“Great Taste” is considered the biggest independent benchmarking scheme for local, regional and speciality foods in Britain and has been running since 1994. Over 350 professional foodies are brought together each year to take part in 45 days of judging, deciding which foods deserve one-star, two-star or the ultimate three-star awards.
The Top 50 Foods is a definitive list of the greatest food and drink available from fine food retailers across the UK and Ireland available in Britain.
Here are 7 Irish food producers that are included in the Great Taste Top 50 Foods. Well done!
Dry Aged Marrow Butter – Kettyle Irish Foods
A butter with bone marrow, blended with a mix of sea salt and cracked black pepper.
Hand Made Corned Beef – McCartney’s of Moira
Dry-aged beef (heels of silverside) is slow cooked with pork trotters for 14 hours, then shredded, with all fat removed. Natural juices are added back before pressing.
Hand Made Sweet Corned Pork – McCartney’s of Moira
Shoulder pork is dry cured, slow cooked with pork trotters for 12 hours, then shredded, with all the fat removed. Natural juices are added back before pressing.
Moyallon Guanciale – Hannan Meats
Republic of Ireland:
Smoked Rack of Bacon – Oliver Carty
A reduced-salt smoked rack of bacon.
Yeats Country Spreadable Goats’ Cheese – Green Pastures (Donegal)
G’s Gourmet Rhubarb & Ginger Jam – G’s Gourmet Jams (Abbey Farm Foods)
Rhubarb and ginger jam, handmade made using rhubarb, sugar and ginger. Cooked in small batches using the traditional ‘open pan’ method and hand-stirred using a wooden spoon.
For more see http://www.greattasteawards.co.uk/top50/top50.htm