Irish Food Writers’ Guild celebrates 2017 Awards
The winners of the Irish Food Writers' Guild's 2017 awards were honoured at a special lunchtime ceremony in Dublin this week
10 March 2017 | 0
Six IFWG awards were presented at a special ceremony at Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud in Dublin this week, honouring Ireland’s food producers and organisations which, the Guild’s chairperson commented, are integral to Ireland’s fine reputation in food circles at home and abroad.
“This year’s award winners are representative of so much that is great about the food and drink industry in Ireland,” said Aoife Carrigy, IFWG chairperson. “Our winners have created sustainable family businesses, continued and built upon the work of their forefathers, or collaborated with like-minded people to create products of an exceptional standard.”
The winners of the IFWG Awards 2017 were:
The Friendly Farmer: Ronan Byrne, Co. Galway
Ummera Irish Smokehouse for its Ummera Smoked Silver Hill Duck Breast: Anthony Creswell, Co. Cork
Cuinneog for Irish Farmhouse Country Butter and Natural Buttermilk: Breda Butler, Co. Mayo
Special Contribution to Irish Food: Mag Kirwan of Goatsbridge Trout Farm, Co. Kilkenny
Irish Drink Award: Bertha’s Revenge Irish Milk Gin: Justin Green and Antony Jackson, Co. Cork
Environmental Award: The Little Milk Company, Co. Waterford
Further to the food awards, the IFWG event also honoured the late Oliver Hughes with a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award. Hughes was one of the first producers in Ireland to begin developing craft beers, decades ahead of the current revolution in the industry. Hughes’ family was present at the event, and his award was accepted by his son Elliot and daughter Holly.