Four local products have received the top accolade of three stars in Great Taste 2022, including Ballylisk of Armagh Single Rose Brie cheese, Baronscourt Estate Wild Sika Venison Loin, Corndale Chorizo Picante and Morelli’s Raspberry Sorbet.
Only 1.7% of the 14,205,2022 entries submitted to this year’s awards, operated by The Guild of Fine Food, received the coveted three stars required to compete in the regional finals.
Regional winners and a Supreme Champion will be announced at the Great Taste Golden Fork Ceremony to be held in London’s Southwark Cathedral on September 5.
Local two-star awardees included: Burren Balsamics Balsamic Jelly and White Balsamic Jelly; Suki Tea Makers Breakfast Tea; Forest Feast Salted Dark Chocolate Almonds; Long Meadow Blossom Burst Cider; Maud’s Pistachio Verde Ice Cream; McCracken’s Black Irish Stout; Punjana Tea Bags; and Rooney Fish Millbay Oysters.
Picking up one star were Ann’s Pantry Sugar Free Oven Wheaten, Spelt Real Soda, Spelt Christmas Pudding, Custard Tart, Sugar Free Irish Wheaten Loaf Mix and Spelt Real Soda Mix; Dromona Pure Butter and Dromona Extra Mature Cheddar; Mullins Strawberry Ice Cream and Gourmet Sticky Toffee Pudding Ice Cream; and Dale Farm Honeycomb Ice Cream.
Kestrel Foods won stars for Forest Feast Sea Salt and Cider Vinegar Nut Mix, Sea Salt and Black Peppercorn Nut Mix, Acti Snack Peanut Butter Trail Mix and Milk Chocolate Salted Caramel Almonds. Mash Direct lifted stars for Beer Battered Onion Rings, Chilli Baby Bakes, Champ and Skinny Fries, and Morellis for its Clotted Cream with Caramelised Fig Ice Cream, Butter Rum with Boozy Raisin flavour, Calypso Coffee and Gianduia ice creams.
Further one-star awards went to Dundarave Estate Spiced Plum and Damson Jam; Deli Lites Tex Mex-inspired Plant-Based Burrito; Echlinville Distillery Irish Pot Still Gin; and East Coast Seafoods Ballyhornan Smoked Salmon.
Henderson own brands SPAR Enjoy Local Peppered Rump Steak, Desserts by The Kitchen Salted Caramel Apple Pudding, The Chef Chicken and Ham Bake and The Kitchen Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Soup were all successful.
As were Kennedy Bacon Dry Cured Gammon Roast; Kilmegan Sparkling Apple Juice; L’Artisan Foods 3 Cheese and Caramelised Pear Quiche and Meatballs; Long Meadow Apple Cider Vinegar; Linwood’s Shelled Hemp and Cold Milled Flaxseed; and Maud’s Piemonte Hazelnut.
More single stars went to McCracken’s Pale Irish Ale; Milgro Original and Flame Grilled Steak Crispy Onions; Punjana Special Everyday and Signature Blend Tea Bags; Quails 28-day Himalayan Salt Aged Tomahawk Steak and Beef and Caramelised Onion Sausage Roll; Springmount Farm Honey and Free Range Eggs; Suki Black Bush Tea Pyramids; and Tartine at the Distillers Arms Pickle Sauce.
Rounding out the one-star awards were Berties Bakery Toaster Wheaten and Four Big Pancakes; The Croft Farm Shop Erin Grove Wheaten Bread; Symphonia Irish Apple Rum; and Yellow Door Apple, Rosemary and Raisin Soda Bread, Beef Rendang and Seared Irish Chicken with Herbs, Home Cured Bacon and Dijon Cream Sauce.