Meet The Cheese Makers – Helen Finnegan

Helen is the local representative in this Meet The Cheese Makers event on 5th April and what a great one to have with her award winning goats cheese.

The extra special Ardkeen Stores in Waterford put up this video of Helen so thanks guys ūüôā


More information and booking here.


Meet The Cheese Makers – April 5th @ 6pm

Next up is cheese. Obviously a strange one for me as I haven’t tasted cheese since 1990 but it is the food I miss the most ūüôā

Date: Saturday 5th April 2014
Time: 6pm (sharp’ish) for 2 hours or thereabouts.

Venue: Highbank Orchard –¬† You will also be able to sample and buy from the wonderful range of Highbank Ciders ‚Äď Proper, Medieval and Drivers.

Map showing entrance to Highbank –¬†

Link to buy tickets (only ‚ā¨5 to join us)


Meet The Cheese Makers Biabeag

From right to left:

Siobhan Ni Ghairbhith¬†‚ÄstSt Tola:¬†Irish Organic Goat Cheese, Co Clare
Siobhan’s approach to cheese is probably best captured in this piece from the McKennas “The cheeses can seem to taste entirely elemental, for Ms ni Ghairbhith uses organic methods, and doesn‚Äôt pasteurise her milk.”

Tom Burgess ‚ÄstCoolattin Cheddar: Mature Raw Milk Cheddar, Co Wicklow
Tom’s¬†Mature Raw Milk Cheddar is a¬†¬†a gourmet experience of aroma, texture & full flavour which develops slowly from sweet fruit to a full nutty note.


Helen Finnegan ‚ÄstKnockdrinna Cheese: Mature Raw Milk Cheddar, Co Kilkenny
Helen is a local hero and most recently her¬†Knockdrinna Gold semi-hard goats cheese at the 2013 British Cheese Awards where it was named ‘Best Modern British’.


[Thanks to Aoife, TheDailySpud for permission to use her shot of Helen]

What happens on the night?
We will get to hear from each of our guests who will share their stories and passion for cheese with you, the audience, driving the questions and discussions. While we talk we will get to taste some samples of their award winning cheeses while their makers explain the subtle tastes of each one.

The makers will also have cheeses available to buy downstairs while you are enjoying the Highbank juices and ciders.

Curious about what the evening might be like? We had Meet The Bakers on 25th January



Its ‚ā¨5 to join us. Click here to book.

If you want to be sent an email when events are scheduled click here


Some fun with the winners – Blas Na hEireann 2011

I really enjoyed my attendance (for the first time) at the Blas awards last night in Dingle.

While I was live tweeting on the night and so making the winners available as they happened there is a full and accurate list up on the Blas website here.

For the fun of it I took the text from that page, stripped out repeated phrases like Gold, Silver etc and ran it through Wordle. This is what it produced:

Conclusions from that (with the most frequently used words in largest font sizes):

* Chocolate and Bacon are two favorites in Ireland and we like our food Smoked.

* Aldi dominated these awards from the multiples perspective with Supervalu coming in second.

If you click on the image it will bring you through to a larger version on the Wordle site.


Irish winners in the British Cheese Awards 23rd Sept 2011

A number of Irish farmhouse Cheese brands did really well in these awards – The British Cheese Awards which were announced yesterday in Cardiff).

Knockdrinna Farmhouse Cheese

This one was special – it was the Top Dog ūüôā The Kilkree cheese from Knockdrinna scooped the Supreme Champion overall award as well as the Best Irish and Best Semi-Soft. Its produced here in Kilkenny by Helen Finnegan and her team.

This is Helen at the Savour Kilkenny food festival 2010. I have known Helen for years and she is passionate, hard working and supportive of her fellow producers. Well deserved.

Meanwhile best Goat Cheese was won by the Galway based Killeen Farmhouse Cheese.

Great to see artisan food producers from Ireland consistently winning overseas – says so much for the strength of this sector in Ireland


Dingle Food Festival next weekend (30th Sept to 2nd Oct 11)

I am looking forward to attending the Dingle Food Festival – my first time in Dingle (that I can remember) and definitely my first time at the Blas na hEireann awards which are held on the Saturday.

I like food festivals because of the opportunity they give to meet loads of food producers in one place – and in Dingle the addition of 2 special visits will make it really good. Thanks to Aoife (on behalf of Irish Food Bloggers Association) for organising the special food bloggers schedule for us.

Here are the events I will be going to:

Friday 5 – 7pm: The Dingle Brewing company holding an event where they showcase their first beer (Tom Crean) and also products from local producers such as Ted Brown Seafood, Thomas Bric goat cheese and milk, Maja Binder cheese maker, The Little Cheese Shop, Reel Dingle Fish & Chip Shop, Gerry O’Sullivan Blasket Island Lamb, Lispole Free Range eggs and Baccus Bakery

Saturday 10am: Ice Cream Masterclass with Kieran Murphy

10 – 2pm: Farmers Market taking over the entire town and including regular stallholders alongside Blas Awards entrants.

