Dallas Gourmet Gold Specialty Food Awards Call for Entries

DALLAS – April 20, 2018 –Dallas Market Center today announced the call for entries for the 9th Annual Dallas Gourmet Gold Specialty Food Awards to be held at Dallas Market Center during the Total Housewares and Gourmet Market, June 20-26. This year also marks the 30th Anniversary of Dallas Market Center’s Gourmet Market, in addition to milestone anniversaries of many of its exhibitors.
The Gourmet Gold Specialty Food Awards, sponsored by Gourmet Insider magazine, celebrates exceptional manufacturers in the gourmet products industry exhibiting at Dallas Market Center. With more than 1,000 product lines of gourmet food and accessories featured in the Gourmet Market in the World Trade Center, gourmet maintains a strong presence at Dallas Market Center as resources in the category continue to expand.
June 2018 Gourmet Gold Specialty Foods Awards categories are:
• Best Baked – cookies, cake, breads, mixes
• Best Beverage – hot or cold
• Best Condiment I – sauces, rubs, seasonings
• Best Condiment II – oils, vinegars, dressings
• Fruit Confit – jams, jellies, preserves, marmalades
• Best Soup/Chili
• Best Chocolate Candy/Dessert
• Best Non-Chocolate Candy/Dessert
• Best Snack – dips, salsas, nuts
• Best Healthy Lifestyle - organic, gluten free, sugar free
Food entries are judged based on taste, originality, and packaging. Participation is limited to current Gourmet Market exhibitors or Temporary exhibitors for June Market. Participants may enter in up to two categories, entry fee is $50 per entry or two for $75. Click here to enter before the deadline of Friday, May 21, 2018. The first eight entries will be featured on the Shelf Talk page in the June edition of Gourmet Insider.
Judging will take place Thursday, June 21 and winners will be revealed during an awards ceremony and cocktail reception on Friday, June 22, in the World Trade Center Atrium at 6 PM.
For three decades, Gourmet Market at Dallas Market Center has been the buyers’ resource for “everything gourmet.” Featuring more than 1,000 product lines from specialty food and beverages, kitchen and wine accessories, housewares, casual tabletop, and gifts for all occasions. It is the only permanent showroom in the gourmet industry open daily between markets with full time staff on site.
The 30th Anniversary of Gourmet Market brings with it many milestone anniversaries for its exhibitors as well. The following exhibitors will be honored during the Gourmet Gold Specialty Food Awards during June Total Housewares and Gourmet Market:
• Carmie’s Kitchen, 1988
• Coffee City USA, 1988 
• Lammes Candies, 1988
• Redstone Foods, 1988
• Sweet Shop USA, 1988
• Claudia B Chocolates, 1996
• Indianola Pecan House, 1997
• Lois Roush, 1997
• Pelican Bay, 1997
• New Canaan Farms, 1998
• Great San Saba River Pecans, 1999
• Neighbors Coffee, 1999
• Quintessential Chocolates, 2000
• Holiday Tins & Containers, 2001
• Prairie Thyme, 2001
For more information visit Gourmet Gold Awards and to stay connected make sure to use #GourmetGold on social media. For a complete list of events, visit the Dallas Market Center website. To prepare for Market, download the Dallas Market App. Also, keep up-to-date on all market information by visiting Dallas Market Center on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and by using the hashtag #dallasmarket.
About Dallas Market Center
Founded in 1957, Dallas Market Center is the world’s most complete wholesale marketplace. Within its marketplace of more than five million square feet, retailers from around the globe source products ranging from home furnishings, gifts, decorative accessories and lighting to textiles, fashion accessories and men's, western, women's and children's apparel. With more than 50 markets each year attended by more than 200,000 retail buyers from all 50 states and 85 countries, Dallas Market Center offers hundreds of events and seminars geared toward helping retailers expand business and increase profits. The Dallas Market Center website is available at dallasmarketcenter.com.