Food Categories 

Category definitions have been provided to help you select the right place for your product to be entered. 

Please note that categories have been grouped by A-Z.

To enter, click on the category below and you will be taken to the online entry form. You will be able to enter multiple categories within one entry. We have created a helpful step by step guide to entering which can be downloaded here

Entry fee per product : €335 + VAT. 

Small producer entry fee:  (fewer than 10 staff and annual sales under €1 million): €125 + VAT.  Click here to request your Small Producer discount promo code.


Inclusive of all bread products whether they are ambient, chilled or frozen

Breakfast Products

Inclusive of all breakfast products whether they are ambient, chilled or frozen


Inclusive of all hot and cold drinks


Categories include sweet and savoury biscuits


Inclusive of all cakes whether they are ambient, chilled or frozen.


Includes all cheese products: Irish; Continental; hard and soft; goats, sheep etc

Chocolate and Confectionery

Chocolate bars, boxes, sharing bags e.g. fudge, tablets, truffles, seasonal (excludes Christmas), sweets, nougat, marshmallows

This category is now closed


Anything you add to your meal after preparation to enhance the flavour, i.e. mayonnaise, brown sauce, mustard, ketchup, mint sauce, cranberry jelly, balsamic glaze etc. Excludes Oils, Vinegars and Dressings see ‘Oils, Vinegars and Dressing’

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Cooking Sauces

Anything you add to your meal during the cooking stage, i.e. stir-in pasta sauce or pesto, curry sauce etc. Includes wet or dry rubs, pastes and marinades, jar or sachet sauces

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Includes butters and spreads, milk, cream, yogurt of all portion sizes. Excludes Cheese. For cheese see ‘cheese’


Products that are sold on the delicatessen counter or shelves

Desserts and Puddings

Sweet pudding or desserts, whether stored ambient, chilled or frozen e.g. cheesecakes, tarts, crumbles, pies, sponges. Includes individual desserts i.e. mousses, crème caramel etc. Excludes Ice Cream and Lollies, see ‘Ice Cream and Lollies’ 

This category is now closed


Inclusive of all unprepared eggs e.g. chicken, duck, quail, and varieties e.g. blue, brown

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Including fresh fillets; prepared fish e.g. breaded fish, fishcakes; shellfish and smoked fish

Food To Go

Pre-prepared, ready to heat/eat hot food products inclusive of sandwiches, salads, wraps and sushi etc

This category is now closed

Free From

Products specifically created and marketed to exclude at least one of the following allergens: celery; crustaceans; eggs; gluten; fish; lupin; milk; mustard; molluscs; nuts; peanuts; sesame; soya; sulphates

Fresh Produce

Inclusive of prepared or unprepared fruit, salad and vegetables e.g. pre-cut fruit pots, whole fruits, stir fry kits, vegetable roasting trays, whole vegetables, salad bags, coleslaw, potato salad etc

Ice Cream and Lollies

Any ice cream product including individual hand-held lollies, tubs and pots, frozen yoghurt, sorbet

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Includes both chilled and frozen, and roast-in-the-bag. Products can include sauces, garnish, crumb, and can be plain or stuffed. Excludes Christmas meat. For Christmas meat, see ‘Christmas’

Meal Accompaniments

Any prepared or unprepared accompaniments to a meal e.g. boxty, stuffing, bacon and cabbage, gratins, chips, whether ambient, chilled or frozen. Excludes Christmas, see ‘Christmas’

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Oils, Vinegars and Dressings

Inclusive of all oils, vinegars and dressing used in cooking or to add to a meal, e.g. balsamic vinegar, rapeseed oil, salad dressing. Excludes condiments, see 'condiments'

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Pasta, Rice & Grains

Pasta or noodles, can be fresh or dried, with or without filling; rice; grains and pulses of any variety or flavour e.g. couscous, pearl barley

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Pizza with any type of toppings, including chilled and frozen.

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Preserves and Sweet Spreads

Inclusive of jams, sweet spreads, honey, peanut butter etc

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Quiches, Pies and Savoury Pastries

Includes ambient, chilled or frozen. Also includes sausage rolls, slices and savoury tarts

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Relishes and Chutneys

Any relish or chutney including savoury jams or marmalades suitable for cheese e.g. pickled chutney, onion marmalade. Excludes Christmas products, see Christmas

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Ready Meals

Pre-prepared products that just require heating up at home e.g. seafood linguine, curry and rice, chilli and rice. Products may be split by cuisine at judging. Includes meat, vegetarian and vegan

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Products specifically created with reduced sugars, salts, fats in comparison to their standard counterparts e.g. reduced fat salad dressings, reduced salt condiments, sugar-free drinks, ice cream etc. Does not include reduced fat meat products, see ‘Meat’ for ‘reduced meat category’

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Store Cupboard

Items typically found in store cupboard used to create, enhance or accompany a dish including home baking, cooking ingredients like stock, herbs and spices and passata.

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Sweet and Savoury food designed for snacking includes crisps, nuts, popcorn, jerky, bars. Does not include Chocolate or confectionery, see chocolate and confectionery 


Inclusive of ambient and chilled soups

This category is now closed

Vegetarian and Vegan

Products specifically created for a vegetarian or vegan diet