CORK businesses carried off two prizes at the Good Food Ireland Awards held at the K Club in Co Kildare yesterday.
Claire Nash of Nash 19, won the Host of the Year Award while the Glebe Gardens and Café in Baltimore, Co Cork, was awarded the Top Regional Member South Award.
A total of 19 Cork establishments and food producers were nominated for the 2009 awards. Claire Nash said: “The quality of the food served here today and the amount of nominees from Cork goes to show the county’s place at the heart of good Irish food.”
Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Trevor Sargent, and Ian Walker, who skippered the Green Dragon in the Volvo Ocean Race addressed the function which was attended by more than 300 people representing the food and tourism industries.
The awards were celebrated with a lunchtime “artisan picnic” which served up locally made produce supplied by many of Good Food Ireland’s 250 members.
“The objectives of the awards are to highlight places committed to local Irish food so that consumers can find out and make informed choices on where to go to eat or stay,” said Margaret Jefferaes, managing director, Good Food Ireland.
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