Irish Food Producers & Social Media: Tastefully Yours

Have just done an Irish FoodBase entry for this Waterford based brand (on the back of their Bridgestone Megabites award) and came across this on their Facebook page:

“We need a little help from our friends. We are in the process of creating a brand logo and new labels for our products. There are five different designs to choose from or we can pick individual components from any of them and come up with a final one. We would appreciate your comments.”

There were 7 comments left with some good informed assistance and they did appear to go with the overall opinions expressed for a clear favorite (which was the one in the top left).

Good simple use of Facebook to help crowdsource a decision.


The Megabytes Awards 2010 from Sally and John McKenna

Calling out the best is one of the stepping stones to improving standards and The Bridgestone Guide is a veteran in the support of good, local Irish food.

On 30th Dec they posted up their 2010 awards and they are extracted below:

Artisan of the Year: Anna Leveque, Triskel Farmhouse Cheeses, Portlaw, County Waterford

Restaurant of the Year: Harry’s Bar & Restaurant, Bridgend, Inishowen, County Donegal

Chef of the Year: Mickael Viljanen, Gregn’s Castle, County Clare

Inspiration of the year: Michael Kelly, GIY Ireland

Man of the Year: Jack McCarthy, McCarthy’s Butchers, Kanturk, County Cork

Farmer of the Year: Jimmy & Bernadine Mulhall, Coolanowle Farm, County Laois

Retailer of the Year: Ardkeen Stores, Waterford

New Food Award of the Year: Highbank Orchard Syrup, Cuffesgrange, County Kilkenny

Newcomer of the Year: Tastefully Yours, Dunhill, County Waterford (Update – have done an Irish FoodBase entry for them –

Food County of the Year: County Kilkenny (some relevant links:,

Megabytes 2011 Award: Clanwood Farm, County Offaly

Megabytes Achievement Award: Field’s Supermarket, Skibbereen, West Cork

Some of those I am familiar with, others are new to me.

Very happy to have played a part in the foodcamp which is referred to as part of the Kilkenny award and fully determined (along with a host of others) to continue to encourage the spread of artisan, local and small scale food production and consumtion in Kilkenny.