Three Laois winners in the Blas na hÉireann Irish food awards

Lynda Kiernan

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Lynda Kiernan

Three Laois winners in the Blas na hÉireann Irish food awards

Laois winners in Blas na hÉireann food awards 2020

The Blas na nÉireann Irish food and drink awards went virtual this year and several Laois companies are winners.

The Village Dairy in Killeshin on the Laois Carlow border has won an award for the fifth year running. 

The family-run dairy won a Bronze Award for their Handcrafted Buttermilk. Noel Barcoe, General Manager had a very special certificate presented to him by his cute grandchildren instead of the usual ceremony in Kerry.

"Couldn’t make it to Dingle this year to collect our Blas na hÉireann 2020 award so the grandchildren presented me with their Blas 2020 award instead. We are all over the moon to have received a Blasnah Éireann award for the fifth year in a row! Thank you to everyone.

Couldn’t make it to Dingle this year to collect our @blasnaheireann 2020 award so the grandchildren presented me with...

Posted by The Village Dairy on  Saturday, October 3, 2020

Also winning again for Laois is Cocoa Couture, owned by chocolatier Catherine O'Callaghan who has a cute chocolate shop on the main street in Mountmellick. Catherine won the Best in County Award, as well as a Silver Award for her Cranberry and Cashew Flapjack.

"We did it!!! Just received word that Cocoa Couture has been awarded a silver in the Blas na hÉireann awards for 2020...," a delighted Catherine reported on Saturday.

Aghaboe Farm Ltd is also a repeat winner. Proprietor and baker Niamh Maher won a Silver in the Puddings section, for her Citrus and Spice Christmas Pudding. 

See more below photo.

"And it's a Silver Award for our Citrus and Spice Christmas Pudding! Thanks very much @blasnaheireann!
#blas2020 #blasnaheireann #irishfoodawards2020 #silveraward #christmaspudding #christmasiscoming #aghaboefarmfoods #irishfood
— at Aghaboe Farm Foods
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Two other Laois producers made it to the shortlist this year. They are An Sean-Teach Ltd. T/A 1721 Spirits, and G's Gourmet Jams Ltd.