Finalist Info 2018

Finalist Producers Schedule of Events
As a finalist producer for the awards we hope that you will join us for the many exciting events which take place over the weekend which offer you a chance to showcase your product and business.

Key Dates & Times
Thursday – 4th October 
Judging of the finalist products will take place today. Please note that finalist producers may not be present during judging
Check delivery details for judging here 

Friday 5th October 
Registration will be open from 12noon when you can collect your name badge and passes for the weekend at the office at The Phoenix Cinema
On this day we have a number of exciting events which are available exclusively for finalist producers of Blas na hEireann as follows;

The Backyard at Blas
The Backyard is a dedicated space for producers to meet their industry colleagues, gain knowledge & find support for their business. View highlights from 2017

Set in a relaxed, informal venue, hot topics are covered with industry leaders and experts in a number of engaging conversation panels followed by Q&As. Throughout the day, attendees have the opportunity to grab a coffee and chat with key people and fellow producers. View the 2018 line-up

Masterclasses – The Phoenix Cinema
Over the past two years we have offered masterclasses and workshops which are an exclusive benefit for finalist producers. We have focused on topics such as What Buyers Want, Working with Food Service vs Retail and Developing your Packaging and Brand Design.
The above events are exclusive to finalist producers and have a limited number of places available.
There is no charge for these events. Find details and register online
(Please note to register you must log into the online entry system and click on your finalist entry)

Friday 5th - 3pm – 4pm Choosing Where to Focus
Sometimes the things we choose not to do are as important as the things we choose to do.  With limited resources it is important you focus on the sales and marketing opportunities that deliver the best return for your business and help you achieve your business goals.  This workshop aims to help you decide where your business should focus and what questions you need to answer to deliver growth.

Friday 5th - 6pm Cinema Meet the Buyer
This afternoon’s Masterclass brings a panel of senior buyers from some of Ireland’s largest retailers. The panel will present their company’s focus, discuss procedures within each company for new listings and development programmes for new producers.

Please note
Our Blas information office will be open on Friday 4th from 12 – 7pm. The office is located at The Phoenix Cinema Dingle.  You can collect your name badges for the weekend events as well as event programme on this day or Saturday 6th October.

Namebadges will be prepared based on our online RSVPs – Deadline for RSVP passed on 1st Sept.
If you have not as yet RSVP’d please email us, and we will do our best to help

Saturday 6th October

10am Blas 2018 Finalist – Group Photograph – Location: Dingle Marina
We will be taking a photo for press release purposes of all finalists in attendance which will be taken at Dingle Marina at 10am on Saturday 6th. Please note that this will be one group shot. Please note that for the shot you should prepare as follows;

Please bring a sample of your finalist product for inclusion in this shot, please bring this with you on the morning (this may not be taken from the finalist showcase display). When planning your outfit for this morning think about what will look best in the photograph, this doesn’t have to be a suit but something that you are comfortable in and reflects you and your business. Please note that this photo call and venue are weather dependent, any updates for changes will be sent by email

Buyer Opportunities
We have been working hard on behalf of producers to ensure that buyers from across Ireland, the UK and further afield will be in attendance at the events. Buyers will be there to represent all sectors, including independent grocers, larger retailers, food service and online sales

The Blas Marquee will be built in the run up to the event and is designed as a shop-floor style which showcases the products which have made it to the finals. We have had requests from buyers to allow time to explore the shop floor display ahead of the networking event and as such buyers will have an opportunity to visit The Blas Marquee privately prior to our networking events. On Friday 5th buyers will be provided with the details of the products and contact details for producers so they may be best prepared to make themselves available to connect with producers during the networking sessions on Sat 6th

The Marquee, The Backyard at Blas & The Phoenix Cinema are located on Dykegate Lane in Dingle’s town centre. Please note that there is very limited parking on this street but there is ample parking in the area. Please see attached map for parking

The Blas na hEireann 2018 finalist products will be showcased in The Marquee.  This event is designed to showcase the excellent products which have made it to the finals. It is an opportunity for buyers and press to discover the products which have been chosen from the many entries from across the country which represent the very best quality produce in Ireland. Award judges, journalists, buyer and chefs along with our sponsors will be invited to this event which is an opportunity for you to network directly with the people who can grow your business. Bring plenty of business cards and a big smile!

Sampling & Display in The Marquee
The finalist products will be displayed in their shop ready state.  The Blas team will prepare this display.
Please note that we will not be able to offer space for display stands, leaflets or sampling.
We do not have the space or facilities to allow producers to offer samples of the products. We may select some products which our team will prepare and offer as samples to buyers and press. This is a very limited amount, based entirely on the facilities, space available and food samples ease of preparation (essentially ‘open & serve’)

Dingle Food Festival
Outside of the official Blas na hEireann events there are many other fantastic opportunities to meet with producers, buyers and journalists. The Dingle Peninsula Food Festival is an event which has grown to be one of the most recognised and well attended food events in Ireland. The festival will include a series of 70+ Taste Trail, cookery demonstrations, wine tastings, food related workshops, a  foraging walk and a fantastic food market.

  • Where to stay
    You will find accommodation options listed on and also we will be asking accommodation providers in the area to share their availability and offers with us which we will share on our social media pages. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for up to date information