Please ensure that you read through the guidance documents in the How to enter section above before you submit your entries. Below we have provided some answers to frequently asked questions about entering Great Taste 2018:
How do I enter Great Taste 2018?
All entries must be made via an online portal, which will be available through a link from this website once entries open. The online entry form will not become available until we open for entry.
How can I make sure I receive reminders about entering Great Taste?
Please fill in the contact form in the How to Enter section above. We will add you to the mailing list to receive reminders about Great Taste. Ensure you add our domain gff.co.uk to your safe senders list, to help our emails to reach you.
My colleague entered Great Taste last year but has now left the company, so I can’t login to our account. Please help!
To enter Great Taste via the online portal you need a user account (email address and password) and a Company Profile. If there is already an existing Company Profile for your company we can link up multiple user accounts to this Profile. To create a new user account, please click on Enter Awards at the top of this page, enter your email address, first name/last name, and a password. Logout without creating a new company profile and send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to advise the company name, previous contact there and your email address, and we will link up your account to the Company Profile.
I have a user account but can’t remember my password. What do I do?
If you already have a user account for the portal it will recognise your email address and prompt you for a password. If you cannot remember your password, enter your email address, click Next, then click Trouble Logging In and follow the onscreen prompts.
I’ve tried to re-set the password for my user account, but I have not received the email. What do I do?
The email, which is sent from email@example.com, contains a link to click on and re-set the password. Please ensure that the domain gff.co.uk is added to your safe senders list. Check that the email has not been sent to your Spam or Junk Mail folder. If the email is not there, please contact the team on firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be able to help you.
I can’t find a category for my product, what should I do?
Is there a category that nearly fits? If so, please use that one. The categories are more for our use – to help us plan each judging week and judging session. Your product is judged on its own merits, not against a category or any other products in that category. You can use the Product Description field to explain what your product is. However, please check that your product is not on the list of items that we cannot judge and please remember that one flavour = one entry, so we cannot accept entries of selection boxes or multi-packs.
What is Members’ Fortnight?
Great Taste is run by the Guild of Fine Food, a trade association. The Guild has a membership for speciality food and drink producers and independent retailers. One of the benefits of membership is early and discounted entry into Great Taste. Membership applications needed to have been received and processed by Friday 12 January 2018 to qualify for this year’s Members’ Fortnight. However, there are lots of other benefits to Guild membership and you can find out more here Join the Guild
I entered Great Taste last year. Does this mean I am now a member so can enter during Members’ Fortnight?
Membership and Great Taste are two separate things (please see the explanation under ‘What is Members’ Fortnight’) so you are not automatically a member of the Guild of Fine Food if you have previously entered Great Taste. You do not need to be a member to enter Great Taste, but only current members can enter during Members’ Fortnight. General Entry opens from Thursday 1 February 2018.
What do I write in the Product Description field?
All products are blind-tasted so the judges won’t see company names, product names or the product packaging. The Product Description field is your chance to tell the judges about your product. Use it to explain the key facts about your product, without using brand names or marketing speak. For example, main ingredients, traditional production methods, breed of animal, if the product is gluten-free. If the product is not typical of its type, you may choose to explain this here. There are only 150 characters available (including spaces and punctuation) so keep it concise. You don’t need to write in full sentences, as long as it makes sense to the reader. The judges will also have access to the Product Ingredients list you provide when you enter.
Do I include cooking instructions in the Product Description field?
You do not need to supply cooking or preparation instructions on the entry form when you enter Great Taste 2018. However, you must ensure that these are included with your products when you deliver the samples later in the year. The delivery instructions will include guidance on the quantity of product to send, and a reminder to supply cooking instructions.
I entered a product into Great Taste last year. Can I re-enter it this year?
Yes, you can re-enter the same product into Great Taste each year if you wish to do so.
I’ve entered online and received my receipt. Do I send my products now?
Not yet! Once we close for entry we will begin issuing delivery instructions from around mid-March and these will continue until early June. We may ask you to deliver your products at any time between those months, and will give you at least 2 weeks’ notice ahead of your delivery date. We send an email to the Primary and Secondary Contact email addresses you provided when you entered Great Taste 2018 to let you know when your delivery instructions are ready to download from the portal.
How much product should I send?
We will advise the quantity of product to send when we issue delivery instructions. However, as a general guideline we ask for around 25-30 mouthfuls/teaspoonfuls of a product for the judging.