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Cork hits 53 winners at Blas awards

Wednesday, 10th October, 2018 4:04pm

The first weekend in October is one of the most interesting in the Irish food event calendar as the Blas na hÉireann awards take place in Dingle.

The oldest Irish food awards come to a close last week after weeks of preparation and tastings. Dingle is also the place to be for chefs, producers and any other who loves food.

I didn’t make it up this year but followed online with tweets and posts on social media. Cork is always strongly represented at the awards and this year was no different with an overall number of 53 winners.

I was delighted to hear about winners like On the Pigs Back for their liver pates, Macroom Mozzarella for their cheese, Caherbeg Free Range Pork from Rosscarbery, Kinsale Mead, Skeaghanore Duck, Gubbeen and Durrus Cheese, Ballyvolane House Spirits, West Cork Distillers and so many more.

I was especially proud to see that The Chicken Inn of The English Market won the award for their chicken stock. I was asked by owner Tim Mulcahy many months ago to test it and wrote a report about it – so I was utterly delighted to see that the stock won.

The Irish Food Awards are the biggest awards in the country next to the Irish Quality Food Awards – winning one of these awards can help bringing a brand to the attention of buyers and potential customers.

My good friend Avril Allshire of Rosscarbery & Caherbeg Free Range Pork won for her white pudding while her son won for his Biltong, which I can attest, is ever so tasty.

I congratulate all winners of this year’s Blas n hÉireann. In case you have never been to the Dingle Food Festival, plan it for next year. It is really worth it.

And that brings me to Bluebell Falls Goats Cheese – an award-winning goats cheese made near Charleville. Farmer Victor O’Sullivan and his wife Breda will open the gates to their farm to Bia Sásta on Saturday 20 October to meet the goats.

A bus will bring us to the farm in the morning where we will be welcomed with a glass of goat’s milk before we walk the farm. Brave ones can even try their hands on milking a goat. Visiting the cheese room, guests can create their own flavoured cheese to take home but before leaving, we will be enjoying a lovely lunch of goat’s meat, salad and bread.

I am so excited about this outing as it is such a unique opportunity to learn more about the art of cheesemaking, the work of a farmer and enjoy the company of other while enjoying a delicious lunch. What’s not to like?

Tickets for €45 can be booked via biasasta.ie/shop. Places are limited. Hope to see you.


Upcoming food events:

14 October Autumn foraging

14 October Vegan Afternoon Tea by Wild Sage Bakery

20 October Visit to Bluebell Falls Goats Farm

20 October Cork Food Harvest Festival

3 November Cork & Kerry Food Forum

For more details on these and other upcoming food events please go to biasasta.ie/calendar.

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