Round-up from 7th Annual Blas na h√Čireann Awards

Monday 6th October 2014

We have just returned from the Blas na hÉireann 7th Annual AwardsBread Academy Photoshoot, which are held as part of Dingle Food Festival in the beautiful town of Dingle in County Kerry. More than 2000 products were blind tasted by 350 judges in over 90 food categories to arrive at the best that Ireland has to offer.

This was our third year sponsoring the hugely popular and increasingly competitive Breads and Cakes categories.

Colin Lavery, one of our Business Development Managers took part in the finalist judging which was held on Thursday. The Blas awards are the biggest blind tasting of produce in the country, and the criteria on which the product is judged as well as the judging system itself, which was developed by Blas na hEireann with the Food Science Dept of UCC, is now recognised as an international industry standard.

Saturday morning was the Blas Finalists' Showcase and Networking Event held in The Phoenix cinema in the town. The event showcased the fantastic products that made it to the shortlist. It was an opportunity to have a closer look at the finalist products as they would appear in retail outlets, indeed many of them could even be tasted.  The event was a great opportunity to network with producers, buyers and sponsors

The presentation and awards followed in the afternoon with bronze, silver and gold awards being presented to the best of all categories.

View photo gallery from event

We would like to congratulate all award winners and also the finalists that made it to this stage in the event.

Download details of all winners

We would of course like to especially congratulate our customers who received awards:

Barry’s Bakery Ltd. Silver – Batch Loaf
Caher Baker Ltd Bronze - Apple Pie
Cherry Blossom Bakery Gold – Brown Spelt Soda
Cloughjordan Wood-Fired Bakery Gold - Country White Sourdough Boule
Cloughjordan Wood-Fired Bakery Silver - Walnut Sourdough
Crust & Crumb Bakery Ltd  Silver - Lemon, Rosemary & Red Onion Stuffing
Daily Bake Ltd Bronze - Spar Chicken & Leek Pie
Dinkin’s Bakery Ltd Bronze – Multiseed Bread
Donnybrook Fair Gold - Salmon Pate
Donnybrook Fair Silver - DF Pulled Pork
Donnybrook Fair  Bronze - Salmon & Fennel Pie
The Foods of Athenry Gold – Very Delicious Christmas Pudding
The Foods of Athenry Bronze – Dunnes Stores Simply Better Roasted Nut & Seed Granola
Gallagher’s Bakery Gold – Gallagher’s Spelt Loaf
Genesis Crafty Gold – Genesis Crafty Double Butter Fruit Scone
Genesis Crafty Bronze - Musgrave’s Wheaten Soda Bannoch
Goodness Grains Silver – Farmhouse Loaf with Pumpkin Seeds
Goodness Grains Bronze – Farmhouse Loaf with Sesame Seeds
The Heatherlea Gold – Armagh Rolled Oat Crisp
Hovis Ltd.  Bronze – Hovis Seeds Sensations Wholemeal
Irwin’s Bakery Gold – Traditional Irish Barm (Yeast) Brack
Just Baked Gold – Fresh Fruit Flan
Just Baked Silver – Oreo Cake
Just Baked  Silver – Spiced Orange and Cranberry Mince Tart
Just Baked Silver – Bailey’s Chocolate Biscuit
Just Baked  Silver – Oreo Brownie Cupcakes
Just Baked Bronze – Salted Caramel Brownie
Larkin’s Bakery Gold – White Yeast Bread
Larkin’s Bakery Silver - Cranberry & Fruit Soda Bread
Mauds Ice Cream Gold – Pooh Bear’s Delight Ice Cream
O’Donnell’s Bakery Silver – Molly’s Muesli
Pat the Baker Bronze – Pat the Baker Simbos – Plain White
Prestige Foods Silver – Dunnes Stores Simply Better Handmade Rasp Sherry Trifle
Sam’s Cookies Ltd. Bronze – Sam’s Cookies Breakfast Cookie
Seery’s Heatherfield Silver – Tesco Finest Christmas Pudding
Silver Pail Dairy Silver – Glenown Farm French Vanilla Dairy Ice Cream
Stafford’s Bakery  Silver – Staffords Chia & Wholegrain Bread
Stafford’s Bakery Silver – Stafford’s Rich Fruit Brack
Stafford’s Bakery Bronze – Stafford’s Traditional Barm Brack
Stafford’s Bakery Bronze – Stafford’s Hot Cross Bun
Stafford’s Bakery Bronze – Stafford’s Chocolate Orange Ganache
Stafford Lynch Silver – Aldi Luxury Fruit Porridge Sultana, Apricot & Sunflower Seeds
Stafford Lynch Bronze – Aldi Luxury Fruit Prooidge Raisin, Cranberry, Apple & Cinnamon
Walsh’s Bakery (Clifden) Ltd. Silver – Multi-seeded Bread

If you would like to enter your products into these prestigious awards in 2015, please visit to find out more...


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