As the Blas na hEireann Awards are the one of the only serious food standards in Ireland, we can’t help but feel delighted that Bretzel products scooped two gold and one bronze at the awards in Dingle this year. The new d’Espard baguette and the San Francisco-style sourdough were the gold winners and our delicious pain au chocolat attained a bronze award. More than two thousand products were entered in a total of 120 different categories. The competition was fierce and we are thrilled with the result. It is always rewarding to be recognised for doing something you love.
Now in its tenth year, Blas na hEireann (Taste of Ireland) was founded as a touchstone for quality in Irish food and the accreditation has the highest recognition among Irish consumers. Running concurrently with the Dingle Food Festival it is a great opportunity for producers to meet others, to attract buyers and generally exhibit their products to a large audience of food-lovers.
And it was great craic. The Dingle Food Festival brings together producers from all over the country and there are markets, workshops, cookery demonstrations and lots of different tastings. Something in the region of 30,000 visitors descend on the town for the weekend and the streets are filled with tantalising food aromas. And no shortage of great craft beers and local gin to wash it all down.
Particular thanks go to the Bretzel baker team who made this happen.