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Time to enter the Good Food Awards

The Good Food Awards, a national program that recognizes craft food producers, has opened for entries for 2016.

The awards, now in their seventh year, look for products that both taste good and are sustainably produced. A new category has been added this year for preserved fish (smoked, canned or cured), joining the other categories of beer, charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, cider, coffee, confections, honey, oils, pantry items, pickles, preserves and spirits. Winners and finalists are divided into five regions; each region gets three winners per category.

Winners are picked in a blind tasting led by food science writer Harold McGee, James Beard Foundation vice president Mitchell Davis, chef Thomas McNaughton, Dandelion Chocolate founder Todd Masonis and 220 other food leaders. The 200 winners are showcased in San Francisco at a one-day Good Food Awards Marketplace in January, and winners get a seal to place on their labels.

The deadline to enter is July 31, and the entry fee is $68. Details: www.goodfoodawards.org.

Kathleen Purvis: 704-358-5236, @kathleenpurvis