Blackberry Hill Farm is an ‘Irish Quality Food Awards’ finalist!

28th July 2014

Gilford-based Blackberry Hill Farm has been shortlisted for the finals of the prestigious Irish Quality Food Awards.

The announcement comes after eight days of tough judging and Blackberry Hill Farm’s 21-day matured European Angus Sirloin Steak is one of 180 shortlisted food and drink products in 50 categories. They are now in with a chance of winning one of the Irish Quality Food Awards to be presented by TV Chef and author Catherine Fulvio in a glittering ceremony taking place on 11th September in the Round Room, Mansion House, Dublin.

Harry McGaffin of Blackberry Hill Farm, which specialises in European Angus, says he is delighted to be shortlisted as a finalist.

“European Angus beef has won numerous awards in various prestigious competitions in the UK and now to be shortlisted as a finalist in the Irish Quality Food Awards is further recognition of the quality of our products,” said Harry.

The Irish Quality Food Awards set out to recognise excellence in product development for food and drink producers, retailers and catering companies in Ireland only, with Q Awards being awarded across 50 different categories.  The Overall Gold Q is awarded to the one product that stands out amongst all the other entries and is chosen from all of the main categories, representing the very best of the best.

This year for the first time a panel of judges from Musgrave Retail Partners chose finalists for the Small Producer of the Year Award – designed to celebrate artisanal foods and drink in Ireland and sponsored by SuperValu. The winner will be offered a prestigious listing in SuperValu stores. Finalists are:

  • Chicken Liver Paté with Garlic & Brandy – On The Pig’s Back c/o La Charcuterie Irlandaise Ltd
  • Scotts Irish Cider – Big Hand Brewing Company Ltd
  • Sweet BBQ Pulled Pork – Jack & Keith Molloy Bros. Ltd

Organiser, Helen Lyons, is thrilled with the success of the awards so far and said the judging was “a fantastic eight days which brought together some of the very best food and drink on sale in Ireland and many of the Nation’s top foodies”.

Top UK packaging manufacturer, Benson Group, is a sponsor of the Irish Quality Food Awards which repeat last year’s trade media partnership with Retail News magazine, while forming a consumer-media partnership with Easy Food magazine.

All excess food from the judging was given to The Capuchin Centre for Homeless People, which provides warm food and more than 1500 food hampers a week to vulnerable people in Dublin.

To find out more about the very first Irish Quality Food Awards, visit:, become a friend on Facebook: or follow them on Twitter, @IrishQFAs.

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