The organisers of the Great Taste Awards will judge Irish food and drink products on home soil this year in Tipperary on 26-29 April 2016 at the Hotel Minella in Clonmel.
Tipperary Food Producers, which showcases the best food and drink in Tipperary, has invited the Guild of Fine Food to host the judging process in the Irish county for the first time following a remarkable year for Irish producers in 2015, with over 300 Great Taste award-winning products from Ireland and the Supreme Champion award going to Clonmel's own James Whelan Butchers for its Beef Dripping.
John Farrand, managing director of the Guild of Fine Food, explained: "Our Great Taste judges have visited Belfast, Dublin and Cardiff in recent years and these roadshows have been fantastic at raising the profile of Great Taste, the winning producers and the location itself as a food destination to be reckoned with. This year we're holding more roadshows than ever and are delighted to have been invited to Clonmel by Tipperary Food Producers. With its rich food heritage, we know our judges will be in for a treat when they lend us their taste buds in Tipperary."
Pat Whelan, owner of Great Taste Supreme Champion 2015, James Whelan Butchers and member of Tipperary Food Producers, added; "We're absolutely delighted to be welcoming Great Taste to Clonmel this year and I'm really looking forward to seeing which Irish products wow the judges.
"Great Taste is truly the benchmark for fine food in Ireland and the UK, in no small part due to it being blind-tasted and therefore retaining its integrity, with no interest in branding or packaging."
The judging process draws to a close in July and the award-winning products will be announced in August.
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