Icing on cake as Rebels taste success at top food festival
OLD rivals Cork got one over on Kerry again at the weekend when a food company from the Rebel county scooped first prize from under their noses.
Flynn's Kitchens, from Riverstick, was named 'supreme champion' at the Blas na hEireann taste awards at the Dingle Food and Wine Festival.
The company's spinach and ricotta cannelloni fared best in the blind tasting competition, beating more than 1,000 other products from some 30 food categories.
Blas na hEireann is the biggest blind tasting competition of its kind in the world, organisers claim, and this year's entry numbers was their best so far.
Each product was blind tasted by a panel of 60 judges made up of chefs, foodies and food scientists from University College Cork.
The Cake Stand from Newcastle in Dublin won the award for 'best artisan producer', while the 'rogha na Gaeltachta' (choice of the Gaeltacht) award went to Dingle butcher Jerry Kennedy. Island Seafood in Killybegs was awarded for 'seafood innovation' and the Dungarvan Brewing Company was named 'best new producer'.
Other prize winners included Kinsale's Blue Haven Food Company and Valentia Island Farmhouse Dairy.
Chairman of the Blas awards, Artie Clifford, said entries were up by 25pc on last year, with many young producers coming into the competition for the first time.