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!
This is just a short post to let you know, in case you didn’t hear, that I won the IQFA Covid-19 Response Frontline Hero – Local Community Champion Award which was announced last Friday! #thrilled
You can read all about the other winners and shortlisted nominees here. And you can watch the 30 minute ceremony here. Not quite the same as a glitzy event in the Burlington Hotel, but what can you do?!
Thank you so much to the Irish Quality Food Awards team for this amazing award! I’m so pleased to have been able to help our fantastic Irish food & drink producers in some small way during the pandemic. I bought something on-line from each county over the course of eight months and will be posting about them all in the new year.
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.
We are delighted to announce the 5th annual Blas na hEireann, Irish Food Awards. These national Awards are the recognised benchmark for the best quality Irish food products and winning an Award and using the Blas logo will help you market your products to a wider audience. Quite simply it is a symbol that you can trust when shopping for excellent food and drink at your local retailer.
This competition is open to all producers on the island of Ireland, be they large, medium or small. As in previous years all produce entered into the Awards must be commercially available in at least 3 outlets (including farmers markets) and be made by businesses registered on the island, using Irish ingredients wherever possible. The closing date for entries is the 27th July 2012.
Please check the rules of entry to make sure that you are up-to-date with all of the requirements before you process your application. If you have any queries please call 087 902 9329 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Oonagh says: don’t be shy – no one will invite you to enter, don’t hide your light under a bush, if you’re not in you can’t win etc etc – just do it!!