THE Irish food awards, Blas na hÉireann, the Irish food awards, have reached the penultimate stage of this year’s awards, with the announcement of the finalists for judging in Dingle next month, with 350 producers from across Ireland reaching this coveted stage.
The finalists shortlisted from Carlow across a range of different categories are
- Seery’s Bakery,
- Sunshine Juice,
- The Chocolate Garden and
- The Village Dairy.
The awards are the biggest blind tasting of produce in the country, and the criteria on which the product is judged as well as the judging system itself, which was developed by Blas with the Food Science Dept of UCC and the University of Copenhagen that is now recognised as an industry gold standard worldwide.
During the first round more than 2,500 entries were judged in UCC and TU Dublin, bringing the total number of finalists in each category down to just five.
Each of these producer finalists will have their products tasted, compared, savoured and judged at the final in Dingle on Thursday, October 3rd. This is the 12th year of the competition.