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Produce award Northern Ireland finalists hoping to taste success

Produce from food companies in Northern Ireland has been shortlisted for major awards by a UK magazine.

Hens eggs from Cavanagh Free Range Eggs in Co Fermanagh join an Indian-inspired tomato relish from Passion Preserved in Co Armagh to make it into the Delicious Produce shortlist.

Cavanagh Eggs near Enniskillen is run by husband and wife Eileen and John Hall. The couple recently announced a major deal supplying eggs to Asda stores in Northern Ireland.

Passion Preserved was set up by former accountant Claire Kelly, who branched out into preserves after her home-made product sold out at a church fair.

Ms Kelly currently grows over 100 chilli plants and rhubarb in a commercial polytunnel at her home.

The regional judges of the Delicious Produce awards included Derek Creagh, co-owner of top restaurant Harry's Shack in Portstewart, recently named Best Newcomer in Food and Drink at The Observer Food Monthly Awards.

He was joined on the panel by Sophie Rasmussen, who helped set up the Folktown Market in Belfast, as well as chef and broadcaster Paula McIntyre.

Karen Barnes, the editor of Delicious, said: "Our team of expert regional judges assessed entries from some of the finest food producers in the UK.

"The standard was extraordinarily high and it was a tough job deciding who would go through to the finals.

"Our finalists are exceptional and I am looking forward to tasting their produce at the national judging."

The winning producers will feature in the October issue of the glossy food magazine, which is published by Eye to Eye Media.

The final of the Delicious Produce Awards is in London next month

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