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.
Now in our 15th year, Blas na hÉireann, The Irish Food Awards is the biggest competition for quality Irish produce on the island of Ireland. Each year producers from every county in Ireland have entered into the competition to win Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards in a broad range of food and drink categories as well as key awards such as Supreme Champion and Best Artisan Producer.
Research has shown that the Blas accreditation has the highest recognition amongst Irish consumers and using the award logo on packs encourages shoppers to buy these products. It is their guarantee of a top quality Irish product.
Blas na hÉireann was founded so that quality benchmarks could be established for Irish produce on a level playing field. Winning at Blas has made a significant business difference to our winners.
Key dates for 2022
17th March Entries open online
8th April Earlybird Deadline
20th May Final date for entry
June/July - Judging with UCC
August - Finalists Notified
30th Sept / 1st October Blas na hEireann awards presented
Note on entry fees:
Entries received online between 17th March and 8th of April are at the discounted early bird fee of €65 per entry (ex VAT)
The full entry fee, applicable from 9th April – 20th May is €80 per entry (ex VAT)