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The Best Possible Taste Podcast – A Look at The Irish Food Awards

This week’s Best Possible Taste Podcast takes us to Cork and UCC 98.3FM and features “What a Blast – 10 Years of the Irish Food Awards.”

Produced by Sharon Noonan and Kieran Hurley, the radio documentary aired on UCC98.3FM on Friday, March 16th at 6pm, the eve of the opening for entries of the 2018 Blas na hEireann/Irish Food Awards.

The first ever Blas na hEireann/Irish Food Awards took place in Dingle, Co Kerry in 2008 as part of the Dingle Food Festival. The 45-minute documentary was funded by the BAI.

Meeting Artie Clifford who conceived the awards, the documentary explores how they have grown from a handful of categories and entries in the inaugural year to almost 2500 entries in their 10th year.

The judging process, which was developed in collaboration with UCC, is explained in detail by UCC’s Professor Joe Kerry. Other contributors include award-winning chef, Neven Maguire and Irish food writers, John and Sally McKenna.

During the documentary, tribute is paid to the late Shane McArdle for his significant contribution to the food and drink industry in Ireland and beyond. “What a BLASt – 10 years of the Irish Food Awards” is dedicated to the memory of Keady Clifford.

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