How do I vote?

Voting forms can be found in the May, June and July issues of Dorset Magazine. Voting forms will be available online once nominations are open.

When do nominations open?

Nominations for the 2017 Dorset Magazine Food, Drink and Farming Awards are open from 20th April – 10th July 2017

Is it free to vote?


Can I vote more than once?

Voters are entitled to one nomination per category. You must provide a name and email address on your voting form.

I own a local food and drink business and I think we deserve an award. Can I nominate myself?

Yes, whether you own or work for a business you think deserves recognition, fill in a form and tell us why. Remember- the finalists are decided based on the quantity and quality of the votes so encourage your guests and customers to vote for you too by shouting about the awards- share links to the voting forms on social media and on your website and talk to your customers about it when they visit.  



The business I want to vote for won an award last year. Can I still nominate them this year?

Yes- you can nominate a past winner or finalist from any year in the 2017 awards. However, any business which has won the same award for three consecutive years must take a break for one year before re-entering.

Can I nominate the same business in more than one category?

Yes! As long as they fit the category criteria, you can nominate the same business for numerous categories. Find out what we’re looking for here.



How are the winners decided?

The three businesses (or individuals) from each category with the most votes will go through to the final where an independent panel of judges will decide the winner. The judges take into consideration your comments so make sure you tell us exactly what makes the business (or individual) outstanding and why they should win. 

When do I find out who has won?

Winners will be announced at the black-tie awards ceremony on 28th September 2017 at The Italian Villa at Compton Acres, Poole.  There will be full coverage of the awards, with pictures of all the winners on the night in the November issue of Dorset Magazine. You can keep up to date on the night by searching for #DorsetFDFA on Twitter.