A Taste of Donegal 2014 on from 23rd- 25th August

Since its launch in 2008 the Taste of Donegal Food Festival has grown into a three-day celebration of great food and has continued to attract thousands of people every day to a tented village on the pier area in Donegal Town. Over 26,000 people attended the festival last year over the three days!

Against the backdrop of the Bluestack Mountains and Donegal Bay a mixture of celebrity and local chefs will again be cooking up a storm over the weekend of the 23rd, 24th and 25th August.

This years festival has once again gathered together top local restaurants and hotels and over 100 food and drink producers from all over Ireland and Northern Ireland who will be showcasing and selling their products. The food stalls will also be offering tastings from an unbelievable variety of food and drink, wine and craft beers, confectionery, specialist foods, meat, fish and dairy products.

Cookery demonstrations over the weekend will include: 

Neven Maguire, Gary O’Hanlon(Donegal Food Ambassador), Tony Singh (the Incredible Spice Man), Kevin Dundon (Dunbroody House), Brian Mc Dermott (the No Salt Chef), Anthony Armstrong, Máire Dufficy (Bordbia), Philippe Henkes, Martin Anderson (Fat Chef Slim), Ciaran Kennedy, Ethna Reynolds (Burlesque Chef) and me, Zack Gallagher (Irish Food Guide). There’s also a Comedy Cookery Theatre by Joe Shannon & Frank Forde.

The food festival will also include master classes by experts who will showcase their specialist skills in pastry and bread making, meal planning, cocktail mixing and will help you make the right decision when choosing wine and craft beers for all meal occasions.

Experts include Richard Finney (wine and beers), Sian Breslin (meal planning) and Franck Pasquier (artisan bread making).

“A Passion To Inspire” Chefs Competition will take place under the watchful eye of Anthony Armtrong a judge from the World Association of Chefs Society , Peter Griffths M.B.E., President British Culinary Federation, Gerard M. Molloy American Culinary Federation and Mr Bob Mc Donald, Judges from the Master Chefs of Great Britain. Entrants will be required to cook and present two different dishes, a starter and a main course, each for two covers, showcasing the best of Irish produce.

The Committee say they are looking forward to again welcoming people to what has become the premier food and drink event here in the North West and one of the best Food Festival in Ireland!

To quote Chairperson of the organising committee and award winning master butcher, Ernan Mc Gettigan, “Come along and experience the wonderful food and drink variety available. We promise to tantalise your taste buds and as our caption says, Discover, Dine, and Delight in Donegal Town over this festival weekend and indeed every time you visit this region”.

Award winning chef Gary O’Hanlon, originally from Ramelton and currently executive chef at Viewmount House, Longford, has written a new book“Food for the Soul” and the book’s official launch takes place during A Taste of Donegal Food Festival, this weekend!

Gary O’Hanlon will be launching his new book, Food for the Soul, at this years festival

In this cookbook Gary opens the door to his own kitchen with recipes for home cooked dishes each with a very unique story attached. Gary will be signing copies of the book on Saturday and Sunday. You can purchase them at a special launch price of just €10.00.

A Taste of Donegal Food Festival will take place on Friday 22nd, Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th August 2014 on the Pier Area in Donegal Town. The Festival will open to the public at 4.00pm to 10.00pm Friday, 11.00.am to 7.00pm Saturday and Sunday.

The opening evening (Friday) will conclude with an amazing fireworks display over Donegal Bay!

Last year’s Fireworks Display looked stunning over Donegal Bay

Admission is only €4.00 per adult, €2.00 per child and only €10.00 for a weekend pass!

Extra Parking is Available during A Taste of Donegal Food Festival at these positions around town

Abbey Vocational School – The Glebe, Donegal Town

Donegal Livestock Mart – (behind the St. John Bosco Centre)

Four Masters GAA Pitch – Revlin, Mountcharles Road, Donegal Town

Behind Donegal Tyre Centre – Drumlonagher, Donegal Town.

Public Car Parks – behind Main Street, Bank Walk, and any other designated parking areas available.

For the full programme of events and regular updates go to http://www.atasteofdonegal.com and find A Taste of Donegal on Facebook. Tweet your pics/messages to @DonegalFood with the hashtag #TasteOfDonegal 

I look forward to seeing you all there!

Zack

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Full List of Republic of Ireland Great Taste Award Winners 2014

Republic of Ireland Winners

For Northern Ireland winners click Here

The 2014 Great Taste Award winners were announced this week and Irish food has again proven it being excellent quality product by claiming more of the prestigious Gold stars than ever before!

Great Taste Awards 2014
405 judges including leading retail buyers, chefs and food writers were involved in the seven-week judging process that involved over 10,000 individual products from the UK and Republic of Ireland.
This year’s awards also included the first-ever judging session to be held in Belfast. I was delighted to be asked to be one of the judges and I spent a very interesting three days in Belfast working with some wonderful people who are simply and totally passionate about food.

What the stars mean:

Three Stars – Sensational food and drink that has to be tasted

Two Stars – Faultless food and drink

One Star – Close to perfect
This year six Irish Food Producers claimed the ultimate 3-Gold Stars:

James Whelan Butchers, Donegal Rapeseed Oil (Castlederg), The Cloudberry Bakery, Bell Lane Coffee, Nobó Foods and Irish Atlantic Salt Ltd.
For your information – “Teo.Ltd” means “Company Ltd.” in Irish Gaelic – this implies that the company is based in a Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking) region of Ireland.



Republic of Ireland Food Producer Product Description

3 Star Great Taste Award Winners

2014 3 star

James Whelan Butchers Beef Dripping
Donegal Rapeseed Company Ltd Cold pressed Virgin Rapeseed Oil
The Cloudberry Bakery Sea salted caramel
Bell Lane DragonFly Espresso
Nobó Nobó Frozen Goodness:  Fresh Lemon
Irish Atlantic Salt Ltd Irish Atlantic Sea Salt with Dill Pollen

2 Star Great Taste Award Winners

2014 2 star

Burren Smokehouse Simply Better Oak smoked Irish Organic Salmon with Honey & Dill
Burren Smokehouse Ltd Burren Smoked Irish Organic Salmon
Eight Degrees Brewing Howling Gale Irish Pale Ale
Wrights of Howth Wrights of Howth Smoked Mackerel Pate
Wrights Of Howth Wrights of Howth Irish Smoked Wild Salmon
Vranken Pommery Champagne Brut
Beyers Koffie NV Melangerie Ethiopian Roasted Ground Coffee
Cuinneog Ltd Cuinneog Irish Farmhouse Country Butter
Wild Food mary Damson Vodka
Nutri-Snax Ltd Oat Biscuit
Milseoga Uí Mhurchú, Teo Black Currant Sorbet
Goodness Grains Farmhouse Loaf with Sesame Seed
Cashel Farmhouse Cheesemakers Cashel Blue
Killowen Farm Killowen Farm Greek-Style Yogurt with Blueberry Compote
Killowen Farm Killowen Farm Greek-Style Yogurt with Wexford Blackcurrant
Killowen Farm Killowen Farm Greek-Style Yogurt with Lemon Curd
Greenvalley Farms Ltd. Dunness Simply Better Handmade Caramelised Orange Yogurt
Greenvalley Farms Ltd. Dunness Simply Better Handmade Lemon Curd Yogurt
Lindy O’Hara Coopershill House Smoked Venison
Follain Teo, Cuil Aodha, Macroom, Co Cork Follain Raspberry & Vanilla
Cooleeney Farm Daru Semi Hard Cheese
Hilton Lamb Loin Chops cw
Mulrines Pressed Apple Not From Concentrate Juice
Ballymaguire Irish chicken and sliced  potato bake
Ballyrashane Creamery Golden Cow Butter
Apitherapy Apitherapy
Mora Foods Fish Pie
Bewley’s Dublin Morning Tea
Java Republic Rubia
Mora Foods Sheperd’s Pie
Java Republic Camomile Organic Herbal Infusion
Callan Bacon Dry Cure Bacon Steaks.
wildwood vinegars  blackberry Vinegar
O’Brien Fine Foods Brady Family Glazed by Hand Ham – Prepack
Ponaire Coffee Roastry Peru Fairtrade organic Espresso Bean
Oliver Carty Oliver Carty Rack of Pork with Alabama Rub Serve Over
Flahavan’s Flahavan’s Irish Steel Cut Oatmeal
Flahavan’s Flahavan’s Irish Organic Porridge Oats
The Little Milk Company The Little Milk Company Organic Beer Washed
Duncannon Smokehouse Irish Oak smoked Trout
Staffords Bakery Breakfast Bread
CW Tropicai GmbH Dr. Coy’s Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
Kerryfish (Ire) Ltd. t/a Quinlan’s Fish Smoked Wild Irish Salmon
Aurivo Consumer Foods Ltd Connacht Gold Creamery Butter
Kerryfish (Ire) Ltd. t/a Quinlan’s Fish Smoked Irish Organic Salmon
Silver Darlings Beetroot & Horseradish Herring
Green Pastures Donegal Sour Cream
Robert Roberts Fairtrade Luxury Tea
Green Pastures Donegal Yeats Country Mascarpone
McLoughlin Butchers McLoughlins Blackstairs Rack of Lamb (Free Range)
Freshcut Foods Ireland SKOFF Chicken and Ham Pie
Clona Dairy SuperValu Créme Fraiche
Avoca Avoca Best Ever Granola
Green Pastures Donegal Yeats Country Spreadable Goats Cheese
Robert Roberts Colombian Coffee
Green Pastures Donegal Yeats Country Natural Yogurt
Robert Roberts Vivaldi Espresso
Clóna Dairy Products Ltd. Clóna Creme Fraiche
Robert Roberts Mocha Java
Seerys, Ireland Aldi 907g Irish Christmas Pudding
Crinkle FIne Foods Simply Better Irish White Pudding 300g
Improper Butter Improper Butter with Cashel Blue cheese
McErlains Bakery Ltd SuperValu Brown Soda Quarter
Bell Lane House Blend Espresso
Bell Lane Dawn Chorus Espresso
Derrycamma Farm Foods Ltd Derrycamma Farm Rapeseed Oil
Killowen SuperValu Signature Tastes Layered Strawberry Yogurt
Green Saffron Spices / Follain Jams Curry Sauce Medium
Crossogue Preserves Ltd Lime & Tequila Marmalade
Glenaine Foods Horgan’s Certified Irish Angus Pastrami
Sunshine Juice Ltd Ireland Walshe’s Freshly Squeezed Grapefruit Juice
Nobó Nobó Frozen Goodness: Vanilla & Coconut
Traditional Cheese Company Supervalu Signature Tastes Gubbeen
Milsean Milsean 44% Venezuela Cocoa Solids Origin Milk Chocolate Bar
Carlow Brewing, Ireland Aldi O Shea’s Traditional Irish Pale Ale
The Purple Pantry Plum Jam with Star Anise & Cinnamon
Cocoa Atelier Earl Grey Tea Ganache
Bewley, Ireland Aldi S/S Single Origin Ethiopean Coffee
Traditional Cheese, Ireland Aldi Tipperary blue

