The awards were presented during a lunchtime “Artisan Picnic” which served up locally made produce supplied by many of Good Food Ireland’s 250 members at the K Club in Co. Kildare yesterday.
The Connemara Smokehouse was nominated for three awards and walked away with the “Best use of Sustainable Local Fish”.
It’s a great recognition of all the hard work that we have put in and it highlights the measures we have taken to work towards a sustainable future.
We would like to Thank all of our customers and friends for all their support and encouragement and we would like to thank and congratulate Good Food Ireland on the wonderful sucess of the Artisan Picnic and Awards Cermony, also for all the hard work put in by Margaret, Sue and Melina, as well as everybody else involved.
Good Food Ireland is a club of memebers from the food and hospitality industry who are commited to using Local Irish Food, with the overall aim to drive the domestic and international tourist to places where they can get a genuine Irish Food experience with members including Fishermen and farmers to chefs, restauranters and food producers.
Good Food Ireland operates as a not for profit organisation with strict membership criteria and is driven by a Steering Group. All 250 members are committed on a voluntary basis to the development and growth of consumer awareness of the organisation.
The objectives of the awards are to highlight places committed to Local Irish Food so that consumer can find out and make informed choices on where to go, eat out or stay. Good Food Ireland is the only all island organisation that brings together a club of like-minded committed people across all sectors of the hospitality and food industry. High standards are vital in today’s environment and the awards honour those memebers who epitomise the philosophy of Good Food Ireland and can be a benchmark for others.
The Judging Panel for this year was:
Hugo Arnold – Consultant & Food Journalist,
Margaret jefferes – J.D. of Good Food Ireland,
Diane Curtin – Journalist & Food Writer,
Elaine Murphy – Journalist & Foiod Writer
Jeanne Quigley – Journalist & Food Writer.
Guests of Honour:
Trevor Sargent TD, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.
Ian Walker, Skipper of the Green Dragon, Volvo Ocean Yacht Race