Top Food Awards for Antrim and Kilkenny

Blas na hÉireann Irish Food Awards returned to Dingle after a three-year Covid pause. 

Ten Watch Chocolates  from Co Antrim was crowned Artisan Champion for their PB&J Bar, while Bart Pawlukojc and Nicole Server-Pawlukojc were named Supreme Champions for their Arán Spelt Sourdough Bread, baked in their Arán Bakery & Bistro in Kilkenny City.

The festival included "Eat Ireland in a Day" - four pagodas, one for each province, showcasing the finest Irish food and beverages from finalists and winners entered in this year’s awards. 

In a break with tradition, the awards were announced on Friday night, allowing winners the whole weekend to indulge in celebrations, and it seems lockdowns have inspired Irish food producers because there was a huge increase in entries this year - some 3,000 products - in this, the 15th year of the awards, coming from all 32 counties.

The BIM Seafood Innovation award was won by Bantry Bay Seafood, while the Irish Butcher’s Award went to Tom Durcan Butchers.