Kerry's 'Food Heroes' to be honoured with awards

Dnal Nolan

Published 12/07/2014 | 12:00

'FOOD Heroes' from all over the county will be special guests in the north Kerry capital come November as the 2014 Listowel Food Fair strives to recognise the very best in Kingdom produce in a new initiative to help celebrate its 20th birthday.

'FOOD Heroes' from all over the county will be special guests in the north Kerry capital come November as the 2014 Listowel Food Fair strives to recognise the very best in Kingdom produce in a new initiative to help celebrate its 20th birthday.

The announcement of a range of inaugural Food Hero awards will form one of the main parts of the Food Fair, as announced on its launch on Monday at John R's Delicatessan and Café in Listowel. Organisers hope the new awards will propel the winning producers to greater recognition and help boost the food industry in general. The awards will be announced at a special luncheon in the Listowel Arms Hotel on Saturday, November 22, next.

Running from Thursday, November 20, to Sunday, November 23, the Listowel Food Fair will offer more succulent choice than ever before, including: the return of the popular Cheese Competition; the Best Emerging Artisan Food Producer Awards; cookery competitions; craft fairs; the annual farming seminar as well as an expanded programme of workshops for all ages.

Arts and Heritage Minister Jimmy Deenihan was in John R's on Monday to launch the very festival he devised as Minister for Food in 1994. He did so by cutting a chocolate biscuit cake in the shape of St John's that was baked by Margie Lynch of John R's.

"Historically one of the most popular competitions at the Listowel Food Fair was the Artisan Cheese Competition and we are pleased to re introduce this to our programme this year," Food Fair Chairman Pierse Walsh said.

"As it is our 20th anniversary, we have decided to introduce the inaugural Listowel Food Fair - Food Hero Awards. This will now be an annual event and will seek to recognise and celebrate the very best of emerging and established artisan food producers and others making a significant contribution to the food industry."

The fair is also to run an exhibition celebrating food previous festivals and anyone who might have memorabilia is urged to contact Pierse. Well-known Kerry chef Mark Doe will also be on hand to demonstrate his delectable art, among a myriad of other events and activities sure to consolidate the food fair's place as one of the best in the country.

For more information on events at the 20th annual Listowel Food Fair, or to enter the awards, visit www.listowelfoodfair.ie

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