And then 2 Blas events – a 1pm to 3pm networking event with producers, judges, retailers, press and us food bloggers. Leading onto the awards ceremony from 6pm to 8pm that night.

Let me know if you are going to be around for the weekend?


2 Kilkenny artisan food businesses share Joint National Organic Award

Just had a call from a delighted Julie Calder-Pott (Highbank Orchard Syrup) who told me that herself and Kitty Colchester (Second Nature Oil) have just won a joint Best Grocery Product Award in the Bord Bia National Organic Awards which were announced today.

Julie at the Amazing Grazing event in Waterford yesterday

Kitty at the same event

A worthy runner up in the same category was Pat Lawlor of Kilbeggan Organic Porridge fame.

You can see Pat in a recent post here.

Great news for the Klkenny duo :-). Congrats all


Why bother? Bord Bia Food & Drink Industry Awards 2011 – Closing Monday.

The closing date for these is next Monday 12th September (entry here on their site – click on the relevant category on the left of that page to see online entry form).

The Why Bother is answered by them:

  • Our media partner, The Irish Times, will announce and profile all 18 shortlisted companies in early November.
  • Following the announcement of the overall category winners, at the Brand Forum End of Year Event on 22 November at Trinity College Dublin, they will feature in a two page feature in The Irish Times newspaper.
  • A short video interview with each of the 18 shortlisted companies will feature on the Bord Bia website.

So that is clear enough – this is about publicity in the mainstream media = increased sales (if distribution is in place). To take advantage of the shortlisting (and the award winning if you are that good) make sure you have your stockists listed on your website and also actively promote the shortlisting and the other companies listed on your Facebook and Twitter accounts (assuming you have them).

Categories (you can enter more than one)

  • The Exporting Award
  • The Branding Award
  • The Innovation Award
  • The Entrepreneurial Award
  • The Domestic Success Award
  • The Sustainability Award

I am looking forward to seeing the shortlist. Once again – details here on Bord Bia site.


Irish Winners in the Great Taste Awards 2011

These awards happened while I was away on holidays so I missed the conversations around the large number of Irish winners in the Great Taste Awards 2011.

Courtesy of an ecuddy in the Bord Bia Vantage forums here is a full listing of all Irish Winners to which I have added links to the primary web presence for each of the artisan/smaller scale producers. For those of you not familiar with the Awards they are UK based, utilise a panel of over 300 judges and you will have seen the awards referenced on packaging using this:

They are very well respected within the food sector and a win here is an indicated of a seriously good food product that is ranked by its peers.

