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Irish Examiner - Farming - - COVER STORY -

Some 335 Ir­ish foods have won the “sim­ply de­li­cious” 1-star ac­co­lade at this year’s p r e s t i g i o u s G r e a t Ta s t e Awards, out of a total of 3,171 1-star win­ners.

We con­tinue our pre­sen­ta­tion of the re­sults of the most re­spected food ac­cred­i­ta­tion scheme for ar­ti­san and spe­cial­ity food pro­duc­ers. To­day, we list half (166) of the Ir­ish 1-star win­ners, re­veal­ing a num­ber of com­pa­nies which are first-time win­ners. Mean­while, an­nounce­ment of the top 50 prod­ucts is im­mi­nent. The mak­ers of nearly a dozen prod­ucts from the Repub­lic of Ireland, and sev­eral from North­ern Ireland wa i t to see if they are in­cluded, which will give them hopes of win­ning the supreme or re­gional awards which will be an­nounced in Lon­don on Septem­ber 4.

A record- break­ing 12,336 dif­fer­ent prod­ucts were en­tered for the awards in 2017. As the judges tasted and searched for the stars of 2017, waste was kept to a min­i­mum, with un­used prod­ucts be­ing do­nated to lo­cal food banks a n d h a m p e r s ma d e u p o f ex­cess prod­ucts for lo­cal busi­nesses to raf­fle in aid of char­i­ties, re­vealed the Guild of Fine Food which or­gan­ises the awards.

The guild also do­nates sur­plus com­puter equip­ment, used to record the judges’ com­ments, to com­mu­ni­ty­based pro­jects across the UK, which are then re­fur­bished and used to fa­cil­i­tate af­ter school clubs and many other ini­tia­tives de­signed to sup­port un­der­priv­i­leged fam­i­lies. Who are the top food pro­duc­ers in your county? Check out the list of 1-star win­ners be­low. In com­ing weeks, we will re­port on the Top 50 and over­all win­ners, and on the rest of the 1-star win­ners.

re­ports on more of the Ir­ish com­pa­nies fea­tur­ing among the win­ners of cov­eted Great Taste Awards, ahead of the supreme and re­gional awards which will be an­nounced in Lon­don on Septem­ber 4


Not for the first time, E Fla­ha­van & Sons Ltd, of Kil­na­grange Mills, Kil­mac­thomas, Co Water­ford, are Great Taste award win­ners.

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