Taste of suc­cess

Irish Examiner - County - - Front page - Pet O’Con­nell

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).

Pic: Don MacMona­gle

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.

Pic­ture: Don MacMona­gle

Cathal Allen and Damien Hoare cel­e­brate De Róiste Foods win­ning gold for its Bal­lyvour­ney White Pud­ding.

Pic­ture: Dom­nick Walsh

Micheál Ó Lionáird of Fol­láin at Blas na hÉire­ann with Diar­muid Murphy, Dunnes Sim­ply Bet­ter brand man­ager.

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