Blas na hEireann Limerick winners pictured above enjoyed great success at the competition.
Limerick winners include Sodalicious, Ballyhoura Apple Farm, Ballyhoura Mountain Mushrooms, Glen Aine, Kearney’s Home Baking Ltd, Leahy Farmhouse Foods, McMahon Quality Meats and Old Irish Creamery
By I Love Limerick correspondent Stella Gordon
The 2022 Blas na hEireann awards took place recently in Dingle, Co Kerry as Blas na hEireann entered its fifteenth year and received the largest number of entries they’ve ever seen. It is the biggest competition for quality Irish produce on the island of Ireland. The competition was founded so that, “quality benchmarks could be established for Irish produce and a level playing field.”
The 2022 Blas na hEireann Limerick winners includes eight companies that won accolades at the awards in Dingle. The Limerick food businesses shortlisted at Blas na hEireann included Sodalicious, Attyflin Limited, Ballyhoura Apple Farm, Ballyhoura Mountain Mushrooms, Glen Aine, Kearney’s Home Baking Ltd, Leahy Farmhouse Foods, McMahon Quality Meats and Old Irish Creamery.
The 2022 Blas na hEireann Limerick winners showcased their produce in a new tented market, where each tent highlighted a province in Ireland. The market was named ‘Eat Ireland in a Day,’ and visitors were able to enjoy the high quality of food and drinks that reached the finalist stage.
The Gold Limerick winners at Blas na hEireann were Glen Aine for their Cured Meat and Charcuterie, and Kearney’s Home Baking Ltd for their White Scones.
The Silver winners were Leahy Farmhouse Foods for their Bally Goats Milk, Sodalicious for their Cheddar and Chive Soda Bread, Old Irish Creamery for their Garlic and Herb Cheese and Ballyhoura Apple Farm for their Wild Atlantic Apple Syrup dressing.
The Bronze winners included Ballyhoura Apple Farm again for their Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey, Sodalicious for their Rosemary and Chive Oil Sodabread, and McMahon Quality Meats for their Irish Whiskey Barbeque Pork Ribs.
Limerick’s own Ballyhoura Mountain Mushrooms were winners in the Best in County category at Blas na hEireann.
Businesses from all counties in Ireland were entered to win gold, silver or bronze awards across over 150 food and drink categories. With almost 3,000 entries, this year’s competition was proven to be a great success. Artie Clifford, founder and chairman of Blas na hEireann said, “I am delighted that we have been able to showcase this exceptional produce to both regular visitors and industry experts in such an approachable and enjoyable way.
“The competition ramps up year on year, so the producers who are short-listed as finalists really are the crème de la crème of Irish food and drink. This year it was not just the excellent food and drink that has been celebrated but the people themselves, our passionate and resilient producers.”
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