Now in its 14th year, Blas na hEireann, The Irish Food Awards is the biggest competition for quality Irish produce on the island of Ireland. In 2020 they faced the most unusual year to date but their judging and awards went ahead. Products from every county in Ireland were entered into the 2021 competition to win Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards in a broad range of food and drink categories as well as key awards such as Supreme Champion and Best Artisan Producer.

This year, County Cavan was well represented and Cavan County Council was honoured to be involved yet again.  “Cavan County Council is delighted to be supporting the Blas na hÉireann awards again in 2021, these awards recognise the passion, dedication and of course the outstanding quality in the Irish food and drink world.  The ‘Created in Cavan’ brand provides consumers locally, nationally and internationally with the assurance that they are purchasing food or drink that has been lovingly created by dedicated local producers to reflect the unique landscape and culture of County Cavan.  We work closely with food and drink producers from the county giving them a platform to showcase their wares, communicate their unique food story and empower the food industry in Cavan to cement its place amongst the best food counties in the country.” Patricia Smith, Food Strategy Co-ordinator

This year, producers from all over the County took part in categories including Meats, Dairy, Seafood, Terrines and Patés, ready meals and prepared foods, breads and cakes, sweet pantry, savory snacks and drinks, and the best in County.

The following members of Created in Cavan were winners in this years Blas na hEireann awards

Ice Cream Treats

Congratulations to the team at Ice Cream Treats in Killeshandra. The team won Gold, Silver and Bronze for their Frozen Yogurts as well as another Gold for their Koko Gelato vanilla frozen yogurt and a Bronze for their Moo’d Ice -Cream. 5 awards in total for this amazing company.

Cullys Craft Bakery

Another amazing bakery in Cavan that have just one 2 silver awards at Blas na HEireann last weekend. Situated in Arva, Co Cavan, Cullys Craft Bakery is a family run business that was established in 1953 and the craft of traditional baking has since been passed down through three generations. The two awards were for their plain batch loaf and their iced cherry log.

Aíne Handmade Chocolates

Big congratulations to the best home-made chocolate in Ireland. Aíne handmade chocolate picked up a silver award for their dark chocolate Valencia orange hamdmade bar and a bronze for their 70% dark chocolate handmade bar. Aíne Handmade Chocolates is now in its 22nd year in Cavan. Ann Rudden, a Cavan native, is a Master Chocolatier and a woman with a passion for her art. Congratulations again.

Vanilla Bean Patisserie

Great news for this leading patisserie in Cavan based in Ballinagh. Vanilla Bean patisserie received a silver for their new passion fruit curd at this years awards. If you haven’t tried it yet- you can pick it up in any Aldi store and in Gavins Centra in Ballinagh.


Lakeland Dairies were announced as the best in County at the awards as well as awards for Carleton Cakes, Liffey Meats, Manor Farm and Terra Spirits and Liqeurs. What a fantastic representation of our County among the very best in Ireland.

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