Taste of success
Cork producers are celebrating after achieving recognition at the Blas na hÉireann Irish Food Awards, with a total of 53 winners from the county.
Cork producers are celebrating after achieving recognition at the Blas na hÉireann Irish Food Awards in Dingle, with a total of 53 winners from the county.
Folláin Preserves of Baile Mhúirne were among the biggest winners, amassing a haul of 10 awards including the ‘Best in Cork’ overall county prize at Ireland’s biggest blind product-tasting awards.
The company earned plaudits for its branded products, as well as those it produces under the labels of three leading supermarket chains. It scooped four golds, for its Folláin Kimchi Ketchup, Folláin cucumber pickle, ‘Signature Tastes’ cherry and raspberry jam for Supervalu, and jalapeno pepper Irish relish for Aldi.
It was also awarded silver for its Dunnes Stores ‘Simply Better’ handmade redcurrant jelly, and four bronze awards for its handmade Irish Bramley apple and fig chutney; Folláin wholegrain mustard; Supervalu roast pepper relish; and Supervalu/ Centra strawberry conserve.
Fellow Baile Mhúirne company De Róiste Foods took gold for its ‘Ballyvourney White Pudding’. Having won silver with ‘De Róiste White Pudding’ last year, managing director Jimmy Allen said the awards give the company “recognition, and it will be a big boost to our sales [to display] a Blas na hÉireann gold sticker on our products”.
Already enjoying a boost in meat sales is Johnny Lynch, who has added buffalo meat to his Macroom Buffalo Cheese Products business, which collected silver Blas na hÉireann awards jointly for its Macroom Buffalo Mozzarella, and its mozzarella under the Aldi label. The company also achieved an unusual treble when three different butchers scooped gold, silver, and bronze awards in the same category using its mince, O’Leary Family Butchers of Millstreet winning gold with its buffalo burgers.
Cork producers picked up a of 28 gold medals, including Kepak Cork, O’Leary Family Butchers (2), Skeaghanore Duck, Shannonvale Foods, West Cork Eggs, Gloun Cross Dairy, Happy Days Artisan Ice Cream, Gubbeen Farmhouse Cheese, Serendipity Cafe, Keohane Seafoods, On The Pig’s Back, Quish’s Kitchen, The Cinnamon Cottage, Hassetts Bakers, Drinagh Eurospar, Bandon Vale Cheese, Coolmore Foods, Milseán Chocolate, West Cork Distillers (2), Kinsale Mead, and Stonewell Cider.
Martin’s Homemade Jams won a special ‘Best in Farmers Market’ award for Cork, while silver awards went to Kepak Cork, Shannonvale Foods, Irish Yogurts Clonakilty, Happy Days Artisan Ice Cream, Good Fish Company, Barries’ Paté, Galty Valley Catotal tering, Fresh Fish Deli, The NutCase, Hassetts Bakers, Garden Restaurant at Griffins, Clotilde’s Fruit Compote, Velo Coffee Roasters, Caherbeg Free Range Pork, St Patrick’s Distillery, Kinsale Mead, The Chicken Inn, and Skeaghanore Duck.
Bronze awards: Supervalu (2), Tom Durcan Meats, The Chicken Inn, Shannonvale Foods, Skeaghanore Duck, Ca- herbeg Free Range Pork, McCarthys of Kanturk, Irish Yogurts, Durrus Cheese, Union Hall Smoked Fish, Keohane Seafoods, On The Pig’s Back, Good Fish Company (2), Hassetts Bakers (2), Clonakilty Food Company, The Marshmallow Factory, Clotilde’s Fruit Compote, Longueville House Beverages, Ballyvolane House Spirits Company, Johnny Fall Down (2).
Éabha, Liz, Kevin and Caoláin O’Donovan, Gloun Cross Dairy, who won Gold for their Gloun Cross Dairy Double Cream at Blas na hÉireann, the Irish Food Awards. Included are Artie Clifford, chairman, Blas na hÉireann and Katherine Lawlor, Refrigeration Rentals, sponsor.
Cathal Allen and Damien Hoare celebrate De Róiste Foods winning gold for its Ballyvourney White Pudding.
Micheál Ó Lionáird of Folláin at Blas na hÉireann with Diarmuid Murphy, Dunnes Simply Better brand manager.