I Love Cooking was proud to be a part of the judging panel for the Irish Quality Food Awards 2014. On your behalf, we munched our way through a huge amount of delicious Irish products, and as a part of a group including top Irish food writers, chefs and bloggers, came up with a shortlist of the best of the best.
The 180 shortlisted food and drink products in 50 categories are now in with a chance to win one of the prestigious awards in a glittering ceremony hosted by TV Chef and author Catherine Fulvio on 11th September in the Round Room, Mansion House, Dublin.
This year for the first time a panel of judges from Musgrave Retail Partners chose finalists for the Small Producer of the Year Award – designed to celebrate artisanal foods and drink in Ireland and sponsored by SuperValu. The winner will be offered a prestigious listing in SuperValu stores. Finalists are:
• Chicken Liver Paté with Garlic & Brandy – On The Pig’s Back c/o La Charcuterie Irlandaise Ltd
• Scotts Irish Cider – Big Hand Brewing Company Ltd
• Sweet BBQ Pulled Pork – Jack & Keith Molloy Bros. Ltd
The Irish Quality Food Awards set out to recognise excellence in product development for food and drink producers, retailers and catering companies in Ireland only, with Q Awards being awarded across 50 different categories. The Overall Gold Q is awarded to the one product that stands out among all the other entries and is chosen from the winners of the main categories, representing the very best of the best
All excess food from the judging was given to The Capuchin Centre for Homeless People, which provides warm food each day and more than 1800 food hampers a week to vulnerable people in Dublin, and FareShare.
Learn more about The Capuchin Centre for Homeless People here.