11 producers from Wexford win awards at Irish Food Awards 2023

All roads led to Dingle for Blas na hÉireann 2023, the Irish food awards, with the three-day celebration of the best of Irish food and drink taking place from Thursday 28th to Saturday 30th September…

14 food producers from County Wexford were nominated for national awards. Incredibly, 11 Wexford food producers will return to the Model County with awards.

The winners from Co. Wexford are:

Furlong Family Butchers Ltd, Irish Country Meats, Killiane Castle Honey, Killowen Farm, Naturally Cordial Ltd, O’Neills Dry Cure Bacon Co, Ryans Bakery Wexford Ltd, Scup Gelato, Trudie’s Kitchen Ltd., Wexford Home Preserves (Best in County) and Zanna Cookhouse Ltd.

Name: Kathryn Roche and Emma Harney Company: Irish Country Meats Town/County Wexford pictured receiving their award from Artie Clifford, Blas na hEireann and David Henderson, Total Food Machines. Photo: Don MacMonagle Further info info@irishfoodawards.com
Name: Sinead Lenihan, Mary Dunne, Ciara Cloke, Warren de Courcy, Pauline Dunne Company: Kilowen Farm Town/County Wexford pictured receiving their award from Artie Clifford, Blas na hEireann and Terry O’Dwyer Sponsor Cross Rental Services.
Name: Owen and Lorna Mullins Company: Zanna Cookhouse Town/County Wexford pictured receiving their award from Artie Clifford, Chairman and GS1 Ireland sponsor Maria Svejdar Photo: MacMonagle, Killarney Further info: info@irishfoodawards.com

Blas na hÉireann 2023 saw the return of the Blas Village and Eat Ireland in a Day tent where the 2023 finalists got the opportunity to showcase their products, engage with customers and meet key industry buyers.

Speaking as the winners were announced, Blas na hÉireann Chairperson, Artie Clifford said:

“We are thrilled to see such deserving winners and finalists again this year at Blas na hÉireann 2023. Looking back on 16 years of Blas, it’s fantastic to see the standard of food and drink in Ireland go from strength-to-strength year on year. It’s a real privilege for myself and the whole Blas family to bring these products, and the amazing producers who make them, to a much wider audience,” Artie said.

Now in its 16th year, Blas na hÉireann saw the highest number of entries with almost 3,000 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.

As the competition ramps up year on year, securing that Blas badge is a huge achievement and means those producers who are short listed as finalists and the final winners really are the crème de la crème of Irish food and drink.

Jason Redmond
Jason Redmond

From Gorey, Jason is the owner of Wexford Weekly. He is also a post-primary English and History teacher.

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