Wexford Food Family Blas na hÉreann Success

In a year like no other, Blas na hÉireann have just announced the award winners for 2021, with 18 winners from County Wexford, including the Blas na hÉireann Supreme Champion 2021, Wild About for their So Sloe Jelly.

Wexford Food Family members were very well represented with 14 producers winning awards for 33 products – 12 GOLD, 10 SILVER AND 10 BRONZE as well as best in Wexford, Best in Leinster and the Supreme Champion.

Wexford continues to outperform with the quality of food and drink we produce. Our members are dedicated to making the very best and it is wonderful to have their efforts recognised by the Blas na hEireann Irish Food Awards

With the annual pilgrimage to Dingle stalled, this year’s winners tuned in for a second year running from every corner of the country for a virtual celebration of the very best in Irish food.

The Blas na hEireann award is really special, because it’s a simple Gold, Silver, Bronze . . ..  The Blas na hEireann team stand with the hundreds of tiny food producers all over the country, doing farmers markets, stocking local shops, creating a real movement, driving quality, sustainability and innovation in Irish food.

The team at Blas na hÉireann has been working tirelessly since March to ensure that Blas 2021 went ahead, sustaining their commitment to celebrating the very best in Irish food and drink. Chairperson Artie Clifford feels that now, more than ever, it is essential to shine a light and give that all important boost to the talented producers dotted around the island.

“These are the 14th annual Blas na hÉireann awards,” says Artie, “and despite the very challenging situation, I am delighted to report a record entry level from producers right across the island. This large increase in entries has raised the bar across all categories, allowing us to introduce new products and producers to the buyers and press with whom we work, which is really exciting. Congratulations to all the winners and to every producer who participated. It is always such a rewarding experience to see the wealth of exceptional foods being produced on the island of Ireland, and this has been the best year yet.”

Now in their 14th year, the Blas na hÉireann awards are the all-island food awards that recognise the very best Irish food and drink products, and the passionate people behind them. The biggest blind tasting of produce in the country, the criteria on which the product is judged as well as the judging system itself, which was developed by Blas na hÉireann with the Food Science Dept of UCC and the University of Copenhagen, is now recognised as an industry gold standard worldwide.

Wexford Food Family Full List of Winners

Fancy Fungi Gourmet Mushrooms

Forest Mix Mushrooms – Cert of excellence Chefs Larder

Irish Country Meats

Dunnes Stores Garlic & Rosemary Irish Lamb Rack Chops – GOLD

Dunnes Stores Organic Irish Lamb Leg – BRONZE

Isle of Crackers

Cranberry Cracker – GOLD

Black Olive Cracker – SILVER

Killowen Farm

Tesco Finest Lemon Curd Yogurt – SILVER

Naturally Cordial

Dunnes Stores Simply Better Lemon & Lime Cordial/Naturally Cordial Lemon & Lime Cordial – GOLD

Dunnes Stores Simply Better Blackcurrant & Lime Cordial – SILVER

Lemon & Raspberry Cordial – BRONZE

O’Neills Dry Cure Bacon

Dunnes Stores Simply Better Dry Cured Unsmoked Irish Bacon Lardons – GOLD

Dry Cured Streaky Rashers with Maple Syrup – SILVER

Dry Cured Smoked Streaky Rindless Rashers – BRONZE

Scúp Gelato

Strawberry Sorbet – SILVER

Stafford’s Bakery

Christmas Pudding – GOLD

Dunnes Stores Farmhouse Soda – GOLD

Dunnes Stores 5 Grain Vienna – GOLD

Rich Fruit Brack/Barmbrack – GOLD

Buttermilk Soda – SILVER

Signature Tastes Hot Cross Buns – BRONZE

Biscuit Cake – BRONZE

Hot Cross Buns – BRONZE


Sofrimars Irish King Scallops with Traditional Garlic Butter – SILVER

Tasty Parlour

Double Chocolate Cake – SILVER

Coffee & Walnut Cake – BRONZE

Wexford Home Preserves

Dunnes Stores Simply Better Spiced Ploughman’s Plum Chutney – GOLD

Wexford Home Preserves Extra Special Irish Strawberry & Elderflower Conserve – GOLD

Wexford Home Preserves Irish Raspberry & Rosehip Conserve – SILVER

Dunnes Stores Simply Better Handmade Seville Marmalade – SILVER

Dunnes Stores Simply Better Handmade Mango Chutney – BRONZE

WILD About

So Sloe Jelly – GOLD

Rhubarb Syrup – BRONZE

Best in Wexford

Best in Leinster

Supreme Champion

Zaeire Artisan Chocolates

Zaeire Selection of Truffles, Honeycomb Salted Caramel & Hazelnut – BRONZE

Zanna Cookhouse

Dunnes Stores Simply Better Smoked Trout Pate – GOLD

We would also like to congratulate our fellow Co Wexford winners Bramble Cottage Kitchen, Nutorious Nutrition, Pettitts Suprevalu and Ryans Bakery

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