First judges announced for WAFA17 October 2022
The World Alcohol-Free Awards has unveiled the first judges for its inaugural competition.
|Christine Parkinson, one of the most experienced and respected tasters in the field of non-alc, and a co-founder of the competition, is to oversee the judging process, in her role as Head of Judging.|
Our first senior judges will be Josh Kelly, of the mindful drinking organisation, Club Soda, and James Morgan of the low- and no-alcohol consultancy Brimful Drinks. Both are famous for the quality of their palates and the breadth of their knowledge in alcohol-free.
|Josh Kelly, Club Soda||James Morgan, Brimful Drinks|
The competition's first additions to the pool of judges come with extensive but differing experience in the field of alcohol-free.
Alice Lascelles is a drinks writer of 20 years experience, and has long championed the category in her capacity as a drinks columnist for the Financial Times.
Andy Mee went sober during Covid, and has tasted hundreds of non-alcoholic drinks in his capacity as founder of the Alcohol Free Drinks Company.
And Millie Milliken, is one of the most active drinks writers in the UK, a veteran of multiple competition panels and an early advocate - and experienced judge of the alcohol-free category.
|Alice Lascelles, the FT||Andy Mee, The Alcohol Free Drinks Company||Millie Milliken, Drinks Writer|
The World Alcohol-Free Awards is dedicated 100% to products at or below 0.5% ABV, so all of its tasters need to understand, appreciate and be able to make informed judgments in this new, ever-changing and highly specialised area.
'A competition is only ever as good as its judges,' said co-founder Chris Losh. 'And we've worked incredibly hard to get the best, and will continue to do so.
'It's a super-exciting time, pulling in the top palates in this area, so keep your eyes open. We'll let you know every time we announce more judges.'