The GFC Awards 2024/25: Information for Businesses

The Great Food Club Awards 2024/5 are now live. Our Awards, in their 10th year, are dedicated to seeking out and celebrating the best local independents – businesses like yours.

For the best chance of winning, please encourage your followers to vote for you here.

Here’s some artwork you may want to use in your social media posts.

Here’s a reminder of how the GFC Awards work. 

How we choose the winners
Over the next month, members of the public will nominate their favourite independent food or drink business. Last year, over 6,000 online votes were cast.

We then count the votes and create a shortlist of four finalists in each of the following categories:

  • People’s Choice Award (highest overall vote winner)
  • Restaurant of the Year 
  • Pub of the Year
  • Food Producer of the Year
  • Drink Producer of the Year
  • Shop of the Year
  • Café of the Year
  • Bakery of the Year
  • Food Hero of the Year

The votes go a long way toward deciding the shortlist, but we also use our own knowledge and consider the popularity of our social media posts.

After we announce the shortlist in June, our judges decide the final winners by visiting places anonymously and trying relevant food and drink. 

Ineligible businesses
Businesses that won GFC awards last year are not eligible to be shortlisted this year because our aim is to showcase a broad range of independents.

The author:

Matt lives in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire. He is passionate about the independent food & drink sector and founded Great Food Club in 2010 after being inspired by local producers near his home town.