In a year like no other, Blas na hÉireann have just announced the award winners for 2021, with nine winners from County Cavan!. With the annual pilgrimage to Dingle stalled, this year’s winners tuned in for a second year running from every corner of the country for a virtual celebration of the very best in Irish food. The team at Blas na hÉireann has been working tirelessly since March to ensure that Blas 2021 went ahead, sustaining their commitment to celebrating the very best in Irish food and drink. Chairperson Artie Clifford feels that now, more than ever, it is essential to shine a light and give that all important boost to the talented producers dotted around the island. “I am delighted to celebrate the success of Cavan food and drink at this year’s Blas na hÉireann awards’
CE Cavan County Council, Tommy Ryan and Cllr. John Paul Feely with Gerry Sheridan from Ice Cream Treats who picked up five Blas na HEireann awards!
The Cavan winners were:
1. Aine Handmade Chocolates – Silver & Bronze
2. Carleton Cakes – Gold
3. Cullys Craft Bakery – Silver
4. Ice Cream Treats – Gold, Silver & Bronze
5. Lakeland Dairies – Gold, Silver, Bronze & Best in County, sponsored by Cavan County Council
6. Liffey Meats – Bronze
7. Manor Farm – Gold, Silver & Bronze
8. Terra Spirits & Liqueurs – Bronze
9. Vanilla Bean Patisserie – Silver
The ‘Created in Cavan’ food and drinks brand provides consumer assurance that they are purchasing locally produced food and drink. The addition of a Blas na hÉireann award to their product provides a seal of superior quality, celebrating the very best of Irish food & drink. “Congratulations to all the finalists,” says Patricia Smith from Created in Cavan.
Now in their 14th year, the Blas na hÉireann awards are the all-island food awards that recognise the very best Irish food and drink products, and the passionate people behind them. The biggest blind tasting of produce in the country, the criteria on which the product is judged as well as the judging system itself, which was developed by Blas na hÉireann with the Food Science Dept of UCC and the University of Copenhagen, is now recognised as an industry gold standard worldwide.
Products from every county in Ireland were entered into this year’s competition to win Gold, Silver or Bronze Blas na hÉireann awards in over 150 food and drink categories.