3 star¬†–¬†Barry‚Äôs Rooibos Tea¬†,¬†Barry’s Tea
3 star¬†–¬†Vanilla Tablet¬†,¬†Mella’s Fudge –
3 star¬†–¬†SuperValu Supreme Orange Blossom Honey – Produced By Healy Honey¬†,¬†Musgrave Retail Partners Ireland –
3 star¬†–¬†Wiberg Pumpkin Seed Oil¬†,¬†Wallbridge
3 star¬†–¬†Yeats Country Organic Full Fat Soft Cheese¬†,¬†Green Pastures (Donegal) –
3 star¬†–¬†Yeats Country Goats Cheese¬†,¬†Green Pastures (Donegal) –
2 star¬†–¬†Solaris Lapsang Souching¬†,¬†Solaris Botanicals –
2 star¬†–¬†Fairtrade Brazil¬†,¬†Ponaire Coffee Roastery
2 star¬†–¬†Fairtrade Master Blend¬†,¬†Bewley’s Ltd.
2 star¬†–¬†Classic Italian Blend¬†,¬†McCabe’s Tea and Coffee –
2 star¬†–¬†Flapjack Mix¬†,¬†Cathys Spelt For Health¬† – (website down at time of posting)
2 star¬†–¬†SuperValu Traditional Brown Bread – Produced By CDF¬†,¬†Musgrave Retail Partners Ireland
2 star¬†–¬†Harvest Brown¬†,¬†McCloskey’s Bakery – (no website?)
2 star¬†–¬†Wheaten bread¬†,¬†Aroma Bakery (no website?)
2 star¬†–¬†Truffle Fairy Tequila, Salt & Lemon Truffle¬†,¬†The Truffle Fairy –
2 star¬†–¬†Truffle Fairy Cardamom and Orange Truffle¬†,¬†The Truffle Fairy –
2 star¬†–¬†Honey and brandy truffle¬†,¬†The Chocolate Garden –
2 star¬†–¬†Chestnut and Honey¬†,¬†Cocoa Atelier
2 star¬†–¬†Aldi Kilcree Gold Active 10 Manuka Honey¬†,¬†Aldi Stores Ireland Ltd
2 star¬†–¬†Abbey Farm Fruits Blackcurrant Jam ¬†,¬†Abbey Farm Fruits –
2 star¬†–¬†G‚Äôs Gourmet Raspberry Jam 340g ¬†,¬†G’s Gourmet Jams¬† –
2 star¬†–¬†Luxury Mincemeat ¬†,¬†The Foods Of Athenry Ltd. –
2 star¬†–¬†SQ Luxury Muesli ¬†,¬†Superquinn Ltd.
2 star¬†–¬†Chilly Quince Jelly¬†,¬†Crossogue Preserves¬† –
2 star¬†–¬†Tandoori Marinade¬†,¬†Food Lovers Catering Ltd –
2 star¬†–¬†Caesar Salad Dressing¬†,¬†Limerick Strand Hotel
2 star¬†–¬†Smoked Bacon Streaky¬†,¬†The Carraig na Breac Smokehouse¬† – (website not built)
2 star¬†–¬†Oliver Carty Smoked Rack of Bacon ¬†,¬†Oliver Carty –
2 star¬†–¬†Clonakilty Oak Smoked Rashers¬†,¬†Clonakilty Black Pudding Company¬† –
2 star¬†–¬†Supervalu Wiltshire Ham on the Bone ¬†,¬†Brady Family Ltd. –
2 star¬†–¬†Honey baked ham on the bone¬†,¬†Horgans Delicatessen Supplies –
2 star¬†–¬†Irish Angus T Bone Steak¬†,¬†Hilton Foods Ireland Limited
2 star¬†–¬†Irish Angus Cote Du Bouef¬†,¬†Hilton Foods Ireland Limited
2 star¬†–¬†Aldi Nature‚Äôs Isle Irish Smoked Bacon Eye Loin¬†,¬†Aldi Stores Ireland Ltd
2 Star¬†–¬†Woodcock Smokery Hot Smoked Tuna¬†,¬†Woodcock Smokery –
2 star¬†–¬†Chicken liver pate¬†,¬†Limerick Strand Hotel
2 star¬†–¬†Yeats Country Organic Creme Fraiche¬†,¬†Green Pastures (Donegal) –
2 star¬†–¬†Gortnamona¬†,¬†Cooleeney Farmhouse Cheese –
2 star¬†–¬†Full Fat Soft Cheese¬†,¬†Green Pastures (Donegal)
2 star¬†–¬†Light in Fat Soft Cheese¬†,¬†Green Pastures (Donegal)
2 star¬†–¬†Aldi Ardagh Specially Selected Irish Vintage White Cheddar¬†,¬†Aldi Stores Ireland Ltd
2 star¬†–¬†Imokilly regano PDO¬†,¬†Horgans Delicatessen Supplies –
2 star¬†–¬†St Tola Organic Soft Log¬†,¬†Inagh Farmhouse Cheese Ltd.
2 star¬†–¬†Corleggy¬†,¬†Corleggy Cheeses –
2 star¬†–¬†Aldi Ardagh Specially Selected Irish Tipperary Blue Cheese¬†,¬†Aldi Stores Ireland Ltd
2 star¬†–¬†Blue Cheese- Boyne vally blue¬†,¬†Boyne Valley Blue Farmhouse Cheese
2 star¬†–¬†Superquinn Cashel Blue¬†,¬†Traditional Cheese Co. Ltd. –
2 star¬†–¬†SQ Luxury Mince Pie ¬†,¬†The Foods Of Athenry Ltd.-
2 star¬†–¬†Lily O Brien‚Äôs Passion Fruit Posset¬†,¬†Lily O‚ÄôBriens Chocolates –
2 star¬†–¬†Very Delicious Gluten Free Christmas Pudding ¬†,¬†The Foods Of Athenry Ltd.-
