Now in our 11th year, Blas na hEireann, The Irish Food Awards is the
biggest competition for quality Irish produce on the island of Ireland. Over 2500 products were entered into the 2018 competition to win Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards in over 100 food and drink categories as well as key awards such as Supreme Champion and Best Artisan Producer.
Key dates for 2018:
30th April – Close of Earlybird
15th June – Final date for entry
20th June – Baking Academy Judging (Categories 20-25)
July – Judging at UCC – Full list of dates by category
August – Finalists Notified
4th October – Finalist Judging
5th & 6th October – Blas na hEireann awards presented and producer networking events
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The Blas awards are the biggest blind tasting of produce in the country, and the criteria on which the product is judged as well as the judging system itself, which was developed by Blas na hEireann with the Food Science Dept of UCC, is now recognised as an international industry standard.
Research has shown that the Blas accreditation has the highest recognition amongst Irish consumers and using the award logo on packs encourages shoppers to buy these products. It is their guarantee of a top quality Irish product.
Blas na hEireann was founded so that quality benchmarks could be established for Irish produce on a level playing field. Winning at Blas has made a significant business difference to our winners. Read their testimonials, they are our best ambassadors.