Wednesday, October 24, 2012

2012 National Irish Food Awards/Blas na hEireann

I love to read the winners and runners up of the National Irish Food Awards/Blas na hEireann because it takes you into shops you wouldn't normally visit and encourages you to try new foods. One of the things I love is it gets over the 'snob' attitude to the value supermarkets as they have won awards for their own brand foods in the past. (Advance warning- this is a long list; advance at your own peril! You may need to extend your grocery budget with the anticipation of new purchases!)

Awards were given as follows (some omitted);
Grand Champion- Una's Pies; Chicken, Leek & Sweetcorn
Best Artisan Producer-Big Red Kitchen
Best New Product-Ballymooney Foods; Rack of Wild Venison
Best Emerging Kerry Producer- Sasta Sausages
Most Innovative Product- Gallagher's Bakery; Plain Soda Bread (innovative??)
Seafood Innovation- Breizon Teo; Surf n Turf Smoked Scallops and Black Pudding
Best in Farmers Markets- Una's Pies, Skellig Pantry, The Green Apron, Butler's Ice Cream, Sasta     Sausages

In the individual category awards (order gold, silver, bronze);
Chocolates Individual
The Chocolate Garden of Ireland; Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Truffles
Lough Derg Chocolate; Lime Truffles
Gallagher's Chocolates; Mixed Chocolate Box
Chocolate Bars
Gallagher's Chocolate; Cacao Dark 70%
Lough Derg Chocolate; Chocolate and Orange Chocolate Bar
Lorge; Dark Chocolate and Raspberry Bars
The Cake Stand; Chocolate Macaron
The Jelly Bean Factory: 36 Jelly Bean Mix
Blackthorn Foods: Fudge Fondue
Puddings and Desserts
Couverture Desserts; Supreme Desserts Selection for Supervalu
Hunts Bakery; Toblerone Cheesecake
Couverture Desserts; Billionaires Dessert for Supervalu

Sauces and Dips
Big Red Kitchen; Raspberry Dessert Sauce
Bryan Lynch; Sweet Chilli Mayo
BBQ Joes; BBQ Joes Original BBQ Sauce

Irish  Yogurt; Premium Canadian Blueberry for Lidl
Irish Yogurt; PremiumSpanish Lemon Curd fro Lidl
Irish Yogurt; Duneen West Cork Indulgence Toffee for Lidl
Irish Yogurts; Creme Fraiche
Milleeven Foods; Trad. Irish Brandy Butter
Glenstal Foods; Glenstal Irish Creamery Butter
Ice Cream
Butlers Ice Cream; Cookie Ice Cream (Supercookies)
Silver Pail; Caramel Fudge for Aldi
Rossmore Farmhouse; Raspberry Sorbet

Cheese Soft
Ardrahan Cheese Simply Better
(joint silver)Fivemiletown Creamery natural Goats Cheese for Supervalu/Gubbeen; Wash Rind Gubbeen for Tesco
Cooleeney; Simply Better Gortnamona
Cheese Hard
(joint gold)Tullyboy farmhouse goats cheese/Coolea mature
Blubell Falls mature orion
Castlemary goats milk cheddar
Cheese Cheddar
Cahills Ballintubber Cheddar with Garlic and herbs
Bandon supreme cheddar for Supervalu
Cahills Balintubber Cheddar with chives
Cheese Blue
Wicklow Farmhouse; Wicklow Blue cheese for Tesco
Glyde; Finest Bellingham Blue cheese for Tesco
J.L.Grubb; Cashel Blue cheese for Tesco

AIBP; Jumbo pork sausages for Superquinn
Mallons; Supreme traditional for Supervalu
Mallons; Supreme Cumberland for Supervalu
Black Pudding
Caherbeg Freerange Black Pudding
Sasta Sausages Black Pudding
McCarthy's of Kanturk Queen Style
White Pudding
O'Brien Foods; Simply Better White Pudding for Dunnes Stores
Olhausen White Pudding for Lidl
Granby White pudding 80 year old recipe

Cured meats,charcuterie & bacon
Oakpark; Drycure smoked bacon loin for Aldi
O'Brien; Wiltshire ham on bone for Supervalu
Glenaine; Angus Spice Beef for Horgan's
Callan Smoked back bacon joint for Lidl
Callan Unsmoked back bacon joint for Lidl
Ballon Meats bacon steaks
Kepak; Pork rack with sage and bramley apple butter for Supervalu
Oliver Carty; Smoked Pork Loin Roast for Supervalu
Tendermeats Mexican Pork Chops
APB; Sup.Qual. Irish Hereford Fillet Steak for Superquinn
APB Cahir; Select cuts fillet steaks for Aldi
Tendermeats ltd; Fillet steak
Silver Hill; Crispy roast half duck with pancakes for Lidl
Carton; part boned Chicken breast garlic kievs for Supervalu
Carton; Tendercrunch chicken breast chunks
Kepak; Stuffed rack of lamb with redcurrant for Supervalu
Irish Country meats; Wicklow lamb rump steaks for Aldi
(joint bronze)Jerry Kennedy ; Dingle Peninsula rack of lamb/Hilton foods; finest lamb shanks