1 Star Great Taste Award Winners

2014 1 star

Ballon Meats Ballon Meats Back Bacon
Ballon Meats Ballon Meats Bacon Steaks
Burren Smokehouse Ltd Burren Smoked Irish Organic Salmon with Honey, Lemon & Dill
Burren Smokehouse Ltd Burren Smoked Irish Organic Salmon Seaweed Marinated
The Chocolate Garden Of Ireland Irish Whiskey Truffle
Eight Degrees Brewing Knockmealdown Porter
Wrights of Howth Wrights of Howth Farmed Smoked Salmon
Wrights of Howth Wrights of Howth Irish Organic Smoked Salmon
LORGE Chocolatier Dark Orange truffle
LORGE Chocolatier Cappuccino tentation
Grandi Salumifici Salumeo Salami Romana
DMK Eis Noblissima Premium Chocolate Ice Cream
Ballymaguire Foods Deluxe Sri Lankan Chicken Soup
Glenpatrick Spring Water Co. Deluxe Sparkling Blood Orange & Cranberry Presse 750ml
Brady Family Glensallagh Black Pudding
William Carr Salmon Sensation 200g
Brady Family Glensallagh White Pudding
Mileeven Kilderg Organic Honey
Callan Bacon Glensallagh Reduced Salt Back Bacon
Morning Foods Ltd Fruit & Nut Granola
Honeyvale Foods Glensallagh Smoked Streaky Bacon
Dorset Cereals Simply Sumptious Luxury Fruit & Nut Muesli
Terra Ltd Dundalgan Irish Country Cream 14.5%
Largo Food Export Snacktastic Salted Popcorn
Abbey Farm Foods Ltd Kilderg Blackcurrant & Rum Preserve
Dorset Cereals Luxury Fruit Muesli
Silver Hill Foods Deluxe Fresh Whole Irish Duckling, 2Kg
Irish Yogurts Deluxe Irish Premium Yogurt Champagne Rhubarb 150g
Irish Yogurts Deluxe Irish Premium Yogurt Spanish Lemon 150g
Cashel Blue Deluxe Mature Tipperary Cheese 175g
Mileeven Fine Foods Organic Honey
Morgans Fine Fish Irish Smoked Salmon
Morgans Fine Fish Whisky cured Irish Smoked Salmon
Greenbean Coffee Roasters Classic Espresso
Cuinneog Ltd Cuinneog Farmhouse Sour Cream
Swift Fine Foods prepared for you Bacon and Cabbage meal
Swift Fine Foods Chef’s Cuisine roast turkey and ham with stufing
Shelta Beer Company White Gypsy-Russian Imperial Stout 7%
O’Neills Dry Cure Bacon Co Back Bacon
Irish Bacon Slicers Bradley Bacon Joint – 950g
Irish Bacon Slicers Glensallagh Unsmoked Rindless Back Bacon Rashers 2x200g
Irish Bacon Slicers Smoked Foodservice Rashers 2.27kg
Milseoga Uí Mhurchú, Teo Chocolate with Handmade Chocolate Chips
Milseoga Uí Mhurchú, Teo Dingle Sea Salt Ice Cream
Goodness Grains Chocolate Muffin
Goodness Grains Farmhouse White Bread
Goodness Grains Zesty Lemon Tartlet
Goodness Grains Blueberry Muffin
Goodness Grains Bread Bap with Sesame Seeds
Honest Bread & Cakes. Molloy’s Artisan Bakery Chocolate & Orange Pudding
Cashel Farmhouse Cheesemakers Crozier Blue
Mr Crumb Dunnes Stores Sage & Onion Stuffing
Greenvalley Farms Ltd. Dunnes Simply Better irish Whiskey Cream
Killowen Farm Killowen Farm Greek-Style Yogurt with Wexford Rhubarb
Killowen Farm Killowen Farm Greek-Style Yogurt with Strawberry Compote
Wild about Raspberry & Vanilla Jam
Silver Pail DAiry Glenown Farm Blackcurrant Sorbet
Silver Pail Dairy Glenown Farm French Vanilla Dairy Ice Cream
Shellfish De La Mer Irish Crab Claws
Molaga Honey Ltd Molaga Honey
Shellfish De La Mer Irish Crab Meat
Follain Teo, Cuil Aodha, Macroom, Co Cork Follain Strawberry & Passionfruit Preserve
The Good Fish Company Smoked Salmon
The Good Fish Company Oak Smoked Organic Salmon
Dunnes Stores Tea Family Favourites Gold Blend Tea Bags
Follain Teo, Cuil Aodha, Macroom, Co Cork Follain Blueberry & Raspberry No Added Sugar Jam
Sally & Joleine Barnes, Woodcock Smokery  traditional quality undyed hot-smoked Atlantic mackerel
Sally & Joleine Barnes, Woodcock Smokery Undyed Atlantic Kipper Fillet
Sally & Joleine Barnes, Woodcock Smokery Woodcock Smokery  smoked wild salmon
Oriel Sea Salt Oriel Natural Mineral Sea Salt
Newgrange Gold Newgrange Gold Camelina Oil
Newgrange Gold Newgrange Gold Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oil
Newgrange Gold Newgrange Gold Oak Smoked Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oil
Newgrange Gold Newgrange Gold Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oil Garden Herbs Flavour
Mags’ Homemade Mags’ Homemade Apple Tart
The Apple Farm, Moorstown The Apple Farm of Tipperary Cider Vinegar
James Whelan Butchers Roasting Bacon
The Cookie Jar The Cookie Jar Crispy Apple Crumble Mix
The Green Bowl Frozen wheatgrass Shot
Mags’ Homemade Mags’ Brown Soda Bread
Hickeys Bakery Seeded Soda
James Whelan Butchers Aged Rib Eye Beef
Seymour Organic Sheepwalk Farm Organic Strip loin Irish Angus Steak
Vera Miklas Vera Miklas White Modelling Chocolate
McErlain’s Bakery Magherafelt Ltd Genesis Crafty White Sub Rolls
McErlain’s Bakery Magherafelt Ltd. Genesis Crafty 2 Round Sodas
So Popcorn Salty Caramel
McErlain’s Bakery Magherafelt Ltd. Genesis Crafty Fruited Toaster Wheaten
McErlain’s Bakery Magherafelt Ltd Genesis Crafty Plain Scones
McErlains Bakery Magherafelt Ltd. Genesis Crafty Seeded Sub Rolls
McErlain’s Bakery Magherafelt Ltd. Genesis Crafty Ultimate Mince Pie
Pauls Butchers Homemade Mince Steak Pie
Donegal Rapeseed Company Ltd Donegal Rapeseed Oil Gold Selection Infused with Curry
Donegal Rapeseed Company Ltd Donegal Rapeseed Oil
Donegal Rapeseed Company Ltd Donegal Rapeseed Oil Gold Selection Rapeseed Oil
Donegal Rapeseed Company Ltd Northern Ireland Rapeseed Oil with Garlic
Donegal Rapeseed Company Ltd Yellow Wonder Rapeseed Oil
RED DOG Artisan Foods Nori infused Sea Salt
Mulrines Pressed Apple & Mango Juice
HIlton Hickory Smoked Back Rashers
Glenisk Senga Strawberry Yoghurt
Hilton Irish Fillet Steak
Carton Bros BBQ chicken thighs with north carolina sauce
Alison McElroy for Tesco Rock Scones made Sultanas & West Country Clotted Cream
Hilton Steak house seasoned Sirloin steaks
Ardrahan Dairy Products Ardrahan Cheese
Milleens Cheese Ltd Milleens Farmhouse Cheese
Coolea Farmhouse Cheese Mature Coolea
Panem Panem mulled wine syrup
Bewley’s Bewley’s Irish Breakfast Loose Tea
Torrisi, Catania, Italy Torrisi caffe diamante
Mora Foods Wexford Lamb Empanada
Mora Foods Braised Beef Empanada
Mora Foods Malbec Braised Beef Empanada
Bewley’s Bewley’s Irish Afternoon Tea 80s
Bewley’s Bewley’s Kenya
Bewley’s Bewley’s Espresso Ground Coffee
Mora Foods Cottage Pie
Java Republic Rooibos & Caramel Flavoured Organic Infusion
Callan Bacon Dry Cure Bacon Medallions.
Callan Bacon Dry cure whiskey smoked rashers.
Arthur Mallon Foods Old style pork sausage
Lily O’Briens Key Limey Pie
Silver Hill Farm Silver Hill Confit Duck Legs
Silver Hill Farm Silver Hill Duck Fillets
Silver Hill Farm Silver Hill Yummy Duck
Silver Hill Farm Silver Hill Duck Fat
Dunola Dunola Rapeseed oil
Prestige Foods Supervalu Smoked Salmon Pie
Larkin’s Bakery Multigrain Yeasted Bread
Prestige Foods Dunnes Stores Simply Better Handmade Raspberry Sherry Trifle
O’Brien Fine Foods Rudd’s White Pudding 280g
O’Brien Fine Foods Rudd’s Black Pudding 280g
McCloskeys Bakery McCloskeys White Batch
McCloskeys Bakery McCloskeys Crusty White Pan
Bean West Coffee Roasters Haven’t a Clew
Fusco foods Raspberry roulade
Fusco Foods Irish cream liqieur roulade
Waldron Meats Roscommon Ireland Home Cured Irish Back Rashers
Oliver Carty Oliver Carty Organic Dry Cured Slow Roast Smoked Bacon Belly
Oliver Carty Super Valu Smoked Thick Cut Rasher
Oliver Carty Oliver Carty Free Range Dry Cured Unsmoked Rasher
Oliver Carty Super Valu Unsmoked Thick Cut Rasher
Oliver Carty Super Valu Smoked Rasher
Flahavan’s Flahavan’s Irish Porridge Oats
The Little Milk Company St Patricks Organic
Sea of Vitality Milled Dillisk/Dulse
Sea of Vitality Ground Kelp
The Snacktastic Food Co. Sea Salt And Black Pepper Nuts
Staffords bakery Staffords Bakery Crusty White Sliced Pan
Staffords Bakery Staffords Bakery Chocolate Orange Ganash
Duncannon Smokehouse Oak Smoked salmon
Staffords Bakery Staffords Bakery Honey and Spelt
Staffords Bakery Staffords Bakery Low GI Bread
Staffords Bakery Staffords Bakery Brown Soda
Staffords Bakery Staffords Bakery Chia & Wholegrain bread
Friends 2 Dinner Ltd Belgian Chocolate Truffle Kit
Jungbunzlauer Dr. Coy’s Stevia Erylite
Bombay Pantry Butter Masala sauce – Gluten Free
Silver Darlings King Matjes Herring
Green Pastures Donegal Creme Fraiche
The Blue Haven Food Company Mushroom Soup
