The Blas na hEireann team are working hard to make the event and judging process for 2020 as easy and clear as possible given the current circumstances. They have released the following information.
Judging – Summer 2020
Our judging is currently set to take place in July in Cork with UCC and in August in Dublin, in partnership with TU Dublin.The Blas judging is a blind tasting and, as part of this, our judges always have an element of separation so as there is no conferring. Therefore we are able to implement social distancing measures for judging.
We are working with TU Dublin and UCC on the details of this but please be aware of the following:
We may need to have some changes to judging dates and venues, potentially holding them over a longer time span to allow for greater distancing measures.
We will be asking producers to be especially mindful of deliveries and to use courier or postal delivery where possible. In the case of large single deliveries from one producer, we will work with you to confirm an agreed delivery date and time.
This judging is the most critical part of our work. We have always worked to ensure that this stage is rigorously and fairly organised, that each entry is handled with care and just as the producer themselves would handle and present it. We will continue to maintain these standards while also adhering to Government guidelines around Covid-19.
October – The Awards
Our events in October are a wonderful celebration of Irish food and drinks and we love getting everyone together in Dingle. We will be closely monitoring the situation on an ongoing basis and are already mapping out alternative plans should social distancing measures still be in place at that time.
There will be Blas na hÉireann awards announced this year. We feel that now, more than ever, it is vital to highlight the very best of Irish produce and to recognise our producers who are making outstanding Irish food and drink.
Producers have consistently told us that having an award has a measurable impact on business and for this reason we are committed to ensuring that there will be a Blas Class of 2020. If we need to adjust our format to comply with the best Government and Public Health recommendations, we will do so and communicate this immediately with our producers.
We will keep in touch with any updates as they arise and in the meantime if you have any questions please keep in touch, you can reach us on the numbers below or by email on firstname.lastname@example.org
Fallon — 087 9029329
Artie — 087 2026420