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Meath food producers are dinglebound

Thursday, 17th September, 2015 11:30am

Meath food producers are dinglebound

Graham Canning of Blast & Wilde in Slane.

A convoy of food producers from the Boyne Valley region will travel to Dingle in Kerry next month for the eighth annual Blas na hEireann Irish Food Awards.

Producers who have had their products shortlisted for this year’s competition will see them pitted against more than 2,500 others in what is the biggest national competition for quality Irish produce.

Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards are awarded to the finest products in over 90 food and drink categories. Bord Bia will again sponsor two prestigious awards, Supreme Champion and Best Artisan Producer.

Last year, Slane-based butter company, Blast and Wilde, won the coveted overall award of Supreme Champion for their flavoured butter range with nine other food producers in the region winning awards for their respective products.

This national recognition is validation for the passion, hard work and love these local producers share for food, with award-winners proudly displaying the Blas na hEireann symbol on their products. 

Among the Meath food producers taking part are Big Red Kitchen, McCormack Farms, What's For Pudding, Tullyard Farm, Dan Kelly Cider, Blast & Wilde and The Whole Hoggs, and several more.

Now in its third year, the continued success of the Boyne Valley Food Series, is positioning the Boyne Valley as a ‘must go to’ food tourism destination. Its growth has led to the region being nominated for the Restaurants Association of Ireland’s title of ‘Foodie Town 2015’.

During this exciting time for food in the Boyne Valley, local producers, restaurateurs and service providers need suport as they aspire to have the Boyne Valley established as a unique and experience-driven food tourism destination. To vote for the Boyne Valley to win ‘Foodie Town 2015’, go online to www.foodietowns.ie

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