Sticky Fingers Bakery Breakfast Muffin
Green Pastures Donegal Dunnes Stores Double Crem
Bombay Pantry Bombay Chicken Curry (medium spice level)
Silver Darlings Star of the Sea Herring
Green Pastres Donegal Dunnes Stores Sour Cream
Bombay Pantry Butter Chicken Masala (medium spice level)
Wonderfoods Donnelly Italian Style Roasting vegetables with pesto
Robert Roberts Luxury Leaf Tea
Manufacturer Traditional  rashers
Aurivo Consumer Foods Ltd Connacht Gold Low Fat Butter
Green Pastures Donegal Yeats Country Chocolate & Hazelnut Spread
Manufacturer Bacon joint with  honey and mustard
Aurivo Consumer Foods Ltd Connacht Gold Softer butter
Robert Roberts Decaf Black Tea
Aurivo Consumer Foods Ltd Connacht Gold Garlic & Herb butter
Avoca Avoca White Onion, Potato & Parmesan Soup
Robert Roberts Rainforest Alliance Organic Tea
Clona Dairy SuperValu Sour Cream
Neville’s Bakery  Irish White Sliced Bread
Opera Foods Ltd. Cookies Milk Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Freshcut Foods Ireland SKOFF Beef and Stout Pie
Yawl Bay Seafood Ltd. Yawl Bay Seafood – Cooked Irish Crab Claws and Cooked Irish Crab Meat.
Mulrines SuperValu Cranberry & Raspberry Juice
Opera Foods Ltd. Cookies Cranberry & White Chocolate Cookie Dough
Seerys Heatherfield Ltd Champagne Christmas Pudding
Blenders My Family Favourites Bolognaise Sauce
Robert Roberts Fairtrade Segovia
Avoca Avoca Salted Caramel & Chocolate Tart
White’s/ Stafford Lynch, Ireland Aldi Organic Porridge
Green Pastures Donegal Yeats Country Fat Free Natural Yogurt
Sunshine Juice SuperValu Signature Tastes Still Lemonade
Robert Roberts RR Costa Rica
Green Pastures Donegal Yeats Country Natural Yogurt with Raspberry
Clóna Dairy Products Ltd. Clóna Freshly Whipped Cream
Clóna Dairy Products Ltd. Clóna Sour Cream
Barber Day SuperValu Gold Blend Teabags
Robert Roberts El Salvador & Brazil
Tendermeats Ltd Dunnes Stores Simply Better Connemara Hill Lamb Boneless Loin Chops
Follain SuperValu Signature Tastes Red Onion Relish
Tendermeats Ltd Dunnes Stores Simply Better 1/2 Leg of Connemara Hill Lamb
McGraths McGraths Gold Tea
Tendermeats Ltd Dunnes Stores Simply Better French Trimmed Connemara Hill Rack of Lamb
Lincoln & York Cafe de Cuba Santiago
Fusco Foods SuperValu Signature Tastes Belgian  Chocolate Birthday Cake
Kepak Ltd SuperValu Signature Tastes Irish Pork Rack with a Bramley Apple & Sage butter
McGraths McGraths Reserve Tea
Caherbeg Free Range Pork Ltd. Rosscarbery Recipes Dry Cure Loin Rashers
What’s for Pudding? Lemon blueberry Pudding
Butlers Chocolates Dark Salt Caramel
Eurilait Aldi Continental selection- Roquefort
What’s for Pudding? Chocolate Pudding
Munroes Munroes Jamaican Jerk Authentic Marinade
What’s for Pudding? Sticky Toffee Pudding
Avoca Avoca Fragrant Beef Sukka
Robert Roberts Colombian Tres Rios
Honeyvale Foods Ltd. Costcutter Naturally Smoked Rasher
Crinkle Fine Foods My Family Favourites Irish Black Pudding
Glenaine Foods Horgan’s Lightly Smoked Ham (on the bone)
Honeyvale Foods Ltd. Glensallagh 390g Smoked Back Bacon Rasher
Freshcut Food Services Full Irish Breakfast Pie
The Foods of Athenry Mega Munchy Muesli
Maria Lucia Bakes Cashew almond & cinnamon granola
McErlains Bakery Ltd SuperValu Wheaten Soda Loaf
Day’s of Whitegate Day’s Health Loaf
Bell Lane Misty Mountain Filter
Putog Teoranta (De Roiste Puddings) De Roiste 300g Black Pudding
Island Seafoods Ltd. Hot Smoked Herring with Orange & Rosemary Butter
Gallagher’s Bakery Uncle Aiden’s Stoneground Wholemeal Bread
PANA BREAD green olive and parmesan pana loaf
Healy’s Honey, Ireland Aldi Organic Honey
Follain Supervalu Signature Tastes Seville Marmalade
Island Seafoods Ltd. Smoked Mackerel with Ginger, Chilli & Lime Glaze
Dunns Seafare Ltd SuperValu Signature Tastes 100% Applewood Smoked Salmon
Green Pastures Donegal Yeats Country Full Fat Soft Cheese
Ballymaguire SuperValu Signature Tastes Lamb Tagine
Wexford Home preserves Dunnes Stores Simply Better Handmade Orange & Honey Ham Glaze
O Hartagain Pure Bread Ireland Ltd Tibradden Soda
O Hartagain Pure Bread Ireland Ltd Inishmaan Soda – Bake at Home
Ballymaguire SuperValu Signature Taste Pork Fillet in wholegrain mustard sauce
Wicklow Rapeseed Oil Wicklow Rapeseed Oil
Irish Yogurts Ltd SuperValu Signature Tastes Sun Ripened Raspberry Yogurt
Ballymaguire SuperValu Signature Tastes Duck with Orange Sauce
Kepak Ltd SuperValu Signature Tastes Irish Hereford Striploin Steak
Lakeland Dairy SuperValu Madagascan Vanilla Ice Cream
Green Saffron Spices / Follain Jams Tantilizing Tikka
Sunshine Juice, Ireland Aldi S/S Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice with bits
Callan Bacon, Ireland Aldi Specially Selected Beechwood Smoked Irish Bacon
Sláintúil Teoranta (trade name – HealthyYou Sesame Seaweed Salad
Thunders Bakery Limited Ginger Loaf
Sunshine Juice Ltd Ireland SuperValu Signature Tastes Grapefruit Juice
Sunshine Juice Ltd Ireland Walshe’s Orange & Raspberry Juice 250ml
Follain, Ireland Aldi Irish Kitchen Country Relish Caramelised Red Onion Relish
Boyne Valley Group My Family Favourites Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Thunders Bakery Limited Farmhouse Loaf
Follain Supervalu Signature Tastes Raspberry Conserve
Monaco Cupcakes Tiramisu Cupcake
Monaco Cupcakes Carrot Cake Cupcake
The Foods of Athenry Honeyed Almond & Rosemary -Gourmet Toasts
The Jelly Bean Factory The Jelly Bean Factory Super Sours Gourmet Jelly Beans
The Foods of Athenry Multiseed with cumin -Gourmet Toasts
The Jelly Bean Factory The Jelly Bean Factory Sweet Heart Jelly Beans
Traditional Cheese Company Supervalu Comte
Irish Cheese Direct SuperValu Signature Tastes Cashel Blue Cheese
In Season Fine Foods – Margaret Guinan Golden Beetroot Relish
Green Valley, Ireland Aldi Duneen Specially Selected Farmhouse Strawberry Yogurt
Keogh’s Crisps Limited Keogh’s Shamrock & Sour Cream Potato Crisps
Salann Mara Acla t/a Achill Island Sea Salt Achill Island Sea Salt
Keogh’s Crisps Limited Keogh’s Roast Beef & Irish Stout Potato Crisps
Jinny’s Bakery Ltd Jinny’s Hi-Fibre Sugar Free Brown Soda Bread
Keogh’s Crisps Limited Keogh’s Atlantic Sea Salt & Irish Cider Vinegar Potato Crisps
Keogh’s Crisps Limited Keogh’s Sweet Chilli & Irish Red Pepper Potato Crisps
Milsean Milsean wholebean Douglas Blend
 Irish Atlantic Salt ltd Irish Atlantic Sea Salt Oak smoked
Jinny’s Bakery Ltd Fruit Scone
PureBred Bakery PureBred Pancakes
PureBred Bakery PureBred Multigrain Farmhouse Loaf
PureBred Bakery PureBred Raisin Toast
Jinny’s Bakery Ltd Jinny’s Hi-Fibre Brown Soda Bread
Follain, Ireland Aldi Dark Orange Marmalade
Crossogue Preserves Ltd Sugar Free Marmalade
Sushi King Singapore Noodles
Robert Roberts, Ireland Aldi McGraths Reserve Blend Tea Bags 80s
Cocoa Atelier Salt & Caramel Ganache Dark Chocolate
Sunshine Juice Ltd Ireland Walshe’s Traditional Lemonade 1L
ABP Cahir, Ireland Aldi Specially Selected Irish Angus Rib Eye Steak
ABP Cahir, Ireland Aldi Specially Selected Irish Angus Fillet Steaks
Lir Chocolates Himalyan Salt
Lir Chocolates Almond & Valencia
Lir Chocolates Raspberry and redcurrent Vinegar
BFree Foods Brown Seeded Rolls
BFree Foods Brown Seeded Loaf
BFree Foods Soft White Rolls
Wexford Home Preserves Dunnes Stores Simply Better Handmade Gooseberry Preserve
Wexford Home Preserves Wexford Home Preserves Raspberry Extra Jam
Old Irish Creamery Cheese Old Irish Creamery extra Mature White Cheddar

The awards are organised by the Guild of Fine Foods and all products to rate 3-Stars will now go forward to the Final Stage of the awards on 8th September in London, when the Supreme Champion Award will be announced.

guild of fine foods logo

Congratulations to everyone who succeeded in winning such recognition for their food product.

For Northern Ireland winners click Here

Zack

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Full List of Northern Ireland Great Taste Award Winners 2014

Northern Ireland Winners

For Republic of Ireland winners click Here

The 2014 Great Taste Award winners were announced this week and Irish food has again proven it being excellent quality product by claiming more of the prestigious Gold stars than ever before!

