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Seven Limerick food producers shortlisted for Blas na hÉireann awards

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Blas na hEireann awards 2021 – Tom O’Connell of Glenstal Foods, who won Best in Limerick at last year’s awards, being presented with his award by Blas na hÉireann Chairman Artie Clifford

Seven Limerick food producers shortlisted for Blas na hÉireann awards

Seven Limerick food producers have qualified for the final of this year’s Blas na hEireann awards which will take place virtually on October 2.

The awards seek to reward the very best, not just in their category but to highlight the best of local as well, including an award for Best in Limerick which is supported by LEO Limerick.

The finalists shortlisted from Limerick across a range of different categories are Ballyhoura Apple Farm, Cotter Organic Lamb, Glen Aine, Glenstal Foods Ltd., Kearney’s Home Baking Ltd., Old Irish Creamery Cheese and Sodalicious.

Mike Cantwell, Head of LEO says, “Limerick LEO is delighted that so many of our producers are featuring in this year’s finals. The finalists reflect the range and quality of food produced in Limerick and showcase the very best of what is available. During covid we have seen how people have supported local producers by buying local and the Blas na hEireann badge helps support consumer choices and recognition of local brands.”

“We’re delighted to announce the finalists for 2021 and chuffed to see so many new products being entered into Blas na hÉireann this year,” said Blas na hEireann Chairperson, Artie Clifford.

“Last year was new territory for us but the team did tremendous work to make sure the awards went ahead and the sense of community that we experienced over the virtual awards event was just brilliant,” he added.

About Blas

Now in its 14th year, Blas na hEireann, The Irish Food Awards is the biggest competition for quality Irish produce on the island of Ireland. In 2020 it faced the most unusual year to date and yet, they are proud to say the judging and awards went ahead. Products from every county on Ireland were entered into the 2020 competition to win Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards in a broad range of food and drink categories as well as key awards such as Supreme Champion and Best Artisan Producer.

For more information on the Blas na hEireann Awards 2021, see HERE 

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