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Monday, 8th October 2018

A bounty of Blas Na hEireann Awards for the Boyne Valley

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Lily Chen of Lily's Tea Shop in Termonfeckin.

Local producers win silver and bronze at Irish Food Awards

The eleventh annual Blas Na hEireann Irish Food Awards which took place in Dingle over the weekend saw two Louth producers take home silver and bronze medals.

Lily's Tea Shop in Termonfeckin, won a Silver Medal for their Earl Grey Blue Flower while Rafferty's Fine Foods from Blackrock in Co. Louth won a Bronze Medal for their Sriracha Sea Salt Flakes.

Over 2,500 products were entered into the 2018 competition in over 100 food and drink categories, making it the biggest blind tasting competition of produce in the country. The awards were developed by Blas na hÉireann with the Food Science Dept of UCC and today are widely recognised as an international industry standard. The Blas accreditation is a guarantee of a top-quality Irish product and is instantly recognisable for Irish consumers.

Bronagh Conlon, Chairperson of Discover Boyne Valley Flavours said, “It is wonderful to see the hard work of the producers being awarded. Their constant creativity, innovation and passion for top-quality food and drink is helping put the Boyne Valley on the map as one of the top foodie destinations in Ireland, Europe and worldwide.”

An additional five medals were won in the Boyne Valley by Finnegan’s Farm, Hugh Maguire Butchers and The Studio Coffee Roasters.

The full list of Boyne Valley winners are:

Gold

  • Finnegan's Farm from Balrath in Co. Meath who won a Gold Medal for their Potato Gratin

Silver:

  • Hugh Maguire Butchers from Ashbourne in Co. Meath who won a Silver Medal for their Traditional Black Pudding
  • Lily's Tea Shop from Termonfeckin in Co. Louth who won a Silver Medal for their Earl Grey Blue Flower

Bronze

  • Rafferty's Fine Foods from Blackrock in Co. Louth who won a Bronze Medal for their Sriracha Sea Salt Flakes
  • The Studio Coffee Roasters from Bettystown, Co. Meath who won a Bronze Medal for their Rwanda - Gihombo Coffee
  • Hugh Maguire Butchers who a Bronze Medal for their Spinach and Cheese Pork Sausages
  • Hugh Maguire Butchers who won a Bronze Medal for their Sweet Dry Cured Smoked Streaky Bacon

To find out more about Discover Boyne Valley Flavours, the Boyne Valley Food Series events and our producers, check out the boynevalleyflavours.ie website and watch out for updates on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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