CORK Penny Dinners were recognised for their work by the Irish Food Writers’ Guild at their 25th annual awards.
Eight presentations in total were made to indigenous food producers and organisations, north and south of the border, with Cork taking home three of the prestigious accolades.
The Community Food Award went to Cork Penny Dinners for offering a nourishing hot meal in a safe environment to those in need.
Established in the 1840s, Cork Penny Dinners is one of Cork’s oldest charitable organisations and serves up to 2,000 freshly made meals each week, as well as offering access to education and health services.
Catriona Twomey, who runs Cork Penny Dinners, said it was lovely to receive this accolade and also said it was fantastic to have Cork so well represented at the awards. “It’s great for Cork to be recognised. It shows that hard work doesn’t go unnoticed. I am very proud of the award. It was lovely to hear we deserved it.”
Ms Twomey said the framed certificate that they received from the IFWG would be hung proudly in Penny Dinners.
“It’s a pity all the volunteers couldn’t have been here to hear all the nice things people had to say about Penny Dinners. They said we won hands down and that was nice to know.”
Hegarty Cheese for Templegall Cheese, Cork, took home the Food Award for their Comté-style raw milk cheese and Killahora Orchards for Rare Apple Ice Wine, Cork nabbed the Drink Award.
Speaking at the event, chairwoman of the Guild Kristin Jensen, said: “Each year, the IFWG singles out a number of products and organisations that evoke pride in our national food identity and contribute to our rich and diverse food culture.”