rely on the Good Food Awards to show us even more: They help us to discover new brands we haven’t tried, to taste better versions of foods we love, and to trust that they've hand-picked the best of the best each year.
Now in its fifth year, the Good Food Awards recognizes superior food producers and artisans, awarding winners in 11 categories including cheese, chocolate, coffee, and honey. To be selected as a winner for the GFA, a product needs not only to be delicious and stand out in its field, but also be thoughtfully produced with an eye toward environmental and social sustainability. All finalists score high in blind taste tests and meet a set of rigorous standards of industry-specific responsible business practices. That’s a mouthful, but what it comes down to is that the winning foods taste good and do good.
By now you’re probably wishing you could taste some of these superlative foods. And if you’re anywhere near San Francisco this weekend, you can: The Good Food Awards marketplace is open this Saturday, January 10 from 9 AM to 2 PM at the Ferry Building -- meet the producers of the 2015 GFA winners, and buy the winning products. There will be wine, cider, and general merriment. Tickets are $5 at the door (no advance R.S.V.P. required; find all the event details here).
We want to know more about what good food means for you: Tell us in the comments about a local, authentically-produced food that you love. We want to know about anything from a jam in Charleston to a charcuterie from a Chicago butcher! One commenter will win a box of our favorite selection of 14 of this year’s Good Food Awards winners.