Great Taste Awards 2014
405 judges including leading retail buyers, chefs and food writers were involved in the seven-week judging process that involved over 10,000 individual products from the UK and Republic of Ireland.
This year’s awards also included the first-ever judging session to be held in Belfast. I was delighted to be asked to be one of the judges and I spent a very interesting three days in Belfast working with some wonderful people who are simply and totally passionate about food.

What the stars mean:

Three Stars – Sensational food and drink that has to be tasted

Two Stars – Faultless food and drink

One Star – Close to perfect
This year eleven Northern Irish Food Producers claimed a total of eighteen 3-Gold Stars. They are:

Baronscourt Estate, Donegal Rapeseed Oil (Castlederg), Ewing Seafoods, Flossie’s Fudge, Greenmount Meats, K&G McAtamney, Hannan Meats, Maud’s Ice Cream, Quail’s Fine Foods, Suki Teahouse, Thompson’s Family Teas

Northern Irish Food Producer Product Description

3 Star Great Taste Award Winners

2014 3 star

K & G McAtamney Creamy Pepper Steak Pie
Hannan Meats Moyallon 3 Sweet Bacon Ribs
Hannan Meats Himalayan Salt Aged Rib Chop
Hannan Meats Himalayan Salt Aged Rib of Beef
Hannan Meats Himalayan Salt Aged Fillet Steak
Hannan Meats Himalayan Salt Aged T-Bone
Hannan Meats Himalayan Salt Aged Ribeye Steak
Hannan Meats Himalayan Salt Aged Tagliata
Greenmount farm shop Game pie
Thompson’s Family Teas Thompson’s Organic Green tea / Ginger Pineapple
Intertee Handelsgesellschaft mbH Apples loves Mint
Gebruder Wollenhaupt GmbH Whole Peppermint
Mauds Ice Creams Strawberry Ice Cream
Quails fine foods 28 Day dry salt aged sirloin steak
Flossie’s Lightly Malted
Ewing Seafoods Walters Ma’s Tradiional Smoked Scallops
Baronscourt Estate Venison Loin

2 Star Great Taste Award Winners

2014 2 star

Amber Catering and Cakes Bacon and cheese wheaten loaf
Keenan Seafood Limited Traditional Natural Oak Smoked Haddock
Keenan Seafood Limited Traditional Natural Oak Smoked Hake
Bailies Coffee Company Silvio Espresso
Passion Preserved Kasundi
Hilden Brewery Barney’s Brew
Co Couture Ginger & Chocolate Chip Cookie
YELLOW DOOR PORTADOWN LTD FARMHOUSE CRUSTY BROWN
Chapmans Bramley Apple Crumble
Chapmans Soda Farls
HANNAN MEATS BELFAST CHAPS
HANNAN MEATS MOYALLON SWEET CURED BACON CHOP
Kay’s Kitchen No Added Sugar Raspberry Fruit Spread
HANNAN MEATS HIMALAYAN SALT AGED DELMONICO STEAK
HANNAN MEATS HIMALAYAN SALT AGED PORTERHOUSE
HANNAN MEATS HIMALAYAN SALT AGED SIRLOIN STEAK
William and Allison Abernethy Abernethy smoked butter
La Coquine Tipsy Elephant
La Coquine Cherry
Karro Food Group Ltd Cookstown Smoked Back Bacon 200g
Karro Food Group Ltd Dunnes Stores My family favourites UNSMOKED IRISH STREAKY RASHERS 250GM
Thompson’s Family Teas Thompson’s ” White meets Green “
Thompson’s Family Teas Punjana loose tea
Thompson’s Family Teas Thompson’s Punjana, Original Blend
Thompson’s Family Teas Thompson’s Signature Blend
Thompson’s Family Teas Thompson’s Irish Breakfast tea bags
Ann’s Pantry Of Larne Brown Spelt Soda
Linen Hill Kitchen & Deli Wheaten bread with Irish stout
Buchanan’s Turkey’s Buchanan’s Free Range Bronze Turkey
Mauds Ice Creams Cookies Ice Cream
White’s Irish Oatmeal Steel Cut Oats
White’s Toat’ly Oaty Multi-Seeds
East Coast Seafoods Oak Smoked Salmon Side
Tamnagh Foods Beetroot Pickle
Mckees Farm Shop Mckees Crispy Roast Potatoes in Rosemary and Tyme
MA Quail Ltd Braised Steak & Onion Pie
Quails fine foods Quails Hanger steak with Chimichurri and roasted beet purée.
Rich Sauces Rich Sauces Fish Bouillon
Pure Roast Coffee Ltd Signature
Pure Roast Coffee Ltd Decaf Espresso Beans
Quails fine foods 28 Day dry salt aged fillet steak
Kettyle Irish Foods Guiness Burger
Kettyle Irish Foods M & S Salt Moss Aged Boneless Lamb Leg Joint
Kettyle Irish Foods M & S 28 Day Dry Aged Tomahawk Steak
Baked in Belfast Pernod & Blackcurrant Jam
Morelli’s Ices Morellis Cherry Frozen Yoghurt
Broighter Gold Rapeseed Oil Broighter Gold Rapeseed Oil Infused With Basil
 Eva Paris – Tracey Jeffery Pistachio Macaron
En Place Foods Ltd Chorizo Picante Savoury-Jam
Baronscourt Estate French Rack of Venison
Linden Foods 2 Irish Hereford Cheddar and Onion Beef Burgers
En Place Foods Ltd Fig & Armagnac Jam

