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Here’s your opportunity to recognize the hard work your favorite food and farming organizations and businesses have put into championing farm fresh, locally-produced food in New Mexico. Edible Santa Fe’s annual Local Hero Awards are “people’s choice” awards, nominated and voted on by you, our readers, which makes this award all the more meaningful to the recipients.


Nominations are open from October 1 – November 2, 2017 and are submitted by the general public. Self-nominations are accepted.

Any New Mexico food or farming organizations and businesses located within New Mexico are eligible to be nominated that have not previously won a Lifetime Achievement Local Hero Award for a specific category.

Previous Local Hero winners ARE NOT eligible to win in the same category as they are considered Lifetime Achievement winners. Please do not renominate past winners for the same category, their nomination will not qualify. View past winners here: 2015 | 2016 | 2017

Nominees for the Local Hero Awards should demonstrate leadership in our communities in the following ways:

  • Responsible environmental and social practices
  • High-quality products and services
  • Positive economic impact
  • Commitment to building a robust local food system

How are finalists determined?

After the nomination period closes, edible Santa Fe staff compiles all nominations. Up to ten nominees with the most nominations from each category will move on to the final public voting round, which will be after the nomination period closes. Voting will open on November 14 and close on December 17.

How are the award winners chosen?

The winners will be determined through a public voting period, after which the winners will be the finalists in each category who receive the most votes. The award winners will be announced in our February/March issue each year. Watch ediblenm.com, our Facebook page, and Twitter for updates.

How do I participate?

Watch our magazine, this web page and our social media pages for announcements and links to submit nominations each fall and vote each November/December. Winners are announced in our Late Winter issue (February/March).

When nominations or voting periods are not open, we encourage you to participate by supporting your favorite local farms, businesses and non-profits year-round. Even better–tell them face-to-face how much you enjoy their work!


Awards are granted in following categories:

  • Cafe, Santa Fe and Albuquerque
  • Restaurant, Santa Fe, Albuquerque and Greater New Mexico
  • Chef,  Santa Fe and Albuquerque
  • Food Artisan
  • Food Truck
  • Gastropub
  • Food Shop/Specialty Retailer
  • Beverage Artisan, Non-Alcoholic
  • Beverage Artisan, Beer
  • Beverage Artisan, Wine
  • Beverage Artisan, Spirits
  • Mixologist / Cocktail Program
  • Farm / Farmer / Ranch / Rancher, Santa Fe, Albuquerque and Greater New Mexico
  • Organization
  • Food Event
  • Edible Writer / Best Story
  • Olla Award (Local Hero Award)