WATERFORD took two gold medals from the Irish Food and Hospitality Awards.
The Grow HQ café in the city was voted café of the year and Glasha Farmhouse, Ballymacarbry, took the prize for B&B of the Year.
Carlow Free Range Chicken and Kilkenny’s Goatsbridge Trout Farm took prizes in the natural food section of the Georgina Campbell Irish Food and Hospitality Awards. Kilkenny’s Newpark Hotel was voted family friendly hotel of the year.
The accolades for Waterford came as the county was officially announced as Food Destination of the Year at a ceremony in Kilkenny.
Judges from the Restaurants Association of Ireland said there was a great sense of community evident on their visit, with both big and small local companies getting involved.
There was great local awareness, as well as pride and passion, for food and food tourism in the area.