2 star¬†–¬†Irish Whisky ice cream ¬†,¬†Tipperary Organic Ice Cream-
2 star¬†–¬†Superquinn SQ Raspberry Sorbet¬†,¬†Silver Pail Dairy –
2 star¬†–¬†Gookies Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough¬†,¬†Gookies – (no website?)
2 star¬†–¬†Christmas made easy roast parsnip soup¬†,¬†Christmas Made Easy –
1 star¬†–¬†Winterman Mulled Wine¬†,¬†Hot Irishman Ltd –
1 star¬†–¬†Tyrconnell Single Malt Irish Whiskey¬†,¬†Cooley Distillery (Head Office) –
1 star¬†–¬†Connemara Peated Single Malt Irish Whiskey¬†,¬†Cooley Distillery (Head Office) –
1 star¬†–¬†Aldi Avoca Aged Irish Blended Whiskey¬†,¬†Aldi Stores Ireland Ltd
1 star¬†–¬†Walshe‚Äôs Fresh Orange Juice¬†,¬†Sunshine Juice Ltd. –
1 star¬†–¬†Aldi Del Rivo Pure Pressed Orange & Mango Juice¬†,¬†Aldi Stores Ireland Ltd
1 star¬†–¬†SuperValu MAS Summer Fruits Dilute – Produced By Harneys¬†,¬†Musgrave Retail Partners Ireland
1 star¬†–¬†Walshe‚Äôs Traditional Lemonade¬†,¬†Sunshine Juice Ltd. –
1 Star¬†–¬†Fior Uice Sparkling Irish Water¬†,¬†Fior Uisce (True Water) –
1 star¬†–¬†Aldi Vive Rock Shandy¬†,¬†Aldi Stores Ireland Ltd
1 star¬†–¬†Campbells Tea¬†,¬†Robert Roberts
1 star¬†–¬†Luxury Loose Leaf Blend¬†,¬†Robert Roberts
1 star¬†–¬†Solaris Jasmine Green Tea¬†,¬†Solaris Botanicals-
1 star¬†–¬†Fairtrade Decaf Tea Blend¬†,¬†Robert Roberts
1 star¬†–¬†Fairtrade Luxury Kenyan¬†,¬†Robert Roberts
1 star¬†–¬†Darjeeling Earl Grey¬†,¬†Kingfisher Tea –
1 star¬†–¬†Barry‚Äôs Tea Classic Blend¬†,¬†Barry’s Tea
1 star¬†–¬†SuperValu Reserve Fairtrade Tea – produced By Barber Daly¬†,¬†Musgrave Retail Partners Ireland
1 star¬†–¬†McGraths Gold Blend¬†,¬†Robert Roberts
1 star¬†–¬†Rich Leaf Green Blend¬†,¬†Robert Roberts
1 star¬†–¬†Lyons Gold Blend – Produced By Unilever¬†,¬†Wilson Hartnell Public Relations
1 star¬†–¬†Barry‚Äôs Tea Classic Blend¬†,¬†Barry’s Tea
1 star¬†–¬†Moroccan Mint Green Tea¬†,¬†Kingfisher Tea –
1 star¬†–¬†Green Yunnan¬†,¬†Java Republic Roasting Company –
1 star¬†–¬†Camillo¬†,¬†Java Republic Roasting Company –
1 star¬†–¬†Peppermint¬†,¬†Java Republic Roasting Company –
1 star¬†–¬†Pure Rooibos Tea – Produced By Keith Spicer Ltd¬†,¬†Bewley’s Ltd.
1 star¬†–¬†Pure Camomile – Produced By Keith Spicer Ltd¬†,¬†Bewley’s Ltd.
1 star¬†–¬†Barry‚Äôs Organic Camomile Tea¬†,¬†Barry’s Tea
1 star¬†–¬†Costa/Elsalv Ground Filter¬†,¬†Ponaire Coffee Roastery –
1 star¬†–¬†Mocha Java Blend¬†,¬†McCabe’s Tea and Coffee
1 star¬†–¬†Finnbees Blend¬†,¬†McCabe’s Tea and Coffee –
1 star¬†–¬†Decaf Java Lintong¬†,¬†Robert Roberts
1 star¬†–¬†Rich Roast Blend¬†,¬†Robert Roberts
1 star¬†–¬†FS Zombi Filter¬†,¬†Java Republic Roasting Company –
1 star¬†–¬†SQ Caf√© Mocha Ground¬†,¬†Java Republic Roasting Company –
1 star¬†–¬†SQ Rich Roast Beans¬†,¬†Java Republic Roasting Company –
1 star¬†–¬†Bewley‚Äôs Organic Guatemala¬†,¬†Bewley’s Ltd
1 star¬†–¬†Aldi Specially Selected Single Origin Coffee Java¬†,¬†Aldi Stores Ireland Ltd
1 star¬†–¬†European Espresso¬†,¬†Ponaire Coffee Roastery –
1 star¬†–¬†Segovia Blend¬†,¬†Robert Roberts
1 star¬†–¬†Fairtrade Segovia Blend¬†,¬†Robert Roberts
1 star¬†–¬†Java Supremo¬†,¬†Robert Roberts
1 star¬†–¬†Vivaldi Blend¬†,¬†Robert Roberts
1 star¬†–¬†FS Mezzo Espresso¬†,¬†Java Republic Roasting Company –
1 star¬†–¬†Sutherland Savoury Oatcakes¬†,¬†Christie and Callus Artisan Foods –
1 star¬†–¬†O‚ÄôDonnells Sweet Chilli & Black Pepper Crisps¬†,¬†O’Donnell’s Tipperary Crisps –
