Now in its 11th year, this year's Blas na hÉireann awards took place on Saturday the 6th of October in Dingle with 12 winners from County Limerick announced
The bronze, silver and gold winners from Limerick, across a range of different categories are Truly Irish Country Foods Ltd, Glenaine , Glenstal Foods, Old Irish Creamery Cheese, Cahill's Farm Cheese, Kearneys Homebaking Ltd, Twomeys Bakery, Murphys Home Bakery, BeeActiv Ltd, Attyflin Estate, Amodeo Dressing, The Green Apron.
Glenstal Foods, last year’s Supreme Champion, this year took home the award for Best in County and Best in Munster. The Green Apron won for Best in Farmers Market for Limerick.
The Blas na hÉireann awards are the biggest blind tasting of produce in the country, and the criteria on which the product is judged as well as the judging system itself, which was developed by Blas na hÉireann with the Food Science Dept of UCC, is now recognised as an international industry standard.
Judges come from all backgrounds, including chefs, academics, trade, buyers and home cooks. The few days around the judging process in Dingle are also an opportunity for the producers and the general public to mingle, taste and enjoy some of the most exciting and interesting Irish food products, meet and hear the fascinating stories of some of the country’s most intriguing new, best loved and long-established producers and entrepreneurs, and celebrate the winners and participants in this year’s Blas na hÉireann awards
Speaking after the announcement Artie Clifford, Chairperson and founder of Blas na hÉireann said, “All food on this island is local, but the passion for food, good food and local food has never been greater. The community that has come together through Blas an hEireann over the last 11 years - their hard work, obsessiveness and the quality of the product that comes from that focus and commitment - is seen more clearly every year in the standard of our entries.”
“ Eamon Ryan, Head of Enterprise LEO Limerick said “ The Local Enterprise Office in Limerick were delighted to sponsor for a second year the Best in Limerick & Best in Farmers Market Limerick with 2018 once again being an excellent year for Limerick producers at Blas. The Blas na hEireann awards bestowed on Limerick producers are real proof of the exceptional quality & standard of food & drink being produced in Limerick and provide an opportunity to showcase Limerick as both a destination & a place of origin for truly excellent food produce"
More information on the awards can be found at www.irishfoodawards.com