Warren and Barbara McEvoy of Boyne Valley Seafoods receive the award for their prizewinning chowder from Tara Smith, The Boyne Valley Food Series Development officer.
The hotly contested ‘Best Chowder in the Boyne Valley’ competition which took place at the SeaFoodRocks festival in Clogherhead on the last weekend in August was won by Boyne Valley Seafoods of Southgate Shopping Centre.
“We had some seriously delicious chowder from local seafood suppliers and restaurants from across Louth and Meath; including The Brown Hound, The Lime Kiln, Boyne Valley Seafoods and East Coast Seafood” said Damien Kierans of Red Fish Events and co-organiser of SeaFoodRocks.
The winners of the Best Seafood Chowder in the Boyne Valley Food Series Region of Louth and Meath will now go forward to represent the Boyne Valley Region in the All Ireland Chowder Competition in Kinsale in 2018.
Boyne Valley Seafoods was chosen as the winner by guest judge, TV chef, Tara Walker from East Coast Cookery School.
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“I chose Boyne Valley Seafoods’ chowder as the winner because I liked the depth of flavour” Tara said. “It had a good balance of acidity which is important in what is otherwise a creamy and potentially bland dish. I also like the cut and size of the fish and vegetables. Although all the contestant's chowders were very strong on that front.”
Warren McEvoy of Boyne Valley Seafoods says he is “over the moon and can’t wait to showcase their chowder in Kinsale 2018” and hopes to bring the title back to the Boyne Valley region.
Boyne Valley Seafoods chowder is made fresh every morning in their premises in Southgate Shopping Centre. Warren also wanted to thank his Mother Barbara McEvoy who made the chowder on the day using a secret family recipe!
The winner of The People’s Choice Best Chowder award at SeaFoodRocks 2017 went to East Coast Seafood which is owned by Clogherhead man James Kirwan who told us he was delighted to win the people’s choice award. "I am so glad that the kind tasters at SeaFoodRocks chose our chowder as their favourite” he said.
East Coast Seafood’s chowder is made fresh using local ingredients every morning is available at their shops in Naas and Malahide.
The team at SeafoodRocks Festival would like to thank all the entrants to the chowder competition and wish Boyne Valley Seafoods all the best of luck in Kinsale next year!