1 Star Great Taste Award Winners

2014 1 star

Amber Catering and Cakes Belfast stout fruit cake
Dale Farm Ltd Loseley Summer Meadow Butter
Dale Farm Ltd Dromona Pure Butter
Moditions Home Bakery Coffee and Walnut Cake
Our Daily Bread OUR DAILY BREAD : THE WHEATEN
Keenan Seafood Limited Irish Whiskey and Maple Cured Smoked Salmon
Barley cove artisan bakery Garlic and black olive focaccia
Barley cove artisan bakery Seaweed and crispy onion soda bread
Barley cove artisan bakery Treacle wheaten bread
Wake up and taste. Jude’s Estate Signature Blend
JACKSON’S BUTCHERS AND BAKERY Steak Sausage Roll
bruceshill cattle company bruceshill sausage : beef, rosemary and thyme.
K&G McAtamney lamb loin racks
Gracehill Fine Foods Gracehill Black Pudding
Bailies Coffee Company Fairtrade Espresso (90% Arabica 10% Robusta)
Bailies Coffee Company Fairtrade 100% Espresso
Bailies Coffee Company Sweet Wonders Espresso
Four Seasons Chicken Liver pate
Dale Farm Ltd Loseley 19 Extra Mature Cheddar Cheese
Hilden Brewery Headless Dog
Co Couture Dark Chocolate Florentine
Passion Preserved Sunshine relish
Four Seasons Lasagne
New olive co. ltd chilli, basil and garlic houmus
YELLOW DOOR PORTADOWN LTD HOT SMOKED GLENARM ORGANIC SALMON
Chapmans Tomato & Red Pepper Soup
Linwoods Fruit Loaf
Chapmans Potato Salad
Chapmans Moroccan Cous Cous
Chapmans Savoy Cabbage & Bacon
Linwoods Milled Organic Flaxseed, Sunflower & Pumpkin Seeds
Chapmans Viennese Swirl
YELLOW DOOR PORTADOWN LTD CRANBERRY AND WALNUT LOAF
Chapmans Fruit Soda Square
Linwoods Shelled Hemp
YELLOW DOOR PORTADOWN LTD APPLEWOOD SMOKED DRY CURE BACON
HANNAN MEATS MOYALLON DRY CURED BACK BACON
YELLOW DOOR PORTADOWN LTD FOCACCIA BLANCO BURGER BUN
Armagh Cider Company Maddens Mellow Armagh Cider
HANNAN MEATS MOYALLON SWEET CURED HAM HOCK
Armagh Cider Company Carsons Premium Armagh Cider
Chapmans Ginger Cake
Pat McKeever Long Meadow Cider (Medium)
Chapmans Caramel Slice
Avondale Foods (Craigavon) Ltd Sweet Chilli Coleslaw
Chapmans Carrot Cake
Avondale Foods Dunnes Stores Simply Better Coleslaw
Avondale Foods Dunnes Stores Christmas Coleslaw
Kay’s Kitchen Kays Kitchen Organic Marmalade
Chapmans Baby Meringues
Chapmans Chicken & Ham Pie
Chapmans Beef Lasagne
Chapmans Chicken Goujons
Chapmans Chicken & Broccoli Bake
HANNAN MEATS HIMALAYAN SALT AGED CLUB STEAK
HANNAN MEATS HIMALAYAN SALT AGED CHATEAUBRIAND
Chapmans Strawberry Jam
Hillstown Farm Roasted tomato and red pepper soup
Hillstown Farm Beer Fed 28 day dry aged Rib Eye Steak
Johnsons Coffee Johnsons Coffee – Continental Beans
Greenmount farm shop Chicken and ham pie
Cafe Alana Flakemeal Biscuit
Irwin’s Bakery Irish Rose Fruit Loaf
Irwin’s Bakery Potato Farls
A Slice of Heaven Ltd Luscious Lemon Cheesecake
William and Allison Abernethy Abernethy Butter
La Coquine Salted Muscovado Caramel
La Coquine Thai Lime
La Coquine Whiskey Caramel
Karro Food Group Ltd Dunnes Stores Simply Better Dry Cured Whiskey Smoked Irish Gammon Joint 1.2kg
Clogher Valley Meats Shortbread Stars
Heavenly Tasty Organics Lentil and Vegetable Soup Baby Food
Heavenly Tasty Organics Spaghetti Bolognese Baby Food
Thompson’s Family Teas Thompson’s Single Estate Darjeeling
Thompson’s Family Teas Punjana Green Tea bags
Thompson’s Family Teas Thompson’s White Tea Romance
Thompson’s Family Teas Thompson’s Turkish Apple
Thompson’s Family Teas Thompson’s Titanic Luxury Loose
Thompson’s Family Teas Thompson’s Everyday Blend tea bags
Thompson’s Family Teas Tesco Finest Tea bags
Ann’s Pantry Of Larne Guinness wheaten
Ann’s Pantry of Larne Spelt Potato Bread with Black Pudding
Ann’s Pantry of Larne Spelt Boiled Cake
Ann’s Pantry of Larne Custard Tart
Ann’s Pantry of Larne Ginger Cake
Ann’s Pantry of Larne Spelt Maderia
Yummy Bakes Shortbread biscuit
Yummy Bakes NI Nutty Flakemeal
Yummy Bakes NI Posh scone
Yummy Bakes NI Yummy Cake (lemon and Coconut)
M&W Farm Meats 28 day matured rib eye steak
Cobden + Brown Cobden + Brown 85% Cocoa
Cobden + Brown Cobden + Brown 70% Single Origin Equador
Linen Hill Kitchen & Deli Paradise slice
Linen Hill Kitchen & Deli Piccalilli
PEPPUP Limited PEPPUP
Joy’s Artisan Foods Handmade Irish Cream Liqueur & White Chocolate Fudge
Joy’s Artisan Foods Handmade Butter Fudge
Joy’s Artisan Foods Handmade Butter Fudge Tablet
Crust & Crumb Bakery Ltd Tomato & Marscapone Stone-baked Pizza
Buchanan’s Turkey’s Buchanan’s Free Range Bronze Turkey Breast Joint
Gebruder Wollenhaupt GmbH Dark Cocoa Tea
McLeod Russel India Ltd. Fairtrade Rainforest Alliance Certified Breakfast Tea
Stewarts craft butchery & deli Two Spires Brisket
Deli Muru Brinjal pickle
Granny Braid’s Fudge
Mauds Ice Creams Poor Bear’s Delight Ice Cream
Mauds Ice Creams Choccy Bear Ice Cream
Mauds Ice Creams Coffee Ice Cream
Hughes Craft Distillery Ltd RubyBlue Blackcurrant Liqueur
Hovis limited Belfast Farmhouse Brown soda bread
Hovis Limited Belfast Square brown soda with wheatgerm
White’s Toat’ly Oaty Wild Fruit
White’s Toat’ly Oaty Original
White’s Jumbo Oats Caddy
White’s Organic Jumbo Oats
White’s Oat Bran – Medium Cut
White’s Irish Oatmeal Old Fashioned Oats
White’s Toasted Oats Apple & Cinnamon Crunch
East Coast Seafoods Oak Smoked Skinless Coley Fillet
Glastry Farm Glastry Farm Vanilla Bean
Glastry Farm Glastry Farm Coconut Ice-Cream
Glastry Farm Glastry Farm Yellowman Honeycomb
Cavanagh Free Range Eggs Ltd Free range eggs
Tamnagh Foods Maple Nut & Fruit Granola
Mckees Farm Shop Mckees Oven Roasted Sunblushed Tomato and Cheese Focaccia
Mckees Farm Shop Mckees Cinnamon Scone
Rich Sauces Alfee’s Real Mayo
Mckees Farm Shop Mckees Roasted Mix Nut Roast
Mckees Farm Shop Mckees Extra Dry aged Ribeye Steak
Angus Farm Shop, Greyabbey. Beef & Irish Stout Sausage.
Lidl/Willowbrook Foods Creamy Curry Coleslaw
Mash Direct Ltd Mash Direct Cauliflower Cheese Gratin
Harnett’s Oils Extra-Virgin Rapeseed Oil
Mash Direct Ltd Mash Direct Red Cabbage and Beetroot
Krazi Baker Potato Apple Bread
Rich Sauces Rich Sauces Tartar Sauce
Clandeboye Estate Yoghurt Co. Mango Yoghurt Smoothie
Clandeboye Estate Yoghurt Co. Blueberry Yoghurt Smoothie
Keen Nutrition Almond Butter – Crunchy
William Orr and Son Orr’s First Choice Arran Victory
Rich Sauces Alfees Tomato Ketchup
Rich Sauces Rich Sauces Caesar Dressing
Rich Sauces Rich Sauces Vegetable Bouillon
Rich Sauces Rich Sauces Ham Bouillon
Angus farm shop, Greyabbey. Pork & Pepper Sausage.
THE HEATHERLEA GRANDMA GETTY’S CARAMEL SAUCE
Rich Sauces Rich Sauces Chicken Bouillon
Lidl/Willowbrook Foods Creamy Rooster Mash
Mash Direct Ltd Mash Direct Potato Cakes with Bacon
The Offbeat Bottling Company Extremely Cocolate-Orange Marmalade
Miss McKeowns Assam Gold
Quails fine foods Quails dry cure hand sliced bacon
Miss McKeowns Strawberry Pear Champagne
Clandeboye Estate Yoghurt Co. Madagascan Vanilla Greek Style Yoghurt
Clandeboye Estate Yoghurt Co. Blueberry Yoghurt
Clandeboye Estate Yoghurt Co. Greek Style Yoghurt
Paul McClean, Kearney Cheese Company Kearney Blue
Quails fine foods Quails wheaten bread
Quails fine foods Handmade pork and leek sausages
Quails fine foods 28 Day dry salt aged Cote de boeuf
Kettyle Irish Foods M & S Salt Moss Aged Sirloin Steak
Kettyle Irish Foods M&S Salt Moss Aged Fillet Steak
Kettyle Irish Foods Senior Long Carve Sirloin
Erin Grove Preserves Rhubarb and Ginger Preserve
Millar Meats Succulent Carvery Rib on the bone
Millar Meats Co. Fermanagh reared rib eye
Baked in Belfast Gin & Tonic Marmalade
Broighter Gold Rapeseed Oil Broighter Gold Rapeseed Oil Infused With Rosemary & Garlic
Broighter Gold Rapeseed Oil Broighter Gold Rapeseed Oil
Broighter Gold Rapeseed Oil Broighter Gold Rapeseed Oil Infused With Chilli
William Grant and Co. Ltd., Culmore Grant’s Dry Cure Back Bacon
The Good Food and Wine Company Ltd Traditional Irish Shortbread with Ginger
The Good Food and Wine Company Ltd Pure Apple Juice infused with Cloves
The Good Food and Wine Company Ltd Irish Smoked Salmon infused with Irish Whiskey
Morelli’s Ices Morellis Rhubarb & Custard Ice Cream
Morelli’s Ices Morellis Sea Salty Caramel Ice Cream
The Good Food and Wine Company Ltd Traditional Yellowman Honeycomb coated in Dark Chocolate
Eva Paris Raspberry Macaron
The Whalley Cafe Whalley’s Luxury Carmel Squares
Ewing Seafoods Ewing’s Award Winning Tradional Pale Smoked Cod
Ewing Seafoods Ewing’s Finest Irish Organic Tradionally Smoked Salmon
Ewing Seafoods Ewing’s Finest Traditionally Smoked Salmon
Blackthorn Foods Melting Pot Spiced Orange Fudge
BROWNLEE’S Breakfast Marmalade with Earl Grey (Coarsely chopped Lemon, Orange and Grapefruit).
Kee’s Outdoor Saddlebacks Kee’s Outdoor Saddleback Shoulder Roast
En Place Foods Ltd Cherry-Berry Jam
En Place Foods Ltd Plum & Elderberry Jam
En Place Foods Ltd Mandarin, Pomegranate & Lime Jelly Marmalade (No Peel, No Seed)
En Place Foods Ltd BLT Relish – Loves a rasher
Linden Foods 2 Irish Hereford Fillet Steaks
Linden Foods 2 Irish Hereford Rib Eye Steaks
En Place Foods Ltd Apricot & Amaretto “Extra Fruit “ Jam
Cloughbane Farm Foods Ltd Homemade Stuffing
Cloughbane Farm Foods Ltd Steak, Onion & Mushroom Pie
Cloughbane Farm Foods Ltd Chicken, Ham & Leek Pie
Cloughbane Farm Foods Ltd Turkey & Stuffing Pie
Cloughbane Farm Foods Ltd Chicken & Broccoli Bake
SD Bell & Co Ltd SD Bell’s Barista 1887 Signature Roast
So Popcorn t/a Pop Notch Salty Caramel

The awards are organised by the Guild of Fine Foods and all products to rate 3-Stars will now go forward to the Final Stage of the awards on 8th September in London, when the Supreme Champion Award will be announced.

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Congratulations to everyone who succeeded in winning such recognition for their food product.

For Republic of Ireland winners click Here

Zack

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Shortlist for the 2014 FOOD&WINE Magazine Restaurant of the Year Awards

The FOOD&WINE Magazine Restaurant of the Year Awards, now in its 14th year, are considered one of the most prestigious and authoritative culinary awards in the Irish calendar. Recognising the best Irish restaurants and culinary talent, diners from all over Ireland were invited to nominate their favourite restaurants and chefs.

The top entries went forward for deliberation by a national culinary panel of judges made up of industry experts and national food critics. After much deliberation on each category, each judge voted in secret for their top 10 in each category, including the top 10 restaurants and chefs from all four provinces, with Dublin treated separately.

 

Food and Wine Awards 2014

 

The national awards for Overall Best Chef and Overall Best Restaurant were put through a further judging process, where the entire judging panel and all previous panel members voted electronically and in private.

All of the regional and national winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on 17 August. In addition to Best Chef and Best Restaurant, awards will also be presented for Best Sommelier, Best Service, Best World Cuisine and Best Wine Experience.

“This year, we are very excited to recognise emerging chefs and restaurateurs who have been striving for excellence over the last year and are now getting the accolades they deserve. Of course, established restaurants that continue to innovate, yet maintain the same standards of excellence, will always be rewarded. It is also encouraging to see a significant growth in quality, regional eateries across the country this year, which provided plenty of fodder for debate during the judging process,” commented Miriam Atkins, editor of FOOD&WINE Magazine.

