Local Blas na hÉireann finalists announced

Three local businesses have been announced as finalists in the 2023 Blas na hÉireann Food Awards, which take place in Dingle, Co Kerry from September 28th to 30th this year.

The finalists shortlisted from County Roscommon across a range of different categories are Do Me A Flavour, Oliver Carty & Family, and Waldron Family.

Now in its 16th year, Blas na hÉireann saw its highest entries from across all categories along with many new producers entering the awards for the first time this year. During the judging, which took place over June and July, over 3,000 entries were judged, the highest on record.

“I am delighted to see that three very high quality producers are through to the final stages,” said Louise Ward, Head of the Local Enterprise Office, Roscommon.

“I really understand and appreciate all the hard work and dedication that these companies do on a day-to-day basis, constantly improving their offerings to a seriously high standard. Roscommon is lucky to have them. I wish them every success at Blas and throughout their journeys. They are the core of job creation and putting Ireland on the food map”.

Speaking as the finalists were announced, Blas na hÉireann Chairperson, Artie Clifford said: “After last year’s success, we are thrilled to be back again. The Blas village and Eat Ireland in a Day tents were a fantastic addition and created brilliant awareness for the finalists and winners to both the public and key industry people.

“Seeing so many new producers enter this year is testament to the fantastic produce Ireland has to offer and I am looking forward to celebrating past and new finalists and winners again this year”.

This year’s Blas na hÉireann awards in Dingle will see the return of last year’s new additions including the Eat Ireland in a Day tent and the Blas Village where the 2023 finalists will get the opportunity to showcase their products, engage with customers and meet key industry buyers.