Now in our 14th year, Blas na hEireann, The Irish Food Awards is the biggest competition for quality Irish produce on the island of Ireland. In 2020 we faced the most unusual year to date and we are proud to say our judging and awards went ahead(you can read details on how we did this below). Products from every county on Ireland were entered into the 2020 competition to win Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards in a broad range of food and drink categories as well as key awards such as Supreme Champion and Best Artisan Producer.
You can find details of our 2020 winners here
You can watch a video of our 2020 judging here and read details on how the judging in 2020 worked here
As always we maintained our commitment to celebrating the very best in Irish food and drink. We feel that now, more than ever it is essential to shine a spotlight and give that all important clap on the back to the talented producers dotted around the island.
Key dates for 2021
17th March – Open for Entry
7th April – Last date to avail of earlybird rate
28th May – Final date for entry
July & August – Judging
October – Awards are announced
Earlybird entries are at €65 per entry (ex VAT), the full rate which applies to entries after 7th April is €80 (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.