This Year’s Winners

Winners 2019

LAND | Bumblebee Flower Farm

Mags Riordan
https://bumblebeeflowerfarm.ie/
Based on two and a half acres of land just outside Drimoleague in West Cork, florist Mags Riordan read more

CRAFT (GROWERS) | Gorse Farm

Jenny Watkins and Janet Power
https://www.gorsefarm.ie/
Based on the foothill of Mount Leinster in Bunclody on the border between the counties of Carlow and read more

CRAFT (GROWERS) | Ballyholey Farm

John Graham
https://ballyholeyfarmshop.com/
John Graham has been at the helm of Ballyholey Farm, Co. Donegal since his father retired in 2000.  read more

CRAFT (GROWERS) | Glensallagh Gardens

Richard Speir
Richard Speir of Glensallagh Gardens, in Ballydehob, Co.Cork specialises in Chinese, Japanese, Italian and Mexican salads and brassicas read more

CRAFT (GROWERS) | Iona Farm

Donnocha Donnelly
Established in 1927, Iona Farm is situated in Oldtown, Co. Dublin. The farm began growing strawberries, apples and read more

CRAFT (GROWERS) | New Leaf Urban Farmers

Kevin Wallace
New Leaf Urban Farmers was established in July 2016, borne out of a desire to return to the read more

CRAFT (GROWERS) | An Garrai Glas

Aonghus O’Coistealbha
Established by Aonghus O’Coistealbha in 2013, AN GARRAI GLAS is a small farm of 1.5 acre which takes read more

ARTISAN PRODUCE | Ballyminane Mill

John Murphy
Ballyminane Mill's, Co. Wexford established in 1832 is the last working water-powered flour mill in Ireland. Micheal Murphy read more

FARM | Castlemine Farm

Derek and Brendan Allen
http://castleminefarm.ie/
Castlemine Farm, in the heart of Roscommon has been farmed by the Allen family since the 1820’s when read more

DAIRY | The Village Dairy

Noel Barcoe
http://villagedairy.ie/
The Village Dairy is a small local family run dairy based in Killeshin just on the Carlow – read more

WATER | Connemara Seaweed Company

Noel Lee
https://connemaraseaweedcompany.ie/
Noel Lee was born and raised in Lettermullen, an island off the West Coast of Ireland. For generations, read more
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The Euro-Toques Food Awards 2019 presented by Eirgrid took place in the Gooseberry Gardens at Virginia Park Lodge in County Cavan on 27th May, with winners introduced by chef Richard Corrigan and food writer Caroline Hennessy. The awards ceremony was followed by a wonderful feast of Irish produce, including this year’s awards winning products, created by Richard Corrigan’s team at Virginia Park Lodge. All Euro-Toques producer members and nominees were invited to be part of the afternoon’s celebrations and were given the opportunity to showcase their produce, making this a genuinely rich and impressive celebratory showcase of the finest the island has to offer.

Five awards were presented under the categories Water, Land, Farm, Dairy and Artisan Produce with six awards presented under the category Craft, which this year recognises smaller growers.

This year’s award winners are: WATER | Connemara Seaweed Company for their diverse range of hand-harvested and sustainably produced seaweed-based products. LAND | Bumblebee Flower Farm for their sustainably produced edible flowers, grown in respect of biodiversity. FARM | Castlemine Farm for their pasture-fed dry-aged beef, lamb and rare breed pork, reared and butchered with a traditional sustainable approach.     DAIRY | The Village Dairy for their locally sourced fresh, organic & Jersey milk, cream and buttermilk. ARTISAN PRODUCE | Ballyminane Mill for their stone-ground wholemeal flour, produced in respect of an ancient tradition. CRAFT | Ballyholey Farm (Donegal); Glensallagh Gardens (Cork); Gorse Farm (Wexford); Iona Farm (Dublin); New Leaf Urban Farmers (Limerick); Garrai Glas Farm (Galway) for growing varietal fruits, herbs and vegetables in an organic, biodynamic or chemical-free way.

Euro-Toques is sending a message of support to the growers who are doing it right, encompassing a holistic approach to healthy food production, land management and care of the environment as well as allowing chefs to avail of fresh seasonal produce. The ceremony was followed by a wonderful garden feast that brought together over 150 chefs and producers, satisfying Euro-Toques Ireland’s long-term strategy to create a platform where chefs and producers can meet, network and exchange knowledge. The lunch was a celebration of Irish produce including this year’s winners and an opportunity for over 50 producers to showcase their products. This year each winner was presented with a piece of bespoke pottery from Fermoyle Pottery, each piece representing their award category.

“Our awards are always a highlight of Ireland’s annual food event calendar with many chefs, writers, and consumers taking note of them in Ireland and further afield,” said the Head of the Euro-Toques Ireland Food Council Anthony O’Toole. “As chefs, this is our opportunity to continue what Myrtle Allen started many years ago and celebrate those who grow, farm and produce with integrity and flavour in mind. We are very lucky to have access to exceptionally good, clean and fair food on this fertile island. Our congratulations to all recipients, whom we welcome to the Euro-Toques Ireland community. We will continue to encourage all our fellow chefs to support current and previous winners through their menus.”