Protocol for Judges
- Judges are held at the highest standards when voting.
- Judges may not vote in any category in which they are nominated. (Conflict of Interest)
- Judges may only vote on the categories their committee is assigned. They are required to 'opt out' from voting in that category.
- Judges may only vote on the categories/awards their committee is assigned.
- Judges may only vote for bars they have been to. If a judges has not been to 5 of the bars, tasted products etc, a judge is required to 'opt out'.
- Any harassing, campaigning, or other activities meant to sway a judge’s opinion and vote may be considered soliciting, and must be reported to Simon Ford, Chairman, or Michelle Dunnick, Voting Coordinator.
- Top 10 nominees will have the option to send product or writing samples to their respective committees after Wednesday, June 8, 2016.
- Judges are encouraged to conduct outside research, if they deem it necessary.
- Judges are encouraged to carefully read the writing samples and menu submissions for categories that apply. These files will be made available through the voting program.
- Judges should not discuss votes, particularly any tiebreakers for the winner (if necessary), with anyone other than fellow judges.
- Judges should refrain from discussing nominees and potential winners on social media outlets (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, etc.) in the context of the Spirited Awards®, even if it is in jest.
- The Top 10 Nominees will be announced via Tales of the Cocktail’s newsletter and on social media channels on Wednesday, June 8, 2016.
- The Top 4 finalists will be announced via live stream and then on Tales of the Cocktail's social media channels on Wednesday, June 15, 2016.
- Judges will not be privy to the final list of winning recipients.
- All winner's will be announced at the 10th Annual Spirited Awards® on Saturday, July 23, 2016 in New Orleans.