1 star¬†–¬†SuperValu Supreme Chilli & pepper Crisps – produced By Tayto NI¬†,¬†Musgrave Retail Partners Ireland
1 star¬†–¬†Kooky Dough White Chocolate and Cranberry¬†,¬†Kooky Dough Ltd –
1 star¬†–¬†Gookies Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough¬†,¬†Gookies- (no website?)
1 star¬†–¬†Maga Homemade Wholemeal Brown bread¬†,¬†Mags Home Baking –
1 star¬†–¬†Cottage Brown ¬†,¬†McCloskey’s Bakery – (no website?)
1 star¬†–¬†Traditional Irish Brown Soda Bread Quarter¬†,¬†Manning’s Bakery –
1 star¬†–¬†SuperValu Teabrack – produced By CDF¬†,¬†Musgrave Retail Partners Ireland
1 star¬†–¬†Aldi Irish Christmas Pudding¬†,¬†Aldi Stores Ireland Ltd
1 star¬†–¬†Holycross Dark Chocolate Buscuit Cake¬†,¬†The Tipperary Kitchen –
1 star¬†–¬†Aldi Specially Selected Apple & Cinnamon Tray Bake¬†,¬†Aldi Stores Ireland Ltd
1 star¬†–¬†Aldi Specially Selected Rhubarb Tray Bake¬†,¬†Aldi Stores Ireland Ltd
1 star¬†–¬†Chocolate Silk Gateau¬†,¬†Heaven’s Cakes website?)
1 star¬†–¬†Aldi Specially Selected Luxury Toffee Filled Muffin¬†,¬†Aldi Stores Ireland Ltd
1 star¬†–¬†Bran Muffin with Apples¬†,¬†Donnybrook Fair –
1 star¬†–¬†Truffle Fairy Chai Espresso Truffle¬†,¬†The Truffle Fairy –
1 star¬†–¬†Early Grey Tea¬†,¬†Cocoa Atelier – (website contains no information)
1 star¬†–¬†Sarah‚Äôs Scrummy Honey with Sour Cherries ¬†,¬†Mileeven Fine Foods –
1 star¬†–¬†G‚Äôs Gourmet Strawberry Jam¬†,¬†G’s Gourmet Jams¬† –
1 star¬†–¬†Abbey Farm Fruits Rhubarb and Ginger¬†,¬†Abbey Farm Fruits –
1 star¬†–¬†Abbey Farm Fruits Autumn Fruits¬†,¬†Abbey Farm Fruits –
1 star¬†–¬†Apricot Pear & Grand Marnier¬†,¬†Crossogue Preserves¬† –
1 star¬†–¬†SuperValu Supreme Thin Cut Seville Marmalade – Produced By Follain¬†,¬†Musgrave Retail Partners Ireland –
1 star¬†–¬†Orange Marmalade¬†,¬†Pollocks Pickles and Preserves –
1 star¬†–¬†Aldi Grandessa Sepcially Selected Seville Orange Irish Marmalade¬†,¬†Aldi Stores Ireland Ltd
1 star¬†–¬†Aldi Grandessa Specially Selected Dark Orange Irish Marmalade¬†,¬†Aldi Stores Ireland Ltd
1 star¬†–¬†G‚Äôs Gourmet Orange Marmalade ¬†,¬†G’s Gourmet Jams¬† –
1 star¬†–¬†Abbey Farm Fruits Breakfast Marmalade ¬†,¬†Abbey Farm Fruits –
1 star¬†–¬†Aldi Harvest Morn Luxury Sultana, Apricot & Sunflower Seed Porridge¬†,¬†Aldi Stores Ireland Ltd
1 star¬†–¬†Very Berry Granola ¬†,¬†The Foods Of Athenry Ltd. –
1 star¬†–¬†Abbey Farm Fruits Cranberry Sauce ¬†,¬†Abbey Farm Fruits –
1 star¬†–¬†Derrycamma Farm Rapeseed Oil¬†,¬†Derrycamma Farm Foods –
1 star¬†–¬†Derrycamma Rapeseed Oil with Lemon¬†,¬†Derrycamma Farm Foods –
1 star¬†–¬†Derrycamma Rapeseed Oil with Chilli¬†,¬†Derrycamma Farm Foods –
1 star¬†–¬†SQ Kalamata Whole Olives in Brine ¬†,¬†Superquinn Ltd.
1 star¬†–¬†SQ Queen Whole Olives in Brine ¬†,¬†Superquinn Ltd.
1 star¬†–¬†Red Pepper Chilly Chutney¬†,¬†Crossogue Preserves¬† –
1 star¬†–¬†Abbey Farm Fruits Red Pepper Relish ¬†,¬†Abbey Farm Fruits –
1 star¬†–¬†Christmas made easy red pepper and tomato chutney for cheese ¬†,¬†Christmas Made Easy –
1 star¬†–¬†Inferno Sauce Extreme¬†,¬†Mic’s Chilli Limited –
1 star¬†–¬†Molino Di Ferro Le Veneziane Tomato & Basil Sauce¬†,¬†Lavida Food Ltd –
1 star¬†–¬†Florrie‚Äôs Ham Glaze¬†,¬†The Scullery – (no website?)
1 star¬†–¬†Mr Crumb Cranberries in Port Sauce ¬†,¬†Mr Crumb –
1 star¬†–¬†Wiberg Steak Pepper¬†,¬†Wallbridge
1 star¬†–¬†Superquinn Toscani Tapenade¬†,¬†Traditional Cheese Co. Ltd. –
1 star¬†–¬†Tamarind Dip¬†,¬†Nutweave Ltd / Bombay Pantry –
1 star¬†–¬†G‚Äôs Gourmet Hot Pepper Dip ¬†,¬†G’s Gourmet Jams¬† –
