Blas na hÉireann 2018 Award Winners Receive Mayoral Reception

At a recent Mayoral Reception hosted by Metropolitan Mayor Joe Kelly (Ind), a group of 11 local business were honoured for their success in the 2018 national Blas na hÉireann Food Awards held in Dingle, County Kerry.
Speaking at the event Mayor Kelly said “I want to welcome you all here to City Hall, to this historic place and recognise the great work you have all put in to your companies and to your excellent products. You have done yourselves and Waterford City & County proud.”

Metropolitan Mayor of Waterford, Joe Kelly pictured with all the Waterford winners from the recently held Blas na hÉireann, Irish Food Awards: Philip Carter (Carter’s Chocolate Café), Mark Bergin and Tommy O’Connor (Coffee House Lane), Anthony Smith (Dawn Meats), Margaret Fleming (Dessert First), Liam McDonald (Legacy Irish Cider), Nicola Crowley and Dvir Nusery, (Mezze), Clodagh Phelan, Niamh Heaney and Orla Cooper (Pip and Pear), Cian Hawes (Pure Food Company), Dean Cusack and Jackie Hayes (The Granville Hotel), Mark and Rachel Hartery (The Hartery Kitchen) and Marie Power (The Sea Gardener).	 | Photos: Noel Browne

Metropolitan Mayor of Waterford, Joe Kelly pictured with all the Waterford winners from the recently held Blas na hÉireann, Irish Food Awards: Philip Carter (Carter’s Chocolate Café), Mark Bergin and Tommy O’Connor (Coffee House Lane), Anthony Smith (Dawn Meats), Margaret Fleming (Dessert First), Liam McDonald (Legacy Irish Cider), Nicola Crowley and Dvir Nusery, (Mezze), Clodagh Phelan, Niamh Heaney and Orla Cooper (Pip and Pear), Cian Hawes (Pure Food Company), Dean Cusack and Jackie Hayes (The Granville Hotel), Mark and Rachel Hartery (The Hartery Kitchen) and Marie Power (The Sea Gardener). | Photos: Noel Browne


Now in our 11th year, Blas na hÉireann, The Irish Food Awards is the biggest competition for quality Irish produce on the island of Ireland. Over 2500 products were entered into the 2018 competition to win Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards in over 100 food and drink categories as well as key awards such as Supreme Champion and Best Artisan Producer. This year’s awards were presented on 6th October.
The Blas awards are the biggest blind tasting of produce in the country, and the criteria on which the product is judged as well as the judging system itself, which was developed by Blas na hÉireann with the Food Science Dept of UCC, is now recognised as an international industry standard.

Mayor Kelly added: “as a small business you often don’t give yourself credit for the hard work you do because you are too busy developing the business. You are often the design and production team, the sales and marketing team and the financial controller all rolled into one. It is daunting, but you do this successfully every day and it’s fantastic to see 11 very worthy award winners here in the Mayors parlour. These awards justifiably recognise all your hard work and dedication”

The 11 awards winners presented with Mayoral scrolls are Carter’s Chocolate Café, Coffee House Lane, Dawn Meats, DessertFirst, Legacy Irish Cider, Mezze, Pip & Pear Chilled Baby Food, Pure Food Company, The Granville Hotel, The Hartrey Kitchen and The Sea Gardener.Cllr Kelly pointed out that “around 90 per cent of all employment in Ireland is in companies employing 10 people or less, therefore it is small businesses that are the backbone of employment in this country. Without entrepreneurs like you our country would be in serious trouble. You are a credit to yourselves and to your county”

Concluding Mayor Kelly stated: “it is with great respect that I present you all with your scrolls as ambassadors for small business in this area. With companies like yours and all the other start-ups not represented here today the future of entrepreneurship and business in Waterford is secure.”

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