Four food producers from County Roscommon have come away as winners in the Blas na hÉireann Irish food awards which were held in Dingle, Co. Kerry, yesterday.
The bronze, silver and gold winners from Co. Roscommon across a range of different categories were Ballaghaderreen Bacon Factory Ltd, Do Me A Flavour, Oliver Carty, Oliver Carty & Family and the Waldron Family, who were also awarded Best in County.
The Blas na hÉireann Irish food awards are the largest food awards on the island and this year’s finalists and winners got to experience the Blas Village for the first time which is located in the heart of Dingle. This pop-up village was built for producers across the country to come together and celebrate the very best of Irish food and drink for Blas’s first in-person event in three years. As well as the awards being held here, finalists and winners have had the opportunity to showcase their products, engage with customers and meet key industry buyers.
Speaking after the announcement Artie Clifford, Chairperson and founder of Blas na hÉireann said, “After a three-year hiatus from an in-person event, having a three-day event with the addition of the Blas Village and Eat Ireland in a Day has been worth the wait. I am really proud of what we hosted online but one thing that was repeated over and over was that people missed being in Dingle.”
Now in their 15th year, Blas na hÉireann saw a huge increase in entries with almost 3000 products and many new producers entering the awards for the first time. Products from every county in Ireland were entered to win bronze, silver or gold awards in over 150 food and drink categories, as well as key awards like Supreme Champion and Best Artisan Producer, with 4 producers winning from County Roscommon.
“Making it as a finalist is a huge achievement and one to be very proud of,” says Artie Clifford, Chairperson and founder of Blas na hÉireann. “The competition ramps up year on year, meaning those producers who are short-listed as finalists really are the crème de la crème of Irish food and drink.”