Pics: Darina Allen and James Kavanagh step out for the 2017 Irish Food Writers’ Guild Food Award winners
The winners of the 2017 Irish Food Writers’ Guild Food Awards were announced recently. The annual awards celebrate Ireland’s leading food producers with the judges uncovering amazing, indigenous food and drink products. This year saw the first-ever posthumous award for Oliver Hughes, a pioneer of the Irish craft beer revolution.
A six course lunch was created by Restaurant Patrick’s Guilbaud’s chef and co-owner Guillaume Lebrun, who incorporated the products of each winner into a celebratory menu
The 2017 IFWG Food Award winners are The Friendly Farmer for his pasture-reared chickens, Ummera Irish Smokehouse for Ummera Smoked Silver Hill Duck Breast and Cuinneog for Irish Farmhouse Country Butter and Natural Buttermilk. Bertha’s Revenge Irish Milk Gin received this year’s Irish Drink Award and Mag Kirwan of Goatsbridge Trout Farm was presented with a Special Contribution to Irish Food Award.
The 2017 IFWG Environmental Award went to The Little Milk Company for its innovative approach to fostering sustainable family farms. The family of Oliver Hughes, the pioneering co-founder of The Porterhouse and Dingle Distillery, accepted his posthumous award.
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Photography: Paul Sherwood