 

NB -Shortlist is in Alphabetical Order, placing to be announced on Sunday August 17that the Four Seasons Dublin

Best Restaurant

Best Restaurant Ulster – Shortlist
4th Wall, Belfast
Balloo House, Down
Coppi, Belfast
Deanes Meat Locker Belfast
Hadskis, Belfast
James Street South Restaurant, Belfast
MacNean House & Restaurant, Cavan
Ox, Belfast
Rayanne House, Down
The Catalina Restaurant, Lough Erne Resort, Fermanagh
Best Restaurant Munster – Shortlist
1826 Adare, Limerick
Ballymaloe House, Cork
Gregans Castle, Clare
Les Gourmandises, Cork
Longueville House, Cork
Sage, Cork
The Cliff House, Waterford
The Mustard Seed at Echo Lodge, Limerick
The Tannery, Dungarvan, Waterford
Wild Honey Inn, Clare
Best Restaurant Leinster – Shortlist
Campagne Restaurant, Gashouse Lane, Kilkenny City
Aldridge Lodge Restaurant, New Ross, Wexford
Brabazon Restaurant, Tankardstown House, Slane, Meath
Chakra by Jaipur, Greystones, Wicklow
Dunbrody House, Wexford
Lady Helen, Mount Juliet, Kilkenny
Sha-Roe, Carlow
The Strawberry Tree Restaurant at Brooklodge & Wells Spa, Macreddin Village, Wicklow
Vie de Chateaux, Naas,  Kildare
Viewmount House, Longford
Best Restaurant Connacht – Shortlist
An Port Mór, Westport, Mayo
Aniar Restaurant,  Lower Dominick St, Galway
Ashford Castle Hotel, Cong, Mayo
Ballynahinch Castle, Connemara
Coopershill House, Sligo
Inis Meain Restaurant, Aran Islands, Galway
Kai Café and Restaurant, Sea Road, Galway
La Fougere Restaurant, Knockranny House Hotel, Westport, Mayo
O’Grady’s on the Pier, Barna, Galway
Oscar’s Seafood Bistro, Galway
Best Restaurant Dublin – Shortlist
Ananda, Dundrum, Dublin 14
Chapter One, Parnell Square
Dax, Pembroke Street Upper, Dublin
Forest Avenue, Sussex Road
L’Ecrivain, Lower Baggot Street, Dublin
Pearl Brasserie, Upper Merrion Street, Dublin
Restaurant Forty One at Residence, St Stephens Green
Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud
The Greenhouse, Dawson St
Thorntons, Fitzwilliam Hotel, St Stephen’s Green

Best Chef

Best Chef Ulster – Shortlist
Carl Johansen, James Street South Bistro Bar & Grill, Belfast
Chris Fearon, Deanes at Queens, Belfast
Conor McClellend, Rayanne House, Belfast
Danny Millar, Balloo House, Down
David Gillmore, James Street South Restaurant, Belfast
Ian Orr, Browns, Derry
Neven Maguire, MacNean House & Restaurant, Cavan
Niall McKenna, Hadskis, Belfast
Noel McMeel, The Catalina, Fermanagh
Simon Toye, Deanes Meat Locker, Belfast
Best Chef Munster – Shortlist
Aidan McGrath, Wild Honey Inn, Clare
Caithlyn Ruth, Deasy’s Harbor Bar
David Hurley, Gregans Castle, Clare
Eddie Ongchok Fong, Aroi
Eric Theze, La Boheme, Waterford
Kevin Aherne, Sage, Cork
Martijn Kajuiter, The Cliff House, Waterford
Paul Flynn, The Tannery Restaurant, Waterford
Wade Murphy, 1826 Adare, Limerick
William O’Callaghan, Longueville House, Cork
Best Chef Leinster – Shortlist
Aidan MacManus, King Sitric, Howth, County Dublin
Billy Whitty, Aldridge Lodge, Wexford
Cormac Rowe, The Lady Helen, Mount Juliet, Kilkenny
Garrett Byrne, Campagne, Kilkenny
Gary O’Hanlon, Viewmount House Restaurant, Dublin Road, Longford
Henry Stone, Sha-Roe, Carlow
Lalit Kumar, Chakra by Jaipur, Greystones, Wicklow
Oliver Dunne, Bon Appetit, Malahide, County Dublin
Robbie Krawczyk, Brabazon Restaurant, Tankardstown House, Meath
Tim Daly, The Strawberry Tree, The Brooklodge & Wells Spa, Wicklow
Best Chef Connacht – Shortlist
Christina McCauley, Coopershill House, Sligo
Frankie Mallon, An Port Mór, Westport, Mayo
Jessica Murphy, Kai Café and Restaurant, 20 Sea Rd, Galway
Johnathan Keane, The Lodge at Ashford, Mayo
JP McMahon, Cava Bodega, Galway
Michael O’Meara, Oscars Seafood Restaurant, Galway
Ruairi de Blacam, Inis Meain, Aran islands, Galway
Seamus Commons, La Fougére Restaurant, Knockranny, Westport, Mayo
Tim O’Sullivan, Renvyle House Hotel, Renvyle, Connemara, Galway
Ultan Cooke, Aniar Restaurant, Lower Dominick St, Galway
Best Chef Dublin – Shortlist
Conor O’Dowd, Dax
Derry Clarke, l’Ecrivain, Lower Bagott Street
Graham Neville, Restaurant Forty One at Residence, St Stephens Green
Guillaume Lebrun, Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud
John Wyer, Forest Avenue, Sussex Road, Dublin 4
Kevin Thornton, Thornton’s
Mickael Viljanen, The Greenhouse Restaurant, Dawson Street
Ross Lewis, Chapter One, Parnell Square
Stephen Gibson, Pichet, Trinity St
Sunil Ghai, Ananda, Dundrum, Dublin 14

National Shortlist

Best Wine Experience
Ballymaloe, Cork
Chapter One, Dublin
Dax, Dublin
Ely Wine Bar, Ely Place, Dublin 2
Greenacres, Wexford
Kelly’s Resort Hotel, Wexford
La Fougere, Knockranny, Mayo
Ox, Belfast
Restaurant Forty-One, Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2
Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, Dublin
Best Sommelier
Alain Kerloc’h, Ox, Belfast
Colm McCan, Ballymaloe, Cork
Damian Corr, The Cellar, Dublin
Ed Jolliffe, Chapter One, Dublin
Ian Brosnan, Ely Wine Bar, Dublin
Martina Delaney, l’Ecrivain, Dublin
Nicolas Fajours, La Fougere, Mayo
Nisea Doddy, The Shelbourne, Dublin
Pierre-Marie Faure, Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, Dublin
Thomy Sabbe, Pearl Brasserie
Victor Nedelea, Restaurant Forty-One, Residence, Dublin
Best Casual Dining
1826 Adare, Limerick
Aroi, Limerick
Etto, D2
Fade Street Social, D2
Farmgate, English Market
Farmgate, Midleton, Cork
James Street South Bar & Grill, Belfast
Las Tapas de Lola, D2
The Black Pig, Kinsale, Cork
Wild Honey Inn, Lisdoonvana
Ethnic & World Cuisine
Ananda, Dundrum, Dublin
Aroi, Limerick
Chakra by Jaipur, Greystones, Wicklow
China Sichuan, Sandyford, Dublin
Las Tapas de Lola, Dublin 2
M&L Chinese Restaurant, Dublin
Montys of Kathmandu, Dublin 1
Musashi, Capel Street, Dublin
Rasam, Glasthule, County Dublin
Saba, Dublin
Best Service
Ananda, Dundrum, Dublin 14
Chapter One, Dublin
L’Ecrivain, Dublin
Ox, Belfast
Rayanne House, Down
Renvyle House Hotel, Galway
Restaurant Forty One, Dublin
Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, Dublin
The Mustard Seed at Echo Lodge, Limerick
The Tannery, Dungarvan, Waterford
Viewmount House, Longford

The winners of the 14th Annual FOOD&WINE Magazine Restaurant of the Year Awards will be announced at a gala luncheon on Sunday 17 August at The Four Seasons, Dublin 4.

Best of Luck to all involved!

Zack

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Irish Quality Food & Drink Awards 2014 Finalists Announced

Following a huge wave of entries and 8 days of tough judging, the shortlisted products for the Irish Quality Food and Drink Awards have been announced today. The 180 shortlisted food and drink products in 50 categories are now in with a chance to win one of the prestigious awards in a ceremony hosted by TV Chef and author Catherine Fulvio on 11th September in the Round Room, Mansion House, Dublin.

This year for the first time a panel of judges from Musgrave Retail Partners chose finalists for the Small Producer of the Year Award – designed to celebrate artisanal foods and drink in Ireland and sponsored by SuperValu. The winner will be offered a prestigious listing in SuperValu stores.

Small Producer of the Year Award (Listing in SuperValu) Finalists are:

 

· Chicken Liver Paté with Garlic & Brandy – On The Pig’s Back c/o La Charcuterie Irlandaise Ltd

· Scotts Irish Cider – Big Hand Brewing Company Ltd

· Sweet BBQ Pulled Pork – Jack & Keith Molloy Bros. Ltd

Organiser, Helen Lyons, is thrilled with the success of the awards so far and said the judging was a “fantastic 8 days which brought together some of the very best food and drink on sale in Ireland and many of the Nation’s top foodies”.

The Irish Quality Food Awards set out to recognise excellence in product development for food and drink producers, retailers and catering companies in Ireland (North & South) with Q Awards being awarded across 50 different categories. The Overall Gold Q is awarded to the one product that stands out among all the other entries and is chosen from the winners of the main categories, representing the very best of the best.

Bruce Langlands, Director of Food Beverage at Harrods and Co-chair of the IQFA Judging Panel

“The judging process encapsulates all elements of the product, from its ingredients, its cooking or serving suggestions and equally important, its packaging.” said Bruce Langlands, Director of Food & Beverage at Harrods and Co-chair of the IQFA Judging Panel. “Unlike awards which judge products “blind” so that you cannot see the packaging, we do the exact opposite. We demand that our judges know as much as possible about the food and drink that they are sampling so they can respond as a consumer would – with their eyes first, and then with their nose and their mouth.”

The awards are open to all retailers, food producers, wholesalers and food service operators across Northern and Southern Ireland. They are a unique collaboration between Food and Hospitality Ireland and the UK Quality Food and Drink Awards (now in its 33rd year) and sponsored by top UK packaging manufacturer, Benson Group as well as Invest Northern Ireland and MLS Labelling & Printing Systems.

All excess food from the judging was given to The Capuchin Centre for Homeless People, which provides warm food each day and more than 1800 food hampers a week to vulnerable people in Dublin and FareShare.

The Full List of Shortlisted Q-Award Finalists are:

Bagged Snacks

Judges’ choice winner

Biscuits – Savoury and Sweet

Broderick’s 6 Assorted and Indulgent Mini-Bites – Ina’s Kitchen Desserts

My Family Favourites Milk Chocolate & Hazelnut Wafer – Dunnes Stores / CKS

Simply Better All Butter White Chocolate and Raspberry Cookies – Dunnes Stores / Regale Biscuit Co.

Simply Better Irish Wholemeal Crackers – Dunnes Stores / Regale Biscuit Co.

