Winners of the Listowel Food Fair 2023 Best Emerging Artisan Food Awards Announced

Wednesday, November 29, 2023.

The winners of the Listowel Food Fair ‘2023 Best Emerging Artisan Food Awards’- In Association with Kerry Local Enterprise Office were announced last night at the opening event of the 2023 Listowel Food Fair. Overall winner of the 2023 ‘Best Emerging Artisan Food Award’ –In Association with Kerry Local Enterprise Office is ÉaLú Foods, Dingle owned by Kallam and Cliona Moriarty with their Chocolate Bon Bon product.

Kallam & Cliona Moriarty, Overall Winners of the ‘2023 Best Emerging Artisan Food Award’ -In Association with Kerry Local Enterprise Office with their Chocolate Bon Bon from ÉaLú Foods, Dingle, Co. Kerry ; Domnick Walsh Photography

There were five categories in the competition this year and the winners in each category are as follows:

OVERALL WINNER

‘2023 Best Emerging Artisan Food Award’ – In Association with Kerry Local Enterprise Office.

Chocolate Bon Bon from ÉaLú Foods, Dingle, Co. Kerry by Kallam and Cliona Moriarty.

FIVE CATEGORIES AND WINNERS

BAKING & BAKED GOODS

Sourdough Bread from The Cookie Crumble Bakery by Christine Purcell, Listowel, Co. Kerry.

FREE FROM CATEGORY

Miso Sesame Tofu from OTOFU by Méabh Mooney, Kilbrittain, Co.Cork.

OTHER CATEGORY

Chocolate Bon Bon from ÉaLú Foods, Dingle, Co. Kerry by Kallam and Cliona Moriarty.

DAIRY CATEGORY

Farmhouse Cheese Fenugreek from Bó Rua Farm, Fermoy, Co.Cork by Norma Dineen.

CONDIMENTS CATEGORY

Peach chutney from Trusted Friend by Peter Hinchcliffe.

Speaking on the announcement Listowel Food Fair Chairman, Former Minister of State in the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development Jimmy Deenihan said:

“The Listowel Food Fair is delighted to support the development of local and regional artisan food producers. The “2023 Listowel Food Fair Best Emerging Artisan Food Awards – In Association with Kerry Local Enterprise Office is one of the most exciting and valued features of the Listowel Food Fair.This programme was initiated in collaboration with Kerry Local Enterprise Office, and has proven to be very successful with many of the previous award recipients, whom each year move forward to become established, viable and successful food enterprises in the region. The awards are recognised, respected and valued by the Irish food industry and are considered a very important platform from which the producers springboard into business.On behalf of the 2023 Listowel Food Fair I would like to thank our panel of esteemed judges for their time, expertise and final winner selections. I would also like to congratulate this year’s winners for their initiative and ambition in bringing these products to the market.”

Speaking on the announcement of the winners Listowel Food Fair committee member and Project Co-ordinator for the ‘2023 Best Emerging Artisan Food Competition’ – In Association with Kerry Local Enterprise Office Lisa O’Flaherty said:

“We are thrilled to announce the triumphant return of this celebration of culinary excellence in 2023. Our heartfelt gratitude goes to the judges Lisa Fingleton and Derek Nagle, and our dedicated committee, colleagues and sponsors who made this evening possible after a hiatus forced by global challenges.Tonight, we honour the resilience of over sixty exceptional artisan products that showcased the highest standard of Irish artisanal craftsmanship. Congratulations to all category winners and a special salute to ÉaLú Chocolates, Dingle, the Overall Winner, exemplifying the innovation and passion that defines our vibrant food community. Let’s embrace the delicious journey ahead, supporting local and savouring the diverse flavours that make Irish cuisine truly exceptional.”

The 2023 Listowel Food Fair runs from Thursday 9th – Monday 13th November 2023.
Information on the 2023 Listowel Food Fair is available at www.listowelfoodfair.ie.
Tickets can be purchased at www.eventbrite.ie

The 2023 Listowel Food Fair is supported by Kerry Group, Bord Bia, Bord Iascaigh Mhara, Teagasc, Fáilte Ireland, Tipperary Crystal, Kerry County Council, Kerry Local Enterprise Office, Garvey’s Supervalu, Sure Alarms and Eno Wines.

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