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Saturday 19 August 2017

Every year the Irish Food Writers Guild hosts its very special Food Awards, recognising home-grown producers, organisations or individuals, whilst also celebrating the heroes who have devoted their lives to supporting and promoting Irish food.

Every year the Irish Food Writers Guild hosts its very special Food Awards, recognising home-grown producers, organisations or individuals, whilst also celebrating the heroes who have devoted their lives to supporting and promoting Irish food.

Now in its 21st year, the IFWG Food Awards are unique in that no one can submit their product nor canvass for votes.

The members of the Guild, which includes cookbook writers Darina, Rachel and Myrtle Allen, Donal Skehan and Biddy White Lennon, are the sole nominating and decision-making body.

This year seven food producers were honoured for the high standard and impeccable quality of their products, as well as for their commitment to Irish food.

Derry Clake, proprietor of L'Ecrivain, created a special menu for the awards, incorporating each of the seven winners' products.

The 2015 IFWG Food Award winners are Cork's On the Pig's Back, Skeaghanore Farm Fresh Ducks from Ballydehob and Wexford's Wild About Foods.

A special Irish Drink Award was presented to Richmount Elderflower Cordial from Co Longford, while Foods of Athenry claimed the Guild's Environmental Award, with the Guild recognising the integrity of the production methods in their 'Free From' product range.

Birgitta Curtin of Burren Smokehouse was honoured for her notable contribution to Irish food, while Veronica Molloy of Crossogue Preserves won the Lifetime Achievement Award for her dedication to growing on the home farm and the consistent innovation of her range

Recreate two of these special dishes with Derry's delicious recipes.

www.irishfoodwritersguild.ie

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