Blas na hÉireann opens for entrants this St Patrick’s Day

by Rachel Cunningham
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Food and drink merchants are invited to apply to Blas na hÉireann 2024, which will open for entrants on Saint Patrick’s Day, Sunday, March 17.

Blas na hÉireann is the largest blind-tasted food awards in Ireland, designed to recognise and celebrate the very best Irish food and drink.

Entries are open to producers across all categories of food and drink, with the early bird discounted rate for entries running until April 3. 

Entries will close on May 16, with judging happening over the summer months and the awards announced on Friday, October 4.

“It’s hard to believe we are now in our 17th year running the awards,” said Artie Clifford, Blas na hÉireann Chairman.

“Looking back to when we started and had just under 400 applications to where we are now with nearly 3,000 entries last year, it is testament not only to the fantastic food and drink producers of Ireland, but also to the measurable impact these awards have on small artisan businesses.

“Since creating the Blas village, we have seen even more momentum and opportunities for producers with high engagement between them and key industry buyers.

“We are very much looking forward to seeing what this year brings and welcoming new producers participating right across the island.”

Together with the Food Science Dept of UCC and the University of Copenhagen, the team at Blas na hÉireann has developed a blind-tasting judging system that is now recognised as an industry gold standard worldwide. 

Entries for Blas na hÉireann 2024 open on March 17, for further information, visit: www.irishfoodawards.com.

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