Great Taste will judge Irish food and drink products on home soil this year at the Hotel Minella in Clonmel, Tipperary from Tuesday 26 – Friday 29 April 2016.
Irish producers had a remarkable year in 2015, with over 300 Great Taste award-winning products from Ireland and the Supreme Champion award going to Clonmel’s own James Whelan Butchers for its Beef Dripping.
Tipperary Food Producers, which showcases the best food and drink in Tipperary, has invited the Guild of Fine Food to host the judging process in the Irish county for the first time.
Other Tipperary winners from last year include Cashel Blue Cheese, Crossuge Preserves (Holycross) and Ribworld (Fethard).
With a whole host of experts lined up to blind taste the Irish entries, including esteemed food critic, Charles Campion, BBC Radio 2’s Nigel Barden and many chefs, buyers, restaurateurs and writers, the Great Taste roadshow will put the spotlight firmly on Ireland’s diverse and innovative food and drink producers.
Pat Whelan, owner of Great Taste Supreme Champion 2015, James Whelan Butchers and member of Tipperary Food Producers, adds; “We’re absolutely delighted to be welcoming Great Taste to Clonmel this year and I’m really looking forward to seeing which Irish products wow the judges. Great Taste gives artisan producers such a valuable platform to grow their businesses.”
This year has seen an uplift in Great Taste entries from Ireland, with 215 companies entering products in 2016 compared to 157 in 2015.
The judging process draws to a close in July and the award-winning products will be announced in August.