I entered for the first time the Blas Na hÉireann awards in 2021, we entered ciders and a liqueur, Blackcurrant liqueur, a recipe from my late Mother May Dennison. ,I did not have much time to think about the outcome of the awards, on the day of awards, I was bottling ciders but was keeping an eye on twitter, and when we were announced as winner of the liqueur section for my Blackcurrant liqueur I was honestly shocked and thrilled, I’m sure if my Mother was still with us ,she would have been proud also.
The post result meant that we got an amazing amount P.R from the Blas Team, and local radio interviews . The following week I saw the full list of ,gold, silver, and bronze winners in Waterford, and decided to try and gather the winners at a Waterford prize given, as the awards have been behind closed doors for two years because of the pandemic, this was really important to showcase Waterford as a food producing county, as a member of Food the Waterford way, ( now Taste Waterford) the team at FTW got involved and sponsored a photo shoot, Faithlegg sponsored the venue, this was a really good PR exercise for the Blas winners. Overall winning the Blas Na hÉireann Gold for our liqueur has been amazing for this product and for all the different drinks that we grow and make. This year ,2022 , I have entered three new lines that I have been working on for the past two years and should be a good gauge for us, as to how they will be received in a blind tasting even