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 hEireann with the Food Science Dept of UCC, is now recognised as an international industry standard.
Now in our 14th year, Blas na hEireann, The Irish Food Awards is the biggest competition for quality Irish produce on the island of Ireland. Producers from every county in Ireland entered into the 2020 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 hEireann 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 2021
17th March - Entries open online
7th April - Earlybird Deadline
28th May – Final date for entry
June/July - Judging with UCC
August - Finalists Notified
2nd October – Blas na hEireann awards presented
Note on entry fees:
Entries received online between 17th March and 7th of April are at the discounted early bird fee of €65 per entry (ex VAT)
The full entry fee, applicable from 8th April – 28th May is €80 per entry (ex VAT)