Please review the criteria on which our judges will base their selections so you will have the best chance possible of winning.
We know all of you who are interested in taking part in this prestigious competition already produce some of the best food that North America has to offer. This, of course is a bottom line.
However, it is very important to remember that, in addition to creating topnotch food, the overall goal of the Taste Our Island Award is to raise awareness of the benefits and availability of local food here on Prince Edward Island – and to let your patrons know it.
Our award recognizes restaurant owners and chefs whose food and practices reflect the very best that Island agriculture has to offer. The winner of the TOI Award receives a full page article in the Island Visitors’ Guide worth $ 9,000.
The Taste Our Island Award encourages the general public to make a conscious effort to patronize restaurants that serve local food, and to ‘buy local’ when shopping for themselves. The winner and all runners up will also be showcased at a gala evening in late September at the Charlottetown Hotel. As well, all nominees will receive a Taste Our Island decal to display at their entry.
Runners up are also feautured in
thumbnail photos along the bottom of the Tourism Guidebook page along with a single sentence description.
Judging of the 2019 Taste Our Island Award will be based on all these criteria. We hope that passing these on to participants will help guide you to a win. Please carry out as many facets of the program as possible.
Taste Our Island Judging Criteria
We are thrilled to have you participate in this year’s Taste Our Island Award!
To raise the chances of being voted a winner nominees must:
1. Receive a minimum of five nominations from customers based on the high quality of your food, and the patron’s recognition of the restaurant’s use of local food products.
Clearly promote the use of local products on your menus and in in the restaurant. You may do so in any variety of ways, but here are a few examples: include an outlined box with information that highlights local food use in a way which visually jumps out at diners, or for those who do not reprint their menus often, include an attached sheet on
the menu. Another possibility would be to frame a statement that would be clearly on view at the cash register or counter, or other locations.
*Last year’s winner The Inn at Bay Fortune, did a superb job of noting its local suppliers with an interesting description on just about every menu dish. Papa Joe’s, which won in 2011, attaches a long list of 68 local suppliers to the front of their cash register, among other things.
All accompanying information must also be in the ADAPT Office by August 22, 2019.
PEI ADAPT Council
The Farm Centre
420 University Avenue, Suite 103
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island C1A 7Z5
If you have any questions, please call Nancy Willis at (902) 367-0390.
2. Identify the individual farmers or suppliers that you use and let people know something about your relationship with them.
Judges will be visiting your restaurant in the month of August looking for indications that you make an effort to inform patrons about the interrelationship between you and your suppliers, the personal element that makes the use of local foods so much more special.
In other words, talk to customers about the benefits of using local Island produce.
The nominations deadline is August 22, 2019. Encourage your patrons to nominate early. Make it easy for them to fill out the nomination form through the link below.
Good luck, we are looking forward to your entries!
The 2019 Taste Our Island Judges Committee.