Awards & Accolades

Meet Washington’s 2022 Good Food Award Winners

These annual honors spotlight some of our state's best locally made snacks—and chocolate, cider, jam, and coffee.

By Seattle Met Staff January 18, 2022

Coffee is one of the very specific categories for this award that blind tastes to honor great food producers from around the nation.

Our state’s makers scored 18 blue ribbons for everything from mint chocolate cookie bites to cracked farro porridge to sockeye ikura in this year’s Good Food Awards.

The annual designation honors small specialty food and drink producers across 18 very specific categories. A blind tasting yields the winners, who must also demonstrate a commitment to sustainability and social responsibility. The shorthand, for the rest of us: These are great snacks/jams/pickles/drinks made in your own state by people who aren’t clowns.

Some of this year’s Washington medalists should look familiar to anybody who prioritizes local in the pantry. The Bow Hill Blueberries farm is pretty much the Meryl Streep of the Good Food circuit, but it’s nice to see some newer honorees, like Maple Leaf’s Cloud City Coffee.

Ferndale-based Vital Choice won for its ikura made from wild Alaskan sockeye roe.

Here are this year’s Good Food Award winners from Washington.

Superior Cacao 80 Percent Signature Blend

Bakery Nouveau, Burien

Dessert trends come and go, but William Leaman's baking operation quietly maintains serious excellence, especially in matters of chocolate.

Cracked Farro Porridge

Bluebird Grain Farms, Winthrop

A savory Italian grain from one of the region's eminent cultivators.

Organic Heirloom Blueberry Juice

Bow Hill Blueberries, Bow

Blended a la wine from blueberry bushes that go back seven decades. Devotees drink it straight or use it in cocktails.

Organic Blueberry Confiture

Bow Hill Blueberries, Bow

Yes, "confiture" is a fancy way of saying "jam." Yes, you should try it.

Ethiopia Lecho Torka Fully Washed

Cloud City Coffee Roasting Co., Seattle

Yet another reason to love this friendly coffee shop and roaster.

Reserve

Daniel’s Artisan, Ferndale

An extra-aged farmstead-style cow's milk cheese that blends Dutch and Italian styles.

Perry

Finnriver Farm and Cidery, Chimacum

One of the state's most respected cider makers also knows a thing or two about pears.

Island Plum Shrub

Girl Meets Dirt, Orcas Island

Another frequent Good Food honoree has a rep for drinking vinegars that rivals its long-standing recognition for great jam.

Strawberry Lemonade Jam

Johnson Berry Farm, Olympia

A brilliant flavor combo from an Olympia farmers market favorite.

Artisan Series Kingston Black

Liberty Ciderworks, Spokane

Another early member of the state's "cider renaissance" reaps rewards from a more temperamental breed of apples.

Honey Zinger

Marie’s Bees, Bellingham

Organic lemon and ginger creamed into honey? Brilliant.

The Boston Bottle

Marie’s Bees, Bellingham

Think of it as a mini growler of really good raw honey.

Sour Pickles

Olykraut, Olympia

Major hits of garlic and dill from a perennial pickle favorite.

Chocolate Salted Honey Caramels

San Juan Island Sea Salt, Friday Harbor

Caramels, minus corn syrup (and plus chocolate). It's so nice to see this great local salt company expand its lineup over the years.

Dungeness Fields Honey

Sequim Bee Farm, Port Angeles

Is it just me, or does Washington have an awfully strong showing in what must be a very competitive category? (Check out Sequim's honeys here.)

Mint Chocolate Cookie Bites

Theo Chocolate, Seattle

One of Seattle's original chocolate juggernauts gets into the cookie biz.

Double Chocolate Cookie Bites

Theo Chocolate, Seattle

And apparently these chocolate-coated cookie bits were so good, they notched wins for two flavors.

Ikura Sockeye Salmon Caviar Roe

Vital Choice Wild Seafood and Organics, Ferndale

Glowing cured salmon roe that promises a more subtle flavor than other iterations.

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