Ireland's best food producers for 2019 according to Euro-Toques Ireland were announced at Gooseberry Gardens, Virginia Park Lodge.
Euro-Toques is a passionate supporter of local growers that take care of the environment and grow healthy, sustainable food, allowing chefs to avail of fresh seasonal produce. The awards, which were held in conjunction with EirGrid, operator of the national electricity transmission system, were introduced by renowned Irish chef Richard Corrigan and food writer Caroline Hennessy.
Five awards were presented under the categories Water, Land, Farm, Dairy and Artisan Produce, with a further six awards presented to smaller growers as part of the Craft category.
The Euro-Toques awards are unique in that the winners are nominated by chefs who are familiar with and use their products. This year, over 150 chefs at producers gathered at Virginia Park Lodge to try the food and drink from over 50 producers as part of a post-ceremony feast.
This year, the Euro-Toques Food Awards celebrated their 23rd ceremony, which Head of the Euro-Toques Ireland Food Council Anthony O’Toole says is a way for them to keep the ethos of their founder, the late Myrtle Allen of Ballymaloe House, alive.
"Our awards are always a highlight of Ireland’s annual food event calendar with many chefs, writers, and consumers taking note of them in Ireland and further afield. As chefs, this is our opportunity to continue what Myrtle Allen started many years ago and celebrate those who grow, farm and produce with integrity and flavour in mind. We are very lucky to have access to exceptionally good, clean and fair food on this fertile island. Our congratulations to all recipients, whom we welcome to the Euro-Toques Ireland community. We will continue to encourage all our fellow chefs to support current and previous winners through their menus.”
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On Monday 27th May we will host the annual Food Awards at Virginia Park Lodge @virginia_park_lodge , from 2 to 3pm, followed by lunch in the garden. 50 artisan producers will showcase their produce. This is the perfect opportunity 4 chefs to meet producers & be inspired. The event open to chefs & producers only - members and non-members. DM to join or email [email protected] #chefsmeetproducers #ETfoodawards
This year’s award winners are as follows:
WATER: Connemara Seaweed Company for their diverse range of hand-harvested and sustainably produced seaweed-based products.
LAND: Bumblebee Flower Farm for their sustainably produced edible flowers, grown in respect of biodiversity.
FARM: Castlemine Farm for their pasture-fed dry-aged beef, lamb and rare breed pork, reared and butchered with a traditional sustainable approach.
DAIRY: The Village Dairy for their locally sourced fresh, organic & Jersey milk, cream and buttermilk.
- ARTISAN PRODUCE: Ballyminane Mill for their stone-ground wholemeal flour, produced in respect of an ancient tradition.
Awarded to those who grow varietal fruits, herbs and vegetables in an organic, biodynamic or chemical-free way. The winners were: