Now in our 13th 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 2019 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 2020 are TBC
17th March – Entries open online
Earlybird entry from 17th March to 8th April
8th April – Last day to avail of the earlybird rate
25th May – Final date for entry
June TBC – Bread Judging with TU Dublin (Categories 20-25)
July – Judging at UCC
August – Finalists Notified
30th September & 1st October – Finalist Judging
2nd & 3rd October – Blas na hEireann awards presented and producer networking events
Note on entry fees:
Entries received online between 17th March and 8th of April are at the discounted early bird fee of €60 per entry (ex VAT)
The full entry fee, applicable from 9th April – 25th May is €75 per entry (ex VAT)
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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.