Breizon; Window to the sea cooked and peeled prawn tails
Breizon; Window to the sea whole cooked prawns
Good Fish Co; Monkfish with lemon and garlic marinade for Tesco
The Smugglers Inn; Chicken liver pate
(joint silver) Skellig Pantry; chicken liver/ Carrygerry House;chicken liver
Ballyhoura; wild and oyster mushrom pate
Savoury Pies
Una's pies; chicken leek and cheese
Una's Pies; roast veg with goat cheese and chorizo
Una's pies; chicken green thai curry
Carrygerry House; creamy seafood chowder
The Good fish company; seafood chowder
Just Food; organic tomato and basil pesto soup

Sourdough Bread
Cloughjordan bakery; white sourdough boule
Cloughjordan bakery; rosemary and olive oilsourdough
Billy's bakery; wholemeal wheat and rye sourdough
Soda bread
Larkins bakery; Cranberry and orange zest soda
Larkins bakery; apricot,sultana and multiseed wholemeal soda
O hArtagain pure bread;  poppy seed white soda
Yeast Bread
M and D bakery; The Blaa
Ryan Arbutus; Seeded brown yeast bread
Ryan Arbutus; Seeded white yeast bread
Sean Stafford; Halloween barm brack for Lidl
Larkins bakery; low-fat spelt tea brack
Seery's bakery; tea brack for Lidl
Other breads & Rolls
Panelto; Tuscan bread
Ryans Arbutus; ciabatta pave
Cloughjordan bakery; ciabatta

Ready meals and prepared food-hot
Donnybrook Fair fish pie
Country Crest supreme mash with carrot and turnip for Supervalu
McArdle creamy garlic potatoes
Ready meals and prepared food-cold
Glorious sushi; large mixed platter
Glorious sushi; six maki mix platter
Sushi King; salmon of knowledge

Dietary specific
The foods of Athenry; gluten free flapjack 'the works'
Tasty Parlour; gluten free bakewell slice
Tasty parlour; gluten free coffee and walnut cake
Breakfast cereals
The Different dairy company; rumblers oat clusters with raspberry and yogurt
Sheaffoods; arbo granola
Virginia health; linseed crunch with cranberry and almond for Lidl

Spirits and Liquers
Castlebrand; Clontarf classic blend Irish whiskey triple distilled for Lidl
Terra; Deluxe Irish cream liqueur for Lidl
Robert Merry; Merry's Irish cream Liqueur
Non-alcoholic drinks
Organic for Us; wholemilk
Adare farm; fresh milk
Sunshine Juice; Trad; lemonade for Aldi
Franciscan Well; Rebel red ale
Carlow Brewing; O'Shea's Irish Stout for Aldi
Carlow brewing; O'Shea's Irish ale for Aldi
Dj's juice and cider; Tempted strawberry
Bulmers; Taurus Irish cider for Aldi
Stonewell medium dry cider
Bewleys original blend
Punjana; Thompson's family teas Titanic
Bewleys Irish afternoon tea

David Llewellyn Irish balsamic cider vinegar
Newgrange gold; Garden herb cold pressed rapeseed oil
The Green apron Italian butter mix
Pickles and chutney/relish
Follains fire roasted pepper relish
The Scullery; Irish country tomato relish for Lidl
Ballyhoura marinated Shiitake mushrooms
The Green apron  apricot, orange and almond conserve
The Green apron chocolate and raspberry preserve
Abbey farm raspberry preserve
Big Red kitchen lemon curd
Healy's honey; honey for Supervalu
Chocolate garden of Ireland luxury chocolate and hazelnut spread
Llewellyn's orchard
Fusco; Belgian chocolate cake
Just desserts; Raspberry ladyfingers cake
Seerys; luxury lemon cake for Lidl
Christmas cake/puddings
Seerys; supreme pudding for Supervalu
The Foods of Athenry; Luxury pudding for Superquinn
Coffee Domain; Medium rich, very moist Christmas pudding
Cloudberry bakery; luxury Guinness brownie
Gookies Triple choc chip cookie dough
Kooky dough choc chip

Savoury snacks
Christie's celtic kitchen black pepper and salt oat cakes
Just Nuts New York nuts
Detox retox Primal crackers- sea salt
Keogh's Shamrock and sour cream
Keogh's Dubliner Irish cheese and onion
(joint bronze) O'Donnell Irish Cider vinegar and sea salt/O'Donnell mature Irish cheese and red onion

Ready-mix cake/bread
Angel foods Chocolate brownie
Cathys spelt for health flapjack spelt mix
Gem pack; Sowans organic gluten free brownie mix
New products
Ballymooney rack of wild venison
Ballyhoura Irish cherries in mulled apple syrup
Tom Durcan cooked sliced spiced beef.

If you've made it this far congratulations! What a list- and  a good number from Supervalu and Lidl. I for one will be trying out a good few of those newly awarded products. Congratulations to all the winners and keep up the good work of producing great Irish food.

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