Belfast Telegraph

NI producers urged to enter awards

Northern Ireland food producers have been urged to enter the all-island Blas na hEireann Irish Food Awards.

Organisers said entries from the province had grown by 40% in the last few years, with winners including Glastry Farm Ice-cream in Kircubbin, Co Down, Tamnagh Foods in Co Londonderry and Tempted? Cider in Lisburn.

Artie Clifford, chairman of the Irish Food Awards, said: "We have a very strong representation from Northern Ireland producers. Each year, there are more and more entrants. We are hoping for an even greater number in this Year of Food and Drink 2016."

John Hood, food and tourism director at Invest NI, which supports the awards, said: "Northern Ireland companies have a tremendous track record in the creation of products that combine outstanding taste and innovation.

"Companies entering the Blas na hEireann Irish Food Awards recognise that success can lead directly to business with major retailers outside Northern Ireland, who watch such high profile competitions for new products and different taste experiences on behalf of their customers."

Entries are open until June 17. To enter, go to www.irishfoodawards.com

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