A total of 44 food producers from Cork have been shortlisted as finalists at the Blas na hÉireann awards.
All 44 Cork-based food producers have made it through the judging process of the largest food awards on the island, often dubbed the Oscars of Irish food, which was held in Dingle and at satellite venues across the country in July.
The results from the judges will be used to determine the winners of Blas na hÉireann 2020 as the decision has been made to cancel the weekend of events in Dingle in October due to current Covid-19 guidelines.
The finalists shortlisted from Cork across a range of different categories are: Baked 4 U; Bandon Vale; Bó Rua Farm; Caherbeg Free Range Pork Ltd.; Centra - Inspired by Centra Made in store Salads; Clona Dairy Products Ltd; Coolmore Foods; Fitzgerald’s Butchers; Follain; Fresh Fish Deli; Glenilen Farm; Gloun Cross Dairy; Hanley’s Puddings Ltd; Hodgin’s Sausages; Irish Yogurts; JDS Foods; Joe's Farm Crisps; Keohane Seafoods; Kepak; Kinsale Mead Co.; Longueville House Beverages; Macroom Buffalo Cheese Products Ltd.; Maher’s Coffee & Co Ltd.; Nohoval Drinks Co.Ltd/Stonewell Cider; North Cork Creameries; Ó Crualaoi Feoil Teo; O'Keeffe's Bakery; O'Herlihy’s Bacon Ltd.; On The Pigs Back (La charcuterie Irlandaise Ltd); Praline Pastry Ltd.; Rebel Chilli; Saturday Pizzas; Shellfish Ireland; Silver Pail Dairy; Skeaghanore West Cork farm; Spice O Life Ltd.; St Patrick's Distillery Ltd.; Susan's Sweet Sensations; Tex-Mex Addict; The English Market; The Good Fish Company; Trace Of Cakes; Velo Coffee Roasters and West Cork Eggs Ltd.
Chairperson of the awards Artie Clifford said that now more than ever it is essential to shine a spotlight and give that all important clap on the back to the talented producers dotted around the island and the Blas na hÉireann team are working hard to move as many events to a virtual format as possible.
The awards will be announced over the course of the day on October 3 on the Blas website and across social media channels using the #Blas2020 hashtag.