Bread – Small Breads and Rolls

Black Olive Roll – Tesco / Panelto Foods

Italian Style White Baguette – Lidl / Panelto Foods

Multigrain Tuscan Roll – Lidl / Panelto Foods

Bread – Large Loaves

Fruit Loaf – Tesco / Irwin’s Bakery

Low GI Multiseed Cob – Lidl / Mannings Bakery

Multiseed Vienna – Lidl / Aryzta

Bread – Morning Goods

Finest Muesli Bread – Tesco / Arytza

Genesis Crafty Blueberry Pancakes – Genesis Crafty

Genesis Crafty Mini Sultana Scones – Genesis Crafty

Bread – Speciality Breads

Cinnamon & Raisin Soda Bread – Lidl / WD Irwins & Sons

Four Cheese Loaf – Cuisine de France

Stout Bread – Lidl / WD Irwins & Sons

Bread – Wheaten and Soda Breads

Aldi Specially Selected Rustic Wheaten – Aldi / Stapletons Bakery

Genesis Crafty Toaster Wheaten – Genesis Crafty

Simply Better Buttermilk Soda Bread – Dunnes Stores / Neville’s Bakery

Wheaten Soda Bannoch – Musgrave Retail Partners / McErlains Bakery

Cakes and Morning Goods

Apple & Blackberry Lattice Bar – Tesco / Golden Bake

Large Red Berry Scone – Lidl / Aryzta

Mini Carrot Cake Loaf – Tesco / Aryzta

Cereals

Aldi Organic Porridge – Aldi / Stafford Lynch

Kavanagh’s Luxury Fruit Porridge with Apple, Raisin & Cinnamon Dusted Cranberries – Aldi / Stafford Lynch

Simply Better Irish Handmade Red Berry Granola – Dunnes Stores / The Foods of Athenry

Cheese

Irish Extra Mature Cheddar – Lidl / Dale Farm Dairies

Irish Vintage Cheddar – Lidl / Dale Farm Dairies

Simply Better Cashel Blue – Dunnes Stores / Traditional Cheese Company

Simply Better Cooleeney – Dunnes Stores / Traditional Cheese Company

Chocolate and Confectionery

Irish Chocolate Selection – Lidl / Lir Chocolates

Irish Cream Liqueur Chocolates – Lidl / Lir Chocolates

Yellowman Honeycomb Covered in Dark Chocolate – The Good Food & Wine Company Ltd

Christmas Q – Christmas Cakes, Bakery and Desserts

Aldi Specially Selected 907g Irish Christmas Pudding – Aldi / Seerys Bakery

Aldi Specially Selected Chocolate Centred Christmas Pudding – Aldi / Seerys Bakery

Dunnes Stores 6 Deep Filled All Butter Mince Pies – Dunnes Stores / Sargeants Bakeries

Novelty Christmas Cake – Dunnes Stores / Sam’s Cookies

SuperValu Pear & Cream Liqueur Chocolate Log – Musgrave Retail Partners / Sean Stafford’s Bakery

Christmas Q – Christmas Chilled, Grocery Ambient, Meat, Fish & Savoury

Aldi Irish Cheese Board – Aldi / Horgans Deli

Fresh Three Bird Roast – Lidl / Hogan’s Turkeys

Simply Better Cranberry Sauce – Dunnes Stores / Wexford Preserves

Simply Better Ham Glaze – Dunnes Stores / Wexford Preserves

Cold Beverages

Finest Orange Juice – Tesco / Keeling F Juices Ltd

Green Apple Beer (non-alcoholic) – The Good Food & Wine Company Ltd

Simply Better Valencia Orange Juice – Dunnes Stores / Keeling F Juices Ltd

Dairy and Milk Products – Butters and Spreads

Connacht Gold Low Fat Butter – Aurivo Consumer Foods Ltd

Dairy Manor Irish Creamery Butter – Town of Monaghan Co-Op

Dairy Manor Unsalted Butter – Town of Monaghan Co-Op

Dairymaid Premium Spread – JDS Foods

Golden Cow Butter – Kerry Foods

Dairy and Milk Products – Yogurts

Aldi Specially Selected Handmade Farmhouse Raspberry Yogurt – Aldi / Killowen

Simply Better Handmade Blackberry & Apple Farmhouse Yogurt – Dunnes Stores / Green Valley Farms

Simply Better Handmade Lemon Curd Farmhouse Yogurt – Dunnes Stores / Green Valley Farms Ltd

SuperValu Signature Tastes Rhubarb Layer Yogurt – Musgrave Retail Partners / Killowen

SuperValu Signature Tastes Strawberry Yogurt – Musgrave Retail Partners / Irish Yogurts Ltd

Delicatessen – Antipasti

Carved Cajun Chicken Breast Slices – Lidl / Green Farm Foods

Dunnes Stores Italian Salami Milano – Dunnes Stores / Horgan’s Delicatessen Supplies Ltd

Dunnes Stores Peppered Salami – Dunnes Stores / Horgan’s Delicatessen Supplies Ltd

Pastrami Irish Beef – Tesco / O’Brien Fine Foods

Delicatessen – Other Deli Counter Products

Aldi Specially Selected Torn Ham with Herb & Onion – Aldi / Country Style

Brady Family Glazed Ham on the Bone – O’Brien Fine Foods

Denny Deli Style 100% Natural Ingredients Crumbed Ham – Kerry Foods

Duck Liver Paté – On The Pig’s Back c/o La Charcuterie Irlandaise Ltd

Wild about Nettle Pesto – Wild About

Wiltshire Cured Ham on the Bone – Musgrave Retail Partners / O’ Brien Fine Foods

Desserts and Puddings

Lemon Cheesecake – Lidl / Prestige Foods

SuperValu Signature Tastes Apple Tarte Tatin, Caramel Sauce – Musgrave Retail Partners / Couverture

SuperValu Signature Tastes Panacotta – Musgrave Retail Partners / Prestige Foods

Tesco Luxury All Butter Apple Tart – Tesco / Mannings Bakery

Fish – Fresh Fish

Burren Smoked Irish Organic Salmon with Seaweed Marinade – Burren Smokehouse Ltd

Burren Hot Smoked Irish Organic Salmon with Honey, Lemon & Dill – Burren Smokehouse Ltd

Glenarm Organic Smoked Salmon – Glenarm Organic Salmon

Simply Better Dublin Bay Prawn Cocktail – Dunnes Stores / Nolan Seafoods

Simply Better Honey and Dill Smoked Salmon – Dunnes Stores / Burren Smokehouse Ltd

Fish – Fresh Fish Dishes

Cajun Salmon Darnes – Tesco / Goodfish

Dublin Bay Prawn Cocktail – Lidl / William Carr & Sons

Fish For Two Salmon With Soy Sauce and Ginger – Musgrave Retail Partners / Dunn’s of Dublin

Seafood Chowder – Lidl / Galmere

Food To Go

Chicken With Garam Masala Soup – Musgrave Retail Partners / Ballymaguire

Classic Fruit Salad – Lidl / Fresh Cut Food Services

Tesco Open Salmon Sandwich on Soda Bread – Tesco / Freshways

Tesco Pearl Barley Salad with Basil Dressing – Tesco / Nature’s Best

Free From – Chilled & Savoury

Aldi ‘Has No’ Baps (White) – Aldi / Gallaghers Bakery

Aldi ‘Has No’ Delicious Soft White Bread – Aldi / Gallaghers Bakery

Mallon’s Gluten Free/Low Fat Leek & Pepper Sausages – Arthur Mallon Foods

Mallon’s Gluten Free and Low Fat Sausages – Arthur Mallon Foods

Rudd’s Gluten Free Sausages – O’Brien Fine Foods

Free From – Sweet

Aldi ‘Has No’ Muffins (Lemon) – Aldi / Gallaghers Bakery

Cashew, Almond and Cinnamon Gluten Free Granola – Maria Lucia Bakes Ltd

Cranberry, Coconut and Chia Seed Gluten Free Granola – Maria Lucia Bakes Ltd

Fresh Meat, Game and Poultry – Bacon

Irish Honeycure Back Bacon Rashers – Lidl / Honeyvale Foods

Irish Smoked Maple Cure Back Bacon Rashers – Lidl / Honeyvale Foods

Simply Better Dry Cured Irish Rashers – Dunnes Stores / Callan Bacon

SuperValu Thick Cut Rasher with 100% Natural Ingredients – Musgrave Retail Partners / Carty Ltd

SuperValu Signature Tastes Smoked Rack Of Bacon – Musgrave Retail Partners / Carty Ltd

Fresh Meat, Game and Poultry – Beef Steaks

21 Day Matured European Angus Sirloin Steak – Blackberry Hill Farm

Aldi Specially Selected 28 Day Dry Aged Rib Eye – Aldi / ABP Cahir

Inisvale Irish Hereford Fillet Steaks – Linden Foods

Irish Hereford Striploin Steaks – Lidl / Linden Foods

Fresh Meat, Game and Poultry – Poultry

Confit of Duck – Silver Hill Farm

Duck Breast with Garlic and Pepper – Lidl / Silver Hill Foods

Yummy Duck – Silver Hill Farm

Fresh Meat, Game and Poultry – Sausages, Burgers and Meatballs

Irish Beef Sausage with Sea Salt and Cracked Black Pepper – Tesco / Hilton Foods

Moroccan Lamb Burger – Tesco / Hilton Foods

Simply Better 6 Superior Honey & Mustard Irish Pork Sausages – Dunnes Stores / Arthur Mallon Foods

Simply Better 6 Superior Spring Onion & Cracked Black Pepper Irish Pork Sausages – Dunnes Stores/Arthur Mallon Foods

The Co-Operative Chipotle Chilli Meatball Bake – Dunbia

Fresh Meat, Game and Poultry – Pork, Lamb and Other Joints

Butchers Select Lamb Rack French Trim – Musgrave Wholesale Partners / Kepak

Simply Better Dry Cured Irish Bacon Loin Joint with Acacia Honey & Mustard Glaze – Dunnes Stores / Oliver Carty

Stuffed Irish Lamb Leg – Lidl / Irish Country Meats

SuperValu Piri Piri Marinade Pork Steak – Musgrave Retail Partners / Oliver Carty

SuperValu Smokey BBQ Marinade Pork Steak – Musgrave Retail Partners / Oliver Carty

Fresh Produce – Fruit

Classic Fruit Salad – Lidl / Fresh Cut Food Services

SuperValu Fruit Salad Mix – Musgrave Retail Partners / Freshcut Foods

SuperValu Kids Range Apple and Pear Pouch – Musgrave Retail Partners / Keelings Retail

SuperValu Signature Tastes Supersweet Nectarine Tray – Musgrave Retail Partners / Donnelly Fruit and Veg

Fresh Produce – Salad

Finest Irish Piccolo Cherry Tomatoes – Tesco / Jim O’Rourke

SuperValu Signature Tastes Seasonal Leaf and Walnut Salad – Musgrave Retail Partners / Wonderfoods

Fresh Produce – Vegetables

Easy Cook 7 Minute Baby New Potatoes – Keogh’s

SuperValu Signature Tastes Butternut Squash Stirfry with Edamame Beans & Coriander – Musgrave Retail Partners / Wonderfoods

Frozen Food – Savoury

Aldi Specially Selected Irish Beef Quarter Pounders with Cheddar Cheese and Red Onion – Aldi / Kepak Foods

