Blas na hEireann Producers’ Champion Award – looking for nominations

Hello everyone,

I know I’ve been a bit quiet of late, but there is some exciting news coming and I’m waiting until its official before I tell you! I don’t want to get ahead of myself.

In the meantime, the call is out for nominations for the @BlasNahEireann #ProducersChampionAward – it should be someone who is working hard to promote & support Irish Food. For example, someone who set up a Directory of producers who are selling online….perhaps!

I know I’m being cheeky, but I would really appreciate your nomination.

Please take 2 mins to make your suggestion. Here is the link: Nominate now!

Thank you!

Best wishes,

Oonagh Monahan

 

IQFA Awards – Shortlisted!

It’s always nice to get good news, especially these days. On Wednesday last I learned that the Oonagheats.com Food & Drinks Producers’ On-Line Directory (what a mouthful!) had got the attention of the judges at the Irish Quality Food Awards. It turns out that I’d been nominated and subsequently shortlisted for an award!

It’s the COVID-19 Response Frontline Hero category at the 2020 Irish Quality Food and Drink Performance Awards. Thank you so much to those of you who nominated me, I’m so pleased / chuffed / thrilled / all of the above!

But I’m really more pleased at having been able to do something small to help food & drinks producers to survive in the face of lost orders and customers as restaurants, cafes and hotels closed due to COVID-19. Some producers reported a loss of 75% of their sales. It is the food & drinks producers who are the real heroes, I mean it.

Fingers crossed for the awards event on December 11th – I’ll let you know what happens. You can read about all the other categories and shortlisted entrants here.

IQFA Food Hero winner!

This post is long overdue, but back in October 2019 I was awarded the inaugural Food Hero award from the IQFAs (Irish Quality Food and Drink Awards), sponsored by Aldi Ireland. Needless to say I was absolutely delighted!

The 2019 Irish Quality Food and Drink Awards took place on Thursday 24 October at The Clayton Hotel on Burlington Road, Dublin. Hector O’hEochagáin was MC for the event. The evening was a huge success with food producers and retailers being recognised for their hard work.

Here I am pictured with John Curtin, Group Buying Director, Aldi Ireland and Hector O’hEochagáin.