The search is on for Wexford's food hero
The Search is on for Wexford's food heroes to take part in and promote the county's very best produce at the 2015 Blas na hÉireann Irish Food Awards.
The prestigious 'Oscars of Irish Food' will this year see more than 2,000 Irish products blind-tasted and scored by over 350 judges over the course of the competition which culminates on the first weekend in October in Dingle, Co. Kerry.
With the closing date for entries just a week away, local producers are being offered the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of local winners at Blas 2014.
The Irish Food Awards carry with them a huge amount of prestige and winning produce is used as a quality benchmark for Irish produce amongst national and international retailers and distributors alike. The awards are about recognising passionate, dedicated producers who are serious about marketing their produce at home and abroad and have a proven benefit for producers who take part.
The closing date for entries this year is Wednesday, June 17 and entries can be completed at www.irishfoodawards.com
A survey of the 2014 participants found that more than 50 per cent of producers believe government support has been vital to their business development, both from the Local Enterprise Offices for smaller producers and from Bord Bia and Enterprise Ireland for the bigger international operators.
Wexford LEO is coming on board this year to support the awards and is searching for the winners of the Best in County and Best in Farmers' Market awards this year, honours which are both sponsored this year by the LEO.
Wexford Local Enterprise Office helps start-up businesses and existing small business in County Wexford with a range of practical supports including business advice and information, business training and mentoring, business networking and grant aid.
'The Local Enterprise Office Wexford is delighted to partner with the Blas na hÉireann Awards this year and to promote the great food now coming out of County Wexford,' said Tom Banville, Wexford LEO Head of Enterprise, 'artisan food is.. on the up and the variety and quality of the food.. goes from strength to strengh.'