1 star¬†–¬†Hummus¬†,¬†Horgans Delicatessen Supplies –
1 star¬†–¬†Mr Pettersen‚Äôs Raspberry Extra¬†,¬†Mr Pettersen’s Limited Edition –
1 star¬†–¬†Rocket Dressing¬†,¬†Finders Inn Foods – (no website?)
1 Star¬†–¬†Truly Irish Chestnut Smoked Streaky Rasher¬†,¬†Truly Irish Country Foods
1 star¬†–¬†Smoked Bacon Back¬†,¬†The Carraig na Breac Smokehouse¬† – (website not built)
1 star¬†–¬†Oliver Carty ¬†,¬†Oliver Carty –
1 star¬†–¬†Rogan‚Äôs Whiskey Oakwood Smoked Back Bacon¬†,¬†Rogan’s Smokehouse –
1 star¬†–¬†Dry cured bacon ¬†,¬†O’ Flynns Gourmet Sausage Co. –
1 star¬†–¬†Rudd‚Äôs Premium Dry Cure Rashers¬†,¬†Rudd’s Fine Food –
1 star¬†–¬†SQ Dry Cure Back Rasher¬†,¬†Honeyvale Foods Limited
1 star¬†–¬†Clonakilty Mild Cure Rashers ( Back)¬†,¬†Clonakilty Black Pudding Company¬† –
1 star¬†–¬†Clonakilty Dry Cure Rasher ( Back)¬†,¬†Clonakilty Black Pudding Company¬† –
1 Star¬†–¬†Aldi Brannans Specially Selected Traditional Irish Rashers¬†,¬†Aldi Stores Ireland Ltd
1 star¬†–¬†Hazelmeade Farm Glensallagh Honeycured Back Bacon¬†,¬†Honeyvale Foods Limited
1 star¬†–¬†SQ Dry Cure Joint¬†,¬†Honeyvale Foods Limited
1 star¬†–¬†Clonakilty Roasting Bacon joint¬†,¬†Clonakilty Black Pudding Company¬† –
1 star¬†–¬†Finest Irish Pale Drycure Rashers 200g¬†,¬†Hilton Foods Ireland Limited
1 star¬†–¬†Finest Irish Hickory Smoked Back Rashers 200g¬†,¬†Hilton Foods Ireland Limited
1 star¬†–¬†Finest Irish Smoked Drycure Rashers 200g¬†,¬†Hilton Foods Ireland Limited
1 star¬†–¬†Ham on the bone ¬†,¬†Horgans Delicatessen Supplies –
1 star¬†–¬†Corned Silverside of Beef¬†,¬†John Downey & Son Organic Quality Foods –
1 star¬†–¬†Aldi Nature‚Äôs Isle Select Cut Irish Fillet Steaks¬†,¬†Aldi Stores Ireland Ltd
1 star¬†–¬†Superquinn Fillet Steak¬†,¬†Aibp Cahir
1 star¬†–¬†SuperValu Quality Irish Lamb Leg Bank Holiday Roast – Produced By Kepak¬†,¬†Musgrave Retail Partners Ireland
1 star¬†–¬†Superquin Sillan or Fresh Corn Fed Chicken with caramelised onion stuffing¬†,¬†Carton Bros Ltd.
1 star¬†–¬†Lamb, Mint & Black Pepper Sausage¬†,¬†Arthur Mallon Foods Ltd –
1 star¬†–¬†Rudd‚Äôs Premium Black Pudding ¬†,¬†Rudd’s Fine Food –
1 star¬†–¬†Rudd‚Äôs Premium Roulade of Pudding ¬†,¬†Rudd’s Fine Food –
1 star¬†–¬†Rosscarbbery Recipes Black Pudding ¬†,¬†Caherbeg Free Range Pork –
1 star¬†–¬†Home-made white pudding¬†,¬†Rigney’s Farm –
1 star¬†–¬†Gourmet Chicken Pie¬†,¬†Mora Foods Limited –
1 star¬†–¬†Beef Empanadas¬†,¬†Mora Foods Limited –
1 star¬†–¬†Burren Smoked Organic Gravadlax¬†,¬†Burren Smokehouse Ltd. –
1 Star¬†–¬†Woodcock Smokery Wild Smoked Salmon¬†,¬†Woodcock Smokery –
1 star¬†–¬†Smoked Salmon Wild¬†,¬†Simro Ltd / Wright’s of Howth –
1 star¬†–¬†Smoked Salmon Wild¬†,¬†Simro Ltd / Wright’s of Howth –
1 star¬†–¬†Organic Smoked Salmon with Seaweed¬†,¬†The Kenmare Salmon Company –
1 star¬†–¬†Herb Cured Smoked Salmon¬†,¬†The Kenmare Salmon Company –
1 star¬†–¬†Smoked Salmon Farmed¬†,¬†Simro Ltd / Wright’s of Howth –
1 star¬†–¬†Super Valu Smoked Irish Organic Salmon¬†,¬†Dunn‚Äôs Seafare –
1 star¬†–¬†SuperValu Crab Claws – Produced By Sheel Fish De La Mer¬†,¬†Musgrave Retail Partners Ireland-
1 star¬†–¬†Smoked Scallops¬†,¬†The Kenmare Salmon Company –
1 star¬†–¬†SQ Irish Crab Meat ¬†,¬†Shellfish De La Mer –
1 star¬†–¬†Chicken Liver Pate¬†,¬†Donnybrook Fair –
1 star¬†–¬†The Market Chicken Liver & Brandy Pate¬†,¬†The Market Foodstore –
1 star¬†–¬†Irish Yoghurts Bio Active Natural Yoghurt¬†,¬†Irish Yogurts Ltd. –
