Irish Quality Food Awards 2020 – Winner!

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.

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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.