Frequently Asked Questions
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO ENTER?
Each entry costs $95.
WHEN CAN I ENTER THE SOFI AWARDS?
The entry period is February 1, 2017 - February 24, 2017.
WHEN DO I SEND THE PRODUCT SAMPLES?
If your product is shelf-stable: Ship samples to arrive between February 21, 2017 - March 3, 2017. If your product is perishable: Ship samples between February 27, 2017 - March 3, 2017 (Clearly mark the exterior of the box: "PERISHABLE.")
DO I HAVE TO EXHIBIT AT THE FANCY FOOD SHOW TO ENTER?
No. The sofi Awards are open to all Specialty Food Association members in good standing. If you are interested in becoming a member please click here
HOW MANY ENTRIES MAY I SUBMIT?
There is no limit to the number of entries.
MY PRODUCT IS NOT QUITE READY FOR SALE. MAY I SUBMIT IT?
No. All entries must be ready for sale. Mock-ups are not accepted.
CAN I PAY BY CHECK?
Yes, if you would like to pay by check, please fill out the online entry process and then contact us (email@example.com or 646.878.0307) to arrange for check payment.
MAY I ENTER MULTIPLE PRODUCTS FOR THE SAME CATEGORY?
Yes, as long as they are different products/flavors.
IF I HAVE A FOODSERVICE PRODUCT, WHICH CATEGORY SHOULD I ENTER IT IN?
Enter your product in the category it fits best. Because of blind judging, packaging and pricing will not be taken into consideration.
DO I NEED TO SEND PRODUCT SAMPLES?
Yes, enough for 15 small tasting samples. Two packages/jars/boxes are usually enough. Please do not send excess product.
WHERE ARE THE ENTRY FORMS?
Enter online at sofiawards.com.
IF MY PRODUCT NEEDS TO BE PREPARED OR COOKED (E.G. CAKE MIX), SHOULD I SEND PREPARED PRODUCT?
No. The Specialty Food Association hires professional chefs to prepare products according to package instructions.
MAY I SEND FROZEN OR REFRIGERATED PRODUCTS?
Yes. Make sure to clearly mark the exterior of the box “PERISHABLE. Keep FROZEN or REFRIGERATED.”
MAY I SEND PAYMENT SEPARATELY?
No, you must pay online when you submit your entry.
DO JUDGES TASTE THE PRODUCTS?
Yes, judges taste all the products.
IS THE CONTEST OPEN TO MEMBER CANDIDATES?
No. Only full Specialty Food Association members may participate.
IF I HAVE QUESTIONS WHO CAN I CONTACT?
Contact the sofi Awards hotline at firstname.lastname@example.org or 646.878.0307.