Picture by Aleš Mezek
The FineWaters International Water Tasting Competition TASTE AWARDS 2020 will be held in Bled, Slovenia on June 11th -12th, 2020 in conjunction with the International Bled Water Festival (BWF). The BWF is the leading platform for water innovations in the region and known for connecting organizations, international experts, activists, filmmakers, business people, politicians, investors, and the general public with the goal to provide modern solutions to the water business sector in a sustainable orientation for a better tomorrow. Their organizing committee includes environmental experts, business sector, and ministries for the environment from Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Slovakia and many other countries.
Like wine, water deserves attention and the FineWaters International Water Tasting Competition TASTE & DESIGN AWARDS 2020 will be conducted with a 5 judge panel of professional and experienced international water sommeliers. Water is not just water. It has terroir, comes from a real place and has character.
We have seen in the past many attempts to conduct water tastings but none have risen to a standard that represents the category of Fine Bottled Water. Water like wine deserves attention and TASTE & DESIGN AWARDS competition puts water on the same level as wine.
Fine Water is not just water. It has terroir, comes from a real place and has character. Representing the Fine Water Category FineWaters and the Fine Water Society developed the blueprint for conducting water tastings that will become the future professional standard and only tastings adopting the standard will be sanctioned by the Fine Water Society.
REGISTER for TASTE & DESIGN AWARDS 2020
STILL waters a separated into categories according to the Minerality (TDS – Total Dissolved Solids) starting at a SUPER LOW Category (<50mg/l) usually consisting of Iceberg, rain or glacial waters. The LOW Category (< 250mg/l) holds usually the most waters from sources like springs and artesian. For waters with a higher Minerality are the MEDIUM CATEGORY (<800mg/l) and the HIGH CATEGORY for waters with a TDS of greater than 1,500mg/l
SPARKLING waters are represented by the ADDED CARBONATION Category for waters with have artificially added carbonation, most sparkling waters are in this category and we have subcategory of SUPER LOW (<50mg/l), LOW (< 250mg/l), MEDIUM (<800mg/l) and a HIGH CATEGORY for waters with a TDS of greater than 1,500mg/l
The waters in the NATURALLY CARBONATED Category are rare and few people are actually aware that there are waters with naturally occurring carbonation.
With Fine Waters, the bottle design represents the brand and connects the consumer emotionally to the source of the water. The bottle is an important aspect of a story told in PET or GLASS, ALUMINUM and BAG in a BOX, and awards are given in each category for the design.
Thursday, June 11, 2020
Public water tasting competition by jury live-streamed on Facebook and Instagram
Friday, June 12, 2020
• A cocktail reception with premium water/ice-based cocktails
• Award Ceremony at the Dining Room
• Dinner with water pairings curated by our Water Sommeliers. We will create a custom menu experience and will have all more than 50 waters from all around the world available to taste and be matched with the food by the attending water sommeliers.