Blas na hEireann, The Irish Food Awards, took place over the weekend and the full list of winners has been revealed.
The awards have been the biggest competition for quality Irish produce for 11 years and are the biggest blind tasting competition in Ireland. The awards were developed by Blas na hÉireann with the Food Science Dept of UCC and today are widely recognised as an international industry standard.
This year, over 2,500 products were entered into the competition in over 100 food and drink categories. Award categories included Best Artisan Producer and Supreme Champion.
The prestigious accolade of Supreme Champion was awarded to Millbay Oysters from Rooney Fish.
Wexford Home Preserves took home a silver medal for their Simply Better handmade Irish Raspberry Preserve.
Zanna Cookhouse won gold for their Simply Better roasted vegetable and feta cheese quiche and won a bronze medal for their Simply Better smoked trout pate.
The Dunnes Stores Simply Better range continued their winning streak, with a gold medal win for their fruit and multi-seed muesli with red berries, and a silver medal for their fruit and nut muesli, both of which are made by Kelkin.
Mac Ivors Cider won a good medal for their medium dry cider and a silver award for their plum and ginger cider.
Elsewhere, SuperValu picked up 30 awards for its own brand range of products – winning 12 Gold, 8 Silver and 9 bronze including a Chef’s Larder Ward, while SuperValu’s Food Academy producers went home with 79 awards –24 Gold, 25 Silver and 30 Bronze.
Winning a Blas na hÉireann award can be greatly beneficial to a business and testimonials of past winners speak to this endorsement.
Laura Sinnott of Wexford Preserves said: “Winning the Blas Na hÉireann Best in County Award has meant a lot to myself and Tom, it means recognition for all of our hard work over the years for ourselves and all the team at Wexford Home Preserves. We know that when our customers see the Blas Na hEireann Best in County badge on our preserves they associate this with Irish, quality and artisan. We feel very proud to have the Blas Na hÉireann logo on our products.”
For more information and to see the full list of winners, visit irishfoodawards.com.