These categories are for products that are marketed specifically for the festive or Christmas period. Category definitions have been provided to help you select the right place for your product to be entered. Some of these categories may be split further at the point of judging, depending on the nature of the entries, to better represent the products entered.
To enter, simply 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.
Please note that categories have been grouped by relevance before A-Z and so your category may appear further down the page.
Entry Fee (per product): £469 + VAT
Small Producer Entry fee: £129 + VAT*
*Please note, Small Producers are classed as fewer than 10 staff and annual sales under £2 million
Christmas - Biscuits and Crackers
All biscuits and crackers, sweet or savoury e.g. crackers for cheese, breadsticks, festive flavoured cookies, Florentines. For Free From Biscuits, see ‘Christmas Free From’
Christmas - Canapés and Party Food
Savoury bite-sized or sharing party nibbles that are ready to serve, cooked from chilled or frozen e.g. sausage rolls, blinis, dim sum, sliders. For sweet items – see Mini Desserts. For vegan items – see ‘Vegan Savoury Canapes and Party Food’. For items wrapped in bacon, e.g. prawns, chipolatas etc – see ‘Pigs in Blankets’. For larger pastry-based items– see ‘Deli’
Christmas - Cheese
Includes cheese products such as individual Christmas style cheeses, cheeses to be baked, or products such as cheese with tear-and-share bread, whole cheeseboards
Christmas - Chocolate
Chocolate of a premium nature sold specifically as a Christmas offering e.g. chocolate bars, boxes, sharing bags. For fun, novelty or lower tier items, see ‘Novelty’. For gifting selections – see ‘Gifted Items/Gift Selections’
Christmas - Chutneys, Gravy and Sauces
Any product created specifically for Christmas, either ambient or chilled e.g. bread sauce, cranberry sauce, gravy and gravy granules, jams, chutneys, sweet sauces, goose fat
Christmas - Confectionery
Confectionery of a premium nature sold specifically as a Christmas offering e.g. nougat, premium marshmallows. For fun, novelty or lower tier items, see 'Novelty'
Christmas - Crisps, Nuts and Snacks
Any crisps, nuts or snacks marketed specifically for the festive period e.g. pigs in blankets flavour crisps, chocolate covered almonds
Christmas - Dairy
Any seasonal dairy product used at Christmas e.g. brandy butter, spiced double cream. Excludes Cheese
Christmas - Deli
Products that are sold on the delicatessen shelves or counter specifically for Christmas e.g. pâté, charcuterie, olives, large pork pie, sausage rolls. For bitesize sharing pastries, see ‘Canapés and Party Food’.
Christmas - Food to Go
Food to Go items limited to Christmas e.g. turkey & brie sandwiches, festive vegan wraps, festive meal deal side
Products specifically created and marketed to exclude at least one of the 14 allergens. Further categories include starters, mains and sides, desserts, biscuits and confectionery and mince pies.
Christmas - Gifted Items/Gift Selections
All food and drink gift items including ‘build your own’ gingerbread houses, hot chocolate sets, gifting chocolate, hampers (can include alcoholic items when accompanied by food). For Christmas themed novelty, predominantly aimed at children – see ‘Novelty’
Christmas - Meat and Fish Starters
Any meat or fish item aimed as a starter e.g. fish gratin, duck rillettes. For smoked salmon – see ‘Smoked Salmon’, for Pâté see ‘Deli’
Christmas - Novelty
Christmas themed novelty items predominantly aimed at children e.g. fun chocolates, sweets, ice cream, biscuits and cakes. For gifting sets and hampers – see ‘Gifted Items/Gift Selections’
Christmas - Sides
Includes stuffing, vegetables and Yorkshire puddings. For pigs in blankets – see ‘Pigs in Blankets’ category in Meat