1 star¬†–¬†SuperValu Supreme Spanish Lemon Curd and Irish Cream Yoghurt – Produced By Irish Yoghurts¬†,¬†Musgrave Retail Partners Ireland –
1 star¬†–¬†SuperValu Supreme Champagne Rhubarb Yoghurt and Irish Cream – Produced By Irish Yoghurts¬†,¬†Musgrave Retail Partners Ireland –
1 star¬†–¬†SuperValu Supreme Senga Strawberry and Irish Cream Yoghurt – Produced By Irish Yoghurts¬†,¬†Musgrave Retail Partners Ireland –
1 star¬†–¬†Aldi Duneen Specially Selected West Cork Indulgence Yoghurt – Devon Toffee¬†,¬†Aldi Stores Ireland Ltd
1 star¬†–¬†Aldi Duneen Specially Selected Handmade Farmhouse Yoghurt Raspberry¬†,¬†Aldi Stores Ireland Ltd
1 star¬†–¬†Raspbury Yogurt¬†,¬†Killowen t/a Green Valley Farm – (no website?)
1 star¬†–¬†SQ Blackcurrant Yogurt¬†,¬†Killowen t/a Green Valley Farm – (no website?)
1 star¬†–¬†Superquinn Irish Cream and lemon curd yoghurt¬†,¬†Irish Yogurts Ltd. –
1 star¬†–¬†Greek Style Yoghurt¬†,¬†Green Pastures (Donegal) –
1 star¬†–¬†Yeats Country Organic Sour Cream¬†,¬†Green Pastures (Donegal) –
1 star¬†–¬†Sour Cream¬†,¬†Green Pastures (Donegal) –
1 star¬†–¬†SQ Indulgent Blgian Chocolate brandy cream with courvoisier vs cognac¬†,¬†Connacht Gold Co-Op
1 star¬†–¬†Cuinneog Farmhouse Irish Country Butter¬†,¬†Cuinneog Ltd. –
1 star¬†–¬†Superquinn Irish organic butter¬†,¬†Connacht Gold Co-Op
1 star¬†–¬†Connacht Gold softer butter¬†,¬†Connacht Gold Co-Op
1 star¬†–¬†Cuinneog Natural Buttermilk¬†,¬†Cuinneog Ltd. –
1 star¬†–¬†Wicklow Baun¬†,¬†Wicklow Farmhouse Cheese Ltd. –
1 star¬†–¬†Corleggy KID¬†,¬†Corleggy Cheeses –
1 star¬†–¬†Superquinn Gortnamona¬†,¬†Traditional Cheese Co. Ltd. –
1 star¬†–¬†Kilbeg Dairies Mascarpone Cheese¬†,¬†Kilbeg Dairy Delights –
1 star¬†–¬†Durrus Cheese¬†,¬†Durrus Cheese –
1 star¬†–¬†Milleens Dote¬†,¬†Milleens Cheese Ltd. –
1 star¬†–¬†Paneer¬†,¬†Green Pastures (Donegal) –
1 star¬†–¬†Superquinn Vintage White Cheddar¬†,¬†Traditional Cheese Co. Ltd. –
1 star¬†–¬†Wexford extra mature¬†,¬†Wexford Creamery Ltd.
1 star¬†–¬†Creeny¬†,¬†Corleggy Cheeses –
1 star¬†–¬†Soft Cheese with Sweet Chilli¬†,¬†Green Pastures (Donegal) –
1 star¬†–¬†Holycross Butterscotch Sauce¬†,¬†The Tipperary Kitchen –
1 star¬†–¬†SuperValu Supreme Christmas Pudding – Produced By Seerys¬†,¬†Musgrave Retail Partners Ireland –
1 Star¬†–¬†Christmas Pudding¬†,¬†The Scullery – (no website?)
1 star¬†–¬†Superquinn Christmas Plum Pudding¬†,¬†Seerys / Heatherfield Ltd –
1 star¬†–¬†Supreme Christmas Pudding¬†,¬†Seerys / Heatherfield Ltd –
1 star¬†–¬†Simply Better Christmas Pudding¬†,¬†Seerys / Heatherfield Ltd –
1 star¬†–¬†Bakewell Tart¬†,¬†Bramley Lodge –
1 star¬†–¬†Christmas made easy chocolate something¬†,¬†Christmas Made Easy –
1 Star¬†–¬†Passion fruit delice¬†,¬†Heaven’s Cakes – website?)
1 star¬†–¬†Raspberry and hazlenut roulade¬†,¬†Fusco Foods –
1 star¬†–¬†Froberry Frozen Yoghurt – Original¬†,¬†Froberry Ltd. –
1 star¬†–¬†SuperValu Chilled Spaghetti – produced By Gruppo Saporitalia¬†,¬†Musgrave Retail Partners Ireland
1 star¬†–¬†Dee‚Äôs Thai Butternut Squash & lentil¬†,¬†Dee’s Wholefoods –
1 star¬†–¬†Vegetarian Chilli ¬†,¬†The Butler’s Pantry –
1 star¬†–¬†Superquinn Creamy Spinach¬†,¬†Ballymaguire Foods T/A Country Crest
1 star¬†–¬†A Velvet Creamy Tomato Soup¬†,¬†Cully & Sully Ltd. –
1 star¬†–¬†Gookies Cranberry & White Chocolate Cookie Dough¬†,¬†Gookies – (no website?)
1 star¬†–¬†Delicious Pizza Base¬†,¬†Delicious: the Gluten Free Bakery –
1 star¬†–¬†Skinny Ceasar ¬†,¬†Bia Blasta –
1 star¬†–¬†Bob‚Äôs Red Mill Pure Rolled Oats¬†,¬†Lavida Food Ltd –