Aldi Specially Selected Irish Beef Quarter Pounders with Cheddar Cheese and Sweet Chilli – Aldi / Kepak Foods

Dunnes Mega Burger – Dunnes Stores / Kepak Foods

Frozen Food – Sweet

Raspberry & White Chocolate Gelato – Quinn’s Gelato Limited

Roll It Sweet All Butter Shortcrust Pastry – Roll It Pastry

Tesco Vanilla Flavoured Ice Cream 1 pint – Tesco / Lakelands

Grocery Ambient – Savoury

Honeyed Fig, Rhubarb & Chilli Savoury Jam – Irish Bee Sensations

Kari Tropical – Spice Devils

Musgrave Excellence Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Musgrave Wholesale Partners / Pan Euro Foods

Simply Better Luxury Irish Country Relish – Dunnes Stores / Folláin

SuperValu Signature Tastes Roasted Red Pepper Relish – Musgrave Retail Partners / Folláin

Grocery Ambient – Sweet

Aldi Organic Honey – Aldi / Healys Honey

Blackcurrant and Rum Jam – Lidl / Abbey Farm Foods

Deluxe Acacia Honey with Cut Comb - Lidl / Mileeven Fine Foods

Simply Better Three Fruit Marmalade – Dunnes Stores / Wexford Home Preserves

SuperValu Signature Tastes Raspberry Conserve – Musgrave Retail Partners / Folláin

Hot Beverages

Cinnamon Hot Toddy (non-Alcoholic) – The Good Food & Wine Company Ltd

Homestead Original Blend Tea – Homestead Brands / Stonehouse Marketing Ltd

McGrath’s Reserve Blend Tea – Aldi / Robert Roberts

My Family Favourites Gold Blend 80s Teabags – Dunnes Stores / Barry’s Tea

SuperValu Gold Blend Teabags – Musgrave Retail Partners / Barber Daly

SuperValu Signature Tastes Colombian Supremo Coffee Beans – Musgrave Retail Partners / United Coffee

Pizzas

My Family Favourites 3 Pepperoni Pizzas – Dunnes Stores / Green Isle Foods

Pizzado – Choice Pizza Ltd

Tesco Bistro Italiano Chargrilled Peppers, Goats Cheese & Spinach Pesto Pizza – Tesco / Green Isle Foods

Ready Meals

Aldi Tasty Chicken Tikka Masala – Aldi / Kohinoor Ltd T/A Emaan Worldcuisine

Bombay Chicken Curry - Bombay Pantry

SuperValu Signature Tastes Lamb Tagine – Musgrave Retail Partners / Ballymaguire

SuperValu Signature Tastes Smoked Haddock Fillet in a Mornay Sauce – Musgrave Retail Partners / Ballymaguire

Sauces and Salad Dressings

Creamy Peppercorn Sauce – Lidl / Spice’o’Life

SuperValu Squeezy Light Mayonnaise – Musgrave Retail Partners / Blenders

Vine Tomato & Jalapeno Pasta Sauce – The Scullery

Seasonal Occasions

Aldi Chocolate Box (Mother’s Day) – Aldi

Aldi Roisins Honeycomb Easter Egg – Aldi

Iced Easter Madeira Cake – Dunnes Stores / Sam’s Cookies

Side Dishes

Dunnes Stores Simply Better Cranberry, Apricot & Clementine Stuffing – Dunnes Stores / Mr Crumb

Mini Stuffed Mushrooms with Garlic & Cream Cheese – Lidl / Unimush Ireland

SuperValu Signature Tastes Braised Red Cabbage – Musgrave Retail Partners / Ballymaguire

Soups

Cream of Tomato Soup – Lidl / Princes

Fresh & Chunky Minestrone Soup – Newgrange Fine Foods

Just Food HiLo Super Greens Soup – Just Food

Sri Lankan Chicken Soup – Lidl / Ballymaguire Foods

Value Q

Daily Basics Jaffa Cakes – Musgrave Retail Partners / Bisquiva GmbH & Co. KG

My Family Favourites Irish Fruit Loaf – Dunnes Stores / Neville’s Bakery

My Family Favourites Strawberry Jam – Dunnes Stores / Histon Sweet Spreads

SuperValu Small Producer of the Year Award – Shortlisted to Win a Listing with SuperValu:

Chicken Liver Paté with Garlic & Brandy – On The Pig’s Back c/o La Charcuterie Irlandaise Ltd

Scotts Irish Cider – Big Hand Brewing Company Ltd

Sweet BBQ Pulled Pork – Jack & Keith Molloy Bros. Ltd

Cider

Dan Kelly’s Cider – Dan Kelly’s Cider

Fresh & Zesty Cider – The Good Food & Wine Company Ltd

Tempted? Special Reserve Irish Craft Cider – dj’s juice and cider

Tempted? Summer Sweet Irish Craft Cider – dj’s juice and cider

Lagers & Ales

Aldi “O’Shea’s” Traditional Irish Pale Ale – Aldi / Carlow Brewing Co.

Independent Pale – Independent Brewing Company of Ireland

Independent Stout – Independent Brewing Company of Ireland

Sparkling Wine

Crémant d’Alsace Brut AOC – Lidl / S.C.V.B

Prosecco DOC Frizzante – Lidl / La Marca Vini E Spumanti

Spirits – Liqueurs and Speciality Spirits

Coole Swan – Coole Swan

Deluxe Irish Cream Liqueur 17% – Lidl / Terra Ltd

Spirits – Whiskies

Aldi Clontarf Classic Blend Whiskey – Aldi / Castle Brands Inc

Dundalgan Irish Whiskey – Lidl / Terra Ltd

Wine

Chilean Sauvignon Blanc Winemaker’s Selection – Lidl / Lidl International GmbH

Pinot Grigio Rosé – Lidl / Lidl International GmbH

St. Emilion Gran Cru AOC, 2011 – Lidl / Union de Producteurs de Saint-Emilion

Note: The organisers chose to merge some categories due to the number of entrants, and remove several categories where the judges felt that a shortlist just could not be selected.

The Irish Quality Food & Drink Awards 2014 Finals will be held in the Mansion House, Dublin on Thursday 11th September. There are several Ticket Packages available – Click HERE to Book a Table.

To find out more about the second Irish Quality Food and Drink Awards, visit: www.irishqualityfoodawards.com or follow them on Twitter @IrishQFAs

Zack

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Brendan O’Carroll gives Longford businessman €30,000 investment for new Irish Food Business

Some of life’s wonderful generosity smiled today on a 61 year old businessman, Eddie Molloy, from Longford who spoke in an interview with comedian Brendan O’Carroll who was guest-hosting the Marian Finucan Show on RTE Radio1 this morning.

 

 

 

The Irish comedian is the writer of the hit TV series Mrs. Brown’s Boys and also the new film version, Mrs Brown’s Boys – D’Movie, which opened this week to rave reviews.

 

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Eddie and his wife Rosie explained to Brendan about how his retail business has been struggling since 2006 and how he was finding it very difficult to support his family. He also explained how although he has spent several years looking for work in other jobs he found that no one was willing to employ him, regardless of his years of experience, because of his age.

 

Eddie also mentioned that he had been working on a new Irish Food business venture that is unavailable in Ireland, but that he was receiving absolutely no assistance or credit from any of the Irish banks or financial institutions. He has been working and researching his new food product and that he has received very favourable interest in it from restaurants and hotels that he had approached with the idea.

 

Mr O’Carroll was so moved by the couple’s story that in gratitude to the lucky break that he has received himself over the last year that he decided, live on the radio, to put his hand in his own pocket and offered the Longford man €30,000 of his own money as an investment in his new food business idea!

 

I’ll tell you what Eddie,” said O’Carroll, “I’m very, very lucky. I had a movie open this week and it’s gonna make me fortune! I’ll put €30,000 quid in front of you and we’ll see if that idea works.”

 

As the businessman stammered with disbelief, Brendan O’Carroll added, “If we can make that idea work, you being 61 and me being 50-ish, we’ll show exactly what two old men can do.”

 

The show was later inundated with calls from listeners who were stunned with the generosity of Mr O’Carroll, who had shown himself to be a very capable and understanding interviewer even before this amazing act of kindness occurred.

 

You can Listen to Brendan talking to Eddie and offering him the €30,000 investment (audio courtesy of RTE Radio1) here:

Rewind to the Start to Listen – the portion of the interview

involving Eddie & Rosie finishes at 5:20 minutes

or at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okZh5-PBFiU

 

 

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French Toast or Gypsy Toast made with Duck Eggs

Ordinary plain white bread that is dipped in egg and milk and fried on the pan is called Gypsy Toast, French Toast, Eggy Bread, Pan Dulcis, Torrija, Fatias Douradas, Lost Bread and Pain Perdu. The name used today apparently comes from a New York innkeeper named Joseph French, who created a dish in 1724 and advertised it as “French’s Toast”. The printer made a mistake on his Menu and it became French Toast!
It’s really simple to make and is a great way to get kids eating eggs. You can eat it with savoury or sweet additions or just with a knob of butter!

 

 

Traditionally French Toast is made from older or stale bread because it soaks up the egg mix better than when fresh, but you can use fresh bread anyway. When I was over in Norway last year one of the gourmet restaurants we were eating in served it up as a dessert with cinnamon-sugar and ice cream. Simple.

I picked up a half dozen lovely big free-range Duck Eggs at our local Leghowney Country Market yesterday, so I decided to make a big batch of French Toast with them.

Funny thing is, the man who was selling the eggs had never heard of dipping bread into beaten egg and frying it! I was telling him how to make it and was astounded that he’d never come across it before. He was going home to make some straight after the market! So, here is my recipe for French Toast.

My Ingredients:
2 large Eggs (Duck or Hens eggs)
100ml / ½Cup Milk
12 Slices White Bread (more or less)
rapeseed oil or vegetable oil to fry

My Method:
 

 

1. Cut the bread into half slices. Beat the eggs and milk together in a bowl.

 

2. Heat the pan on a low heat with a tiny rub of oil covering the base of the pan. Dip the bread into the egg mix, turning it over to cover both sides and shaking off any excess. Place on the frying pan leaving a space between each slice.

 

3. Cook until golden brown (approx. 1 min) on each side. Remove from the pan and cover with a cloth to keep warm. Repeat until all the egg mix is used up.

You can eat French Toast with anything! Spread it with Butter, sprinkle it with a little Sugar & Lemon, serve it with Bacon, Maple Syrup, Honey, Cinnamon Sugar, Ice-Cream, Strawberry Jam and Fresh Cream or just plain! Yum!
Zack

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