Minister Launches Food Awards

The Good Food Ireland Awards 2024 were launched by Heather Humphreys, T.D. Minister for Rural and Community Development.

These cross-sector awards celebrate businesses at every layer of our island’s food and drink industry, from primary producers to manufacturers, chefs, shops and restaurants.

Minister Humphreys T.D. said:

“As Minister for Rural and Community Development, I am delighted to have been in a position to invest in a number of rural and regeneration projects that will do so much in terms of supporting Ireland’s food industry. Through the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund, we are transforming an old historic site in Athy, County Kildare, into a state-of-the-art food, drink and innovation hub.

“Similarly in County Roscommon, we have invested hugely in the Castlerea Food Hub to enable it to become a major driver of food innovation, enterprise and job creation in the region. And just last week saw the official opening of the first centre of excellence for the Irish food industry in the country in Athenry, County Galway.”

The core emphasis of the Good Food Ireland Awards is the use of local, fresh, seasonal Irish ingredients, highlighting tourism-hospitality and retail businesses that prioritise local produce and encouraging others. This in turn supports Irish farmers, food producers and fishermen, sustainably strengthening local economies and communities.

This year’s award categories include: Producer of the Year, Sustainability Award, Food Truck of the Year, Shop of the Year, Pub of the Year, Culinary Haven of the Year, Hotel of the Year, Café of the Year, Outstanding Contribution to Food Production, and the Excellence in Food Tourism Award.

Margaret Jeffares, Founder and Managing Director of Good Food Ireland, said that it is a unique all-island destination brand, showcasing premium culinary and agri-food offerings for almost 20 years, creating competitive advantage and attracting visitors seeking authentic Irish food and drink experiences.

For more information and online entry, visit Good Food Ireland.