There are so many brands there I have not come across – what a strong endorsement of the quality of Irish food production. And look at the number of them who are in the artisan or local food producers world.

Well done to each and every one of them.


The artisan brands featured in the SFA Small Business Awards 2011

Awards sometimes pass me by – especially with the sheer variety of them which are kicking around.

I read the Indo supplement today for the SFA awards and was impressed by the quality of the food businesses which were featured. These winners were announced at the beginning of March – I am behind on this one.

Emerging New Businesses – McEvoy Family Foods

This one is interesting because they do not have a brand of their own. Why do they feature here? Because contract manufacturers are an essential part of the infrastructure to support artisan and local food brands as they allow manufacturing to be outsourced when scale and demonstrable compliance with established standards are important. This business does soups, salads and garlic breads.

They do not have a website – this link does give more information. Jane McEvoy is in the above photo.

Food Sector – Belvelly Smokehouse

Frank Hederman runs the longest running smokehouse in Ireland and his business exports nearly 50% of what they produce. The foods they smoke are everything from butter and salt through eels, haddock and mussels with porridge oats in there too!

Nice website here.

Food Sector – Clonakilty Pudding

I know this product is well respected by those who have eaten it and they are comfortable with interesting marketing initiatives like their “Clonakilty by Candlelight” series of evenings in Dublin recently.

Colette Twomey, their MD, won the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year so she is no stranger to awards. See more on the their website.

Food Sector – Dee’s Wholefoods

In contrast to the last brand this one can actually be eaten by me :-). Deirdre Collins started this business in 2008 (and McEvoys only began in 2009 so 2 new companies in this award winning list) and she produces a range of burgers for vegetarians.

I am currently awaiting a delivery of some new products from her – she asked on Facebook for a group to help her with testing new products :-). Her website is here.

Food Sector – Glenilen Farm

Have mentioned Alan and Valarie here before (and must also say that they are a client of mine right now). This dairy business moved from farmers markets in 2002 to producing for mainstream distribution and are now exporting to the UK.

More on their nicely designed website.

Food Sector – Cashel Blue

1984 was the year in which this company was registered and now they are recognised as one of the classic Irish farmhouse cheeses. Another husband and wife business – this time Jane and Louis Grubb.

Their website is here – overdue a helping of tender loving care.

Congrats to all those businesses – awards are not the point of any of those enterprises but the recognition is nice to get and the PR always helps.