Eighteen New York companies from seven regions across the state have been named finalists for the annual Good Food Awards.
The national competition recognizes the country’s best craft food and beverage producers who excel in both taste and sustainable practices in the production of their products.
New York’s finalists were selected from more than 2,000 entries from more than 30 states. The winners will be announced later today, Friday, Jan. 20 in San Francisco.
“New York’s food and beverage producers are second to none when it comes to making delicious products sourced from local ingredients," said state Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball.
"As seen with our New York State Grown & Certified program, we know that New York’s farmers are leading the way in regard to growing high-quality food and doing it the right way — with a focus on food handling practices and environmental sustainability," he aid.
Now in its seventh year, the Good Food Awards celebrate craft food and beverage producers of all sizes who help create and support vibrant, sustainable local food economies.
The awards are presented to winners in fourteen categories, such as beer, cider, cheese and honey. The entries are evaluated in a blind tasting of more than 220 expert judges, including top chefs and food industry representatives.
Those who score the highest in the blind tasting are then assessed on a wide variety of criteria, including use of local and nutritious ingredients and sustainable and environmentally sound practices.
New York producers from seven regions across the state are finalists in the following ten categories:
Dickson’s Farmstand Meats, Head Cheese (New York City)
Hudson & Charles, Chicken Liver Pate (New York City)
Fruition Chocolate, Marañón Canyon Dark Milk 68% & Hudson Valley Bourbon Dark Milk 61% (Mid-Hudson)
Bad Seed Hard Cider, IPC (Mid-Hudson)
Eve’s Cidery, 2015 Darling Creek, Van Etten (Southern Tier)
Finger Lakes Cider House, Goodlife Barrel Rye (Finger Lakes)
Orchard Hill Cider Mill, Ten66 Pommeau (Mid-Hudson)
Slyboro Cider House, La Sainte Terre (Capital Region)
Fruition Chocolate, Brown Butter Bourbon Caramels (Mid-Hudson)
Regalis Foods, Ikura Shoyu Zuke Caviar (New York City)
Bee’s Needs, Marvelous May (Long Island)
Stony Brook WholeHeartedFoods, Organic Sunflower Seed Oil (Finger Lakes)
Bronx Hot Sauce/Small Axe Peppers, Bronx Hot Sauce (New York City)
XILLI, Salsa Macha (New York City)
Food and Ferments, Sea King Sauerkraut (Central NY)
Holy Schmitt’s, Original Horseradish (Long Island)
Breuckelen Distilling, 77 Whiskey: Local Rye and Corn (New York City)
Nahmias et Fils, Legs Diamond Rye Whiskey (Mid-Hudson)
The Hudson Standard, Catskill Masala Bitters (Mid-Hudson)
There are a total of 291 finalists from more than 30 states. Find a complete list of the 2017 finalists http://www.goodfoodawards.org/2017-finalists/ at this link.
Last year, 13 New York producers were named winners in nine categories — charcuterie, chocolate, cider, coffee, honey, pantry, pickles, preserves and spirits.