Communities across the country are urged to get involved and work with local businesses and chambers of commerce to submit their applications and promote their area to both local people and visitors. The greater the engagement between town officials, the community and the local food industry, the greater the chance your destination / town will win this coveted title.

Stage One

  • Applicant destinations and towns must download and complete the Foodie Destinations Application form Click Here for Application Form
  • Click here to view a sample of the Application Form before filling it out Sample Application Form
  • To see if your destination / town is eligible for applying, view here Eligibility Guidelines
  • There are several areas of criteria to be judged on, each carrying a weighting percentage to total 100%
  • The application must be submitted by a minimum 3 businesses or a business organisation/local authority/community group
  • Applications must be submitted by the deadline stated (12th July 2018)
  • All applications will be reviewed and a shortlist of 10 finalist destinations will be announced (18th July 2018)


Stage Two

  • The ten finalists will be subject to a pre-arranged visit to the town by an independent assessor
  • A national public voting campaign will also be held with each of the ten finalists canvassing the country to vote for them
  • The final decision will be made by combining the judges’ votes (75%) with the public vote (25%)
  • The ultimate Foodie Destination for the year will be announced at a celebratory reception where all 10 finalists will be invited to attend

Schedule of Events

Date Task
Thursday 14th June Applications open
Thursday 12th July Deadline for Applications
Wednesday 18th July Announce Finalists
Wednesday 25th July Online voting commences (25%)
Thursday 2nd August Finalist Visits Commence
Thursday 9th August Online Voting finishes
Monday 20th August Finalist visits finish
Wednesday 29th August WINNER ANNOUNCED at event


The Foodie Destinations competition is now open for 2018. Applications open from the 14th of June 2018 and applications are closed on the 12th of July 2018