WEST Cork’s very own John and Sally McKenna have been named Producers’ Champions at this year’s Blas na hEireann Irish Food Awards.
The award was created as a way for Blas na hEireann to acknowledge the work of people who help to spread the word about Irish produce.
A Kinsale drinks firm was also successful at the Kerry-based awards.
‘We asked producers to vote for whom they felt were doing the most for Irish food and drink both at home and abroad, and if they wanted to build a dream team, who would they have on it? John and Sally McKenna came back as the resounding winners. I’m delighted because they have been supporting good food producers and telling their stories for more than 30 years,’ awards chairperson Artie Clifford said.
Meanwhile, Stonewell’s Rós Cider beat off stiff competition to be awarded the coveted Supreme Champion title of the 2016 Blas na hEireann. ‘We use all natural ingredients. The Rós cider has a very pure, clean taste. This award is great because it is recognition for all the work that goes into making it. We’re delighted,’ said Geraldine Emerson.