The 11th annual Blas Na hEireann Irish Food Awards took place in Dingle over the weekend and saw five Boyne Valley producers win seven gold, silver and bronze medals in total.
Finnegan's Farm in Co. Meath won a Gold Medal for their Potato Gratin while Hugh Maguire’s Butchers won three medals, one silver and two bronze, for their products including the Traditional Black Pudding. Also taking home a Silver Medal is Lily's Tea Shop from Termonfeckin in Co. Louth for their Earl Grey Blue Flower. Rafferty's Fine Foods from Blackrock in Co. Louth won bronze for their Sriracha Sea Salt Flakes while The Studio Coffee Roasters from Bettystown, Co. Meath won a Bronze Medal for their Rwanda - Gihombo Coffee.
Over 2500 products were entered into the 2018 competition in over 100 food and drink categories which is the biggest blind tasting competition of produce in the country. The awards were developed by Blas na hÉireann with the Food Science Dept of UCC and today are widely recognised as an international industry standard. The Blas accreditation is a guarantee of a top-quality Irish product and is instantly recognisable for Irish consumers.
Bronagh Conlon, Chairperson of Discover Boyne Valley Flavours said ‘it is wonderful to see the hard work of the producers being awarded. It is the food and drinks producers who are constantly flying the flag for the Boyne Valley. Their constant creativity, ingenuity and passion for top-quality food and drink is helping put the region on the map as one of the top foodie destinations in Ireland, Europe and worldwide’.
The full list of Boyne Valley winners are:
The Boyne Valley is home to a bountiful supply of passionate farmers, food and drinks producers, chefs and eateries whose passion is to bring the flavours of our landscape to your table. To understand, you must experience!
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