Galway Producers Invited To Enter The 2015 Oscars Of Irish Food

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GALWAY PRODUCERS INVITED TO ENTER THE 2015 OSCARS OF IRISH FOOD

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Food producers in County Galway are being invited to promote and showcase the county’s very best produce at the 2015 Blas na hÉireann Irish Food Awards. The prestigious ‘Oscars of Irish Food’ will this year see more than 2,000 Irish products blind-tasted and scored by over 350 judges over the course of the competition which culminates on the first weekend of October in Dingle, Co. Kerry.

With the closing date for entries just weeks away, local producers are being offered the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Kileen Farmhouse, Portumna which won the Galway Local Enterprise Office (LEO) Best in County 2014 award and Bowl-a-Granola from Galway which won the LEO-sponsored Best in Farmers’ Market award.

The Irish Food Awards, the Oscars of the Irish food industry, carry with them a huge amount of prestige and winning produce is used as a quality benchmark for Irish produce amongst national and international retailers and distributors alike. The awards are about recognising passionate, dedicated producers who are serious about marketing their produce at home and abroad and have a proven benefit for producers who take part.

The closing date for entries this year in Wednesday, 17 June and entries can be completed at www.irishfoodawards.com

A survey of the 2014 participants found that more than 50% of producers believe government support has been vital to their business development, both from the Local Enterprise Offices for smaller producers and from Bord Bia and Enterprise Ireland for the bigger international operators. Galway LEO is delighted to continue to support the awards and food producers in the county and is searching for this year’s Best in County and Best in Farmers’ Market awards which are sponsored by Galway LEO.

Head of the Galway Local Enterprise Office, Breda Fox said:

“We are once again working on behalf of our clients with Blas na hÉireann to recognise and reward the best producers in Galway at this year's awards. We have some excellent food products and producers in the city and county producing high quality and vibrant foods which are fully deserving of our recognition. Our clients tell us that the recognition from Blas na hÉireann is a powerful marketing tool, which in recognising the quality of their products has helped grow their business and build brand awareness as well as increase their sales. We are delighted to be associated with the Blas na hÉireann Awards and this is another step in our active efforts to support the food industry in Galway. Blas na hÉireann is now recognised as a strong component of the National Food Development initiatives and the Local Enterprise Office in Galway is delighted to support the event,”
she said.

Galway producers have always had a very strong presence at the Irish Food Awards and the search is now on for this year’s best products and producers in the county as well as Galway entries which will vie for national awards.

NOTE:

Final judging at the Blas na hÉireann Irish Food Award will take on 1 October and the winners will announced on 3 October as part of the Dingle Peninsula Food Festival 2015. Entries to date have exceeded all expectations, particularly from the smaller producers, hoping to draw attention to the quality of their produce by winning at the Oscars of the Irish Food Industry. Over 1,000 entries from around the country have already been received. For more information, see

www.irishfoodawards.com

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