Irish Quality Food Awards finds a new home
The Irish Quality Food Awards has found a new home at Limerick Institute of Technology, where 150 food experts, producers, journalists and retailers will judge the prestigious accolades.
14 September 2018
The Irish Quality Food Awards judging panel has moved to a new home at the Limerick Institute of Technology, where 150 food experts, producers, journalists and retailers were judged for the prestigious awards programme.
Three weeks of rigorous judging at the college during July culminated in a very successful networking showcase of the best produce in the region at the Limerick Strand Hotel. This was sponsored by the Local Enterprise Offices of Limerick, Clare and Tipperary. Exhibitors included Meere’s Pork Products (winners of a Gold Q Award for Best Small Producer at last year’s Awards), Emerald Oils, Burren Smokehouse and Treaty City Brewing. Retailers such as Aldi Ireland, Tesco and Urban Co-op attended along with many other key players in the Irish food and drink community.
This annual event will help ensure that the mid-west is now at the foreground of the national culinary picture going forward.
Éamon Ryan, head of enterprise for the Local Enterprise Office Limerick said the Local Enterprise Offices in Limerick, Clare and Tipperary were delighted to sponsor the special evening to coincide with the occasion of the Irish Quality Food Awards judging taking place in Limerick.
“The evening was a great succes,” Ryan said, “allowing producers from across the region to sample their products while also making new business contacts and opportunities.
It was great to partner with the Irish Quality Food Awards,” Ryan continued, “as the mid-west region has an array of excellent food and drink produce making it a natural fit with the awards which are synonymous with the finest quality products. We are also delighted that the Irish Quality Food Awards have chosen Limerick as their new home and we look forward to working in partnership with them again.”
The Irish Quality Food Awards reward and recognise the best food and drink products on sale in Ireland. They are open to food producers, wholesalers, caterers and food service operators who serve the Irish hospitality industry as well as the grocery industry. They also recognise the increasing demand for quality, affordable own-label and branded ranges for diners and shoppers who now demand quality at value for money prices.
Every year, thousands of products are rigorously tested across over 100 categories to arrive at the cream of Irish produce. The winners will be announced at a gala awards dinner on the 18 October 2018.
The products that have made it through to the Irish Quality Food Awards shortlist are now available on www.irish.qualityfoodawards.com