Euro-Toques Honours Producers

Pioneering Irish food producers were recognised at the 2023 Euro-Toques Food Awards at Dunbrody Country House Hotel. Established in 1996 based on an original idea by the legendary Myrtle Allen, the Euro-Toques Food Awards are held annually to recognise and celebrate the best food being produced in Ireland. The event is an opportunity for chefs to acknowledge the work of small artisan producers.

Introduced by chef Kevin Dundon and food writer and author Caroline Hennessy, six awards were presented by Euro-Toques Ireland under the categories Water, Land, Farm, Dairy and Artisan Produce and Craft.

The winners are:

WATER: Kelly Mussels (pictured),  for their Blue Rope Mussels and their contribution to regenerative aquaculture in Ireland.

LAND: Sliabh Aughty Honey for their raw honeys and their contribution to the protection of Irish heritage and biodiversity.

FARM: Skeaghanore West Cork Farm for their Pekin duck and their contribution to preserving the traditional and ethical way of rearing animals in Ireland

DAIRY: Velvet Cloud for their sheep milk yogurt and their contribution to championing Ireland’s rich and flavoursome dairy bounty

ARTISAN PRODUCE: Killahora Orchards for their Rare Apple Ice Wine and their contribution to championing the artisan production of Irish craft drinks using apples.

CRAFT: Wildwood Balsamics for their wild aged vinegars and their contribution to protecting the tradition and skill of vinegar making in Ireland.

The ceremony was followed by a garden feast that brought together 100 chefs and producers. Produce from over 30 producers was showcased on a beautifully laid-out communal Harvest Table, created by the Euro-Toques Food Council to draw attention to some of the best produce Ireland has to offer. 

The common denominator running through the six categories this year is the theme of social responsibility with a focus on increasing biodiversity and the conservation of traditions and heritage.