How do I vote?

You can cast your vote online via the voting page


When do nominations open?

Nominations are now closed for the 2018 Dorset Magazine Food, Drink and Farming Awards.


Is it free to vote?



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 the 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 2018 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 27th September 2018 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.