Westmeath County's Top Food Producers honoued at Blas Na h-Éireann Irish Food Awards

The county’s best food products and food producers have received top honours at the annual Blas na h-Éireann Irish Food Awards which recognise passionate producers who create high-quality food and drinks and who are serious about promoting their fantastic products to markets at home and around the globe.

The hugely-acclaimed awards, which were held this weekend in Dingle. Co. Kerry, saw several local producers and their delicious products selected by a panel of 400 judges and chosen from the largest ever entry in the competition. More than 2,000 products from across the country were entered at what is the largest annual gathering of Irish food producers.

The top local winners at the Irish Food Awards 2015 were:

  • Best in County (Sponsored by Westmeath Local Enterprise Office): Mr Crumb
  • Best in Farmers’ Market (Sponsored by Westmeath Local Enterprise Office): An Olivia Chocolate (who was Supreme Champion in 2013)

Mr Crumb

 Archie Clifford, Blas Na hEireann, Bernard Coyle Mr Crumb & Christine Charlton LEO Westmeath

An Olivia Chocolate

Archie Clifford, Blas Na hEireann, Olivia Curran An Olivia Chocolates & Christine Charlton LEO Westmeath

Christine Charlton of Westmeath Local Enterprise Office, which sponsored the Best in County and Best in Farmers’ Market Awards, said: ‘The LEO was delighted to work with Blas this year and to sponsor some of the key county awards. The county is teeming with passionate producers and wonderful produce which the Awards help to showcase and promote. All of the county’s producers have done us proud this weekend,’ said Christine.

Chairman of the Blas na h-Éireann Awards, Artie Clifford said the bar was raised again this year, both in terms of the number of entries but also in the increased diversity and range of the food and drink products being entered.

“Blas is now in its eighth year and the quality and diversity of Irish food and drink products have wowed the judges once more. We saw a rise in the entries in several categories like beers, coffee, charcuterie and dietary-specific products and once again the judges faced a challenge in selecting the very best. For the winners, the awards are known to help open doors to new markets at home and abroad and I wish them well as they go forward with these awards to their name,” said Artie.

 

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